Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Movie-TV Connection Game (June 2014 Edition)

These two have a connection?
This is the second edition of our latest game. In the questions below, you'll be given be a pair of films, TV series, performers, or any combination thereof. Your task is to find the common connection between the pair. It could be anything--two stars who acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common theme, a film that inspired a TV series, etc. For example, suppose the pair was: the Perry Mason TV series and Errol Flynn. The connection is the 1935 film The Case of the Curious Bride, which starred Warren William as Perry Mason and Errol Flynn as a murder victim. As always, don't answer all the questions so others can play, too. There is a single best answer for each question. Good luck!

1. James Garner and Steve McQueen (it's not The Great Escape). 

2. David Niven and Leslie Howard. 

3. Ginger Rogers and Jerry Lewis. 

4. Ray Milland and Patrick McGoohan. 

5. The TV series It Takes a Thief and the film The Towering Inferno.

6. Tom Cruise and Peter Graves. 

7. Johnny Weissmuller and Charlton Heston. 

8. Laurence Olivier and Peter Cushing. 

9. Raquel Welch and Carole Landis. 

10. I Love Lucy and My Three Sons (an easy one!).

11. Richard Burton and the 1966-71 TV series Dark Shadows.

12. Cornel Wilde and Robert Taylor.

13. Timothy Carey and Paul Newman.

14. Agnes Moorehead and Veronica Lake.

15. Janet Leigh and James Stewart (this one is a stretch...and it's not Hitchcock!).

28 comments:

  1. #10: William Frawley was on both I Love Lucy and My 3 Sons. He was Fred Mertz, the Ricardo's landord. Then he was Bub, the first "manny" for the Douglas household, before Uncle Charley came on the scene(William Demarest). #2 Wild guess, but both Niven and Howard acted with Merle Oberon. NIven in Wuthering Heights and Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernal.

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  2. #3 Lewis starred in the remake of The Major and the Minor, You're Never Too Young.

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  3. Jenni, #10 is correct! So is #2, but there is a better answer, Anonymous, you're right on target with your response to #3.

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  4. 5. Robert Wagner and Fred Astaire in both.
    6. Both Mission Impossible stars.
    1. Both made their names in tv westerns, Maverick and Wanted Dead or Alive.

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    1. David, all your answers are correct! Actually, I was thinking of even another connection for #1.

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    2. James Garner replaced Steve MacQueen in Grand Prix.

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  5. #9 Carole Landis starred in "One Million B.C.". Raquel Welch starred in "One Million Years B.C."

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  6. #14. Both played witches. Agnes Moorehead on "Bewitched" and, deep sigh, Veronica Lake in "I Married a Witch"

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  7. 15. Both appeared in The Naked Spur.

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    1. You know, I didn't even think of that when I wrote the question...and I love the Stewart-Mann Westerns. There is a more obscure connection, too.

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  8. #2 Niven and Howard both starred in a British war movie, Spitfire, and Howard also directed it.

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    1. That's true, but would you believe there is yet another famous connection?

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  9. I'd offer an additional link for #1 - both Garner (Grand Prix) and McQueen (LeMans) starred in movies about auto racing.

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    1. Mitchell, that was the one I was looking for!

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  10. 7. Jungle movies
    13. Pool films (game, not swimming place)

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    1. Toto, that's impressive that you got #13! Your 7 is correct, but there's a more specific connection.

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  11. 4. Both played villains on Columbo.
    7. Johnny was king of the apes, Charlton landed on the Planet of the Apes.
    8. Both played Van Helsing in Dracula films.

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  12. David, you're on all counts, identitying some different--and better connections--in cases in some cases. Yes, Milland was on COLUMBO twice, once as the villain. He and McGoohan share another connection, too, involving co-stars. You got the same answer as me on #7. You identified a better connection on #8! I forgot Olivier played Van Helsing. He and Cushing also share another, less interesting connection.

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  13. 11. Richard Burton and Grayson Hall in Night of the Iguana.

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  14. Well done, David. I thought that was a toughie.

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  15. 12. Both played Sir Lancelot.

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  16. With David's answer for #12, that wraps up this edition of the connection game. For the record, there are other correct answers for 4, 8, and 15. For #4, Ray Milland and Patrick McGoohan both played in movies about cats (RHUBARB and THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA, respectively). For #12, Olivier and Cushing starred the same film version of HAMLET. And for #15, the connection was rabbits. Janet Leigh faced giant ones in NIGHT OF THE LEPUS and James Stewart had a a rabbit friend in HARVEY. Of course, Harvey was technically a pooka--but then, I said this connection was a stretch!

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  17. Actually Rick29, on #15, Harvey is also a giant rabbit so the incredibly obscure connection is giant rabbits, not rabbits.

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  18. Really excellent quiz, tough but fair. Thanks for a great job!

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