Clash of the Titans


The tally for this year’s quiz (May 16) was something of a dead heat between 1998 winner Morton Tankus and 1999 champ Derek Davidson, clearly the Frazier and Ali of local trivia-mongering movieheads. But Davidson inches out of the tie by disclosing that “See You Next Wednesday” does in fact “appear” in Animal House (question 13), as a smidge of background dialogue about five minutes in. Thus a 22-year-old mystery no one cared too much about has been solved; we thought it was a trick question, so all who answered “Nowhere” got a point. But Davidson got extra credit.

Otherwise, pairs of acting sisters (1) numbered nearly a hundred, from Gish to Olsen to the multiple pairings of the Lane, Andrews, Gumm, Gabor, and Phoenix sisters; don’t forget the Snow sisters from Freaks. Twin bro moviemakers (2) came down to, mostly, Boulting, Kuchar, Quay, Polish, Hughes, and Pate, but the Mitchells got a mention. Bros George Sanders and Tom Conway (3) both played the Falcon, and Ernie Orsati III (4) is a busy stuntman just like his ex-Cardinal grandad.

Chris Walken crashed a white van in The Anderson Tapes (5a), Kirk Douglas hunted for his thumb in The Big Sky (b), Bogart sported a mustache in Virginia City (c) (and Isle of Fury, we now know), Jessica Lange bathed in Frances (d), Modot tossed the giraffe in L’Age d’Or (e), Robert Duvall donned the priest’s frock in 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (f), and the Woodman skinned fruit in A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (g). Offscreen (6), Voight ate out in Coming Home (a), Hopkins nursed whipmarks in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (b), Tone bemoaned his fingernails in Lives of a Bengal Lancer (c), Leachman got the pliers in Kiss Me Deadly (d), Bacon rolled his sportster in Diner (e), and Mitchell kicked cans in It’s a Wonderful Life (f). Underground (7), beached chess-players appeared in Deren’s At Land (a), the bomb got sutured with surfers in Conner’s A Movie (b), a starfish starred in Clair’s L’Étoile de Mer (c), flickers comprised both Conrad’s The Flicker (d) and Kubelka’s Arnulf Rainer, and the cocktail-shaker doorbell can be seen in Buñuel/Dalí’s Un Chien Andalou (e).

The dialogue (8) was read by Jim Backus in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (a), Earl Dwire as the odd prison chaplain in Angels With Dirty Faces (b) (a sucker punch, surely), Clifton Webb in The Dark Corner (c), Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise (d), Robert Ryan in Crossfire (e), John Cazale in Dog Day Afternoon (f), and Donald Sutherland in the same Invasion of the Body Snatchers (g). The films-from-novels (9) are Point Blank (a), The Damned (b), Burn, Witch, Burn! (c), The Devil Doll (d), High and Low (e), Soylent Green (f), The Woman in the Window (g), Band of Outsiders (h), Dr. Strangelove (i), and The Mystery of Mr. X AND The Power of Thirteen (j). Poets who have endured filmization (10) range from Homer to Dr. Seuss, but points were awarded all over the place.

Boris Karloff (11) was mute in three of his Universal horror films, and appeared only in the French version of Pardon Us, for a total of four English-free talkies. Rodeo freak James Caan is popularly known as the Jewish Cowboy (12). Apparently easier to research than I thought, the multiple-historical-figure thesps (14) are Harvey Keitel (a), Michel Piccoli (b), Yvonne DeCarlo (c), Klaus Maria Brandauer (d), Ian Keith (e), and Kenneth Colley (f). Of course, Sam Fuller helped liberate Falkenau (15), but although George Stevens merely filmed the Dachau liberation for the ASC, points were awarded for him as well. At Cannes (16), where directors personally get every general award their films garner, only Andrei Tarkovsky and Ken Loach clock in at six.