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The History of Movies

The history of film and the cinema has lasted for over a century. That is quite a few years to cover, but we are doing it here! How well do you know your movies of yesterday and today?

  • Question of

    In what year was the first film that was shot in Hollywood released?

    • 1889
    • 1902
    • 1909
    • 1910
  • Question of

    What was the name of the film Georges Méliès made in 1902 which was loosely based off Jules Verne’s novel From the Earth to the Moon?

    • Journey 2 the Mysterious Island
    • A Trip to the Moon
    • The First Men in the Moon
    • The Voyage of the Dawntreader
  • Question of

    What was the title of Charlie Chaplin’s first film which he acted in back in 1914?

    • Tramp
    • Making a Living
    • Tango Tangles
    • Cruel, Cruel Love
  • Question of

    A 1925 silent film was based off one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. What was the name of that film?

    • The Hound of the Baskervilles
    • Doctor Who
    • The Land of the Lost
    • The Lost World
  • Question of

    In what year was the first movie with an audio dialogue released?

    • 1923
    • 1925
    • 1927
    • 1929
  • Question of

    William Henry Pratt aka Boris Karloff played many roles in horror films. In what year did he portray Frankenstein’s monster in the original Frankenstein movie?

    • 1931
    • 1939
    • 1941
    • 1947
  • Question of

    Abbott and Costello appeared together in 30+ movies over a period of 25 years.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    What was the name of the first film John Wayne starred in back in 1930?

    • The Cowboys
    • The Shootist
    • The Big Trail
    • Red River
  • Question of

    Basil Rathbone was best known for portraying which famous fictional character?

    • Legolas
    • Robin Hood
    • Darth Vader
    • Sherlock Holmes
  • Question of

    Is it true that Peter Cushing who played Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) portrayed Doctor Who in two British films in the 1960’s?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Which one of the following actors did NOT appear in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World?

    • Don Knotts
    • Michael Rennie
    • Mickey Rooney
    • Buddy Hackett
  • Question of

    Which one of these actors/actresses did NOT act in The Lost World (1960)?

    • Groucho Marx
    • Michael Rennie
    • Jill St. John
    • David Hedison
  • Question of

    Did all of these people have parts in the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told? – John Wayne, David Hedison, Angela Lansbury, Charlton Heston, David McCallum, Victor Buono, and Max von Sydow?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did Alfred Hitchcock write the script for Psycho (1960)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Which Hollywood film producer, writer, and director created four sci-fi TV shows which ran throughout the 1960’s?

    • George Pal
    • Lionel Newman
    • Irwin Allen
    • George Lucas
  • Question of

    Who produced the first Star Wars film?

    • George Lucas
    • James Earl Jones
    • Gary Kurtz
    • Steven Spielberg
  • Question of

    Which of these movies was NOT released to theaters in 1977?

    • Star Wars: A New Hope
    • Superman: The Movie
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    • A Bridge Too Far
  • Question of

    Which U.S. president served two terms and previously had had a successful acting career in Hollywood?

    • Theodore Roosevelt
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • Ronald Reagan
    • George Bush Senior
    • Bill Clinton
  • Question of

    Has film composer and conductor John Williams composed themes for the Olympics?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did Steven Spielberg help to start the DreamWorks film company in the 1990’s?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Which of the following films did Steven Spielberg NOT help to produce?

    • Jurassic World
    • Men in Black
    • Balto
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Question of

    Did Chris Pratt, James Earl Jones, and Will Ferrell play in The Lego Movie (2014)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Which of these films was NOT a Disney film?

    • Frozen
    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Puss in Boots
    • Fun and Fancy Free
  • Question of

    Who played the young Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy?

    • Ian Holm
    • Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Martin Freeman
    • Ian McKellen
  • Question of

    Has Andy Serkis done voice work for all these films – The Two Towers, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and War for the Planet of the Apes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Which of the following films is Christopher Nolan NOT associated with?

    • Dunkirk
    • Interstellar
    • Batman Forever
    • The Dark Knight

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