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Old 10-10-2019, 10:44 AM
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Cool movie trivia


While perusing the IMDB, I ran across this cool bit of trivia:

DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Landis): (prison number): Louis' (Dan Aykroyd's) prison number [in Trading Places] is 74745058, which is the same prison number as Jake Blues (John Belushi) in The Blues Brothers (1980), also starring Aykroyd.

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In the "In A Pickle" episode of The Magic School Bus, Miss Frizzle's prison uniform number was 24601.
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THX 1138 references throughout the Star Wars series, if your interested.
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Frank Oz, famed muppeteer, appeared in both Trading Places and Blues Brothers as well. He was the police officer who was bribed to find PCP in Akroyd's jacket in Trading Places, and the prison official returning Belushi's property when he was being released. "One Timex watch, broken. One prophylactic, unused. One, soiled."
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No sets were built for the Bullitt.

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Frank Oz, famed muppeteer, appeared in both Trading Places and Blues Brothers as well. He was the police officer who was bribed to find PCP in Akroyd's jacket in Trading Places, and the prison official returning Belushi's property when he was being released. "One Timex watch, broken. One prophylactic, unused. One, soiled."
He was also the test proctor in "Spies Like Us", also with Dan Aykroyd.
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Rosebud was was the sled.
Come on, man! How 'bout some spoiler tags?
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In Moon Warriors (1992), Sea Wayne of Little Shrimp Village was played by Hoi Wai, a female killer whale who lived at Ocean Park, Hongkong. Hoi Wai passed away in 1997. Her performance and kung fu skills in this film remain impressive and unique in cinema.
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In Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, in the scene where the cop pulls them over and impounds their car, if you're observant you might notice that he's a Wisconsin State Trooper. Except Wisconsin is not on their route from Saint Louis to Chicago. This isn't an error. They filmed a whole scene where the pair discover they had driven too far and were now in Wisconsin, but it got cut out for time.
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Actor John Cazale appeared in only 5 full length motion pictures before dying of lung cancer.

All 5 films were nominated for Best Picture (Oscar). Three of them won.
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Duncan "Dean" Parkin's appeared as an actor in only two movies -- War of the Colossal Beast and The Cyclops.

His entire acting career consisted on playing one-eyed, mentally clouded giants in Bert I. Gordon movies.

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There have been two movies made of the Christian apocalyptic book Left Behind.

Both were directed by different men with the uncommon first name "Vic".

Vic Sarin directed the one in 2000. Vic Armstrong directed the 2014 one.
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Lenny Montana (Luca Brasi) was so nervous about working with Marlon Brando that in the first take of their scene together, he flubbed some lines. Director Francis Ford Coppola liked the genuine nervousness and used it in the final cut. The scenes of Luca practicing his speech were added later.

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Dick Shawn of The Producers and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World fame, died right on stage during a performance. He was doing a stand-up act in which it didn't seem unusual (at first) for him to lay motionless on his face, but after a few minutes, somebody checked on him...

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In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, there were so many flies around during filming (including conspicuously visible on-screen in the final cut) they ended up starring in the closing credits.
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Dick Shawn of The Producers and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World fame, died right on stage during a performance. He was doing a stand-up act in which it didn't seem unusual (at first) for him to lay motionless on his face, but after a few minutes, somebody checked on him...
Along the same lines, Tommy Cooper, British stand-up comedian but also occasional movie actor (most notably in The Plank, a 1967 near-silent comedy), collapsed and died on stage on live TV. As this was broadcast you can (still, I believe) find it on Youtube if you feel so inclined, but I'm not going to link to it. As in Dung Beetle's example, it was taken by the audience to be part of the act.

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You do hear old troupers saying that it's the way they would want to go.

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ETA -just to confirm, that link is to a Wiki page, not to video.

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The 1931 Dracula, which made Bela Lugosi famous, and the 1979 Dracula, which made Frank Langella famous, were both based on the stage play, adapted from Bram Stoker's novel by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Lugosi and Langella had both played the role on Broadway.

In the 1963 Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, the queen is attended by two servants named Iras and Charmian. These characters were based on characters in Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra.
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THX 1138 references throughout the Star Wars series
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Also in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, they wouldn't let the aging Spencer Tracy work more than a couple of hours a day, because they didn't want him to get sick or worse. However, he'd get bored and testy from sitting around with nothing to do the rest of the day, so they got Dick Shawn and Jonathan Winters to entertain him with riffing and improv. Tracy was impressed with how excellent and funny an actor could be without disciplined rehearsal, so besides being entertained, he tried loosening up a bit during his takes. You can see it a little bit when he interacts with William Demarest.
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When the book Rocket Boys was adapted to the movies, producers thought the title would turn off women, so they changed it October Sky - which just happens to be a perfect anagram of the original title.
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The movie Elephant Man was produced by Mel Brooks, but he removed his name to keep from confusing people.

Arnold Schwarzenegger auditioned to play Flash Gordon, but Sam J. Jones got it because the producer's mother-in-law saw him on The Dating Game.
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McLean Stevenson, who played Henry Blake in the television series M*A*S*H, died on Feburary 15, 1996.

Roger Bowen, who played Henry Blake in the film version of M*A*S*H, died on February 16, 1996.
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Rutger Hauer died in 2019, the same real year that his most iconic character, Roy Batty died in in Blade Runner (set in a fictional 2019).
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1966: Roderick Thorp publishes The Detective, a novel about a detective named Joe Leland.

1968: Twentieth Century Fox releases The Detective, starring Frank Sinatra as Joe Leland. Sinatra's contract gives him the right to star in any sequel that might be made in the future.

1979: Roderick Thorp publishes Nothing Lasts Forever, about an aging Leland rescuing his daughter from terrorists in a skyscraper.

Twentieth Century Fox wants to film the sequel, but is obligated to offer the role to Sinatra. Sinatra is too old to play an action hero, but it takes some time to persuade him to relinquish the rights. Eventually, they change the character's name from "Joe Leland" to "John McLain", cast Bruce Willis, and make Die Hard, released in 1988.



George Raft turned down High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, which became two of Humphrey Bogart's best movies. He turned down Double Indemnity, which became one of Fred MacMurray's best movies.
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According to Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood (Bailey, 2014), Spencer Tracy was a closet binge drinker. He'd lock himself in a room at the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn for "weeks at a time, downing bottle after bottle of whiskey" in the bathtub naked, not even getting up to use the toilet. He was so prolific a drinker that Louis B. Mayer had the "Tracy Squad," an ambulance driver, a doctor and four security guards dressed as paramedics whose only job was to pick up Tracy and other drunk film stars. And apparently, every bar and nightclub within 25 miles of the MGM lot had a private number to call the studio to call if Tracy walked in.

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In Davide Manuli's La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser (2012) Vincent Gallo and Silvia Calderoni aren't really DJing because neither needle is ever on a record, and Vitalic's Poison Lips doesn't exist on vinyl 45 anyway.

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George Raft turned down High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, which became two of Humphrey Bogart's best movies. He turned down Double Indemnity, which became one of Fred MacMurray's best movies.
In Some Like It Hot (1959), George Raft asks a coin-flipping hood “Where did ya pick up that cheap trick?" Raft himself had done the same "trick" in Scarface (1932).

The hood (who later popped out of the birthday cake and machine-gunned Raft and his crew) was played by Edward G Robinson, Jr. Billy Wilder wanted to cast Edward Sr as Little Bonaparte, but he refused to appear in the same picture as Raft, whom he intensely disliked. Nehemiah Persoff was cast instead (and gave Bonaparte a Mussolini-type persona).
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The 1931 Dracula, which made Bela Lugosi famous, and the 1979 Dracula, which made Frank Langella famous, were both based on the stage play, adapted from Bram Stoker's novel by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Lugosi and Langella had both played the role on Broadway.

The original stage play was written by Hamilton Deane, who ran the company that put the play on, and wanted to play Dracula himself (he didn't -- but he play Van Helsing).

John L. Balderston had nothing to do with the original play, and, for all I know, probably never even met Hamilton Deane. Balderston was given the task of rewriting the play to Broadway standards, and he essentially redid the entire pay, retaining Deane adaptation of the plot and a few chunks of dialogue.

Balderston later wrote the screenplay for the 1931 film (he's the one who added all the Transylvania scenes. He's also the one who came up with the line "I do not drink ... wine." -- It's not in the book or in Deane's original play. ) He went on to write the final script for the original Frankenstein and both the screen story and the script for The Mummy. he also scripted the Bride of Frankenstein, and had an uncredited hand in other scripts. Like the later Curt Siodmak, he had a huge influence on the monster films that warped my childhood, but is pretty much forgotten.
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He was also the test proctor in "Spies Like Us", also with Dan Aykroyd.
A film that featured Bob Hope's last film appearance, a brief cameo.

It wasn't his last work in the industry, but it was the last time he appeared in a movie. His last actual work was a starring role with Don Ameche in his first-ever made-for-TV movie titled "A Masterpiece of Murder," and some voice work for The Simpsons.
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Ed O’Neill was not in “Deliverance.”

In the scene where Rosemary is using the phone, director William Castle is one of impatient bystanders waiting to use the phone. However. . . It really looks like the back of Ralph Bellamy’s head before the bystander walks offscreen, the reappears as Castle.

Rosemary tells a young woman that she looks a lot like the actress Victoria Vetri. The actress was played by Angela Dorian. Her real name: Victoria Vetri.
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Morgan Freeman agreed to audition of the role of Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding:. the Shawshank Redemption character who was a middle-aged red haired Irishmen in the Stephen King novella.

In addition to Frank Oz, The Blues Brothers also had a cameo by Steven Spielberg, playing the sandwich eating cashier who accepts the municipal tax payment from Jake & Elwood.
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Ed O’Neill was not in “Deliverance.”
Did someone say he was? Or is that just an example of the most trivial trivia?
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The woman who delivers the classic line, "I'll have what she's having," in When Harry Met Sally... was director Rob Reiner's mother, Estelle.
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Ed O’Neill was not in “Deliverance.”

In the scene where Rosemary is using the phone, director William Castle is one of impatient bystanders waiting to use the phone. However. . . It really looks like the back of Ralph Bellamy’s head before the bystander walks offscreen, the reappears as Castle.

Rosemary tells a young woman that she looks a lot like the actress Victoria Vetri. The actress was played by Angela Dorian. Her real name: Victoria Vetri.
William Castle did not direct Rosemarys Baby. Roman Polanski did.
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William Castle did not direct Rosemarys Baby. Roman Polanski did.
You are correct. Castle was the producer of Rosemary's Baby. He also directed other films, making Earl's statement true in some sense. Not sure what Earl intended there

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Another Rosemary's Baby bit: Tony Perkins, who was a friend of Mia Farrow's, visited the set unannounced one day. Before she could see him, Polanski had him call her, playing the role of Donald Baumgart, who Rosemary calls. Mia's puzzlement is real. She knows she knows the voice, but can't place it.
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I'm not sure if this counts, (and I'm not sure how little known it is, either) but:

If you ever find yourself called upon to define the rather obscure English word "Screever" (meaning = pavement artist), your best citation is

SPOILER:

Disney, Walt: Mary Poppins (1964)

Today I'm a screever, and as you can see
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Did someone say he was? Or is that just an example of the most trivial trivia?
It was in Leonard Maltin's paperback movie guide for quite a few years.
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. . . Not sure what Earl intended there
Eh. . . just that the back of the head looks like Bellamy, who played Dr. Saperstein in the movie, less so than Castle. Some horror movie experts claim it actually is Bellamy. Maybe so. Plausible, possibly to show that Rosemary's mind is playing tricks on her?

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In the "In A Pickle" episode of The Magic School Bus, Miss Frizzle's prison uniform number was 24601.
Can you explain why that might be a notable fact?
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Can you explain why that might be a notable fact?
24601 was Jean Valjean's prisoner number in Les Miz.
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Another Rosemary's Baby bit: Tony Perkins, who was a friend of Mia Farrow's, visited the set unannounced one day. Before she could see him, Polanski had him call her, playing the role of Donald Baumgart, who Rosemary calls. Mia's puzzlement is real. She knows she knows the voice, but can't place it.
I’d heard it was Tony Curtis.
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Of all the people involved in making the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?, only Tim Blake Nelson had read Homer's Odyssey (which is the story the movie is loosely based on). He has a degree in the classics from Brown University, and he was a neighbor of Joel Coen.
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Viggo Mortensen was a last-minute replacement for Stuart Townsend in the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films; after filming had begun, Peter Jackson realized that Townsend was too young for the role. Mortensen wasn't familiar with the books, but accepted the role at the urging of his son, who was a Middle-Earth fan. Mortensen familiarized himself with the story by reading the book on the flight to New Zealand.
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In Some Like It Hot (1959), George Raft asks a coin-flipping hood “Where did ya pick up that cheap trick?" Raft himself had done the same "trick" in Scarface (1932).

The hood (who later popped out of the birthday cake and machine-gunned Raft and his crew) was played by Edward G Robinson, Jr. Billy Wilder wanted to cast Edward Sr as Little Bonaparte, but he refused to appear in the same picture as Raft, whom he intensely disliked. Nehemiah Persoff was cast instead (and gave Bonaparte a Mussolini-type persona).
I don't know if it counts as movie trivia but I just found out today that Nehemiah Persoff is still alive at the age of 100. I believe he's the last living member of that movie's cast.
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Viggo Mortensen was a last-minute replacement for Stuart Townsend in the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films; after filming had begun, Peter Jackson realized that Townsend was too young for the role. Mortensen wasn't familiar with the books, but accepted the role at the urging of his son, who was a Middle-Earth fan. Mortensen familiarized himself with the story by reading the book on the flight to New Zealand.
As an addendum - his son Henry had a speaking role in "The Two Towers", as a young Rohirrim recruit. He's anxious & terrified about the upcoming battle, and is advised by Aragorn "There is always hope".
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Did someone say he was? Or is that just an example of the most trivial trivia?
Looked it up. Some people think this guy (still photo from Deliverance) is Ed O'Neill. I guess there is a slight resemblance, but most obviously the nose is all wrong.
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Looked it up. Some people think this guy (still photo from Deliverance) is Ed O'Neill. I guess there is a slight resemblance, but most obviously the nose is all wrong.
Yeah, that is NOT close. At all. Hair is wrong, nose is wrong, eyes are wrong, ears are too high. I wonder if people who think that's him even recognize themselves in the mirror.

Here's a still from 1980's "The Dogs of War" where he looks shockingly similar to-- Ed O'Neill: https://movieboozer.com/wp-content/u...7/EdONeill.jpg
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Looked it up. Some people think this guy (still photo from Deliverance) is Ed O'Neill. I guess there is a slight resemblance, but most obviously the nose is all wrong.
Thanks. Never heard of this.

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Here's a still from 1980's "The Dogs of War" where he looks shockingly similar to-- Ed O'Neill: https://movieboozer.com/wp-content/u...7/EdONeill.jpg
Um, what are you saying? Isn't that Ed in The Dogs of War?
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