Universal is the oldest continuing film studio in Hollywood. How much do you know about it?Yes, it changed names for awhile. The “International” was added in the mid-Forties when British producer J. Arthur Rank and independent company International Pictures bought into the company. During the 1950’s the arrangement faded, and the original name was eventually restored.

Since it was founded in 1912. Universal has gone through — for better or worse — a mixed battery of individual and collective corporate ownership.  The company’s backround is every bit as complex and interesting as are the movies that resulted through the decades.  (It is now owned by Comcast through its NBC Universal Entertainment division.)

For classic movie fans, Universal is responsible for whole genres of films and some of the screen’s biggest stars and directors. Our quiz will focus on these rather than a recitation of who owned Universal when.

Ok, let’s get to our Universal Pictures Quiz. Questions today, answers tomorrow.

1) Question: Which one of the following was the principal founder of Universal?  a) Marcus Loew; b) Charlie Chaplin; c) Carl Laemmle; or d) Adolph Zukor. 

2) Question: Which one of the following was the studio’s biggest star of the mid-Thirties and early Forties? a) Peggy Ryan; b) Deanna Durbin; c) Judy Garland; or d) Gloria Jean.

3) Question: Universal is noted for its horror movie output of the Thirties and Forties. Which one of the following studio releases didn’t make the cut? a) 1931’s Dracula; b) 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein; c) 1932’s The Mummy; or 1934’s Imitation of Life.

4) Question: Which one of the following was NOT among Universal’s biggest stars of the 1950’s? a) Tony Curtis; b) Audie Murphy; c) Jeff Chandler; or d) Farley Granger.

5) Question: Although Universal was principally known in the Thirties and Forties as the producer of lower-budget features, usually westerns, dramas, serials and horror movie sequels, the studio did splurge on one production that almost wrecked the company financially.  Which one? a) 1936’s Three Smart Girls; b) 1939’s Destry Rides Again; 1936’s Show Boat; or d) 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt.


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