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Weekly Trivia - 15th October

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Water (1985)

According to reports this movie was "meant to be a parody of the recent invasions of Grenada and the Falkland Island." and to also star John Cleese.


Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Sherry Jackson's character Carol utters the quote "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!", which many years later became indelibly associated with Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s.


Midnight Lace (1960)

In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that to prepare herself for one of the terror scenes, she recalled a time when her first husband, trombonist Al Jorden, dragged her out of bed when she was ill and pregnant and hurled her against a wall. Day related that in the scene she wasn't acting hysterical, she was hysterical, and at the end of the take, she collapsed in a real faint. She was carried to her dressing room, and Producer Ross Hunter shut down production for a few days while she recovered..


Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Columbia and Frank Capra intended to make a sequel to this movie, starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, entitled "Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington", based on the story "The Gentleman from Wyoming" (alternately called "The Gentleman from Montana" by both contemporary and modern sources) by Lewis R. Foster. This story was instead turned into the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), directed by Frank Capra and starring Arthur and James Stewart.


Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Sir Richard Attenborough got the financial backing for the movie after singing and dancing though the score for "Paramount Pictures'" boss Charlie Bluhdorn, who handed him a check for six million dollars, on the proviso he got six international stars for the movie. Attenborough did better, he got thirteen, most of which did it for the minimum daily rate.


Prince Valiant (1954)

The comic strip, "Prince Valiant," was created by Hal Foster (1892-1982) in 1937. As of 2019, it was still running in more than 300 Sunday newspapers. Foster last drew the strip in 1971. Since then, eight other artists have drawn the classic strip.


The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

John Huston was originally set to direct this film, but left the production some 17 days before shooting was due to begin. Bryan Forbes agreed to take over in order to have the experience of directing Katharine Hepburn, who became a close friend; he also insisted on hiring Ray Simm, a regular collaborator, as the set designer, and several last-minute alterations were made to already-built settings. Forbes also gave Michael J. Lewis his first job as a film composer.


The Card (1952)

At the end, the town band strikes up the Colonel Bogey March. The same piece of music became better known as the theme from the Sir Alec Guinness movie The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).


The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

In reality, Gary Cooper was decidedly not a fan of baseball and required extensive coaching in order to look even passable on a baseball diamond. In fact, he had never played the game before, even as a youth, and had never even seen a baseball game in person until he was hired for this film.


Captain Horatio Hornblower  (1951)

Stanley Baker had been struggling to find acting work, but after he was cast as Mr. Harrison the boatswain shortly before his twenty-second birthday, he was never out of work again. His most prominent role would be the lead character in Zulu (1964).



A Star Is Born (1954)

George Cukor offered Marlon Brando the role of Norman Maine on the set of Julius Caesar (1953). "Why would you come to me?" asked Brando. "I'm in the prime of my life... If you're looking around for some