Thursday 25 February 2016

The Stephen Sondheim John Ford Quiz

On a drive to the South Coast we listened to this CD. As well I read the liner notes which provided a mine of information about Stephen Sondheim's work for the movies (and TV). Among the many nuggets was the interesting information that when he was a very young man Sondheim had auditioned to appear on the quiz show $64,000 Question. The show was later found to have been corrupted by the network. Sondheim's prep question was to name 18 of the 20 feature films directed by John Ford between Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956). He got the answer right but never got the call to go on the show. 

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
Tobacco Road (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
They Were Expendable (1945)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Fugitive (1947)
Fort Apache (1948)
3 Godfathers (1948))
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
Wagon Master (1950)
Rio Grande (1950)
The Quiet Man (1952)
What Price Glory? (1952)
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
Mogambo (1953)
The Long Gray Line (1955)
Mr Roberts (1956)

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