Monday, June 18, 2018

Movie-TV Connection Game (June 2018)

Walter Matthau and Steve Martin.
Welcome to the latest edition of the Cafe's most popular game. As always, you will be given a pair or trio of films or performers and challenged 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. Strother Martin, David Warner, and Stella Stevens.

2. Patric Knowles, Oliva de Havilland, and Rosalind Russell.

3. Clint Walker, Elizabeth Taylor, and Johnny Weismuller.

4. Rod Taylor, Boris Karloff, and Ronald Colman.

5. Jean Arthur and Jill Ireland.

6. David Niven, Dick Powell, and Charles Boyer.

7. Walter Matthau and Steve Martin.

8. Alec Guinness and Clifton Webb.

9. Donald Crisp and Jeanette MacDonald.

10. David Niven, Joseph Cotten, and James Mason.

11. Joan Bennett and Celeste Holm. (This might be a toughie!)

12. Rod Steiger, Spencer Tracy, and Tony Curtis.

13. Clu Gulager and Paul Newman.

14. Jerry Lewis and Fredric March.

15. Hayley Mills and Jeremy Irons.

43 comments:

  1. #8. They both played bigamists. Guinness in The Captain's Paradise and Webb in The Incredible Mr. Pennypacker.

    #15. They both played twins. Mills in The Parent Trap and Irons in Dead Ringers.

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    1. CW, you’re sharp for a Monday morning and got this edition off to s great start!

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  2. 1. They were all in Sam Peckinpah movies, Martin in The Wild Bunch, Warner and Stevens in The Ballad Of Cable Hogue.

    13. Both played Billy The Kid, Gulager in the TV series The Tall Man and Newman in the film The Left-Handed Gun.

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    1. Well done, especially the Billy the Kid question. I think Strother was in CABLE HOGUE, too (a great movie, by the way).

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  3. #6. Niven, Powell and Boyer. Four Star Television.

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  4. 3. Jungle setting films - Clint Walker in his first film, Jungle Gents, Taylor in Elephant Walk and Weismuller in his Tarzan films.

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    1. You are very close! There is a more specific connection among these three (but it's jungle-related).

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    2. Not sure of another jungle connection, but they all starred in films with animals, Taylor in National Velvet, Walker in Night of the Grizzly and Weismuller and the chimp in Tarzan

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    3. Elephants. Walker was in Maya, Taylor in Elephant Walk, and of course, Weismuller saying Ungawa in multiple films with elephants.

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    4. Randy, I totally missed this and apologize! You are absolutely correct. Well done!

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  5. 14. Mad scientist films - in the Nutty Professor and March in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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    1. Great job! (NUTTY PROFESSOR is essentially a variation on Jekyll/Hyde).

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  6. 12. Films they played multi-characters in - Steiger, No Way To Treat A Lady, Tracy Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Tony Curtis Casanova & Co as well as Some Like It Hot

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    1. Very interesting! They also all shared a co-star in common.

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    2. Burt Lancaster -- Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success (and a couple of others), Steiger in Cattle Annie & Little Britches and Tracy in Judgement at Nuremberg.

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  7. I’m impressed...I was actually thinking of Sidney Poitier!

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  8. 5. Jean Arthur co-starred in the film version of "Shane" and Jill Ireland appeared in the TV series.

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    1. Very impressive! Not many folks are familiar with the TV series.

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  9. 7. Matthau and Martin were both in "Movers and Shakers" (1985). Both also played con-men (of a sort) in "The Fortune Cookie" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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    1. Two awesome connections...and there's a third one, too.

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  10. #2 Errol Flynn's co-stars in the 1938 romantic comedy 'Four's a Crowd"

    #11 Both portrayed mental asylum patients-Bennett in 1935's "Private Worlds" and Holm in 1948's "The Snake Pit"

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    1. Two great answers. The one I thought of for Joan and Celeste is a large more obscure...and probably too hard.

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  11. #4 All three played a "Man" of the movies-Colman was "The Man Who Broke The Bank at Monte Carlo"-(1935), Karloff played "The Man Who Changed His Mind"-(1936), "The Man They Could Not Hang"-(1939) and "The Man with Nine Lives"-(1940) and Taylor played "The Man Who Had Power Over Women"-(1970).

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    1. That's cool! There's another less exciting connection, too.

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  12. There are still answers for the following: 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, and 11.

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    1. You've got 2 more answers for #3 above that I think you might have overlooked.

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  13. #9 "LASSIE" co-stars-Crisp appeared in "Lassie Come Home"-(1943), "Son of Lassie"-(1945), "Hills of Home"-(1948) and "Challenge to Lassie"-(1949) while MacDonald appeared in "The Sun Comes Up"-(1949)

    #10 Appeared in 1950s films based on Jules Verne novels-Mason in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"-(1954), Niven in "Around the World in 80 Days"-(1956) and Cotten in "From the Earth to the Moon"-(1958.

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  14. The first one I thought of for #11 was wedding films, Bennett in Father of the Bride and Holme in High Society.

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  15. 4. Amnesia. 36 Hours, Haunted Strangler,Random Harvest.
    11. Letter(s) as plot point. Reckless Moment, Letter to Three Wives.

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    1. Wow, two great answers (I forgot about the amnesia in HAUNTED STRANGLER). There are less interesting connections for both questions.

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  16. #7- I can think of two connections: co-star Diane Keaton (the "Father Of The Bride" remakes and "Hanging Up") and the Ephron sisters (Martin starred in "My Blue Heaven" written by Nora and "Mixed Nuts" involving Nora and Delia, and Matthau in "Hanging Up", basically playing their father)

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  17. #11- OK, here's a real longshot... Celeste Holm guest-starred in a TV show called, "Mr. Novak" and Joan Bennett appeared onstage in "Bell, Book and Candle" in the role later played in the film version by Kim Novak.

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  18. There have been several marvelous answers to #11, which are superior to the first one that occurred to me: Both actresses starred in daytime soaps. Joan Bennett was in DARK SHADOWS and Celeste Holm was in LOVING.

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  19. Although accurate answers have been given for both 4 and 7, there are still worthy connections remaining to be identified for each one.

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  20. #7- Neil Simon and/or Goldie Hawn? She was Matthau's co- star in "Cactus Flower" and Martin's in the remake of Simon's "The Out-Of-Towners". And of course Matthau starred a thousand Simon pieces.

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  21. #7. Both men played dentists in films, Matthau in "Cactus Flower" and Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors."

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    1. Thanks, Anonymous! That's the first connection I thought of and I still think it's a good one.

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  22. And to close out this game, another connection for Rod Taylor (THE BIRDS), Boris Karloff (the second RAVEN), and Ronald Colman (CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR) is...well...birds!


    Thanks to everyone who played this month!

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