Today, we’re more or less rounding the circle.
Covered in recent blogs have been Peter Lorre (last week’s Monday Quiz) and Mary Astor (last week’s Star of the Week). Since we’ve previously devoted ample space to Humphrey Bogart in both general and quiz form, we decided to complete The Maltese Falcon notables roster today with our Monday Quiz about — Sydney Greenstreet.
He certainly qualifies for Joe’s designation awarded Lorre and Astor, that of character actor STAR. As author-critic David Thomson notes, “few (movie) introductions have been as dramatic”as Greenstreet’s “the fat man” in John Huston’s groundbreaking film noir.
How much do you really know about this vast and vastly entertaining screen actor? Well, we cordially invite you to take our quiz, and find out. Answers tomorrow.
1) Question: Greenstreet was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as “the fat man” in The Maltese Falcon. He did not win the Oscar. Which one of the following did? a) Walter Brennan; b) Charles Coburn; c) James Gleason; or d) Donald Crisp.
2) Question: Just how old was Greenstreet when he made his Hollywood film debut? a) 49; b) 61; c) 57; or d) 59.
3) Question: How many years had Greenstreet toiled as a stage actor before arriving in Hollywood? a) 5; b) 20; c) 13; or d) 40.
4) Question: Which of the following worked with Greenstreet in a Broadway stage production of a highly successful drama? a) Montgomery Clift; b) Phyllis Thaxter; c) Alfred Lunt; or d) Thomas Gomez. (Editor’s warning: this is a trick question so be careful.)
5) Question: Greenstreet’s onscreen partnership with Peter Lorre covered how many movie titles? a) 9; b) 5; c) 12; or d) 6.
6) Question: Greenstreet gets slapped by which of the following in 1949’s Flamingo Road? a) Joan Bennett; b) Joan Fontaine; c) Joan Crawford; or d) Joan Collins.
7) Question: Greenstreet never married? a) True; or b) False?
8) Question: Greenstreet appeared with Bogie, Ingrid Bergman and Lorre in 1942’s Casablanca, but if you blinked a few times you may have missed him. What role did he play? a) a sleazy drug dealer; b) a British officer; c) a secret Nazi agent; or d) a seen-it-all nightclub owner who has his eyes on Rick’s Cafe Americain?
9) Question: Greenstreet’s character in 1942’s Across The Pacific would have a hard time passing a political correctness test today. Why? a) The character makes defamatory cracks about Asians; b) American Indians are patronized; c) China and the Chinese are insulted; or d) Italians and French are demonized.
10) Question: In which of his movies did Greenstreet say, “you know, I’ve always been just an easy-going, friendly fat old man?” a) 1949’s Malaya; b) 1946’s Three Strangers; c) 1943’s Backround to Danger or d) 1949’s Flamingo Road.