A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival — Part 3

The “So You Think You Know Movies” trivia contest is held each year in the historic Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel.

It’s (finally) pleasantly warm outside, putting me in mind of the glorious weather in L.A. . . . and reminding me that it’s a great time for the next installment of my year-round coverage of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.

This month’s post takes a look at what has become a tradition for me at the festival – the “So You Think You Know Movies” trivia contest, in which I’ve participated each of the seven years that I’ve attended TCMFF. Hosted by the charmingly erudite Bruce Goldstein, Repertory Director of New York’s Film Forum and founder of Rialto Pictures, the trivia contest is no walk in the park – there have been years when I haven’t known a single answer. This year was different, though – of the 16 questions, I actually knew he answers to two! (Woot!)

I had the great good fortune to meet James Karen at the 2017 TCM film festival.

The 2019 contest opened with a tribute to actor James Karen, who’d been a special surprise guest at the contest for several years. A featured performer in such films as The China Syndrome (1979) and Poltergeist (1982), and countless TV shows (including All My Children, as the original Linc Tyler!) Mr. Karen passed away in October 2018 at the age of 94. The trivia contest was dedicated to his memory. He was truly missed – it was always a treat to see him in the room.

Unlike previous contests, this year’s event contained multiple choice questions – but with a twist: each question could have one, two or even three correct answers! (It’s always something!) Because of the rapid fire delivery of the questions, and the numerous possible answers, I was barely able to jot them all down, but I did manage to capture a few. Play along and see if you know any of these answers – and no Googling!

1. Of these classic films – Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and Gone With the Wind, which character actor played in all three?

  • Isabel Jewell
  • Ona Munson
  • Gus Schilling
  • Gino Corrado

2.  Which of the follow actors starred in The Invisible Man Returns (1940)?

  • Lon Chaney
  • Vincent Price
  • Basil Rathbone
  • George Sanders
  • Tom Conway

3.  Which of the members of the Little Rascals was nominated for an Academy Award?

  • Jackie Cooper
  • Dickie Moore
  • Stymie Beard
  • Darla Hood
  • Alfalfa Switzer
  • Tommy “Butch” Bond
  • Spanky MacFarland
  • Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas
  • Gordon “Porky” Lee

4.  In which movie were the credits entirely sung?

  • Broadway Melody (1929)
  • Hollywood Revue (1929)
  • Show of Shows (1929)
  • Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
  • Skiddoo (1968)

And as a bonus, here are a few more questions, for which I didn’t have time to write all of the choices. See if you can come up with the answers to these!

Who did this singing in this scene?

5. Who played the Mary Astor role in the 1932 version of The Maltese Falcon?

6. Which actor who played a movie butler lent his name to a fast-food chain?

7. Who was the singing voice of Rita Hayworth in Gilda’s “Put the Blame on Mame”?

8. Who played Miss Lonelyhearts in Rear Window (1954)?

9. Who played the songwriter in Rear Window (1954)?

10. What film was the inspiration for Singin’ in the Rain (1952)?

Scroll down (way, way down) for the answers. And join me next month for another installment in A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival!














  1. Gino Corrado
  2. Vincent Price
  3. Jackie Cooper
  4. Skiddoo
  5. Bebe Daniels
  6. Arthur Treacher
  7. Anita Ellis
  8. Judith Evelyn
  9. Ross Bagdesarian
  10. The Cameraman (1928):

~ by shadowsandsatin on June 26, 2019.

6 Responses to “A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival — Part 3”

  1. Hey- that was fun !!!!!

  2. Great stuff–thank you! Got one right (Arthur Treacher)

  3. The only two I knew were Jackie Cooper and Arthur Treacher (the easy ones)! LOL

  4. Oh boy, those trivia questions are difficult!

    I really liked the video you posted comparing Singin’ in the Rain to Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman.

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