People young and old have been fans of Superman for decades. He is widely recognized as the first major superhero. So how did he get his start? The Man of Steel is the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. You’ll get ten trivia questions plus fun facts. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Many people think of the cute little freckled boy Opie Taylor when they hear the name Ron Howard. Today he’s known for so much more. Back in the day, little Ronny Howard was a household name for his role on The Andy Griffith Show. Today he’s known as an award winning director of some highly acclaimed films.
In this episode of Trivia Rewind, you’ll get a look at how it all started for Ron Howard. Along the way learn some fun facts about this Hollywood nice guy. You’ll also get ten trivia questions about movies that Ron Howard directed. Do you have a favorite Ron Howard movie? Maybe it’s on our list!
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Season 2 of Trivia Rewind kicks off with an episode all about one of America’s favorite actors, Steve Martin. Listen as I give you a little history on this comedian and tell you what he’s up to today.
In this episode find out about his first job and how much it would influence his career in comedy. If you think Steve Martin is just an actor, you’re wrong. You won’t believe all the talents this guy has. In addition to all the fun facts, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about movies that Steve Martin has been in. Find out if your favorite is on the list. I’ll finish this episode with a few more fun facts about Steve one of which I bet you had no idea about.
If you’re interested in finding out about Steve’s tour dates as well as his latest updates, visit his website!
Here’s a peek at the upcoming Hulu Original where Steve Martin stars alongside Martin Short and Selena Gomez.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Lee…What do they all have in common? They are actors that started out as athletes. I would guess that 99 percent of us knew they were athletes before they became known for their acting career. But those aren’t the actors I’m talking about this week.
What you may not know is that some of your favorite actors were once athletes. Some excelled in high school sports, some made a name for themselves in college sports and some took it to the next level. However along the way, they caught the acting bug and shined on the big or small screen.
In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about 10 actors that were once athletes.
Find out which 4 time Screen Actors Guild Award winner was drafted to play NFL football but was cut in training camp. Find out which People’s Choice Award winner helped lead UCLA to what may be considered its greatest football upset ever. Find out which Academy Award winner played in a football game considered the most famous football game in Ivy League history. Plus find out which Golden Globe winner’s criminal behavior caused him to lose his college sports scholarship. Those are just a few of the fun facts you’ll learn in this week’s episode.
On Sunday, April 25, the 93rd Academy Award will take place at 8pm Eastern Time on ABC. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony is taking place a few months later than it normally would.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Producers of the ceremony initially hoped to have the honors handed out—and received—only in person. However, given Covid-19 risks and the challenges of international travel, the Academy appears to be open to acceptance speeches from hubs in London and Paris by winners who can’t make it to Los Angeles.”
Last week, the first round of presenters were named and here’s a few of the stars you can look forward to seeing. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
ABC7 say “It’ll be a scaled back affair, with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance, but the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other awards shows during the pandemic.”
I’m sure you’re wondering…Will it be a boring Zoom event like the Golden Globes? No. According to ABC7 “The Oscars are not making a virtual element possible for nominees who either can’t or don’t feel comfortable attending. The producers said they plan to treat the event like an active movie set with on-site COVID safety teams and testing protocols.” So no pajamas for this event.
In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about those characters that were played so well that the actor or actress won a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar. Over the years, some brilliant actors and actresses have played roles that have won them best acting Oscar Awards. Some have even made history in the process.
Currently, the actress that holds the record for the most Oscar wins is Katharine Hepburn. She was nominated for 12 awards and won 4.
The actor that has the record for the most Oscar wins is Daniel Day Lewis. He was nominated for 6 awards and won 3.
Other actors and actresses have set records for things other than the amount of wins. Sidney Poitier was the first black male to win a Best Actor Oscar. That was for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar. Her award came from her performance in Gone with the Wind.
Just this year, Steven Yeun is making history by being the first Asian American ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He’s nominated for his role in the film Minari. We’ll have to wait until Sunday, April 25th to find out if he won.
This episode of Trivia Rewind will be a little different than our other episodes. Here’s how it will work. I will ask you 20 questions. After each question, I’ll pause and then I’ll give you the answer. This may be harder than you think. I’ll give you the name of the character and the year the movie was released. You’ll have to guess which movie the character is from. See how many of the 20 you get right!
Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!
Trivia Rewind Episode 45 – Oscar Worthy Movie Roles
[00:00:00] Hey there. Welcome to this special Oscar edition of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host of the virtual red carpet. On Sunday, April 25th, the 93rd Academy Awards will take place at 8:00 PM Eastern time. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the ceremony is taking place a few months later than it normally would.
[00:00:35] According to the Wall Street Journal, “Producers of the ceremony initially hoped to have the honors handed out and received only in person. However, given COVID 19 risks and the challenges of international travel, the Academy appears to be open to acceptance speeches from hubs in London and Paris by winners who can’t make it to Los Angeles.”
[00:00:59] Last [00:01:00] week, the first round of presenters were named and here are a few of the stars you can look forward to seeing. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, and Zendaya.
[00:01:24] ABC seven says, “It will be a scaled back affair with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance. But the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other award shows during the pandemic.” So will it be a boring Zoom event like the Golden Globes? No.
[00:01:45] According to ABC seven, “The Oscars are not making a virtual element possible for nominees who either can’t or don’t feel comfortable attending. The producers said they planned to treat the event like an active [00:02:00] movie set with onsite COVID safety teams and testing protocols.” So no pajamas for this event.
[00:02:09] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about those characters that were played so well that the actor or actress won a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar. This episode will be a little different than our other episodes. Here’s how it will work. I will ask you 20 questions. After each question, I’ll pause and then I’ll give you the answer. I’ll give you the name of the character and the year the movie was released. You’ll have to guess which movie the character is from.
[00:02:45] Unfortunately, there won’t be fun facts for this episode. I know you must be disappointed. That’s my favorite part of the show too. Stick around to the very end, because I’ll tell you who currently holds the [00:03:00] record for the most Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar wins. Plus a few other interesting Oscar record facts.
[00:03:09] So if you are ready, let’s get started with question one. In what film from 1987 would you find the character Gordon Gekko? That movie was Wall Street. Actor Michael Douglas had the role of Gordon Gekko and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:03:39] Question two. In what 1988 film would you find the character Raymond Babbitt? That movie was Rain Man. Actor Dustin Hoffman had the role of Raymond Babbitt. This was his second Best [00:04:00] Actor Oscar win. He had previously won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer.
[00:04:08] Question three. In what film from 2005 did an actress win the Best Actress Oscar for her role portraying June Carter Cash? That movie was Walk the Line. Actress Reese Witherspoon had the role of June Carter Cash. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:04:34] Question four. In what film from 2016 would you find the character Mia Dolan? Well, that movie was LA LA Land. Actress Emma Stone had the role of Mia Dolan. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:04:58] Question five. [00:05:00] In what 2017 film did one actor win a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Winston Churchill?
[00:05:11] That film was Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman had the role of Winston Churchill. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win. He is currently nominated for another Best Actor Oscar in this upcoming 93rd Academy Award Ceremony.
[00:05:31] Question six. In what 2019 film would you find the character Arthur Fleck? That movie was The Joker. Actor Joaquin Phoenix had the role of Arthur Fleck. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:05:50] Question seven. In what film from 1980 would you find the character Jake LaMotta? [00:06:00] That film was Raging Bull. Actor Robert DeNiro had the role of Jake LaMotta. This was his second Best Actor Oscar win. His first was for his role in The Godfather Part II.
[00:06:15] Question eight. In which 1996 film would you find the character Marge Gunderson? That film was Fargo. Actress Frances McDormand had the role of Marge Gunderson. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win. She’s currently nominated for another Best Actress Oscar at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards.
[00:06:44] Question nine. In what 2001 film would you find the character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris? Well, that film was Training Day. Actor Denzel Washington [00:07:00] had the role of Alonzo Harris and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:07:07] Question 10. In what 1987 film would you find the character Loretta Castorini? That film was Moonstruck. Cher had the role of Loretta Castorini and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:07:30] Question 11. In what 2004 film would you find the character Maggie Fitzgerald? That film was Million Dollar Baby. Actress Hillary Swank had the role of Maggie Fitzgerald and this was her second Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:07:52] Question 12. In what 2013 film would you find the character Ron Woodruff? [00:08:00] That film was Dallas Buyers Club. Actor Matthew McConaughey had the role and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:08:13] Question 13. In what 2009 movie would you find the character Otis “Bad” Blake? That film was Crazy Heart and actor Jeff Bridges had the role. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:08:36] Question 14. In what 1990 film would you find the character Annie Wilkes? That film was Misery. Actress Kathy Bates had the role and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:08:55] Question 15. In what [00:09:00] 1993 film would you find the character Andrew “Andy” Beckett?
[00:09:07] That film was Philadelphia and actor Tom Hanks had the role. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:09:18] Question 16. In what 1980 film did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for portraying Loretta Lynn? Well, that film was Coal Miner’s Daughter. Actress Sissy Spacek had the role and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:09:42] Question 17. In what 2014 film did the actor win a best Actor Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking? That film was The Theory of Everything. Actor Eddie [00:10:00] Redmayne had the role of Stephen Hawking and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:10:08] Question 18. In what 2018 movie did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for portraying Anne Queen of Great Britain? That movie was the Favourite. Actress Olivia Coleman played Anne Queen of Great Britain and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.
[00:10:32] Question 19. In what 2018 film did the actor win a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Freddie Mercury? That film was Bohemian Rhapsody. Actor Rami Malik had the role of Freddie Mercury. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.
[00:10:56] Question 20. In what [00:11:00] 2011 film did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher? That film was The Iron Lady. Actress Meryl Streep had the role of Margaret Thatcher. This was her second time to win a Best Actress Oscar.
[00:11:24] Well, over the years, some brilliant actors and actresses have played roles that have won them Best Acting Oscars. Some have made history in the process. Currently the actress that holds the record for the most Oscar wins is Katherine Hepburn. She was nominated for 12 awards and won four. The actor that has the record for the most Oscar wins is Daniel Day Lewis. He was nominated for six awards and won three.
[00:11:57] Other actors and actresses have set [00:12:00] records for things other than the amount of wins. Sidney Poitier was the first black male to win a Best Actor Oscar. That was for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar. Her award came from her performance in Gone With the Wind. Just this year, Steven Yeun is making history by being the first Asian American ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He’s nominated for his role in the film Minari. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out if he won.
[00:12:45] Well that’s it for this week’s episode. You can go to Trivia Rewind.com to find out more about the upcoming Oscar ceremony and you can find a transcript to this episode, plus more. You can [00:13:00] also find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
[00:13:04] Thanks for taking the time to listen and I’ll be back next time for another episode of Trivia Rewind.
Have you seen any good movies this week? There are a lot of movies and TV series over the years that leave us with one good quote that makes it forever memorable. That’s the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. It’s all about movie or TV quotes. I’m bringing back some of our Midweek Movie/TV Quotes segments. In previous episodes, I would read the quote. This time I’ll play a clip from a movie or TV series and you’ll have to guess which movie or series the quote comes from. After I give you the quote and answer, I’ll give you some fun facts.
Speaking of good movies, I do have a lot of movies I consider favorites but last week, I had to pick just one. I was a guest on the podcast called Your Next Favorite Movie. I discussed one of my favorite movies with Josh, the host of the show. If you have a chance, go listen! There is a special reason why the movie I discuss is one of my favorites and I share that personal reason why with Josh.
Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!
Trivia Rewind Episode 39 March Movie/TV Quotes Madness
[00:00:00] [00:00:00] Movie Clip: [00:00:00] Todo, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.
[00:00:18] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:18] Hey, welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins. Have you seen any good movies this week? There are a lot of movies over the years that leave us with one good quote that makes the movie forever memorable. And that’s the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. It’s all about movie quotes.
[00:00:40] This time with a twist. I’m bringing back some of our Midweek Movie Quote segments, where you’ll listen to the quote from the movie and you’ll have to guess which movie the quote comes from. On our past Midweek Movie Quote episodes, I would read you the quote. This time you get to hear it from [00:01:00] the movie.
[00:01:01] I’ll give you some fun facts about the movie after I give you the answers. Stick around to the very end and I’ll tell you about a podcast that I recently appeared on as a guest, where I shared about one of my favorite movies. I’ll tell you where to tune in and listen to that episode. If you’re ready, let’s get started.
[00:01:23] Movie Clip: [00:01:23] Uh, this is Houston. Uh, say again please. Houston. We have a problem. We have a main bus B undervolt.
[00:01:33] Debi Jenkins: [00:01:33] That is from the movie Apollo 13. In the film, you will hear actor Tom Hanks say the line. This popular quote is actually not quite the correct quote from the actual Apollo 13 mission. Astronaut Jack Sweigert first says, okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.
[00:01:54] And then when NASA asks them to repeat, astronaut Jim Lovell says, [00:02:00] uh, Houston, we’ve had a problem. Well, the screenwriter made the change because the original verb tense wasn’t as dramatic. And I say, I’d have to agree because I recently went to YouTube and watched this part from the movie and I watched the NASA recording.
[00:02:17] The movie definitely was more dramatic, but that would probably have to do with the acting and the dramatic score that went along with it.
[00:02:28] Movie Clip: [00:02:28] I will go up to the sixth finger man and say, hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die.
[00:02:42] Debi Jenkins: [00:02:42] Well, this well known movie line is from the movie The Princess Bride. This line was said by actor Mandy Patinkin as character Inigo Montoya, a Spanish fencer. Mandy Patinkin has told people [00:03:00] this was his favorite movie role. Patinkin attended Julliard and actor Kelsey Grammar was a classmate of his.
[00:03:15] Movie Clip: [00:03:15] Hey doc, you better back up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88. Roads, where we’re going we don’t need roads.
[00:03:24] Debi Jenkins: [00:03:24] This memorable line came from the 1985 movie Back to the Future. In the movie, Dr. Emmett Brown, the inventor of the time machine says this to Marty McFly. This line occurs at the very end of the film when Doc says he’s going to take Marty to the year 2015. Well, unfortunately in 2015, we still needed roads. Flying cars were not the thing.
[00:03:54] Movie Clip: [00:03:54] I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend [00:04:00] for dinner. Bye.
[00:04:03] Debi Jenkins: [00:04:03] Well, I sure wouldn’t want to be the guest of that dinner party because that movie quote comes from the thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. The character Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins says this line to Clarice Starling played by actress Jodie foster. This movie really cleaned it up at the Academy Awards. It took home five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the year, 2003, the American Film Institute gave the character Hannibal Lecter, the honor of being named The Greatest Villain in American Cinema.
[00:04:49] Movie Clip: [00:04:49] Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
[00:04:53] Debi Jenkins: [00:04:53] This line comes from the movie Airplane and it said by Dr. Rumack portrayed by actor [00:05:00] Leslie Nielsen. Leslie Nielsen saw a boost in his career after this movie. Actor Leslie Nielsen was born in Canada and even enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
[00:05:12] After the movie Airplane, his roles took a turn toward slapstick comedy. Even in death, Leslie Nielsen left a bit of humor. On his tombstone are the words Let ‘er Rip, a reference to his favorite practical joke, a portable hand controlled fart machine.
[00:05:32] Movie Clip: [00:05:32] That’ll do pig. That’ll do.
[00:05:41] Debi Jenkins: [00:05:41] That is from the movie Babe. Farmer Hogget says this line to Babe the pig in the 1990 film, Babe. Farmer Hogget is played by actor James Cromwell. James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for his role as Farmer Hogget. [00:06:00] Because of the movie, he even became a vegetarian. In an article from The Vegetarian Times he’s quoted as saying, “I decided that to be able to talk about this movie with conviction, I needed to become a vegetarian.” This film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
[00:06:24] Movie Clip: [00:06:24] You’re going to need a bigger boat.
[00:06:26] Debi Jenkins: [00:06:26] That line came from Steven Spielberg’s hit Jaws. In the movie, Sheriff Brody says this line to the character Quint. Roy Scheider played the role of Sheriff Brody. According to Scheider’s obituary, he ad-libbed the line. Supposedly the line was kind of an inside joke among the cast and crew. A large barge was used to house all of the equipment for the movie and only a small boat was used to support it.
[00:06:55] People would tell the producers “you’re going to need a bigger boat” and [00:07:00] whenever any problems would arise on set, that line would be used as a joke. So when Roy Scheider ad-libbed that line for the movie, imagine the laughs that must have produced among the rest of the cast and crew.
[00:07:13] Movie Clip: [00:07:13] I know this is hard for you, but winter is coming.
[00:07:23] Debi Jenkins: [00:07:23] This quote comes from the series Game of Thrones. Winter is coming as the motto of House Stark. The first time this line was used was by Ned Stark, the head of House Stark. This role was played by English actor, Sean Bean. Before game of Thrones, Sean Bean was widely recognized for his role as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
[00:07:48] Bean has been married five times, has three kids, and is even a grandfather. Sean Bean should not be confused with the quirky character Mr. Bean [00:08:00] played by Rowan Atkinson. If you think that’s a ridiculous thing to say, it has actually happened multiple times when he’s received fan mail meant for the other Bean. And who would have guessed that this tough guy is afraid of flying.
[00:08:15] Supposedly during the filming of The Fellowship of the Ring, he would hike to their shooting location instead of going by helicopter with the rest of the actors. And he was in full costume when he made the hike.
[00:08:29] At the beginning of the show, I mentioned a podcast I recently appeared on as a guest. That podcast is called Your Next Favorite Movie. While I have a lot of favorite movies in different genres, the favorite I discuss in this episode comes from the following movie. See if you can guess the movie by hearing a small portion of it.
[00:09:07] [00:09:00] Movie Clip: [00:09:07] I have to find my way back home.
[00:09:10] Debi Jenkins: [00:09:10] That movie gets me every time. Hear my interview by listening to the podcast, Your Next Favorite Movie, which can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for tuning in to Trivia Rewind, and I’ll be back next week with another episode. [00:10:00] .
When I was growing up, nothing felt more like Christmas than when the TV Specials Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas aired. Unlike today, you only had one chance to watch it and if you missed that special viewing night, you were out of luck. That was until VHS and DVD players came along.
To get the Christmas spirit kicked off, this week’s episode is about five of those classic TV Christmas specials. And to make things even more fun, this episode has two segments! In the first segment, I’ll be talking about five animated Christmas television specials. Whether you were born fifteen years ago or fifty, these specials transcend time.
In the second segment, it’s Christmas movie quotes trivia! I’ll give you five quotes from popular Christmas movies and you have to guess who said the quote and which movie the quote is from.
You’ll learn lots of fun facts in this episode. Find out how one man in the midst of grief wrote a Christmas story we won’t soon forget. Find out which television special’s stop motion puppets recently hit the auction block and the amazing price they sold for. I’ll tell you what the producer and the director of A Charlie Brown Christmas thought after they viewed the special for the first time. (It wasn’t a good thing) And in our Christmas movie quotes segment, find out which star of one of the most popular Christmas movies caused the original director to quit after he treated him like dirt.
Plus, as promised from the episode, here’s the picture of Macaulay Culkin, star of the hit Christmas movie Home Alone and his Twitter post that made everyone laugh this year during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I hope you really enjoy this Christmas episode. There will be more Christmas episodes to come. Here’s a hint about the next episode…Think “You smell like beef and cheese!” So what is your favorite Christmas special? Visit our Instagram page and share your thoughts there!
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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.
Trivia Rewind Episode – Christmas TV Specials + Christmas Movie Quotes
Debi Jenkins 0:05 Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. I’m kicking off the holiday season with this episode. This week, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and talking about five animated Christmas television specials. Whether you were born 15 years ago or 50 these specials transcend time. Did you grow up loving the Rankin-Bass specials like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, or were you more about How the Grinch Stole Christmas fan? Those are two of the shows I’ll be talking about. Also starting new this week, instead of two episodes, I will give you one jam packed episode with the 10 trivia questions plus five quotes. So here’s how this episode will work. Since I’ll be talking about five Christmas specials, I’ll give you two trivia questions for each of the five shows. Then I’ll give you five quotes from Christmas movies. After I ask you the questions I’ll go back and give you the answers as well as some fun facts.
Debi Jenkins 1:11 Find out how one man in the midst of grief wrote a Christmas story we won’t soon forget. Find out which television special’s stop motion puppets recently hit the auction block and the amazing price they sold for. And in our Christmas movie quote segment find out which star of one of the most popular Christmas movies caused the original director to quit after he treated him like dirt? These and so many more fun facts await you in this episode of Trivia Rewind. So grab your hot chocolate and let’s play.
Debi Jenkins 1:46 Question one. In the 1964 special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, what is the name of the narrator who is also the voice of Sam the Snowman?
Debi Jenkins 2:01 Question two. When Rudolph runs away, what is the name of the prospector that he encounters?
Debi Jenkins 2:11 Question three. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, who goes with Charlie Brown to pick out a Christmas tree at the Christmas tree lot?
Debi Jenkins 2:22 Question four. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, what Christmas carol do the kids sing at the end of the show?
Debi Jenkins 2:32 Question five. What was the name of the drummer boy in the 1968 special The Little Drummer Boy?
Debi Jenkins 2:43 Question six. In the Little Drummer Boy, what is the name of the lamb, the little boy’s animal friend?
Debi Jenkins 2:52 Question seven. In Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the little girl that sees the Grinch stealing her family’s Christmas tree?
Debi Jenkins 3:05 Question eight. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog?
Debi Jenkins 3:16 Question nine. In the 1969 animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the magician’s rabbit?
Debi Jenkins 3:27 And question 10. In the animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the little girl that names the snowman Frosty and hopes to get him to the North Pole?
Debi Jenkins 3:41 Well, those are our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 1964 special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, what is the name of the narrator who is also the voice of Sam the Snowman? Well, that person is Burl Ives. Burl Ives was the only non-Canadian to voice a character in this special. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer first aired on December 6, 1964 on the NBC network. According to Smithsonian magazine, the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer special is the longest running Christmas special in history. Have you ever wondered how the actual story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came about? Well, in 1938, Robert May, a copywriter for the Chicago based in Montgomery Ward department store was given the task to write a holiday story that Montgomery Ward could distribute to their shoppers during the next Christmas season. Let me mention here that Robert May grew up in a secular Jewish family and his wife was Jewish. Here he was writing what would become one of the most loved Christmas stories for children. While writing this story May’s wife was suffering from cancer and near death. Life was quite hard for him at that time, but somehow he was able to write this magical story. His young daughter loved the deer that she saw at the Lincoln Park Zoo and that helped give him inspiration for his story. While working on his story, he also thought back to some of his childhood memories of being extremely shy. All of Santa’s reindeer were already named, thanks to an 1820s poem titled, A Visit from St. Nicholas. The poem listed the names of eight reindeer. Well, Robert May came up with reindeer number nine and named him Rudolph. In a 1963 interview, he said Rudolph rolled off the tongue nicely. He even got the idea for the shiny red nose when looking out his window over Chicago’s Lake Michigan and seeing all the fog. It then came to him how Santa could get through the fog, a red nose for Rudolph it would be. In 1939 Montgomery Ward printed the story and gave out over two million copies of it for free. After Robert May’s wife died, he struggled as he had piles of medical bills to pay and he took on the role of single father. Life was difficult to say the least. However, in 1947, Montgomery Ward unexpectedly gave Robert Mae the copyrights for his story. What a gift this would turn out to be. It just so happened that Robert May’s brother-in-law was Johnny Marks, a songwriter, and he went on to write the song that went along with May’s Rudolph story. As the song made its way around to singers, Gene Autry’s wife convinced him to take on the song and by Christmas of 1949, Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy released the song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, where it went all the way up the charts and hit number one, the week of Christmas. Robert May’s story led to the song which then set the course for the beloved television special. Robert May’s story about Rudolph set him up financially for the rest of his life. Hearing the background on this story really makes me appreciate it all the more.
Debi Jenkins 7:24 Question two. When Rudolph runs away, what is the name of the prospector that he encounters? That prospector’s name was Yukon Cornelius. Larry Mann was the voice of Yukon Cornelius. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was a Rankin-Bass production. Rankin-Bass were known for their stop motion animated Christmas specials where they used puppet like characters. Well guess who was neighbors with Rankin and Bass? Johnny Marks, the writer of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song. Arthur Rankin Jr. approached his neighbor about turning the song into a TV special and the rest is history.
Debi Jenkins 8:07 So how about those memorable Rudolph and Santa stop motion puppets they used in the special. The auction house called Profiles in History recently auctioned off the six inch tall Rudolph and 11 inch tall Santa that were used to bring this television special to life. When the auction took place on November 13, the set sold for $368,000. The puppets were made by a Japanese puppet maker. They are the faces of many Christmas television memories. Not everyone was able to view this colorful television special on a color television, something we tend to take for granted. In a 1964 Baltimore Sun article, writer Donald Kirkley reviewed the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special. He said, “The movie is a splendid gift from the General Electric Company to the television audience. It will be treasured even more in years to come when more people are able to watch it in color.” In a WYRK.com article it noted that in 1964, only about 3 percent of households owned a color TV. It took until 1972 for color TV sales to surpass that of black and white. Imagine watching this television special in black and white. No red nose for Rudolph. No red Santa suit. Let that sink in for a minute.
Debi Jenkins 9:39 Question three. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, who goes with Charlie Brown to pick out a Christmas tree at the Christmas tree lot? That was Linus. The Charlie Brown Christmas special first aired on December 9, 1965 and out of those watching TV that night 45 percent were watching this special. It was the first animated television special with the Peanuts characters. At first, the network rejected the idea of having the proposed animated special air during prime time. When they finally agreed to it, they gave the team only six months to complete the task. Coca Cola was the sponsor. When it was done, the producer Lee Mendelson and the director Bill Melendez, they watched the final product together. In Charles Solomon’s, The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating 50 Years of Television Specials, Mendelson remembers Melendez turning to him and saying, “I think we’ve ruined Charlie Brown.” However, they were able to change a few things in the little time they had before it was to air. The network thought this special would be a disaster but their predictions were far from correct. The show won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award and since its debut, it has aired like clockwork every year on network television. That is until this year, when Apple TV+ acquired the rights. Apple TV+ will make this special available for free only during a three day time period. So mark your calendars for December 11th through the 13th of 2020 where you can watch the special on Apple TV+ for free. As I mentioned in our It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown podcast episode, the thought of the Peanuts specials not being on network TV takes a little of the nostalgia away. And here’s some breaking news. After all the backlash, It was announced a few days ago that Apple TV+ has decided to partner with PBS and PBS Kids to allow them to broadcast it commercial free on a special one night event taking place December 13th at 6:30pm central time.
Debi Jenkins 12:00 Question four. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, what Christmas carol do the kids sing at the end of the show? That song was Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The kids that you hear singing that song are members of the children’s choir of St. Paul Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California. Supposedly the children were paid $5 each for their participation. So when someone says the words Charlie Brown Christmas tree, what do you picture in your mind? If you watched the show, you probably picture a little sprig of pine tree that looks pretty sad. The Charlie Brown Christmas special made that simple Christmas tree a popular item. Even today you can find models of the tree for sale around Christmas being marketed as “The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.”
Debi Jenkins 12:52 Question five. What was the name of the drummer boy in the 1968 special The Little Drummer Boy? The drummer boy’s name was Aaron and child actor Teddy Eccles provided the character’s voice. On December 19, 1968 Rankin-Bass released this stop motion animated Christmas special on NBC. The special was narrated by Academy Award winning actress Greer Garson. The TV special is based on the popular song The Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Davis. The song was originally titled Carol of the Drum and based on a traditional Czech song.
Debi Jenkins 13:34 Question six. In The Little Drummer Boy, what is the name of the lamb, the little boy’s animal friend? The lamb’s name was Baba. Remember the Von Trapp family singers portrayed in the movie The Sound of Music? Well, the real life Trapp family singers were the first to have recorded the Little Drummer Boy song back in 1951. Since then, it has been recorded numerous times by other artists. In this television special, the Vienna Boys Choir sings the title song.
Debi Jenkins 14:09 Question seven. In Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the little girl that sees the Grinch stealing her family’s Christmas tree? That little girl was Cindy Lou Who. The television special first aired on the CBS network on December 18, 1966 and was based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name. The book was first published in 1957. This TV special had quite the budget. The budget for this show was $300,000. To compare, the Charlie Brown Christmas special only had a budget of $96,000. Voice actress June Foray was the voice of Cindy Lou Who. June Foray was known as the first lady of voice actors. In an Animation World magazine article, it says, “It was not uncommon for people to refer to her as the female Mel Blanc. That prompted her friend and frequent employer Chuck Jones to correct folks. ‘June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray.'” She was highly respected in the world of animation.
Debi Jenkins 15:23 Question eight. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog? His dog’s name was Max. Do you know who sang the You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch song? It was Thurl Ravenscroft, the same guy who did the Tony the Tiger, “They’rrreeee Grrreat” voice in the Frosted Flakes commercials from 1952 to 2005. He was mistakenly left out of the credits in this TV special. Because he was not credited there was often speculation that Boris Karloff or Tennessee Ernie Ford was the person singing the Mr. Grinch song. Supposedly the producer Ted Geisel (also known as Dr. Seuss) felt so bad about this he did all he could to get the story of Ravenscroft’s roll into trade papers. He apologized to Ravenscroft profusely. The soundtrack for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Album for Children.
Debi Jenkins 16:33 Question nine. In the 1969 animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the magician’s rabbit? The rabbit’s name was Hocus Pocus. This magical Christmas special was another Rankin-Bass production and it first aired on December 7, 1969 on the CBS network. Actor Jimmy Durante was the narrator of the Frosty the Snowman special and this was his last film performance. Sadly, he suffered a stroke in 1972 and died in 1980. The television special was based on the song Frosty the Snowman, which was first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County boys in 1950. The previous year, Gene Autry had a hit when he recorded Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Debi Jenkins 17:26 And question ten. In the animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the little girl that names the snowman Frosty and hopes to get him to the North Pole? Her name was Karen. June Foray was the voice of Karen in Frosty the Snowman. However, after its first year of airing, Suzanne Davidson replaced her. In the book titled The Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass, June Foray is quoted as saying, “I was called in to voice the little girl Karen. I was disappointed to learn later that my work for the Karen character was replaced by another actress. To this day, I am unsure of the reason, but I still enjoy the special.” In July of this year, it was announced by Warner Brothers and Stampede Pictures that a live action movie is in the works starring Jason Mamoa as the voice of a CGI Frosty the Snowman in what’s being called a hybrid CG/live action film. It will be interesting to see a new version of Frosty the Snowman.
Debi Jenkins 18:32 And now for our Christmas movie quotes segment. Before we start, I’d like to take a quick moment and ask that if you’re enjoying this episode that you please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a five star review. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts or another podcast app that allows comments, I’d love it if you would leave a positive comment about this podcast. And the best compliment is to tell a friend about Trivia Rewind. Thanks for your continued support of this podcast. I enjoy bringing you TV and film trivia each week. Now back to our Christmas quotes segment where I’ll give you five quotes, the answers and fun facts.
Debi Jenkins 19:14 Here’s quote one. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
Debi Jenkins 19:23 Quote two. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.”
Debi Jenkins 19:28 Quote three. “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?”
Debi Jenkins 19:35 Quote four. “I made my family disappear.”
Debi Jenkins 19:40 And quote five. “Who gave you permission to tell Charlie there was no Santa Claus? I think if we’re going to destroy our son’s delusions, I should be part of it.”
Debi Jenkins 19:51 Those were our questions, let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.
Debi Jenkins 19:56 Quote one. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” This line is said by Buddy the elf in the 2003 movie Elf. Will Ferrell plays Buddy the elf and this is just one of many great quotes that came out of this movie. The movie is often listed as one of the top Christmas movies of all time. Will Ferrell wasn’t the first pick for the Buddy the elf role. Jim Carrey was initially chosen for the role. It took 10 years to get this movie off the ground so during that time, Jim Carrey moved on and took on other projects. Director Jon Favreau has a cameo role in this movie. He plays the doctor that gives buddy the DNA test. Favreau’s voice also plays a big part in this movie as the narwhal saying, “Bye Buddy. Hope you find your dad.” When making the movie, the goal was not to have a CGI created movie, but make it more like the nostalgic stop motion Rankin-Bass productions that gave us the TV specials like Frosty and Rudolph. The only CGI you find in this movie is the snow over the opening credits and the snowballs in Buddy’s snowball fight scene. One might assume the movie was only filmed in New York City. Some of the movie was shot in Vancouver, Canada. In a Rolling Stone magazine article, Director Jon Favreau mentions how they used an empty field at a mental hospital to double as Central Park when shooting parts of the ending scene of the movie.
Debi Jenkins 21:37 Quote two. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” This line is said by Santa Claus played by actor Jeff Gillen in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story. Santa Claus is talking to the character Ralphie. Ralphie, the main character in this movie was played by a child actor Peter Billingsley. Would you believe that the Director Bob Clark auditioned 8000 kids for the Ralphie role? Peter Billingsley was the first child to audition and after seeing those 8000 other kids, Bob Clark came back to Billingsley. Peter Billingsley went on to have a successful career in Hollywood and people still quote the line, “you’ll shoot your eye out” to him. After the film Billingsley got to keep some of the memorable prop items such as the Red Ryder BB gun and the pink bunny suit. Peter Billingsley appeared in another popular Christmas movie. He had an uncredited cameo as Ming the elf in the 2003 movie Elf. Look for Ming the next time you watch Elf. One unforgettable scene from this movie was when the character Flick gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pole. How did they film this scene without actually sticking his tongue to an icy pole? Well, they used a hidden suction tube and a piece of plastic that slid over the pole. The exterior shots of A Christmas Story were filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, there was no snow in Cleveland that winter. They had to take matters into their own hands and go hundreds of miles away to bring in snow from ski areas. They even had to go as far as using potato flakes to simulate falling snow and they even had to resort to using firefighter’s foam that looked like snow. Remember the scene where Ralphie is wearing the rhinestone shirt and dreams of using a Red Ryder BB gun? In the scene he spits out some tobacco. Well, it was actually the real thing. Redman Chaw to be exact. That small amount had enough effect on actor Peter Billingsley that they had to shut the set down for an hour while he laid down and sweated it off. I don’t imagine that happening with a child actor on a film set today.
Debi Jenkins 24:02 Quote three. “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?” This was said by Audrey Griswold in the 1989 movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Actress Juliette Lewis plays Audrey Griswold, the cranky teenager. This was Juliette Lewis’ first major film role. The movie was written and directed by John Hughes and was based on a story Hughes wrote called Christmas 59 that was published in the National Lampoon magazine in December of 1980. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Chris Columbus, known today as the King of family films. But in a Chicago article, he is quoted as saying, “To be completely honest, Chevy (meaning Chevy Chase) treated me like dirt.” So Columbus left the movie and several weeks later, Hughes gave him a different Christmas movie to direct, Home Alone. Have you ever wondered where they shot some of the scenes for the movie? The movie was set in suburban Chicago, but that’s not where it was filmed. Some of the exterior locations were shot in the cities of Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado. The Griswold family home is located on the Warner Brothers ranch facility in Burbank, California. And here’s something interesting to think about. Have you ever realized that while this movie is about Christmas, the movie ends on Christmas Eve and we don’t even get to experience Christmas Day at the Griswolds.
Debi Jenkins 25:48 Quote four. “I made my family disappear.” This line is said by Kevin in the 1990 movie Home Alone. Actor Macaulay Culkin had the role of Kevin. When John Hughes wrote the script he had Macaulay Culkin in mind to play Kevin. Hughes had previously worked with Culkin in the movie Uncle Buck. Director Chris Columbus auditioned 200 other kids before going ahead and giving Culkin the role. This role made Macaulay Culkin a household name. In a Guardian article, Columbus admits he learned a big lesson about child actors when working on Home Alone. He mentions that when you’re hiring a child actor, in a way you’re hiring their family as well. The article quotes him as saying, “I was casting a kid who truly had a troubled family life.” In an Entertainment Weekly article, Chris Columbus says the famous scene where Macaulay Culkin puts cologne on his face, screams and then holds his hands to his face was somewhat improvised by Culkin. He thought Culkin would just touch the cologne to his face and scream but Culkin held his hands there in what is now an iconic movie scene. Culkin made fans everywhere laugh during the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic when he posted a selfie of himself wearing a mask with a picture that featured that very Home Alone scene. I will post a photo on the Trivia Rewind website.
Debi Jenkins 27:22 And quote five. “Who gave you permission to tell Charlie there was no Santa Claus? I think if we’re going to destroy our son’s delusions, I should be a part of it.” That line is said by Scott Calvin in the 1994 movie The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin was played by actor Tim Allen. In 1994 Tim Allen had quite the trifecta. During one week in November, his movie, the Santa Clause was number one at the box office, his show Home Improvement was the number one rated television show and his book titled, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man was number one on the New York Times list of bestsellers. The Santa Clause movie went on to have two sequels.
Debi Jenkins 28:11 Well, that’s our show for this week. I’d love to hear what your favorite Christmas special is. Visit triviarewind.com and share your thoughts. And while there, you’ll find links to our Twitter and Instagram pages. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you so much for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.
Which animated Disney movie does the quote “Remember who you are” come from? That’s one of the quotes in this week’s Midweek Movie Quotes. In this episode, all the quotes are from animated Disney movies.
Not only will I give you five quotes, I’ll give you some interesting facts about each of the movies. This week you’ll find out about some ugly things that went on behind the scenes in Hollywood including which voice actor for one of the most popular Disney characters ended up being buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.
You’ll learn a little history about the 1941 cartoonist strike that went on in Hollywood. Visit this link to learn more about this interesting piece of history.
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Trivia Rewind – Midweek Movie Quotes – Disney Movie Quotes
Debi Jenkins 0:04 Hi, this is Debi Jenkins, your host of Trivia Rewind. It’s time for another bonus episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. This week all the quotes come from animated Disney movies. In our fun facts segment, you’ll definitely learn about some things that went on behind the scenes in Hollywood. Before we start, here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from movies. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and a few quick facts about each movie. Are you ready to play?
Debi Jenkins 0:37 Here’s quote one. “Remember who you are.”
Debi Jenkins 0:43 Quote two. “The very things that hold you down, are going to lift you up.”
Debi Jenkins 0:50 Quote three. “Can anybody be happy if they aren’t free?”
Debi Jenkins 0:56 Quote four. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”
Debi Jenkins 1:04 And quote five. “Now think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.”
Debi Jenkins 1:12 Those are our five quotes. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Remember who you are.” This quote is from the movie The Lion King, and is said by Mufasa to Simba. James Earl Jones was the voice of Mufasa and he said this line to an older Simba, which was voiced by actor Matthew Broderick. The young Simba was voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, known at the time for his role on Home Improvement. Did you know that when the Lion King was made, it was the first animated movie that wasn’t based on a pre-existing work? It was an original story. The Lion King was the highest grossing film of 1994 and was nominated for multiple awards. In 2019. Walt Disney Pictures did a CGI remake of the film. There were mixed reviews about which version was better.
Debi Jenkins 2:12 Quote two. The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up. This is from the 1941 movie Dumbo, and was said to Dumbo by Timothy Mouse. Actor Edward Brophy was the voice of the character Timothy Mouse. Dumbo didn’t have any lines in the movie so no actor was associated with him. In May of 1941, during the production of Dumbo, there was a huge animation strike in Hollywood. This did not go over well with Mr. Walt Disney and things got a bit ugly at times. Members of the Screen Cartoonists Guild seemed to be targeted and were laid off. They were even left out of film credits. Animators were blacklisted due to the strike. One way Disney retaliated was with a scene in the movie Dumbo. There’s a scene where clowns are arguing for more pay and they use this scene to depict the animators that were on strike. The strike was a big deal and an important part of Walt Disney finally agreeing to sign a union contract. If Hollywood history is of interest to you, visit our website for a link to more information about this piece of history.
Debi Jenkins 3:26 Quote three. “Can anybody be happy if they aren’t free?” This line comes from the movie Beauty and the Beast and is said by the character Belle. In the 1991 animated film, actress Paige O’Hara is the voice of Belle and Robbie Benson is the voice of Beast. Did you know that Disney sometimes recycles a scene from one movie and uses it in another? This has actually been going on for over 50 years. One example can be seen in Beauty and the Beast. In the last scene of the movie when Belle and the Beast dance, that scene was taken from the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. They just resized some things and cleaned it up a little. This was done for time’s sake. With a deadline just a few days away, they didn’t have time to create the scene from scratch. So if you ever see a scene in a Disney movie that looks familiar, maybe, just maybe it’s been taken from another Disney movie and been repurposed. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
Debi Jenkins 4:33 Quote four. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” This line is from the 1951 Disney movie Alice in Wonderland and is said by the character Alice. Alice is crying as she sings this line in a sad song. It’s the only song from the 1951 movie to make it into Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation. In Tim Burton’s film, Robert Smith of the group The Cure sings this song. In the 1951 Alice in Wonderland, actress Kathryn Beaumont was the voice of Alice. If her voice sounds familiar, it might be because she was also the voice of Wendy in then 1953 movie Peter Pan. In 1998, she was given the honor of being named a Disney Legend.
Debi Jenkins 5:24 And quote five. “Now think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.” This line is from the 1953 movie Peter Pan and is said by Peter Pan himself. In the movie teenage actor Bobby Driscoll is the voice of Peter Pan. Bobby Driscoll had a great career as a child actor. At the age of nine he was a household name. When he was 13, he won an Oscar for Outstanding Juvenile Actor of 1949. Sadly, his story goes downhill after Peter Pan. He was now into his teens and had acne. His voice changed and he wasn’t the cute little boy anymore. The studio decided to terminate his contract three years early. The worst part is that he found out this awful news from Walt Disney’s secretary because Walt Disney was too busy to tell them himself. Bobby Driscoll broke down in tears and they had security escort him off the Disney lot. His career with Disney was suddenly history. Then to make matters worse, in high school, he was bullied and teased, and he started using drugs. As an adult, he became addicted to heroin. He was arrested numerous times for things like burglary, assault and drug possession. He spent some time in prison, Bobby Driscoll left Hollywood and went to New York City where Andy Warhol befriended him. He eventually disappeared into the New York underground. Not long after turning 31 some kids found his body on a cot in an abandoned apartment. Nobody knew who he was. There was no identification on his body and the body went unclaimed. He was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. There lay the voice of Peter Pan. A year later fingerprints revealed his identity. His father was nearing death and his mom went searching for their missing son so his dad could say goodbye. Because of the fingerprint identification, they found out he was dead.
Debi Jenkins 7:27 With that sad story, we close out this Midweek Movie Quotes bonus episode of Trivia Rewind. This has been a good reminder to never take child actors or the hard working people behind the scenes for granted.
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Do you know what movie the line “You’re killin’ me Smalls” is from? That’s just one of the quotes found in this episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. I’ll give you five popular quotes from movies and you’ll guess which movie each line is from. After the answers, I’ll give you some fun facts. On this episode, it’s all about ad-libbed lines, disappearing fish and inside jokes on the movie set. All of this in five minutes! Challenge your friends and see who can guess first. After listening, please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks!
Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Don’t look below unless you’ve already listened to the episode because you’ll find the answers below.
Trivia Rewind – Midweek Movie Quotes – You’re Killin’ Me Smalls
Debi Jenkins 0:04 Hello there Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins your host. It’s time for another bonus episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. Here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from movies. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and a few quick facts about each of those movies. Are you ready to play?
Debi Jenkins 0:47 Quote five. “Hasta la vista, baby.”
Debi Jenkins 0:52 All right, those were our five quotes. Let’s go back and see how you did.
Debi Jenkins 0:58 The first quote was, “that’ll do pig, that’ll do.” That is from the movie Babe. Farmer Hoggett says this line to Babe the pig in the 1990 film Babe. Farmer Hoggett is played by actor James Cromwell. James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for his role as farmer Hoggett. Because of the movie, he even became a vegetarian. In an article from the Vegetarian Times, he’s quoted as saying, “I decided that to be able to talk about this [movie] with conviction, I needed to become a vegetarian.” This film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Debi Jenkins 1:42 Quote, two. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That line came from Steven Spielberg’s hit Jaws. In the movie, Sheriff Brody says this line to the character Quint. Roy Scheider played the role of Sheriff Brody. According to Scheider’s obituary, he ad-libbed the line. Supposedly, the line was kind of an inside joke among the cast and crew. A large barge was used to house all of the equipment for the movie and only a small boat was used to support it. People would tell their producers, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” and whenever any problems would arise on set, that line would be used as a joke. So when Roy Scheider ad-libbed that line for the movie, imagine the laughs that must have produced among the rest of the cast and crew.
Debi Jenkins 2:34 Quote three. “You’re killin’ me Smalls.” Well, that line came from the 1993 coming of age sports comedy The Sandlot. Actor Patrick Renna plays the character Ham Porter in the movie, and he says this line to the character Scotty Smalls. This line was actually not in the script. It was improvised by Patrick Renna. In a Hollywood Reporter article, the director said that when the line is translated in Japanese, it’s equivalent to “Hurry up. My clothes are going out of style.” I guess you could say that line was lost in translation. Patrick Renna has his own YouTube variety show called You’re Killing me with Patrick Renna. He often features his co-stars from the movie.
Debi Jenkins 3:27 Quote four. “Just keep swimming.” This quote comes from Dory on the animated hit Finding Nemo. Dory uses this line with Marlin, Nemo’s father. The director of Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton, well he also wrote the story. He even provided the voice for one of the characters in the movie. He was the voice of the turtle named Crush. After the movie, I’m sure you can guess what type of fish children became obsessed with? Yep, Clownfish. So much so that there was a 75% drop in the population of Clownfish in natural habitats, such as the ocean around the country Vanuatu.
Debi Jenkins 4:15 Quote five. “Hasta la vista baby.” This line comes from the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This phrase was made popular by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character known as the Terminator. It’s a Spanish phrase that means “until the next sighting.” Or in more general terms, “see you later.” When the movie was released, it was the highest grossing rated R movie of all time. It was also the most expensive movie ever made at the time of its release.
Debi Jenkins 4:52 And with that, we close out this Midweek Movie Quotes bonus episode of Trivia Rewind. I hope you had fun and learned something new. Please subscribe and leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen and visit us online at triviarewind.com, where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time with more Trivia Rewind.
In this episode of Trivia Rewind you better be on your A-Game because we are talking about ten sports movies. It was hard to pick just ten considering how many great sports movies are out there. If your favorite isn’t on the list, let me know and maybe I’ll cover it in a future episode!
In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which actor admitted to using steroids so he could bulk up for his role.
Before we get to the questions, here’s the pre-game warmup where I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you ten questions, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.
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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – Sports Movie Trivia
Debi Jenkins 0:04 Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host, or this week, your coach. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, you better be on your a-game, because we’re talking about 10 sports movies. In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which actor admitted to using steroids so he could bulk up for his role. Before we get to the questions, here’s the pregame warmup where I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. Are you ready to hit the field? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.
Debi Jenkins 0:52 Here’s question one. In the 1976 film Rocky, what was the name of Rocky’s trainer and what was this trainers nickname?
Debi Jenkins 1:05 Question two. In the 2013 biographical sports film 42, actor Chadwick Boseman played which Major League Baseball player?
Debi Jenkins 1:19 Question three. In the 1986 movie Hoosiers, after Cletus Summers has a heart attack, Coach Norman Dale asks Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch to help as assistant coach on the team. What is the one major requirement the coach asks of Shooter?
Debi Jenkins 1:41 Question four. In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, what is the phrase that Kevin Costner’s character first hears one night when walking through his cornfield, and in a vision, which early 1900s baseball player does he see?
Debi Jenkins 2:02 Question five. In the 1993 movie Rudy, at what university does Rudy dream of one day being on the football team?
Debi Jenkins 2:14 Questions six. In the 1989 movie Major League, to what city does the Cleveland Indians baseball owner want to relocate her team?
Debi Jenkins 2:27 Question seven. In which movie from the year 2000 does Denzel Washington play football coach Herman Boone?
Debi Jenkins 2:40 Question eight. In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dugan say, “there’s no crying in baseball?”
Debi Jenkins 2:51 Question nine. In the 1993 cult classic The Sandlot, the character Scotty secretly borrows a baseball from his stepfather that was autographed by which baseball player?
Debi Jenkins 3:07 And question 10. In the 1988 film Bull Durham, what nickname does Crash Davis call Nuke LaLoosh, which causes friction early on?
Debi Jenkins 3:22 Well, those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and find out the answers.
Debi Jenkins 3:28 Question one. In the 1976 film Rocky, what was the name of Rocky’s trainer and what was this trainers nickname? Well, Rocky’s trainer was named Mickey Goldmill. His nickname was Mighty Mick. The role of Mickey was played by actor Burgess Meredith. Here’s some fun facts. The character Mickey was created by Sylvester Stallone. Did you know that Sylvester Stallone actually wrote the Rocky script, and he did it in just three days. When producers first saw the script, they wanted to buy it, but did not want him to play the role of Rocky. Stallone was basically poor at the time. He even had to sell his dog just to pay the bills. When they offered him money for the script, he could have made a big chunk of money and walked away, but he wasn’t going to let it go that easy. Thankfully, Stallone stood his ground and wouldn’t give up the script without getting to star in it. Eventually, the producers decided to give him the role, and one million dollars to make the movie. This was an extremely low budget for a film, but it was done. It was done so well that the film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, and won 3, one of which was for Best Picture. And it was the highest grossing film in 1976. A true rags to riches story both on and off the screen.
Debi Jenkins 5:03 Question two. In the 2013 biographical sports film 42, actor Chadwick Boseman played which Major League Baseball player? The answer is Jackie Robinson. Many people consider Jackie Robinson to be the first black athlete to play in the major leagues. However, a few went before him decades earlier. Men such as Moses Fleetwood Walker and William Edward White. Therefore, Jackie Robinson is considered the first in the modern era. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 across the sport of baseball. Here’s some fun facts. Actor Chadwick Boseman’s only baseball experience was as a child in little league. In a New York Times article from 2013, Boseman said his favorite sport was basketball. Boseman had weeks of training for his role as Jackie Robinson. He also had some help from a stunt man in some of the scenes. To help him prepare for the role he met with Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel. Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson, died in August 2020 from complications related to colon cancer. Coincidentally, he died the same day that Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. While Jackie Robinson Day is usually April 15, the Covid pandemic caused the date to be moved to August 28.
Debi Jenkins 6:40 Question three. In the 1986 movie Hoosiers, after Cletus Summers has a heart attack, coach Norman Dale asks Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch to help as assistant coach on the team. What is the one major requirement the coach asks of Shooter? Well, Shooter has to be sober around the team. The character Shooter was the alcoholic father of the player Everett. The actor that played Shooter was Dennis Hopper. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Here’s some fun facts. In the 1954 championship game scene, the actual announcer from the real game is the announcer in the movie scene. Did you know that in this two hour movie, if added up, there are only about six minutes of actual basketball played. Unfortunately for five college basketball players, the NCAA ordered a three game suspension for them because they were paid for their performance in the movie. Not only were they suspended, they were asked to return the money they made from doing the film. In some countries such as the United Kingdom, Hoosiers was released with the title “Best Shot.” Supposedly the worry was that people outside of the United States wouldn’t know what a Hoosier was.
Debi Jenkins 8:11 Question four. In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, what is the phrase that Kevin Costner’s character first hears one night when walking through his cornfield, and in a vision what early 1900’s baseball player does he see? Well, he hears the phrase “If you build it, he will come” and he sees Shoeless Joe Jackson. No fans really know who voiced the line “If you build it, he will come.” The credits list “The Voice” as being played by “Himself.” It’s anyone’s guess. The year before Field of Dreams came out, Kevin Costner starred in another popular baseball movie Bull Durham. In a 2012 article, Ray Liotta the actor that played Shoeless Joe Jackson admitted that he never even watched the movie Field of Dreams. He told Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post, that he hasn’t seen half the movies he’s been in. Well, I’d say he’s missing out.
Debi Jenkins 9:25 Question five. In the 1993 movie Rudy, at what university does Rudy dream of one day being on the football team? He wanted to be a member of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Actor Sean Astin plays the role of Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger. The real life Rudy has a cameo appearance in the film as a fan sitting in the stands. Did you know that football great Joe Montana was the backup quarterback on the 1975 team when Rudy was at Notre Dame? There is no mention of him in the movie. Actor Vince Vaughn had his first film role in the movie Hoosiers. He played the character Jamie O’Hara.
Debi Jenkins 10:14 Question six. In the 1989 movie Major League, to what city does the Cleveland Browns owner want to relocate her team? Well, she wanted to relocate them to Miami, Florida. Here’s some fun facts. In the film, actor Charlie Sheen plays baseball player Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. In high school, Sheen actually played baseball, and he was good at it. So good he was offered a baseball scholarship at the University of Kansas. Unfortunately, he was expelled from high school a few weeks before graduation. Charlie Sheen literally bulked up for the film. He admitted to ESPN that he used steroids for six to eight weeks while filming Major League.
Debi Jenkins 11:04 Question seven. In which movie from the year 2000 does Denzel Washington play football coach Herman Boone? That movie was Remember the Titans. The movie is based on a true story. A lot of what they show you in the movie didn’t actually happen in real life. For example, in one scene, someone throws a brick through coach Boone’s window. In real life it was actually a toilet that was thrown through his window. Also TC Williams High School, the school the movie was based on was actually integrated several years earlier than the movie makes it look like. So when you see the words based on remember that it’s not a documentary it’s a fictional piece about a real event. At the end of the 1971 season, the Titans were ranked 13 and 0. Most games were actually complete blowouts and not close ones like the movie suggested.
Debi Jenkins 12:07 Question eight. In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dugan say “there’s no crying in baseball.” Well, that movie was A League of Their Own. Jimmy Dugan was played by actor Tom Hanks. That line was listed as one of the top 100 movie quotes of all time by the American Film Institute. The Rockford Peaches, the all female baseball team you see in the film was actually a real team that was part of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War 2. Geena Davis plays the young Dottie Hinson. In part of the film, you’ll see an older Dottie. You may wonder if that’s Geena Davis made to look old. I mean, it is her voice that you hear. Well, actually, it’s another actress. Lynne Cartwright had the role of older Dottie. They just dubbed Geena Davis’s voice over hers. All along. I thought that older woman was Geena Davis with a really good makeup job or visual effects work.
Debi Jenkins 13:12 Question nine. In the 1993 cult classic The Sandlot, the character Scotty secretly borrows a baseball from his stepfather that was autographed by which baseball player? Well that ball was autographed by Babe Ruth. And I know when I watched it, I was thinking to myself, why in the world is he taking that baseball off of the shelf? Did you ever wonder if the Big Chief chewing tobacco the boys used was real. It was actually a mixture of beef jerky and licorice. The original film was co-written, narrated and directed by David Mickey Evans. Supposedly Disney Plus is developing a series based on the movie and has hired David Mickey Evans for this project as well. The film was set in 1962 and the new series is said to be set in 1984. In a Vanity article, it mentions that many of the members of the original cast will return. I know I’ll be waiting to hear more news about this one.
Debi Jenkins 14:20 And question 10. In the 1988 film Bull Durham, what nickname does Crash Davis call Nuke LaLoosh, which causes friction early on? Well, that nickname was “Meat.” Kevin Costner played Crash Davis and Tim Robbins played Nuke LaLoosh. Here’s some fun facts. Ron Shelton, the writer and director of Bulll Durham actually played minor league baseball. He was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Screenplay. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins met while filming Bull Durham. While many think the couple was married, they were not. They were together for 23 years, until splitting up in 2009.
Debi Jenkins 15:08 Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Ten questions aren’t enough to cover all the great sports movies ever made. I’ll do another episode on sports movies in the future. I hope you learned something new today. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. And all the links can be found at triviarewind.com. I really appreciate you listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.