Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Movie-TV Connection Game (October 2017 Edition)

What do Gary and Doris have in common?
Welcome to the latest edition of the Cafe's most popular game. You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers, your task is to find the common connection. It could be anything--two stars who acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common theme, etc. As always, don't answer all the questions so others can play, too. There is a single best answer for each question.

1. Gary Busey and Doris Day.

2. Mickey Rooney and Charles Bronson.

3. Donald O'Connor and Mickey Rooney.

4. Valentino (1977) and White Nights (1985).

5. Bette Davis and Shirley Jones.

6. Beau Bridges and Marjoe Gortner.

7. Jack Benny and Anne Bancroft.

8. Ronald Reagan and Johnny Weissmuller.

9. Marshall Thompson and Sigourney Weaver.

10. James Garner and Ronald Colman.

11. James MacArthur and Spencer Tracy.

12. Bill Bixby and Tony Curtis.

13. Marshall Thompson and Anthony Hopkins.

14. Gregory Peck and Disney's Pinocchio.

15. Steve McQueen and James Caan.

48 comments:

  1. I think I know several of these but I'll just mention a couple:

    7. Jack Benny and Anne Bancroft starred in different versions of To Be Or Not To Be.

    12. Both played magicians. Bixby starred in the TV show The Magician and Curtis played Harry Houdini.

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    1. Thanks for getting this edition off to a terrific start, Jerome!

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  2. 1. They both played famous real life singers in films, Day played Ruth Etting in Love Me Of Leave Me - Busey played Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story.

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    1. I thought that might be a hard one, proving once again how smart you are!

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  3. 14. Whales - Peck in Moby Dick and Monstro in Pinocchio

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  4. 9. Thompson and Weaver were both trapped on spaceships with bloodthirsty monsters, the former in It! The Terror from Beyond Space and Weaver in Alien.

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    1. Yes! I always think of ALIEN as a sort of a remake of IT.

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  5. Garner and Colman both played amnesiacs. Garner in Mister Buddwig and Colman in Random Harvest.

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    1. I also thought of they both played professional gamblers - Colman in The Man Who Broke The Bank In Monte Carlo and Garner of course on Maverick

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    2. That's a nifty connection, too!

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  6. 2. Mickey did an earlier movie on the Firty Dozen idea - Secret Invasion.

    3. Francis The Talking Mule. Mickey actually owned the rights but was advised to sell.

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    1. Well done on #3. That's an intriguing answer on #2. There's another less interesting one, too.

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    2. On 3 - they both also played Huck Finn - Mickey in The Adventures of Huck Finn and O'Connor in Tom Sawyer, Detective.

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  7. Questions still needing answers are: 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, and 15.

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    1. Indeed! They both had chimp problems in movies.

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  9. 15. One thing linking McQueen and Caan is that both played San Francisco police detectives, Steve as Bullitt and James in Freebie and the Bean.

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    1. That's one connection - I can think of 2 more between McQueen and Caan -- 1) They both played US sailors, McQueen in The San Pebbles and Caan in Cinderella Liberty. And 2) they both played thieves, Caan in the film Thieves and McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair.

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    2. And, believe it or not, there's still another connection between these actors.

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    3. 15. They both starred in Sam Peckinpah movies--McQueen in "Junior Bonner" and "The Getaway," Caan in "The Killer Elite."

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  10. 7. To Be or Not to Be starred Jack, and the remake starred Anne.

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    1. Yes! You and Jerome both got this one.

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  11. There are still answers for 2, 5, 6, 11, 13, and 16.

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    1. You've got #4 still unanswered as well that missed both your 'left' lists. So here's the one I think of for #4 - 2 x-ballet dancers - Valentino with Rudolf Nureyev and White Nights with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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  12. 15. McQueen and Caan both played gamblers. McQueen in The Cincinnati Kid and Caan in The Gambler.

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    1. Very good! That was the first connection we thought of (though the others are great, too).

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  13. 2. Both acted under (at least) two names?

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    1. Bill, you are a font of knowledge! There's yet another connection between Charles and Mickey.

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  14. 11. Spencer Tracy and James MacArthur both acted in movies based on novels by Conrad Richter. Tracy in The Sea of Grass (a great film by the way) and MacArthur in The Light in the Forest.

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    1. I had no idea (and, sadly, need to see SEA OF GRASS). There's even another connection between these actors.

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  15. You've got #4 still unanswered as well that missed both your 'left' lists. So here's the one I think of for #4 - 2 x-ballet dancers - Valentino with Rudolf Nureyev and White Nights with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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  16. 5. Bette Davis appeared with Shirley Jones' then husband, Jack Cassidy, in "Bunny O'Hare" (1971).

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  17. 11. Mountain climbing movies - Tracy in The Mountain and MacArthur in Third Man on the Mountain.

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  18. There are still answers needed for three questions. Here are some hints: For #2, Rooney and Bronson played real-life figures who shared the same occupation; for #6, Bridges and Gortner starred in movies loosely based on the same literary source; and for for #13, Thompson and Hopkins played characters who shared the same occupation.

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  19. 2. Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly...

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  20. Ok, I'm a little late to the party this month, but: #6: Beau Bridges was in the movie Village of the Giants, and Marjoe Gortner was in the film Food of the Gods, both of which were based a story by H.G. Wells.

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    1. Awesome job, John! That turned out to be a pretty hard question.

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  21. 13. Veterinarians - Anthony Hopkins in All Creatures Great and Small and Marshall Thompson in Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion and the TV show Daktari.

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    1. Well done, beachgal! Thanks for closing out this edition of the Movie-TV Connection Game. Thanks to everyone who played.

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