Welcome to the FAQ
Regular visitors to the "I Need To Know" board know that there are certain questions that keep cropping up again and again. Some time ago, we started a thread asking people to identify those questions, and to provide definitive answers. Eventually, the answers were compiled into the first FAQ, located on one of the IMDb movie boards. Unfortunately, the IMDb admin deleted the FAQ, but now it lives on, bigger and better than ever, on this little chunk of webspace.

So, just click on any of the headings listed below, and you'll be taken to that particular category.

Once again, my sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of Frequently Asked Questions.

Farmer attacked by mice
The name of the farmer terrorised by hundreds of mice is Farmer Alfalfa, and the cartoons he featured in were made by Paul Terry, of "Terrytoons" fame.

Alfalfa, (originally Al Falfa) first appeared in 1916 in "Farmer Al Falfa's Catastrophe" and while not the most promising character ever to appear in a cartoon, he continued his sporadic career of low budget antics until 1937, when Paul Terry finally retired the character.

Although the bulk of Alfalfas cartoons were made during the silent era, he finally spoke in "Club Sandwich" released on Jan. 5, 1931

Answer by gme

Line loves dot, but dot loves squiggle
It's "The Dot And The Line" (1965) directed by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble.

Answer by pisces64

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: What's the difference?
At the outset, the two series were made under separate agreements between Warner Brothers and producer Leon Schlesinger using different production teams. The Looney Tunes series, created by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising, was introduced in 1930. A blatant rip-off of Disney's Silly Symphonies series, each Looney Tune was required to have one full chorus from a song from a Warner feature film. The idea was that they would promote WB product. (Among other things, the company had various music-publishing concerns.)

The following year Warner commissioned Schlesinger to produce a sister series called Merrie Melodies. At this point Harman and Ising divided responsibilities, with Harman in charge of Looney Tunes and Ising handling the Melodies. Merrie Melodies also featured Warner songs, but where Tunes had regular characters, Melodies for the most part were one-shots, without continuing characters. Another difference was that Melodies were shot in color starting in 1934, while Tunes stayed black and white.

Leon Schlesinger retired in 1944 and Warner Brothers began doing cartoon production in-house, after which time there was no reason to maintain any distinction between Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

Answer by Cecil Adams at straightdope.com


Blindfolded ghost in mirror
The movie is "The Watcher In The Woods" (1980).

Answer by Hutch48-2

Blue rose needed to save a Princess
The movie is "The Thief Of Bagdad."
1924 version
1940 version
1960 version

Answer by gmharris

Extra info by Kitty-47: In the 1940 version, the rose isn't used to save the princess; it's used to try and make her forget her true love. In the 1960 version, the blue rose is needed by the hero to save the princess, so technically, the answer is "The Thief of Bagdad" (1960).

Boy hides in walls of house
This is "Bad Ronald" (1974) starring Scott Jacoby as a teenager who accidentally kills a young girl.

Answer by Kitty-47

Boy sees ghostly girl with doll
It's "Child Of Glass" (1978).

Answer by Tabby-6

Couple buys old house inhabited by tiny demonic creatures
It's "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (1973), a TV Movie starring Kim Darby.

Answer by Keller!!

Hotel guest vanishes into thin air but hotel staff refuse to admit it
If the couple are Mother and Daughter, it's an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled "Into Thin Air".

Answer by PeterD-5

But wait ... there's more ...

If the couple are Brother and Sister, it's "So Long At The Fair" (1950), with Dirk Bogarde and Jean Simmons.

Answer by freshwater

If the couple are newlyweds, and the setting is an ocean liner, it's "Dangerous Crossing" (1953), with Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie, based on the radio play "Cabin B-13" written by Locked Room mystery master John Dickson Carr.

In 1992, Dangerous Crossing" was and remade as the TV Movie "Treacherous Crossing"

"The Midnight Warning" (1932) shares a similar theme, as does the German movie "Verwehte Spuren" (1938) (rough translation: "Covered Tracks"), based on a play by Hans Rothe and partly written by Thea von Harbou (Mrs. Fritz Lang).

Answer by Hutch48-2

Killer blends in with wallpaper
It's "When A Stranger Calls Back" (1993) a made for TV Movie starring Carol Kane.

Answer by Hutch48-2

Little girl changes places with doll in a box
This was the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "Where the Woodbine Twineth" (1964).

Answer by Prophetess

London After Midnight: Does it still exist?
Despite many people claiming to have seen it, and a 7.0 rating by IMDb voters, "London After Midnight" (1927) is lost.

Turner Classic Movies' premiered Lon Chaney's lost masterpiece on Oct. 31 2002, Halloween night, reconstructed entirely from stills. It was the first time the film has been seen in nearly 50 years in any format, as the last print known to exist was destroyed in a vault fire at MGM in the 1960s. Listed on the American Film Institute's Ten Most Wanted Lost Films, "London After Midnight" is referred to by proponents as the most famous of lost films.

Though no actual film footage is known to exist, award-winning filmmaker/archivist Rick Schmidlin has been able to faithfully reconstruct the entire narrative through an extensive collection of more than 200 still photographs and a complete continuity script. In it, Lon Chaney showed off his talents as a make-up artist, creating the first real American vampire, complete with eyes bulging in their sockets, menacing pointed teeth, and a cape.

Answer by brunt

Man comes back as dog to find his killer
It's "You Never Can Tell" (1951) starring Dick Powell.

Answer by Birdie!

Another candidate is "Oh, Heavemly Dog" (1980) starring Chevy Chase.

Answer by geeduc

Yet another possibility is "Fluke" (1995) starring Samuel L. Jackson and Mathew Modine.

Answer by The Gryphon

Man trapped inside white cube
It's "The Cube" (1969) directed by Jim Henson.

The 1997 movie "Cube" shares a similar theme, with seven people trapped in a semingly endless series of cubes.

Answer by Brunt

Neverending Story: What does Bastian yell at the end?
"Moonchild" (his Mother's name).

Answer by Hutch48-2

Woman killed by binoculars with retractable spikes
Everyone remembers the woman and the pair of deadly binoculars, but few people remember anything else about the film, including the title. It’s the British shocker “Horrors Of The Black Museum” (1959) directed by Arthur Crabtree.

Answer by badfish-3


Female 00 agent
Is there a female 00 agent working for British Intelligence? There is speculation that we see one in the conference scene in "Thunderball"? Here's a description of that scene.

Bond is called to a special meeting. When he arrives, Moneypenny tells him to go to the conference room where "every 00 man in Europe" is waiting for him.

At the meeting, there are nine high backed chairs arranged in an arc. Each chair is occupied by a man. Where agents faces are not shown, trouser legs can be seen, so it's reasonable to assume the chairs are occupied by nine male 00 agents.

In a couple of shots, a table located behind the high-backed chairs is visible. A woman and a man sit at this table. For the most part, the man is obscured. The woman is constantly writing in a notepad, and from the little we see of the man, he is doing the same thing. Presumably they're secretaries taking minutes of the meeting. Their chairs have no visible backs, and their location suggests they are less important than the nine agents.

So, there appears to be no female 00 agents in British Intelligence, but we have seen their Russian and Chinese equivalents.

Answer by gme

First actor to play James Bond
If you thought Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond, think again. Back in 1954, Barry Nelson appeared on the CBS anthology TV series "Climax!" in a live production of “Casino Royale.”

Changes were made for the TV production, most notably making "Jimmy" Bond an American spy, and changing Felix Leiter's first name to "Clarence" and turning him into a British agent.

Answer by gme

First person to appear as James Bond in the movies
The answer is Bob Simmons, a stuntman who appears in the gunbarrel in the first three films. Since we see the gunbarrel before the movie begins, he is the first person seen in the role.

Designer Maurice Binder was famous for working at the last minute, and secretively, so scheduling with him was difficult. The day he was ready to do the gunbarrel shot, Connery wasn't available, so he used Simmons. He used the same sequence of film for Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger. When he needed to re-do the film for Thunderball, he used Connery, and since then the actors who played Bond have appeared in the gunbarrel opening.

Answer by Dehlia who wishes she could put this stuff on her resume.

James Bond films that are not part of the series
Most of the James Bond movies are part of the series originally produced by Harry Salzman and Albert Broccoli for their company EON productions.

However, there are two James Bond films produced by others that are not part of the series.

Casino Royale (1967): Salzman and Broccoli were unable to secure the rights to "Casino Royale." In 1967 it was made into a film by Columbia Pictures, bearing little resemblance to a typical James Bond movie.

Never Say Never Again (1983): Thunderball, the fourth EON produced Bond film, was the center of legal disputes that began in 1961. Former Ian Fleming collaborators Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sued Fleming shortly after the 1961 publication of the Thunderball novel, claiming he based it upon the screenplay the trio had earlier written in a failed cinematic translation of James Bond.

The lawsuit was settled out of court, and McClory retained certain screen rights to the novel's story, plot, and characters. In 1983, McClory-produced "Never Say Never Again." Basically a remake of Thunderball, it features Sean Connery as James Bond, but is not an official EON production.

Answer by gme with extra info by Dehlia

Was a "Bond Girl" born a male?
It depends on your definition of "Bond Girl." That phrase is generally used for a leading lady in a Bond film, or a leading villainess, or a woman who Bond sleeps with. By that definition, the answer is no.

If a "Bond Girl" is defined as one of the assorted bikini models and page three girls appearing in minor roles, then the answer is yes.

The answer to this popular trivia question is "Tula", a model who appeared in "For Your Eyes Only." Tula is a transsexual. She appeared in the swimming pool scene at the villain's lair. She did not have a speaking role. She did, however, appear in a publicity photo in which Roger Moore posed with all the babes from the pool scene.

Answer by Dehlia

Related Links
Here are the best websites for Bond trivia:

Good general sites with plenty of trivia:

The only comprehensive guide to alcohol in the Bond universe:

This one boasts the best goofs page:

The definitive James Bond FAQ is here:

Links compiled by Dehlia


The Dirty Dozen: How they died
Joseph T. Wladislaw (Charles Bronson): The only member of the Dirty Dozen to survive.
Robert T. Jefferson (Jim Brown): Gunned down after dropping grenades into air vents.
Victor Franco (John Cassavetes): Shot as surviving mission members drive out.
Pedro Jiminez (Trini Lopez): Killed during parachute drop.
Archer J. Maggott (Telly Savalas): Killed by Jefferson (Jim Brown) after Maggott goes crazy.
Vernon L. Pinkley (Donald Sutherland): Shot while minding German staff car.
Samson Posey (Clint Walker): Killed with Bravos in the machine gun nest.*
Milo Vladek (Tom Busby): Shot in the head by the sniper in the tower.
Glenn Gilpin (Ben Carruthers): Blown up when he detonated the radio mast.
Roscoe Lever (Stuart Cooper): Machine gunned while trying to escape on the boat.
Seth K. Sawyer (Colin Maitland): Machine gunned while trying to escape on the boat.
Tassos R. Bravos (Al Mancini): Killed with Posey in the machine gun nest.

* Note: We don't see Posey die, but it's safe to assume he was killed with Bravos.

Answer by Hutch48-2,(shot for answering too many questions) Gilles_Meloche,(AWOL) michael.will(shot by his own men) and HURU01(missing in action)

Gone In 60 Seconds: The 50 cars and their code names
01. 1999 Aston Martin DB7 - Mary
02. 1962 Aston Martin DB1 - Barbara
03. 1999 Bentley Arnage - Lindsey
04. 1999 Bentley Azure - Laura
05. 1964 Bentley Continental - Alma
06. 1959 Cadillac El Dorado - Madeline
07. 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham - Patricia
08. 1999 Cadillac Escalade - Carol
09. 2000 Cadillac El Dorado STS - Daniela
10. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - Stefanie
11. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - Erin
12. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette - Pamela
13. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Big Block - Stacey
14. 2000 Ford F350 4x4 modified pick-up - Anne
15. 1971 DeTomaso Pantera - Kate
16. 1969 Dodge Daytona - Vanessa
17. 1998 Dodge Viper Coupe GTS - Denise
18. 1995 Ferrari 355 B - Diane
19. 1997 Ferrari 355 F1 - Iris
20. 1967 Ferrari 265 GTB4 - Nadine
21. 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Angelina
22. 1987 Ferrari Testarosa - Rose
23. 1956 Ford T-Bird - Susan
24. 2000 GMC Yukon - Megan
25. 1999 HumVee 2-Door Pickup - Tracy
26. 1999 Infiniti Q45 - Rachel
27. 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 - Bernadene
28. 1999 Jaguar XK8 Coupe - Deborah
29. 1990 Lamborghini LM SUV - Gina
30. 1999 Lexus LS 400 - Hillary
31. 1999 Lincoln Navigator - Kimberley
32. 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL/Gullwing - Dorothy
33. 1999 Mercedes Benz CL 500 - Donna
34. 1999 Mercedes Benz S 600 - Samantha
35. 1998 Mercedes Benz SL 600 - Ellen
36. 1950 Mercury Custom - Gabriela
37. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - Shannon
38. 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner - Jessica
39. 1965 Pontiac GTO - Sharon
40. 1999 Porsche 996 - Tina
41. 2000 Porsche Boxster - Marsha
42. 1961 Porsche Speedster - Natalie
43. 1988 Porsche 959 - Virginia
44. 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo - Tanya
45. 2000 Rolls Royce Stretch Limousine - Grace
46. 1966 Shelby AC Cobra- Ashley
47. 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 - Eleanor
48. 2000 Toyota Landcruiser - Cathy
49. 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo - Lynn
50. 2000 Volvo Turbo Wagon R - Lisa

Answer by katepike

The eight actors who have played James Bond
1. Barry Nelson in the 1954 TV movie, "Casino Royale."
2. Sean Connery in 7 films.
3. David Niven in the 1967 movie "Casino Royale."
4. George Lazenby in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
5. Roger Moore in 7 films.
6. Timothy Dalton in 2 films.
7. Pierce Brosnan in 4 films.
8. Daniel Craig in 2 films.

Answer by imp_85

The seven people who have won an Oscar/Emmy/Tony/Grammy (non-honorary awards)
The information is in this order:
1. The person who received the 4 awards.
2. The order in which they won each award.
3. The years when they won their first awards.
4. If necessary, how many of each award did they win (in parenthesis).
5. How many years did it take to win all four awards.

Richard Rodgers (The first person to win all four awards.)
Oscar 1945
Tony 1950 (6)
Grammy 1960 (2)
Emmy 1962
17 Years

Helen Hayes (The first actor to win all four awards.)
Oscar 1931-32 (2)
Tony 1947 (2)
Emmy 1953
Grammy 1976
45 Years

Rita Moreno
Oscar 1961
Grammy 1972
Tony 1975
Emmy 1977 (2)
16 Years (The person to win all four awards in the shortest time.)

Sir John Gielgud
Tony 1961
Grammy 1979
Oscar 1981
Emmy 1991
30 Years

Marvin Hamlisch
Oscar 1973 (3)
Grammy 1974
Tony 1976
Emmy 1995 (3)
22 Years

Mel Brooks
Emmy 1967 (4)
Oscar 1968
Grammy 1998 (3) (As of 2002, won 2 additional Grammys for "The Producers")
Tony 2001 (3)
34 Years

Mike Nichols
Grammy 1961
Tony 1964 (5)
Oscar 1967
Emmy 2001 (2)
40 Years

Answer by gmjambear

John Wayne: The movies in which his character was killed
Central Airport: Died in plane crash.
Reap the Wild Wind: Killed by a squid.
The Fighting Seabees: Killed by sniper as he was about to leap from bulldozer.
Wake of the Red Witch: Killed as ship plunged off ledge and sank with Octopus.
The Sands of Iwo Jima: Killed by sniper.
The Alamo: Killed by Mexican soldier's lance.
The Cowboys: Killed by Asa Watts (the character played by Bruce Dern).
The Shootist: Killed in gunfight at saloon.

Note: In the case of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Wayne is dead when the movie begins. He does not die during the movie. A case could be made for The Sea Chase, since at the end of the movie his ship is blown up by the British, and although hope that he survived is implied, it is left for the audience to decide whether he survived or went down with his ship. However, the movie does not show or say that he is dead.

Answer by gme


Bowery Boys, Dead End Kids, etc ... What's the difference?
The history of the Dead End Kids and all their various incarnations is so convoluted that it's caused quite a bit of confusion among movie fans who have trouble telling the Dead End Kids from the Little Tough Guys from the East Side Kids from the Bowery Boys.

Independent producer Samuel L. Goldwyn spent a small fortune to bring Sidney Kingsley's hard-hitting drama DEAD END from the Broadway stage to the Hollywood screen in 1937, and that included transplanting west the stage cast of "Dead End" kids: Bernard Punsly (age 15), Gabriel Dell (17), Leo Gorcey (20), Henry `Huntz' Hall (17), Billy Halop (17), and Bobby Jordan (14). The film was a great success, artistically and commercially, but the boys proved so unruly that Goldwyn sold their contracts to Warner Bros., where they were placed in such Dead End-type dramas as CRIME SCHOOL and ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES.

In 1938, Universal asked Warners for a loan of the kids to appear in a film called LITTLE TOUGH GUY; Warners wouldn't allow Leo Gorcey to go, but the other five made the trip. Further Little Tough Guy films were made sans any of the Dead End Kids, until Warners dropped the troupe from its payroll in 1939. Dell, Halop, Hall, and Punsly went back to Universal for more Little Tough Guys programmers (now billed as "The Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys") while Leo Gorcey and Bobby Jordan went to Monogram to film EAST SIDE KIDS (to be joined by some of the other Dead End Kids later in the series).

Got all that so far?

In the spring of 1940, with Germany on its march through Europe, Universal Studios decided to put the Kids/Tough Guys into a topical serial. As America was still neutral in the war, the decision was made to make the "foreign agents" members of "The Order of the Flaming Torch", but those goose-stepping "Heilers" didn't fool the youthful audience for a minute. The 12-episode serial JUNIOR G-MEN was directed by Ford Beebe and John Rawlins and released in July of 1940. Billy's father, a famous scientist, has been kidnapped by the foreign agents and the kids join the FBI's teenage offshoot, the Junior G-Men, to rescue him.

JUNIOR G-MEN proved popular enough that the gang was back the following year with SEA RAIDERS, also directed by Beebe and Rawlins (and don't be confused, because in the interim, Billy Halop, sans his Dead End buddies, had flown solo in the Universal serial SKY RAIDERS). In SEA RAIDERS, it's Billy's brother who is the scientific genius, and the boys are scurrying about an island filled with foreign agents intent on destroying Allied ships. This serial is notable for Reed "ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION" Hadley's turn as one of the criminal masterminds.

The boys were back on the serial screen in 1942 for JUNIOR G-MEN OF THE AIR, directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis Collins. Not a sequel to JUNIOR G-MEN, this time Billy's father runs an airplane junkyard, and he runs afoul of Axis agents led by the villainous Baron, portrayed by horror movie great Lionel Atwill.

There would be no further serials for the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys, as Universal dropped the series in 1943 (THE ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS, a 12-chapter serial released by Universal in the summer of 1943, may well have been intended as another Dead End Kids/Little Tough Guys serial, but ended up featuring only Bobby Jordan). By this time, Punsly had left films to join the Army Medical Corps (today, Dr. Bernard Punsly is the only surviving member of the original Dead End Kids) and the rest of the Kids sauntered over to Monogram to take part in the East Side Kids series, which morphed into the Bowery Boys after the war.

Taken as a whole, the serial adventures of the Kids/Guys resulted in a pretty entertaining lot, with the usual Universal drawbacks of too much scripting and too much stock footage. The Kids are usually placed in opposition to authority but end up "reformed", although they seem to have more fun than the "well behaved" kids ever do. Universal often had impressive casts in its serials, and dotted throughout the series' (and related serials) canon you'll find, in addition to Hadley and Atwill, Robert Armstrong, Edward Ciannelli, and Frankie Darro. None of the chapterplays really stands apart from the others, quality-wise, but the series is certainly worth a look for serial buffs!

Answer by Laughing Gravy

First color film
The first commercially successful natural color process was two-color Kinemacolor, developed in Brighton, England by Charles Urban and George Albert Smith.

The first natural color film was made by Smith in 1906. It showed his two children playing on the lawn, his son dressed in blue and waving the Union Jack, and his daughter in white with a pink sash.

The first commercially produced film in natural color was George Albert Smith's eight minute short "A Visit to the Seaside" (1908).

The first public presentation of Kinemacolor before a paying audience was in London in 1909, for a program of 21 short films, apparently all "actualities".

The first dramatic film in natural color was the Kinemacolor production "Checkmated" (Great Britain, 1910), directed by Theo Bouwmeester, who also played the lead role of Napoleon.

The first American dramatic film in natural color was Eclair's Kinemacolor production "La Tosca" (1912), with stage star Lillian Russell.

A total of 54 dramatic films were produced in Kinemacolor in Britain, 1910-1912. In the U.S. only three dramatic productions were made in Kinemacolor besides La Tosca.

The first full-length feature film in Kinemacolor was The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1914).

In 1916 Technicolor Process Number One, a two-color system, was developed for the Technicolor Corporation by Kalmus, Comstock & Westcott, Inc, a company formed in 1912 by Herbert Thomas Kalmus to develop color motion pictures.

The first Technicolor film was "The Gulf Between" (U.S., 1917), a five-reeler made by Technicolor Motion Picture Corp. in Florida mainly for trade showings in eastern cities, to create interest in color movies among producers and exhibitors. It did not receive nationwide distribution. It is a lost film today, and only a few frames survive.

The first Technicolor feature made in Hollywood, and the first to receive nationwide distribution, was the costume drama "The Toll Of The Sea". It premiered November 26, 1922 at the Rialto Theater in New York and was released January 22, 1923.

In 1932, the Technicolor Company developed the three strip color process, which for the first time allowed any color to be reproduced on film. Until this time, Kinemacolor and the earlier two strip Technicolor had a restricted range of color.

The first film to use the three color Technicolor process was the Walt Disney animated short Flowers And Trees (1932) which premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

The first live action film in three color Technicolor was the thirty minute musical short La Cucaracha (1934)

The first Technicolor feature was Becky Sharp (1935), a loose adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair." Miriam Hopkins received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Answer by The Gryphon and Walloon

More about Kinemacolor

More about Technicolor

First Computer Generated Image in a feature film
The robot's point of view in "Westworld" (1973) was the first CGI in a feature film.

More about CGI

Answer by Mae-Bea

First Movie to include the 'F' word
It was "Ulysses" (1967).

Answer by The Gryphon

First PG-13 Movie
In 1984, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom received a PG rating, which many felt was too lenient, so the PG-13 rating was invented, but not applied to Temple of Doom. The first movie to receive the new rating was "Red Dawn", later that year.

Answer by gmharris

Flashbacks in "The Limey" (1999)
The flashbacks featuring Terrence Stamp's character "Wilson" were taken from "Poor Cow" (1967) directed by Ken Loach.

Answer by Dehlia

Four Weddings And A Funeral: What was the poem?
The poem is "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one:
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods:
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Answer by Dehlia

Girl alone in Amazon after plane crash
It's "Miracles Still Happen" (1974).

Answer by Pippin

The High And The Mighty: Why was it so hard to see?
For decades, this movie went largely unseen. Although produced by Warner Brothers, the movie is owned by John Wayne's estate. After a massive restoration of the deteriorated original print, The High And The Mighty was finally released on DVD in 2005.

Answer by Prophetess

Man forced to slide down giant blade
It's "The Long Ships" (1963) starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier.

Answer by gme

Monster in lake turns out to be old steam shovel
It's "The Quest" (1986), a.k.a. "Frog Dreaming" starring Henry Thomas.

Answer by Keller!!

Movie with the most "F" words
The movie is "Nil By Mouth" (1997) in which the "F" word and its variations can be heard at least 470 times.

Answer by Savoy

Mrs. Doubtfire: A couple of questions
The most commom question concerns "her" first name. It's "Euphegenia."

Answer by *caramel*

The other popular question asks about the TV show the kids were watching early in the film, showing a man having his face stretched and distorted by a pair of hands.

They were watching an episode of the original Outer Limits titled "The Hundred Days Of The Dragon," in which a scientist demonstrates a drug that enables skin to be softened and easilly rearranged. His plan is to replace the U.S. President with an imposter.

Answer by gme

Pulp Fiction: What's In The Briefcase?

Answer by Harry Chrishner

Raiders Of The Lost Ark: Was the "Flying Wing" a real plane?
The plane is a fake ... BUT... it looks like it was inspired by U.S. designer Jack Northrop's flying wings of the 30's and 40's, specifically the N1-M.

Here's a schematic of Northrop's Flying Wing.

More about Flying Wings.


Answer by roarshock

Short Film: Man stuck in a telephone booth
We've had several enquiries about this one. It's the Spanish short, "La Cabina."

Answer by Phlicker

Teacher and students held hostage by men in masks
This is "Fortress" (1986) starring Rachel Ward.

Answer by Kitty-47

Woman gets revenge after plastic surgery
This theme has a couple of possible answers. Stockard Channing starred in "The Girl Most Likely To..." (1973) as an unattractive woman who settles a few scores when she is made beautiful by a plastic surgeon after she has an accident.

Answer by Kitty-47

If the woman was disfigured by a crocodile, has her appearance restored, and gets revenge on her husband (who tried to kill her) the answer is the Australian Mini-Series "Return To Eden" (1985).

Answer by gme

Vikings search for giant golden bell
It's "The Long Ships" again. Apparently this film is only remembered for one of two scenes.

Answer by gme

Young man travels to buy sports car before his wedding
The movie is "It Takes Two" (1988).

Answer by gmharris


American Beauty
The name of the song playing when Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari) is sitting in the living room and Lester (Kevin Spacey) comes in from the rain is "Don't Let It Bring You Down", sung by Annie Lennox.

Strangely, the song is not on the soundtrack album, but can be found on Annie Lennox's "Medusa" CD.

Answer by Muvie

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The music played during the museum scene is an instrumental version of The Smiths' song "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", performed by The Dream Academy.

Answer by Winter-11

Music Video: Film shown in Metallica's "One"
It's from "Johnny Got His Gun" (1971).

Answer by vlad1917

Schindler's List
The Tango music heard at the Nazi dinner party when we first see Oscar Schindler (the first black and white scene in the film) is "Por Una Cabeza" (By a Head) Music by: Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera. The music can also be heard in "Scent Of A Woman" and "True Lies."

Answer by Nicqui

The Shawshank Redemption
The uplifting music played throughout the prison on the PA system is "Sul'aria" from Mozart's "The Marriage Of Figaro."

Answer by Savoy

WKRP in Cincinnati: Song and lyrics in closing credits
The lyrics to the song played over the end credits on WKRP in Cincinatti are gibberish!! It's supposed to sound like a generic rock song, but has no actual words, just random syllables. CBS always had an announcer talking over the closing credits of its shows, rendering the songs unintelligible. No one really heard the closing "lyrics" of WKRP until the show went into syndication.

Answer by AJGibson with extra info by Broph


Astronaut lands on mirror image duplicate of Earth
The movie is "Journey To the Far Side Of the Sun" (1969), starring Roy Thinnes. A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the other side of the sun. The European Space Exploration Council sends American astronaut Glenn Ross and British scientist John Kane to explore the other planet.

After a disastrous crash-landing Ross awakes to learn that Kane lies near death and that they apparently have returned to Earth, as evidenced by the presence of the Council director and his staff. Released to the custody of his wife, he soon learns things are not as they seem.

Answer by Prophetess

Fake Moon/Mars landing
Usually described as the movie about a fake Moon landing, "Capricorn One" (1978) is actually about a fake landing on Mars.

Answer by Prophetess

Last man on Earth
This movie is usually described as an Australian film about a man who discovers he is the last person left on earth as the result of an experiment gone wrong.

It's actually the New Zealand film "The Quiet Earth" (1985), starring the late, great Bruno Lawrence.

Answer by gme

Other movies with the last man on earth theme include "Ultimo uomo della Terra, L'" (1964), a.k.a."The Last Man on Earth", starring Vincent Price, and "The Omega Man" (1971) both loosly based on Richard Matheson's story "I Am Legend."

Last Man On Earth

The Omega Man

Extra info by wah tze tuya

Man gets super powers but loses them when he sees red
The answer to this very popular question is "Super Fuzz" (1980).

Answer by Poolmwv

Man made into cyborg on tank treads
The movie is "Eliminators!" (1986), also known as "Mandroid."

Answer by luluthebeast

Man on motorcycle travels through time to Old West
This is "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann" (1982), starring Fred Ward.

Answer by Prophetess

People living in Ocean Liner at bottom of the sea
Passenger ship sunk by Germans during World War II, but some of the hull remains intact allowing survivors to stay alive. They create a world inside the ship and are discovered decades later by a team of ocean explorers.

This made for TV mini-series is "Goliath Awaits" (1981) starring Christopher Lee.

Answer by Prophetess

Scientists experiment with monkeys in Arctic laboratory
It's "Chill Factor" a.k.a. "A Cold Night's Death" (1972), a made for TV movie starring Robert Culp and Eli Wallach.

Answer by JB-83

Sun only comes out once a year
The movie is "All Summer in a Day" (1982).

Based on a Ray Bradbury short story, it tells the tale of a little girl on a planet where the sun only comes out once a year.

Answer by Poolmwv

Teenagers flying spaceship to far away planet
It's "Earth Star Voyager" (1988).

Answer by AJGibson

Another possibility is "Explorers" (1985) starring Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix.

Answer by beatjunkie

Town threatened by giant growing rocks
This is "The Monolith Monsters" (1957), starring Grant Williams and Lola Albright.

Answer by caseychat

U.S. Warship travels through time
The movie is "The Final Countdown" (1980) in which a modern Aircraft Carrier travels back to Pearl Harbor just before the Japanese attack.

Answer by Mr. Bean-5

"The Philadelphia Experiment" (1984) shares the time travel theme. In this movie, an experiment performed on board a Battleship in 1943 sends two of its crew members (but not the ship) forty years into the future.

Answer by gme


Columbo: What was his first name?
Trivia experts claim Lt. Columbo's first name was "Philip" but his name was never revealed. Actually, there's an interesting story about the origin of "Philip" Columbo. Click on the link to find out more.

Answer by Harry Crishner

Get Smart: What was Agent 99's real name?
So-called experts believe 99's name was Susan Hilton, but her real name was never revealed.

Answer by gme

Longest Movie
The answer is "The Cure for Insomnia", at a running length of 85 hours. It's listed in the 2002 Guinness Book as "Longest Film Ever Made." It was directed by John Henry Timmis IV, and premiered at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, between Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, 1987.

Answer by The Gryphon

Lost In Space: The Robot
A couple of questions about the LIS Robot crop up on a regular basis, but the most common asks if the Robot had a name.

In the first episode of the show, the Robot was described as a B-9 Environmental Control Robot, but for the rest of the series, with the exception of Dr. Smiths insults, he was simply referred to as "Robot."

Another common misconception is that the LIS Robot and Robby The Robot are one and the same. They are two different creations, although the confusion probably stems from the fact that Robby The Robot appeared in two episodes of Lost In Space.

Answer by gme

Thunderbirds: What does FAB mean?
The acronym "FAB" actually stands for nothing as series creator Gerry Anderson explained:
"In the 1960s the buzz word was ‘fabulous’; this became shortened to fab and so we used FAB as a code meaning your message has been received and understood."

Answer by *caramel*


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