1940s Movie Trivia I: See If You Can Identify The Actors, & The Films From The Stills – “Monte, the record, Monte, the record!” Who Said It And In What Film? QUIZ ANSWERS (As Promised!)


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Most of these films are in Black & White,

which may explain why they are so good!

Francie and Johnny Nolan


1 Who is the young actress?

2 What is the film?

3 Who is the female star, missing in this still?

XTRA CREDIT: Name the actor in the still


Peggy Ann Garner and James Dunn as Francie and Johnny Nolan in “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” 1945,

directed by: Elia Kazan


Female star not in still? Dorothy McGuire

Main song from film: Annie Laurie (plays @ site)




4 The Film?

Bottom Still Only:

5 Actor with gun?

6 Actor in center?

7 Actor on right?

8 The Director?

Farley Granger, James Stewart and John Dall in Hitchcock’s “Rope” 1948





9 What is the film?

10 Male Star, not in still?

11 Who is the movie’s villain?

12 What has he done?

13 What is villain trying to do to heroine?

14 Who is heroine in still?

Charles Boyer & Ingrid Bergman, 1944 “Gaslight”


9 What is the film?   Gaslight, 1944… director, George Cukor

10 Male Star not in still? Joseph Cotten

11 Who is the movie’s villain? Charles Boyer

12 What has he done? Boyer murdered Bergman’s aunt, then married her to get possession of her aunt’s jewels

13 What is villain trying to do to heroine? drive Bergman insane

14 Who is heroine in still? Ingrid Bergman


He’s smiling because shooting Nazi commandants is an applause grabber.


15 Actor with enigmatic smile? (If you can’t answer that question, you’re barking up the wrong Post!) Humphrey Bogart



16 If you know 1940s films, you certainly know this guy?Sidney Greenstreet

That Moroccan city in 1940




That Moroccan city today        


17 What are the city and the name of the film? Casablanca, 1942

18 If you answered 15, 16, & 17, you certainly know who the female lead (not pictured here, but elsewhere) was? Ingrid Bergman

19 If you got 18, you certainly know the song Dooley Wilson sang in the picture? Title Song? As Time Goes By





This man is running for governor.  But he won’t win because he didn’t get William Randolph Hurst’s vote.

20 Who is the Actor, playing Hurst?   Orson Welles

21 What is the film?   Citizen Kane, 1941

22 Who is the director?   Orson Welles again



23 Who’s talking on the phone?   Fred MacMurray

24 Who’s holding the insurance documents?   Edward G. Robinson



25 What is the relative, lying on the railroad tracks, to the woman?   Her husband

26 Who is the deadly female?   Barbara Stanwyck

27 Name of the film?   Double Indemnity, 1944

You get XTRA CREDIT for naming the director?   Billy Wilder




“Politically Correct” film before there was such a thing as Political Correctness


28 Actor in the rear?     John Garfield

29 Actress?     Dorothy McGuire

30 Actor on right?     Gregory Peck

31 Film?     Gentleman’s Agreement, 1947

32 Actor on right is faking something: what is he faking?  Being a Jew

What group is discriminated against? Jews




This is the star of a 1948 film.  I couldn’t find any useable stills from the film.  So this is a studio promo photo instead.  Barbara Bel Geddes, of TV’s “Dallas” fame, played her daughter in the film.  The film was later made into a television show, which starred Peggy Wood in the title role.

33 1948 film?     I Remember Mama, 1948

34 Actress?     Irene Dunne

Whose character wrote the story? Bel Geddes: Extra Credit






Tommy Udo: You know what I do to squealers? I let ‘em have it in the belly, so they can roll around for a long time thinkin’ it over. You’re worse than him, tellin’ me he’s comin’ back? Ya lyin’ old hag!

[maniacal laugh]


Maniacal, cold-blooded killer, Tommy Udo, ties up an old woman (Mildred Dunnock) in a wheelchair and laughingly shoves her down a long flight of stairs – and then sadistically chuckles to himself. I really looked for the wheelchair scene, but couldn’t find it anywhere.

35 Who’s the actor? Richard Widmark

36 What’s the film? Kiss Of Death, 1947

37 What actor was nominal star of this film?  Does Samson help! Victor Mature


When I originally published this Post in 2006, I couldn’t find the wheelchair clip described above. Later on I found it, and here it is:


I FOUND IT!  PHOTO ADDED June 3, 2006 – Enjoy!


If you know the actress’ name – the one our Villain is giving a ride – you get Kudos, but no XTRA Credit. Mildred Dunnock

I just couldn’t resist an Encore! Happy Landings!




38 What is the film?     Laura, 1944

39-41 Who are the actors?  She looks pretty good for a corpse!   And NO, this is NOT a Vampire film!

Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb & Vincent Price




No, this is not a vampire film!  She won her Oscar for this role.

She uttered that immortal line, “Monte, the record. Monte, the record!”

42-43 Who are the actors?     Zachary Scott, Joan Crawford

44 What is the film?     Mildred Pierce, 1945





45 Who is she?  Questions don’t get any easier than this!

But NO, Bette was NOT joan’s Best Friend!



46-48 Name the 3 films depicted in these photos (photo 3 is merely a TV interview)

Name each character she plays, you get XTRA CREDIT for each correct answer and go to the head of the class.


1) All About Eve, 1950 (Aw, give me a break here!)  - Margo Channing (Anne Baxter played Eve Harrington) (Marilyn Monroe is in it too!)

2) Now, Voyager, 1942 – Charlotte Vale

4) The Little Foxes, 1941 – Regina Giddens





OK, it’s another Hitchcock film. Teresa Wright gets to manhandle Cotton later on.

Joseph Cotten & Teresa Wright in ‘Shadow of a Doubt’, 1943


49 Film? Shadow Of A Doubt, 1943

50 She’s obviously afraid. What has he done? Killed widows for their money

51 What song is associated with this film? The Merry Widow Waltz

What a novel idea – a charming, attractive, insane villain! He even wears a white hat. Director: Alfred Hitchcock




Watch out for those little animals!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Milland

52 Film? The Lost Weekend.  (Who was Jane Wyman’s competition for his affections? Trick Question – Sorry, no extra credit here) - the Bottle of Booze

53 Actor? Ray Milland

XTRA CREDIT: Director? Billy Wilder


Can you name the film, starring the actor pictured, wherein there is no dialogue at all – just sound effects.  Hint: he spies for U.S. enemies.  XTRA CREDIT: The Thief, co-starring Rita Gam



Joseph Cotten & Agnes Moorehead in ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’, 1942


54 Director? Orson Welles

55 What else did director do in film? Narrator

56 Film? The Magnificent Ambersons

This film has been colorized; if TV ever shows that version, I throw my TV out the window.

(2) Xtra Credits: Name the two actors in above still! Cotten & Moorehead




John Garfield & Lana Turner in ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’, 1946


57 What are these 2 up to? Killing her husband

58-59 The two actors John Garfield & Lana Turner

Sex without the sex!  Fire without Technicolor! What’s going on here? Hollywood has lost its Magic ever since! But it had it once!





60 Who is she? HINT: GWTW star – Olivia DiHavilland

61 What is female star’s problem? She’s insane.

62 Film? The Snake Pit, 1948




“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed – but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly.”

This line was written by the actor, who played the role.


63 What is the film? The Third Man, 1949

64 Who was the actor? Orson Welles

XTRA CREDIT: Give character name for actor, pictured  Harry Lime

No, Welles did NOT direct this one – British Director, Carol Reed did!

Joseph Cotten stars as Holly Martins – and NO, Cotton does not play a drag-queen!









Why is her name not on the list when they talk about Hollywood’s All-Time Most Beautiful Stars? Your guess is as good as mine.

The 6 stills above are of our 1st Hollywood pair:

65-66 Who are they?

They didn’t make 1 picture; they made 6 together!

They both died from suicide.

Maria Montez & Jon Hall made 6 films together.

For XTRA CREDIT: Name 1 film they made together?


Throw Away, not a question…even I couldn’t answer this one. Maria Montez starred in each of the following films:

Sudan (1945) with Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, and Andy Devine

Gypsy Wildcat (1944) with Jon Hall

Cobra Woman (1944) with Jon Hall, Sabu, and Lon Chaney Jr.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) with Jon Hall and Turhan Bey

White Savage (1943) with Jon Hall, Sabu, and Turhan Bey

Arabian Nights (1942) with Jon Hall, Sabu, and Turhan Bey… Montez is Scheherazade http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/mariamontez.html



FOOTNOTE: Montez died in her bathtub – a suicide?  Jon Hall committed suicide after battle with cancer.  OK, so Maria Montez was called the “worst actress that ever lived”!  Those, who say that, obviously have never enjoyed the thespian adventures of Bo Derek!  I say, “Who cares!”  Montez could easily be the 8th Wonder of the World.  The Sphinx is a Wonder too, and he can’t act either.



67-68 Who are the stars? Myrna Loy and William Powell

69 What was their series? The Thin Man

70 Who was their constant co-star? that character stole their film series? Asta

They made 6 ‘Thin Man’ pictures together – name 1!

The Thin Man

After the Thin Man

Another Thin Man

Shadow of the Thin Man

The Thin Man Goes Home

Song of the Thin Man


In total, this Pair made 14 Hollywood Films together! Let Doris and Rock try to match them apples!

Their co-star was Asta: 





Yes, I know the Powell-Loy-Asta-Thin Man thing started in the 1930s! SO WHAT!


Double Pairs



71-74 Who are the 4 stars in these 2 stills?

75-76 What are the (2)relationships involved?

77-78 What are the (2) films depicted in photos?

Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, 1939

Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca, 1940

Olivier and Leigh were husband and wife

De Havilland and Fontaine were sisters

Yes, GWTW is 1939; so what!



(A) Do all bridegrooms look this miserable?


(B) 2nd marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.


(C) Confessions Of A Professional Cad


(D) Great character actress but not elementary, my dear Watson


(E) Great no-name character actress – if you know her, you’re good!


(F) What’s her character’s first name?


(G) Does she remember or was she lying?


(H) Run! She’s lost all her marbles.


(I) Hypnosis?


(J) A truly great film; but she steals it! I think that’s her best smile.

Rebecca, 1940

79 Who plays the title role in film?No one, she’s dead. But had she been alive in the film, a natural for the part would have been Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier’s real-life wife, who was beautiful and great in unsympathetic roles.

80 Who is actor in A & B stills? Sir Laurence Olivier

81 Who is actor in C still? George Sanders

82 Actress & Actor in D still?Gladys Cooper & Nigel Bruce (who also played Dr. Watson in Basil Rathbone’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ film series)

XTRA CREDIT for actress in E still – get this one right and you belong in Mensa. Florence Bates

83-84 Who plays heroine in Still F?  What’s her character’s 1st name?Joan Fontaine: her character doesn’t have a 1st name.

85-86 The character actress in G, H, I & J steals the film; what’s her name? Her character’s name? Dame Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers

87 Director?Alfred Hitchcock


1-50 Nice Try

51-60 We know where you spent Saturday afternoons as a child

61-70 Did you ever go to school at all?

71 or more: The Academy of Arts & Sciences awards you this year’s Oscar.


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