Here’s The Ginchiest 1960s Movie Trivia Quiz Ever: Xtine’s 20 Questions
Prove you’re hip, can the lip, and dig your way out of dullsville with the wildest flick quiz ever, daddy-o. It’s a real gas.
The Skyway Drive-In was THE place to see movies in the 1960s. This photo, by Christine Lorraine, was taken in 1988, shortly after it stopped operating. It has since been demolished. It was situated in northeastern Erie County, PA.
Take the Ginchiest 1960s Movie Trivia Quiz: Xtine’s 20 Questions
Jump on the Technicolor Bandwagon and Ride into the 1960s with This Tinseltown Trivia Quiz
by Christine Lorraine
Aug 29, 2013
Did you swoon when you watched the Beatles’ meaningless antics in “Hard Day’s Night?” Did “far out” and “swell” ever hold a prominent place in your vocabulary? It’s time to offer up a 1960s reality check and see just how much you know about the memorable movies of that mystical decade.
Write down your answers to these 20 questions, then check to see how well you scored in the rating guide below.
1. Which 1960s actress allegedly ended up bloody and exhausted from a week-long shoot in one of the world’s most memorable movies?
a. Marilyn Monroe
b. Paris Hilton
c. Tippi Hendron
d. Minnie Pearl
2. What type of pasta did Oscar Madison throw against the wall in the classic 1968 comedy “The Odd Couple?”
d. acini di pepe
3. Which provocative 1961 blockbuster movie was the title of a one-hit wonder 30 years later that was listed among VH-1’s “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever?”
a. The Hustler
b. Night of the Living Dead
c. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
d. Coo Coo Kachoo
4. In “The Party,” with what does Peter Sellers cover his exposed foot after one of his white shoes floats away?
a. a white cat
b. the maid’s undergarment
c. a white brick
d. his party invitation
5. Roddy Macdowell, the actor who portrayed the primate Cornelius in the 1968 sci-fi blockbuster “Planet of the Apes,” resurfaced in which of these 1975 titles:
a. Funny Lady
b. Deadly Weapons
c. I Was a Teenage Ape Boy: Son of Tarzan
d. The Return of the Pink Panther
6. Which beauty pageant title was clinched by the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe, star of John Huston’s “The Misfits” in 1961:
a. Miss Cheesecake in Wisconsin
b. Artichoke Queen in California
c. Miss Blond Bombshell in Ohio
d. Desert Queen in New Mexico
7. True or false: In the 1960 shiver-inspiring, “Psycho,” director Alfred Hitchcock shared the set with his wife, Patricia Hitchcock.
8. Which 1963 four-time Academy Award winning motion picture was the biggest grossing movie of the year even though it resulted in financial loss?
a. Gone With The Wind
b. Teenage Bad Girl
d. The Manchurian Candidate
9. Can you name the 1968 military movie that featured a cast member from the original “Star Trek” TV show?
a. Private Benjamin
b. The Green Berets
d. Full Metal Jacket
10. Which 1963 comedy spins the politically incorrect yarn about a landlord who only rents his apartments to beautiful single women?
a. I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are
b. Back Door Bingo
c. Animal House
d. Under the Yum Yum Tree
11. “What’s Up Tiger Lily” is a cheesy Japanese spy movie in which Woody Allen replaced the entire sound track with one of his own. What is the original title of this 1966 cult classic?
a. Thief of Jewels In The Night
b. Mystery of Blackstone Beach
c. International Secret Police: Key of Keys
d. The Adventures of Carlos Danger
12. Which of these 1967 movies is considered a landmark in cinematic evolution because it crossed many of Hollywood’s taboos, which prompted other filmmakers to present sex and violence more openly?
a. Dr. Strangelove
b. Bonnie and Clyde
c. Wham Bam Thank You M’am
d. The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
13. How much did a bag of bird food cost in the 1964 fantasy film “Mary Poppins?”
a. 4 centavos
c. 3 bits and a half penny
d. 5 pounds
14. At the end of “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character Benjamin Braddock breaks into the church where the wedding of the woman he loves is underway. What does he use to lock the door after he steals the bride and they run away together?
a. a cross
b. the long handle of a collection basket
c. Joe DiMaggio’s bat
d. a spice rack containing parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
15. In which dark comedy does a bank robber argue with a teller over a misspelling in the holdup note?
a. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
b. The Gauntlet
c. Take the Money and Run
d. The Great Escape
16. To complete 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick imported several tons of __________ as the key ingredient to depict the moon’s surface.
a. Italian marble
b. Adobe mixture
d. Green cheese
17. What is the name of the ship that Lt. Rip Crandall is forced to take command of in the 1960 post-WW II dromedy, “The Wackiest Ship in the Army?”
a. USS Newman
b. The Bounty
c. Titanic II
d. USS Echo
18. What was the amount of money the star-studded cast was aggressively seeking in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?”
19. Which notoriously beautiful movie star played the main character in the 1966 flop “The Swinger?”
a. Raquel Welch
d. Jean Harlow
20. In which romantic comedy do the main characters use a band-aid in place of a wedding ring?
a. Father Goose
b. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
c. Let’s Not Tie the Knot
1. c – Tippi Hendren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s chiller “The Birds.” A recent article published by the UK’s “Telegraph” states, “Pecked, bloodied and exhausted, Hedren finally collapsed, crying hysterically. She had to be carried off the set and put in the care of a doctor, who ordered her to rest for a week.”
2. a – Linguini. Madison shouts, “Now kindly remove that spaghetti from my poker table. What the hell is so funny?”
Lauging, Felix replies, “That’s not spaghetti, it’s linguini.”
Madison grabs the plate, pitches it so hard against the kitchen wall that it shatters, and proclaims, “Now it’s garbage.”
(Note: Stringozzi is really a strain of pasta.)
3. c – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which was a somewhat risque film for its day because the main character was a prostitute.
4. d – His party invitation. Dry humor abounds in this 1968 Blake Edwards comedy, in which Sellers plays the clumsy actor Hrundi V. Bakshi.
5. a – Funny Lady. Macdowell shared the set with Barbara Streisand, Omar Sharif, James Caan and Ben Vereen.
6. a – Artichoke Queen. “In an early modeling gig, at an agricultural festival in Castroville, California, Monroe was named the state’s first-ever Artichoke Queen,” according to moviefone.com .
7. b – False. He worked on the same film with Patricia Hitchcock, his daughter.
8. c – “Cleopatra.” This historical saga won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more. The film’s back-breaking budget, gigantic sets and ongoing delays detracted from the movie’s overall success.
9. b – The Green Berets. Starring John Wayne, this Vietnam War-based tale features “Star Trek’s” George Takei and was filmed on location at Fort Benning, GA.
10. d – Under the Yum Yum Tree. Jack Lemmon shines in the role of the ultimate landlord playboy.
11. c – International Secret Police: Key of Keys. This unusual movie marks Woody Allen’s first project, in which he flexed his creative flair by rewriting the words and plot of this floppy Japanese film.
12. b – Bonnie and Clyde. Sultry Fay Dunaway and dashing Warren Beatty portray this dishonest duo quite convincingly in this popular crime classic.
13. b – Tuppence, a fact which was reinforced in the song “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag).”
14. a – A cross. This highly-acclaimed 1967 film flaunted the tag line, “This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.”
15. c – Take the Money and Run. In this 1969 crime spoof, Woody Allen plays the role of inept bank robber Virgil Starkwell. This meek criminal ends up debating over whether the word is “gun” or “gub” in his stickup note with a stubborn bank teller.
16. c. Sand – After its arrival, the sand was then washed and painted to achieve just the right lunar look in this 1968 sci-fi flick.
17. d – USS Echo. Jack Lemmon portrays the character Lt. Rip Crandall, who is coerced into taking command of a dilapidated ship with a clumsy crew.
18. c – $350,000. This colorful 1963 comedy included these renowned names: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney and Phil Silvers.
19. c – Ann-Margret. In this steamy black-and-white venture into movie mediocrity, Ann-Margret plays the role of an overzealous sexpot writer who attempts to live out the sexcapades of her book’s main character.
20. a – Father Goose. There’s definitely a touch of fairy tale magic in this 1964 family-friendly flick, which stars Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.
16 – 20 correct: Producer’s Pet – You’re in like flint with the straight-laced movies from the early 60s, marvel at the “mod” movies of the mid 60s, and absorb the acid-laden movies from the late 60s. Your score earns you woweriffic status, considering that you are both swell and groovy all bundled into one endless reel of celluloid trivia playing in your head. Excellent.
12 – 15 Filmy and Fabulous – It’s obvious that a major part of your film-loving heart cherishes this delicious decade of movie mayhem. You might have been first in line to scream, cream and drool over the fab four in “Help,” or to fantasize about being as suave as Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider.” Great job.
8 – 11 Captivated Cast Gazer – You have seen your share of 60s flicks, and have developed a taste for the occasional black-and-white film to stir up the entertainment cauldron. There’s a chance you may have dreamed of either Gidget or Paul McCartney or both at some point. You know how to spread out your beach blanket and fire up the bingo every once in awhile, so you twisted and shouted your way through this quiz most effectively.
4 – 7 Occasional Extra – This is a perfectly presentable score, no need to seek refuge in the projection booth of your mind. It’s okay to admit to your movie-watching self that it might behoove you to catch a couple of Kubricks, hustle a handful of Hustons, and chill with a cache of Kazans. If dousing yourself with 60s sizzlers doesn’t help, try listening to “Sound of Music” in your sleep. If nothing else you’ll learn how to keep an accurate list of your favorite things.
0 – 3 Director’s Dog – You can barely bark out a pair of correct answers, but don’t despair. There are a myriad of online services you can unleash that offer a vast variety of marvelous movies from the ’60s. Treat yourself to some Jiffy Pop, fetch a comfortable chair, and chew your way through the decades to dig up a few 50-year-old films every now and then.
Special thanks to Tom Gorman for research assistance
Check out the complete collection of Xtine’s 20 Questions.