Tried and True


The winner of this year’s film quiz is Braden Goetz, of Washington, D.C., who works in the U.S. Department of Education. As per Goetz’s request, the $250 prize is being donated by the Voice to the American Red Cross in Greater New York.

The living actor with the longest career (1) is Mickey Rooney, who with this year’s Lady and the Tramp II: Scamps Adventure marks his 75th year in movies. Both Michel Piccoli and Jean-Claude Brialy (2) worked with seven out of the primary nine nouvelle vague directors; Brialy’s penchant for uncredited cameos messed up my original formulation. One would’ve thought that for longtime star-director relationships (3), director Sam Newfield and Al St. John’s 72 features together would rule, but once again Jesus Franco makes the record books, using Lina Romay in 88 films as of this week. Cowboy star Bob Steele was directed 36 times by his father, Robert N. Bradbury (4). We’ve found some 42 film directors, from Ron Shelton to Sammo Hung to Tom Mix to Master P, who were once pro jocks (5)—not collegiate or amateur. A point was awarded for every five names.

The still (6) was from Roland West’s Alibi (1929). The quoted film critics (7) were Raymond Durgnat (A), Parker Tyler (B), Manny Farber (C), and Pauline Kael (D). A sensible application of the Internet Movie Database easily solved question 8; the actors were Joseph Schildkraut (A), Gerard Phillipe (B), G.D. Spradlin (C), Cedric Hardwicke (D), Werner Krauss (E), John Barrymore (F), Moroni Olsen (G), and Miles Mander (H). It was Eddie Foy Jr. (9) who played his father, Eddie Foy, twice, in Yankee Doodle Dandy and Wilson, but Jesse James Jr. also played his dad in a pair of 1921 westerns, and Will Rogers Jr. played his dad three times. All three counted.

Beatty belted down the breakfast of champions in McCabe & Mrs. Miller (10)(A), De Niro smoked dope in Once Upon a Time in America (B), Joan Bennett spat pits in Scarlet Street (C), Warren Oates painted billboards in Badlands (D), Isabelle Huppert was snuffled in a field by Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere in Going Places (E), and Robert Redford cleans up Dustin Hoffmans dropped ash in All the President’s Men (F). As for the quotes (11), they were uttered by Ann Savage in Detour (A), Brad Davis in Midnight Express (B), the despot of the mythical land of What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (C), Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused (D), Lex Barker in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (E), and Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight (F).

The fictional films in production (12) were on view in The Exorcist (A), Bowfinger (B), Hi, Mom (C), Last Tango in Paris (D), and, of course, Peeping Tom (E). The very real films glimpsed on television (13) could be found in Irma Vep (A), Boiler Room (B), Baise-Moi (C), Gremlins (D), The Cable Guy (E), Pulp Fiction (F) and, for Nosferatu (G), Killing Zoe, Love & Sex, King of New York, and Scream 2. The first movie adapted/derived from a TV show was The Goldbergs (1950). The first film to show a working, broadcast-only television was not International House (1933), but the aboriginal British musical, Elstree Calling (1930), a faux television-broadcast revue codirected by Alfred Hitchcock, in which Gordon Harker appears as perhaps the first TV viewer grappling with poor reception.

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