As mentioned yesterday, we’re more or less rounding the circle this week with our Monday Quiz.
Covered in recent blogs have been Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart. We decided to complete The Maltese Falcon notables roster with Sydney Greenstreet.
He certainly qualifies for Joe’s designation awarded Lorre and Astor, that of character actor STAR.
How much do you really know about this vast and vastly entertaining screen actor? Well, we hope you took yesterday’s quiz to find out. To refresh yourselves on the questions, just scroll down a bit to Monday’s blog. Now, on to our answers:
1) Answer: d) Donald Crisp won the best supporting acting Oscar awarded in 1942 for his role in John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley. Besides Greenstreet, Walter Brennan, Charles Coburn and James Gleason were also nominated in that category.
2) Answer: b) 61. The Hollywood phase of his career came after decades Greenstreet spent decades as a stage actor (see next answer).
3) Answer: d) 40 years spent treading the boards both on Broadway and on the stage in Greenstreet’s native England.
4) Answer: Ok, we admit to making this a trick question. So you’ll get credit no matter your choice. Mongomery Clift, Phyllis Thaxter, Alfred Lunt and Thomas Gomez ALL were in the Broadway cast (along with Greenstreet) of 1940’s There Shall Be No Night by Robert E. Sherwood. The play had a lengthy run and won a Pulitzer Prize.
5) Answer: a) Greenstreet and Peter Lorre appear in nine films together. That’s nearly half of the some 25 titles made overall by Greenstreet. They make a great couple.
6) Answer: c) Joan Crawford administers TWO slaps to Greenstreet’s kisser in Flamingo Road.
7) Answer: b) False. Greenstreet married Dorothy Marie Ogden in 1918 when he was nearly 40. The couple stayed married until his death at age 74 in 1954.
8) Answer: d) Greenstreet appears as the jaded, fly-swatting Casablanca night club owner who keeps close tabs on Rick’s Cafe Americain. He isn’t in the picture for long but he’s hard to forget.
9) Answer: a) Greenstreet’s character in Across The Pacific is a German agent posing as a Japanese-speaking academic with a post in the Philippines. He tosses off lines such as “Japanese make great servants…wonderful little people.” When the picture came out in 1942 Hollywood could get away with such dialogue.
10) Answer: d) Flamingo Road. Greenstreet’s character in the picture, a corrupt southern sheriff, may have been fat but he was hardly easy going or friendly.