Ho Ho Ho: Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, Dec. 2018 Edition, Vol. $50hr
If not the oldest profession, it certainly would counted high on the list of most depicted professions on the silver screen. We are, of course, referring to the humble hooker (Call ’em what you will: prostitutes, ladies of the evening, fallen women, whores with a heart of gold, call girls, escorts; they’re all there in Bill Clinton’s appointment book. But I digress…) and the sheer volume of their portrayal on the silver screen leads to several critical questions: Why the fascination in Hollywood? Why is it that so many prominent actresses, most who profess an undying loyalty to radical feminism (Hollywood-style soldiers in the fight against female sexual objectivity, who attend every red carpet event barely draped in a designer outfit equipped with a plunging neckline extending down to their custom bikini waxing) are inexplicably drawn toward portraying roles that virtually scream objectifying sensationalism? However, not wearing the hat of philosopher nor graced with the ability to mystically communicate with the spirit of Bertrand Russell, we will reserve such inquiries to those best suited to the task and, instead, announce that all of this jabber is in introduction to this month’s edition of America’s favorite substitute for international Curling competitions, the Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, brought to you this and every month by those fine folks who bring you SKITTLES, America’s favorite breakfast candy. In this edition, we celebrate the Production Code’s greatest nightmare: the paid easy date. Each of the following twenty five images features a film in which the featured business woman enters every casual relationship with the meter running. Your task, as always, is to identify the films illustrated, correctly if you please, and let us know so we might hand you the provocative CSR Culture Shock Award, the next best thing to being there. (What? And good luck.)
Here we go. Twice in one week. Hard going.
1) Unforgiven. (I’m still so-so on that film)
2) Ah, the lovely chest of Pam Grier. Fort Apache: The Bronx.
3) The wonderful, and much maligned, Heaven’s Gate. Isabelle Huppert.
4) La Belle Deneuve. Hustle,
5) Rain? This counts as a guess, for an early Joan Crawford.
6) I must confess I haven’t seen it. But I know the film from the still, and articles. Bordello of Blood.
7) American Gigolo.
8) Eartha Kitt. I think Sammy Davis was in that film too. I looked up the title. Anna Lucasta. I can’t really claim it, but I think I did see it, as I recall Sammy.
9) That’s Raquel Welch in The Oldest Profession. (I must have been 15/16 when I saw that)
10) Sylvia Miles. So, Midnight Cowboy.
11) Stagecoach. I have seen that. A lot.
13) Jason Robards, and Stella Stevens. The Ballad of Cable Hogue. (I didn’t like it)
14) Elmer Gantry. Shirley Jones, alongside Burt Lancaster.
15) Susan Sarandon in Pretty Baby. I saw that at the cinema, and had the VHS. And now the DVD!
17) The wonderful Anna Magnani. Must be Momma Roma.
18) Magnum Force. The cops killing the bad guys. Bad cops!
19) That’s Rita Moreno in Carnal Knowledge. Art Garfunkel cannot act! But Ann-Margret is my dream woman. To this day, I still want her.
20) Nope. (I tried)
21) I remembered her unusual name, in a below-average film. 100 Rifles.
22) Simone Signoret was in that. Another NFT screening. Hungry For Love. (English title)
25) Klute. Love that film!
1 Not claimed, as I haven’t actually seen it.Though I think it’s correct.
1 Sort-of not claimed, with Eartha Kitt. I also think that’s correct though.
So, 19/25. More, if I am lucky.
Best wishes, Pete.
I should do three in a row and send you into an oxygen tent. By the way, that’s a solid 22 out of 25. I’m impressed. You really know your hookers. By the way, I’ve never been able to figure out the vitriol generated by “Heaven’s Gate”, a splendid film that I endured at a screening while sitting across the aisle (of three people in the theater, mind you) from a woman armed with an immensely noisy bag of potato chips. If I could enjoy a movie under those circumstances (Poor Chandler, boo hoo*), it must have been good.
*indicating self-aware self-pity
So was 20 Little Shop Of Horrors then? I thought I had seen that, but didn’t recognise the still. I might revisit Heaven’s Gate. I liked Walken in that film, and have fond memories of it. despite that ‘natural sound’.
You are correct on 20. Oddly, in doing a photo quiz on ladies of the evening, it was difficult to find one where a woman was leaning against a street light. Go figure.
6 Bordello of Blood
I feel like 25 might be Klute, but that’s a guess.
Good guess, That’s a solid 8 for 8.
Hm. I’ll just grab a few of the low-hanging fruit.
7 American Gigolo
10 Midnight Cowboy
18 Magnum Force
19 Carnal Knowledge
20 Little Shop of Horrors
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with Barbara Streisand in it.
Never seen Funny Girl? Funny Lady? The Way We were? A Star Is Born? What’s Up Doc? The Owl And The Pussycat? For Pete’s Sake?
Phew. She was hot, at one time, and quite a decent actress on occasion too. 🙂
None of the above. And I haven’t seen Yentl either!
I have nothing against her. I just don’t see a lot of musicals and our paths have never crossed.
Yentl might be best avoided. Not her finest hour. Despite the sentiment, The Way We were is very good. A nice historical romance. 🙂
All correct sir. As far as Streisand goes, avoid “Hello, Dolly!” like the plague. On a related note, by my recollection she has portrayed a prostitute at least three times in the movies.