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Film Noir

written by: astardiva
 
The black & white films made famous by such notable entries as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Out of the Past" were called Film Noir. These were highly stylized slick atmospheric tales involving murder, blackmail, beautiful women, tough PIs and betrayal. For the trivia film buff, here are some questions that have befuddled and amused me over the years.

Question 1:


Said to be the first of the Film Noir genre, "The Maltese Falcon" starred Humphrey Bogart as the one and only Sam Spade. How many appearances did Bogart make as this character?
3
4
6
1

Question 2:


"The Killers" was a film based on a short story written by Ernest Hemingway, which starred Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner.
False
True

Question 3:


In 1971 one of the classics of the Film Noir genre was made in color - "Chinatown." The cast was stellar, as well as the director. Can you name him?
Roman Polanski
William Friedkin
John Huston
Billy Wilder

Question 4:


"Laura" is one of the most memorable films made in the Film Noir genre, even more so thanks to Clifton Webb's performance. What was his film character's name?
Whit Sterling
Waldo Lydecker
Kaspar Gutman
Jules Amthor

Question 5:


Orson Welles directed what some have said is his best venture into Film Noir, "The Lady from Shanghai." In what city did most of the story take place?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 6:


A notable movie in the Film Noir genre is "Out of the Past." This movie featured Robert Mitchum as Jeff Bailey, who is forced to confront his past by one unsavory adversary, played by an actor who is not known for his roles playing a heavy. Name him.
Vincent Price
Raymond Burr
Charles Laughton
Kirk Douglas

Question 7:


What might be one of the best crime caper films of all time, "The Asphalt Jungle", offered memorable performances by Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, James Whitmore and Jean Hagen. However, a bit role was played by an actress who was to become legendary and an icon in the industry. Can you name her?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 8:


The famous fictional modern detective Philip Marlowe was played by many actors over the years, from Humphrey Bogart to Elliot Gould. Can you name the author who created him.
Raymond Chandler
Mickey Spilane
Dashiell Hammett
Cornell Woolrich

Question 9:


"Mildred Pierce" put Joan Crawford's name back up there in lights. It was nominated for several Academy Awards. Both Ann Blyth and Eve Arden were nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
False
True

Question 10:


"Body Heat", written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan of Star Wars, has everything; scheming lovers, murder, blackmail and betrayal. Can you name the actor who played Matty Walkers' doomed husband, Edmund?
E. G. Marshall
Harvey Keitel
Peter Boyle
Richard Crenna

 


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