When Your Fingers Did the Walking: Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, March 2022 Edition, Vol. 411
In a world in desperate need of all of the humor one can muster, it never fails to entertain to seek out a coffee shop clique of young seekers (formerly known as “suckers” in carnival parlance) of advanced academics and place a dial telephone in the center of their table, asking for a demonstration as to its use. (The ensuing perplexity is as predictably assured as that of death, taxes and Joe Biden coughing phlegm into his hands.) With that in mind, we now announce the unnecessary yet equally predictable presentation of yet another edition of America’s favorite monthly source of brain seizures, the Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, brought to you, as always, by those diligent folks behind the duty-free distribution of SKITTLES, America’s favorite combination breakfast candy and antacid. In this edition we take a nostalgic look at the telephone used for purposes other than taking self-portraits or filing every detail of your personal financial information for the purpose of feigning alarm when it is appropriated by a New Jersey basement dwelling prepubescent hacker with a sweet tooth for online subscriptions to German fetish sites. The following twenty- five images represent a fraction of the cinema’s depictions of the classical use of Alexander Graham Bell’s gizmo for moderately priced chitchat without the need for two tin cans and a long string. Your task is to identify the films from which all twenty-five images are sourced and tell us of your suspicions. The first to correctly identify all of the images will receive the treasured CSR Culture Shock Award, the first recorded honorarium useful as both a source of bragging rights and a topical dandruff medication. Good luck.
I miss the phone! Never was a fan of cell phones. I only recognized half of them and saw others with the list. Your challenges are fun. “The Sweet Smell of Success” is my favorite from your lengthy list.
Ah, when a phone was a phone!
1) Working Girl. (Sigourney)
2) Bye Bye Birdie
4) The Domino Principle. (Hackman)
5) Nope. (Too dark for my eyes)
6) The Spy Who Loved Me.
7) The Odessa File. (Mary Tamm)
8) The Thrill Of It All. (James Garner)
9) The Ugly American. (Brando)
10) The Maltese Falcon. (Cortez)
11) Mr Klein. (Nobody as ever as cool as Delon)
12) Earthquake. (I saw that film in ‘Sensurround’!)
13) The Ninth Gate. (I enjoyed Depp in that film)
14) Nope. (Too dark)
17) Ball Of fire. (Cooper and Stanwyck)
18) In The Line Of Fire. (Malkovich)
19) The Valachi Papers. (Bronson)
20) Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Tony Randall)
22) Sisters. (De Palma)
23) The Candy Snatchers. (I saw this reviewed on another blog some time back, but haven’t seen the film)
24) The Don Is dead. (That’s Robert Forster, I really liked him)
25) The Sweet Smell Of Success. (Match me, Sidney)
So, 6 Nopes and the rest reasonably confident. I actually have an eye appointment at the hospital tomorrow, so one day I might be able to guess them all again.
Best wishes, Friar William of Baskerville.
1. Working Girl
2. Bye Bye Birdie
6. Walter Gotell in a James Bond movie…I’m guessing either Moonraker or The Spy Who Loved Me
8. The Thrill of It All
9. The Ugly American
11. Mr. Klein
13. The Ninth Gate
15. Wait Until Dark
17. Ball of Fire
19. The Valachi Papers
20. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
24. The Don Is Dead
25. Sweet Smell of Success