Monday, January 20, 2020

Movie-TV Connection Game (January 2020)

A Robert Preston and Elton John connection.
The rules:  You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers and will be required to 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. Yes, that's means we're looking for something in particular!

1. Danny Kaye and Yul Brynner.

2. Claude Rains and Ben Murphy.

3. Ben Murphy and Robert Redford.

4. Roger Moore and Barry Nelson.

5. John Denver and Connie Stevens.

6. The TV series Hawaiian Eye and Walt Disney's film Pinocchio.

7. The TV series Love, American Style and Happy Days.

8. Albert Finney and Tony Randall.

9. Michael Caine and Peter Fonda.

10. John Travolta and David Soul.

11. Paul Newman and Ben Gazzara.

12. The TV series The High Chaparral and Harry O.

13. Elton John and Robert Preston.

14. Sidney Poitier and Bette Davis.

15. The TV series The FBI and The Invaders.

31 comments:

  1. I'll take the easy ones.

    4. James Bond
    8. Hercule Poirot
    15. Quinn Martin

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  2. 2. Invisibility. Claude Rains in The Invisible Man, Ben Murphy in the TV series Gemini Man.

    5. Both worked with George Burns, Denver in Oh God!, Stevens as a faux Gracie Allen in the series Wendy And Me.

    12. Henry Darrow was on both shows.

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    1. Nice job, Jerome! I wasn't sure anyone would remember the short-lived GEMINI MAN.

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  3. 7. Love, American Style had an episode called 'Love & the Television Set' featuring Richie & family from Happy Days. And that became the pilot for Happy Days.

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  4. You mean Albert Finney in #8? (Appears as Albert Finley)

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  5. #3 Ben Murphy starred in "Alias Smith and Jones", a similar role to Robert Redford's role in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".

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  6. #9 Michael Caine was the actor in mind for starring in the movie "The Limey". But Peter Fonda got the role.

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    1. That is true, but there's also another connection.

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  7. 11. Paul Newman played Brick in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF on screen; Gazzara played the role on Broadway.

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  8. 10. My best guess is that they each had a top 10 single on the charts while starring on their respective ABC hits in the late 1970s: "Let Her In" for Travolta and "Don't Give Up on Us" for Soul.

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    1. And you are correct! Soul's hit went to No. 1 while Travolta's peaked at 10.

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  9. Still needing answers are: 1, 6, 9, 13, and 14.

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  10. Insects are the key to numbers 6 and 9. Both Caine and Fonda were the stars of bee-themed movies, "The Swarm" and "Ulee's Gold," respectively. Meanwhile,"Hawaiian Eye" co-starred Connie Stevens as "Cricket" Blake, while a cricket named Jiminy was the co-star of "Pinocchio." Thanks for another fun quiz.

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    1. Well done, Al! Bee and crickets are right.

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  11. 14. Man Who Came to Dinner/Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

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    1. That's a fun connection, but there is another one.

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  12. 14. Poitier and Davis both played teachers of underprivileged youth. Poitier in To Sir with Love and Davis in The Corn in Green.

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  13. And that is the connection we were looking for with these two actors.

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  14. Only remaining questions: 1 and 13.

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  15. Almost missed the party this time! But here's the answer for number 1: Danny Kaye and Yul Brynner both appeared in the Katharine Hepburn film, The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969).

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    1. That is true, but there's also another connection.

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  16. 1. Both did musical remakes of non-musical films.

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  17. 13. Both men played the title role in films based on the writings of Russian author Nikolai Gogol, Kaye in "The Inspector General" and Brynner as "Taras Bulba."

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    1. And that’s a terrific one for #1 as well. Another connection (who would have thought they were so many?) is that they both starred in movies about lookalikes: Kaye in On the Riviera and Brynner in The Double Man.

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  18. To wrap up this game, the answer for #13 is movies featuring arcade games: Elton John in Tommy and Robert Preston in The Last Starfighter.

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