March 23, 2005

Name That Movie 29

Name That Movie is going old school today. It is a black and white film and is probably going to be a little bit of work for you to guess. However, I never know — I could have among my readership some loyal fan. It’s always a surprise to me.

With that, here is the first image, followed by subsequent images. There will be 10 9 in all if we get that far.

Clue 1:

Link to Clue 2
Link to Clue 3
Link to Clue 4
Link to Clue 5
Link to Clue 6
Link to Clue 7
Link to Clue 8
Link to Clue 9

That’s it — all the clues are up.

You can’t be first if you don’t guess!

Posted by James at March 23, 2005 9:22 AM
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Vague memories of a woman bedridden who calls her husband on the phone and talks to him as a murderer slinks up the stairs. Can't remember the name of it.

Otherwise I dunno? I'm not very good with B&W stuff.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 23, 2005 9:54 AM

I suspect it will take more than one image, though I wouldn't be completely surprised if someone gets this in one.

I've been surprised by my friends enough to know that they've got lots up their sleeves. Which is why I have to come up with more difficult challenges.

It may be that no one of you have seen this film. But that does not mean you won't figure it out.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 9:58 AM

Clue 4 is up now. Chuck is to be commended for being the only one to even try by lunchtime.

Not ringing any bells?

Even if you haven't seen the movie, perhaps you know the story.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 11:58 AM

Is that Trelayne in picture 4?

Posted by: Julie at March 23, 2005 12:01 PM

It does look like him, doesn't it?

No, it's not the same actor. Today's film is rather old. Before 1940.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 12:14 PM

5 is up. Image 3 and 5 are related.

Maggie thought someone would get it by that third image. I think she might have meant the combination of the 3rd and 5th image.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 12:37 PM

My Fair Lady?

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 23, 2005 1:11 PM

Ok, based on the clues, and the near misses, I'm going to have to guess 'Dial M for Murder'

Rui

Posted by: Rui at March 23, 2005 1:44 PM

Chuck that's a very, very good guess!

However, "My Fair Lady" was in 1964.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 2:08 PM

Pretty sure it is not Dial "M". I don't recall a bathtun scene in that one. I don't recognize this one however.

Posted by: briwei at March 23, 2005 2:11 PM

Brian was in a production of "Dial M" in college.

He forced them to remove his one nude scene.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 2:22 PM

That motley cast of characters reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel. Or the game Clue.

Posted by: Mike at March 23, 2005 2:23 PM

This looks like a Sherlock Holmes flick. The only one I know the name of, offhand, is Hound of the Baskervilles, so that'll be my guess, although I don't see any dogs.

Posted by: Julie at March 23, 2005 2:28 PM

Clue 9 is the final clue. Did I mention Chuck's guess was really, really good?

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 2:58 PM

If it ain't MFL, perhaps it's Pygmalion?

Posted by: Julie at March 23, 2005 3:04 PM

Well then, I think it is "Pygmalion" from which came "My Fair Lady".

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 23, 2005 3:11 PM
Brian was in a production of "Dial M" in college.

He forced them to remove his one nude scene.

I'm sure the audience appreciated his asthetic sensibilities.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 23, 2005 3:13 PM

I shall re-guess Pygmalion, but without the question mark this time.

Posted by: Julie at March 23, 2005 3:53 PM

YES!

George Bernard Shaw's excellent play "Pygmalion" was made into a film in the late 1930's with Leslie Howard as Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle.

This is one of my all-time favorite plays. Chuck was the first to twig to the story, and Julie got the name correct first. Nice team effort.

"My Fair Lady" is a musical based on the play. I like the musical, and Audrey Hepburn is wonderful, but I have to say I like the play alone better without all the music, and this film is a wonderful version.

I recommend it to everyone. It's a wonderful story.

Good job, all! This was a tough one, but you folks worked it out.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 4:02 PM

Here is the play, if you're interested in reading it:

Pygmalion by G. B. Shaw

and here's the IMDB page for the film.

If you have seen either of the movies, you might be interested in the end of the play. Shaw goes on for a few pages discussing what becomes of Eliza and Higgins. It's an ending you can respect, but not the traditional movie ending, which is why it doesn't appear represented in either of the films.

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 4:23 PM

Isn't what the guy holding in clue #8 one of these

Posted by: Zippy at March 25, 2005 1:32 PM

Could be the Higgins was into some research other than linguistics? We can only speculate.

Posted by: James at March 25, 2005 1:49 PM

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