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05/22/2022 Hollywood Trivia   2 comments

Since the weather for the last two weeks has been iffy, I’ve been forced to binge watch a boatload of movies. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just awful. As much as I enjoy the current crop of movies with all of their special effects, I still enjoy going back 40 or 50 years and watching some of the classics. I hope the weather changes soon because truthfully, I’m getting really tired of watching movies. With that thought in mind I decided to offer up some good old movie trivia facts. I hope you find a few things that surprise you.

  • We all loved that high squeaky voice that Mickey Mouse had in his early movies. The person responsible for that voice is none other than Walt Disney himself.
  • In a charity event in 1984, Elton John was featured as ‘Mother Goose’. Sir John Gielgud costarred as the Egg Yolk.
  • In the Muppet Movie, Miss Piggy’s singing voice was dubbed by Johnny Mathis.
  • In his early years, Dean Martin, boxed under the name Kid Crochet.
  • In the 1939 film, The Return of Dr. X, one of the zombies was played by Humphrey Bogart.
Jor-el
  • In the 1931 film Public Enemy starring Jimmy Cagney, the musical theme of the movie was “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”.
  • The famous actor John Barrymore had a vulture for a pet that would sit on his knee and hiss.
  • The beautiful Belgian born Audrey Hepburn changed her name from Edda van Heemstra upon her arrival in Hollywood.
  • Temperamental star Marlon Brando’s was paid 3.7 million dollars for his brief appearance as Jor-el in the first Superman movie. He also sued the production company and received another 15 million for his share of the box-office receipts.
  • In the 1920’s film Every Sailor, one of the beautiful and talented chorus girls in the show was Jimmy Cagney.

BINGE AWAY, PEOPLE

09-08-2013   Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I served up a trivia test on Television and Radio in an attempt to determine the depths of my readership’s trivia knowledge.  I did a moderately sucky job on the last test as did most of you.  Never one to be discouraged I’ve decided to try again but with a different topic.  This series of trivia questions concern Movies. 

I’ve been a huge movie fan for most of my life, especially with movies from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.  this will be a plethora of useless knowledge I hope you all find entertaining.

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1.   What famous character actor paired for a career in psychiatry, studying and working with pioneer psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, before he turned to performing?

2.   What actor and one time New York Yankee batboy portrayed Babe Ruth in 1948 movie biography,The Sultan of Swat?

3.   Who dubbed Miss Piggy’s singing voice in The Muppet Movie?

4.   What was the only horror film in which Humphrey Bogart appeared?

5.   Who played Scorpio, the sadistic killer, in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film, Dirty Harry?

6.   What starring role did film stars Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman all turn down, despite a contract offer of $4 million?

7.   Who dubbed Lauren Bacall’s singing voice in the movie To Have and Have Not, her screen debut and first pairing with future husband Humphrey Bogart?

8.   Who said, " If I had as many love affairs as you have given me credit for, I would now be speaking to you from a jar in the Harvard Medical School"?

9.   What was the name of the stray alley cat adopted by Holly Golightly, portrayed by Audrey Hepburn, in the 1961 movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

10. What was the first name of Lt. Bullitt, the down-and-dirty San Francisco   detective portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1968 hit movie, Bullitt?

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I managed to score a six this time around and actually surprised myself a little.  On a good day these could be considered difficult questions. The answers will be posted tomorrow and good luck. 

06-27-2013   Leave a comment

It’s time to get back to the kind of postings everyone seems to enjoy.  So today will be all about celebrities.  It must be nice to have the ability to change your name at any time. There have been times in my life when I wished I could change my name and start fresh some where else.  A really cool name that sounded just right and might make help people to remember me.  I always thought my first name was dull because it seemed to be overused.  JOHN!  How boring can you get?  For a time I was called Charlie based on my middle name but it didn’t stick.  I also never was able to pull off a really cool nickname and to this day I still don”t understand why. 

Oh well, lets move along to today’s posting.  I’m going to supply you with two lists, each with fifteen names. The first will contain the names of fifteen famous celebs you should be familiar with and  a second list of fifteen with their original birth names.  Some will be easy to figure out but most will be much more difficult.  No fair sneaking off to use search engines because that’s just cheating.  I’ll post both lists tomorrow with the correct answers.

The Celebrity Aliases

  • Boris Karloff
  • Mary Pickford
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Samuel Goldwyn
  • W.C. Fields
  • Martin Sheen
  • Michael Keaton
  • Roy Rogers
  • Dale Evans
  • Mel Brooks
  • Jane Wyman
  • Whooping Goldberg
  • Joan Crawford
  • Woody Allen
  • Charlie Sheen

Now for their real birth names.  It makes it much easier to understand why their names were changed.  I can’t imagine seeing some of these names in the credits at the end of a film.  Maybe their agents, friends, and studio heads were correct.  Here are their actual names in no particular order.  Match them up if you can.

The Actual Monikers

  • Michael Douglas
  • Carlos Esteves
  • Melvin Kominsky
  • William Henry Pratt
  • Edda Van Heemsta
  • Francis Octavia Smith
  • Leonard Slye
  • Allen Stewart Kinigsberg
  • Gladys Smith
  • Sam Goldfish
  • Lucille Le Sueur
  • Sarah Jane Folks
  • Caryn Johnson
  • William Claude Dunkenfield
  • Ramon Esteves

I told you they’d be tough.  I honestly struggled to get just four correct. More useless information is scheduled for tomorrow along with todays answers.  Have fun.

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