Monday, December 18, 2017

The Movie-TV Connection Game (December 2017)

Ronald Reagan and Kurt Russell.
Seasons greeting to all! For those who have never played this 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. Donald Sutherland and Nicole Kidman.

2. Kurt Russell and Ronald Reagan.

3. Richard Boone and Karl Malden (might be a toughie!).

4. Tom Tryon and Jeff Bridges.

5. Steve McQueen and James Garner.

6. Raquel Welch and Lily Tomlin.

7. Kenneth More and Barbara Stanwyck.

8. Robert Horton and Frank Converse.

9. Charles Bronson and Frank Sinatra.

10. Glenn Ford and Karen Valentine.

11. James Stewart and Richard Roundtree.

12. James Stewart and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

13. Dick Van Dyke and Frankie Avalon.

14. John Wayne and Fess Parker.

15. Jack Lemmon and Paul Lynde.

39 comments:

  1. # 1 Sutherland and Kidman both appeared in movie versions of Finney's "The Body Snatchers". Sutherland appeared in the best version, the 1978 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (which I think is even better than the 50s original. Kidman appeared in the not very good 2007 "The Invasion".

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    1. Very good. I think Kidman's version is OK, but the original, the '78 remake, and even the one with Gabrielle Anwar are better.

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  2. Robert Horton and Frank Converse both starred as amnesiac lead characters on tv series. Horton in "A Man Called Shenandoah" and Converse in the memorable but alas short lived "Coronet Blue."

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    1. Well done! I agree that CORONET BLUE was too short-lived. Should be out on DVD!

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  3. # 11: Richard Roundtree starred in Shaft and Jimmy Stewart in Hawkins, the two recurring segments in The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies.

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    1. A pretty odd pair for the same time slot (along with the made-for-TV movies)!

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  4. 10. Teachers -- Ford/Blackboard Jungle, Valentine/TV's Room 222

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  5. 6. Shrinking -- Lili Tomlin/The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Raquel/Fantastic Voyage

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    1. Very good! I thought that was a might be a little (get it?) difficult.

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  6. 11. Private detectives - Stewart/Vertigo, Roundtree/Shaft

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    1. That is true, though I was going for the Tuesday Night Movie connection mentioned earlier.

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  7. Another fine quiz. 14.) Both men played Davy Crockett, Wayne in The Alamo and Parker on TV for Disney.
    15.)Both actors played warlocks, Lemmon in the film Bell, Book and Candle and Lynde as Uncle Arthur on TV's Bewitched.

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  8. I forgot #12. Julie Adams is the link; she was Stewart's wife on the short-lived The Jimmy Stewart Show and the object of Mr. Lagoon's affection in Creature.

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  9. #3 A couple of possible connections-Both were featured in Boone's film debut, 1951's Halls of Montezuma and both played villains opposite Marlon Brando (Malden in One-Eyed Jacks and Boone in Night of the Following Day)

    #12 I agree that Julie Adams is the connection but my initial thought was that the more specific link was that they both co-starred in early-1950s Universal movies opposite Julie Adams (1952's Bend of the Rive and 1954's Creature From the Black Lagoon).

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    1. Some great answers on #3. I was going for the San Francisco connection mentioned below, but your answers are excellent. That's true about Julie Adams movies (one of the nicest actresses I've interviewed).

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  10. 5. Two connections: Garner and McQueen were both in The Great Escape and they both did films about auto racing, Grand Prix and Le Mans.

    7. They were both in films about the Titanic, Stanwyck in the 1953 Titanic and More in A Night To Remember.

    BY the way, Coronet Blue came out on DVD earlier this year.

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    1. Right on both counts! (I was going for the less obvious auto racing connection on Steve and Jim). Thanks for the tip on CORONET BLUE.

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  11. 3. San Francisco - Boone in his TV series, Have Gun Will Travel, his character Palidin's HQ was in the fictional SF Hotel Carlton. Of course Malden in TV series The Streets of San Francisco.

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    1. I thought that was another difficult question, too. There's just no stumping you people!

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  12. #5 Another connection: both parlayed starring roles in 1950s TV westerns into hugely successful 1960s big screen careers

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  13. A recap! Questions still needing an answer: 2, 4, 9, and 13.

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  14. #2 Both co-starred with chimpanzees (Reagan in Bedtime for Bonzo and Russell in The Barefoot Executive)

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    1. Wow, just two questions are left now!

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  15. 9. Sinatra & Bronson appeared together in 1963's Four For Texas, directed by Robert Aldrich.

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  16. Okay, how about 4.) Both actors played extraterrestrials with human "spouses", Tryon in I Married a Monster from Outer Space and Bridges in Starman.

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  17. #9 Apart from Bronson appearing in the Sinatra films Never So Few and 4 for Texas, both portrayed paid assassins-Sinatra in Suddenly and Bronson in The Mechanic

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    1. All true and very impressive! There's still another connection, too.

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  18. 9. Little far out, but human looking masks - House of Wax, Adrian Messinger....

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  19. Sorry that a busy day kept me from the quiz. You put together a dandy.

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  20. 13. Chimps - Van Dyke in Lt. Robin Crusoe USN -- Frankie in Sergent Deadhead

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    1. That's true and bonus points just for mentioning SERGEANT DEADHEAD. Another connection is that both co-starred with Morey Amsterdam.

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  21. I posted about Bronson and Sinatra in 4 for Texas yesterday, but gremlins must have kept the post from appearing! ;) Bronson also appeared in the Sinatra TV special, Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet To Come, which aired on CBS in 1990.

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  22. I love all these Bronson-Sinatra connections. Who would've thunk? Another one is that both starred in movies set aboard trains: Bronson in BREAKHEART PASS and Sinatra in VON RYAN'S EXPRESS (one of his best films).

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  23. That concludes this month's game. Thanks everyone for playing--you're the best! Happy holidays!

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