TCM Classic Movie Trivia: Featuring More Than 4,000 Questions to Test Your Trivia Smarts: Featuring More Than 4,000 Questions to Test Your Cinema Smarts Paperback – Sep 7 2011
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"A fantastic gift for those who grew up watching or appreciates classic films; particularly grandparents, parents and film buff friends." -The Daily Blam!
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Robert Osborne is the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies and a columnist-critic for the Hollywood Reporter .
Turner Classic Movies is the definitive resource for classic films and is available on cable and satellite systems worldwide.
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"What is the name of Rudolph Valentino's second wife?"
"In what year was George Marshall born?"
"At the age of thirteen, Lupe Velez was sent to live in a convent located in which U.S. state?"
"Who played Anna May Wong's husband in 'Bits of Life' (1921)?"
"In how many Laurel and Hardy shorts did Jean Harlow act?"
I consider myself a fan of old movies, but I had no clue about the answers to these questions. There are about 10 or 11 questions per page and I would be doing well if I could answer one or two questions on a page. In many cases, I had never even heard of the movie or actor being asked about.
Still the book is a fun read and is illustrated with a good number of neat black and white photographs.
One final point: It took me some searching to find who wrote the (non-question) text in this book. Robert Osborne -- the host of TCM -- contributes a forward and his name is on the cover, but he didn't write the text. The next to last page of the book indicates -- if I'm interpreting it correctly -- that Frank Miller, a professor at Georgia State, wrote either most or all of the text. It's kind of ironic that in this era of hyper crediting in movies -- even the guy who brings the director a ham sandwich during a break gets his name in the end-of-movie credits -- this book makes obscure the most important credit a book can have -- the name of its author.