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Everybody loves newspaper movies, right? Cigar-chomping editors, crusading reporters, scrappy newshens and the guy downstairs yelling, “Stop the presses!” Let’s see if you’ve been reading something other than the sports pages.
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Question 1 of 10
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN certainly had an all-star cast, but only one of its male actors received an Oscar nomination. Which one?Correct
Robards was nominated—and won—for playing Ben Bradlee. (The following year he won again as Dashiell Hammett in JULIA.) Interestingly, Bradlee’s son, Ben Jr., was played by John Slattery in another Oscar- winning newspaper film, SPOTLIGHT.Incorrect
Question 2 of 10
DEADLINE USA starred Humphrey Bogart as a fearless editor. What soon to be famous star has a blink- and-you’ll-miss-him bit as a pressman?Correct
It was his third appearance in a feature film, after bits in FIXED BAYONETS and SAILOR BEWARE.Incorrect
Question 3 of 10
In HIS GIRL FRIDAY, Cary Grant tells his moll that Ralph Bellamy’s character looks like what movie star?Correct
Howard Hawks and Charles Lederer had no problem bending the fourth wall with this much-loved gag.Incorrect
Question 4 of 10
The recent Oscar-winner SPOTLIGHT primarily takes place in what city?Correct
The newsroom of the Boston Globe was meticulously recreated on a soundstage in Toronto, though the actual exteriors were used.Incorrect
Question 5 of 10
Sam Fuller’s novel THE DARK PAGE, about an editor who murders a woman and then watches in horror as his crack reporter appears to be solving the case, was filmed under what title?Correct
Although the plot of this Phil Karlson classic resembles the prior THE BIG CLOCK, Sam’s novel also predates the Kenneth Fearing novel that CLOCK was based on.Incorrect
Question 6 of 10
Speaking of Sam Fuller, his most personal film, PARK ROW, features what familiar comedy actor/cartoon voice as Steve Brodie, the man who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and survived?Correct
O’Hanlon was already playing Joe McDoakes in the long-running series of comedy shorts, but is of course best-remembered as the voice of George Jetson.Incorrect
Question 7 of 10
In Billy Wilder’s version of THE FRONT PAGE, who plays the “two-bit hooker” Molly Malloy?Correct
A definite change-of-pace for the legendary comedienne. Sarandon was also in the film, but she played Jack Lemmon’s fiancée.Incorrect
Question 8 of 10
In NOTHING SACRED, Walter Connolly plays a newspaper editor with a soon-to-be-famous name. What is it?Correct
One of many movie characters with names that later became famous via real people (e.g., Steve Martin, John Kennedy, Kate Bosworth, Anthony Anderson, Chuck Connors, etc.).Incorrect
Question 9 of 10
In CITIZEN KANE, Kane inherits a newspaper. What’s it called?Correct
As a youngster in Chicago, Orson Welles actually worked as a critic for the Highland Park News.Incorrect
Question 10 of 10
Fast-talking Lee Tracy spent much of his screen career playing smart-ass newspapermen. In which of these does he NOT play that role?Correct
A trick question: he plays a radio reporter! Tracy had originated the role of Hildy Johnson on Broadway in THE FRONT PAGE, but the movie gave it to the better-known Pat O’Brien. Tracy nevertheless played variations of it for years afterwards.Incorrect