I enjoy quotes from movies and many of them have become standards. Those of you who read my pieces know I use them all the time as I feel many can be important in proving a point. (Who can forget Marlon Brando with his "Stella!!!" from the Tennessee Williams classic of 1951, A Streetcar Named Desire). Although my main area of expertise is the movies made from 1930-1950, there were some great ones made after that which can’t be ignored.
There is no way I can write off films like Touch of Evil (1958), the Orson Welles film noir masterpiece, Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot, or Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, Psycho, and Vertigo, all made between 1958 and 1960 and masterpieces themselves. Those films were a wake up call to Hollywood after the bad biblical color extravaganzas of the early 1950s which were made strictly to fight off the intrusion of that new threat: TELEVISION!
As it turned out, television and the movies learned to co-exist although one way the movie studios survived was by getting into TV production. Some of you may remember the Warner Brothers’ TV hits of the ‘50s like 77 Sunset Strip and Maverick.
Here is a 5 question movie quote quiz for you: I have taken these from famous films made between 1967 and 1992 except one which is a classic line by a classic actress from a 1950s film. I did not get these from research, I pridefully know them from memory. All five quotes are on YouTube so I will give you links to check your answers after you have written them. See if you can tell me the movie name, and the actor saying the line. Good luck and don’t check YouTube until AFTER you have written your answers! If you are still stumped after the clips, check out IMDB.
1. "Put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers only!" (Answer)
2. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." (Answer)
3. "Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night." (Answer)
4. "Here’s JOHNNY!" (Answer)
5. "That’s not a knife. THAT’S a knife!" (Answer)
How did you do?
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