Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Great Expectations (1946)
|At 14-years of age, Pip announces to Miss Havisham that he no longer will be able to regularly visit her house, as he is to become a blacksmith. He also discovers at this moment that Estella is going away. Where does she intend to go?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
France. Estella will leave for France where she will study to become a lady. She allows Pip two kisses, one after his victory over Herbert Pocket in the fistfight and one as he leaves Havisham's home prior to her departure for France.
Thank you for trying this quiz.
|While Pip is still a young lad, his sister dies, leaving Pip without any immediate family. What is the name of the woman who comes to mind the home following the death of Pip's sister?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
Biddy. Biddy is a very kindly woman, played by Eileen Erskine, who eventually comes to fall in love with Joe Gargery. She has a very important discussion with Pip about what it means to become a gentleman. Later in the film, when Pip returns to Joe Gargery's home, the latter has married Biddy.
|In one rather odd scene, Pip encounters another boy on the grounds of Miss Havisham's estate. In what activity do the two boys engage during this brief meeting?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
A fist fight. Anthony Wager portrays the young Pip as a boy, and the other boy (called 'a pale young gentleman') is played by John Forrest. Estella arranges for the fight between the two boys, and Pip easily triumphs during the brief fisticuffs. Later, the boys will become reacquainted as young men, and Pip will discover the young boy's name to be Herbert Pocket.
|At Miss Havisham's, Pip is frequently required to interact with a cold-hearted young lady named Estella. Which well-known actress portrays this callous protégé of Havisham?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
Jean Simmons. Jean Simmons is 'introduced' in this film as Estella (though she had several acting roles prior to this one). She is well-known for her roles in many well-loved films, such as 'Black Narcissus', 'Hamlet' (with Olivier) and 'Spartacus'. She only portrays the younger Stella from the first half of the film.
|As a boy, Pip is frequently summoned to the very large home of a wealthy local woman named Miss Havisham. There are many odd things about Havisham, including her clothing. Throughout the film, how is Miss Havisham attired?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
Wedding dress. Miss Havisham was once engaged to be married, but her fiancé abandoned her. She is very resentful of men and appears to enjoy encouraging in the love-hate relationship involving Pip and Estella, her adopted daughter. Havisham is portrayed marvelously by actress Martita Hunt in this film.
|Young Pip has lost his parents at a very young age, and thus lives with his sister and her husband, a blacksmith. What is the name of this kindly man with whom his sister is wedded?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
Joe Gargery. Joe Gargery is a soft-spoken, humble man who happens to be married to Pip's domineering sister. The sister is only ever referred to as Mrs. Joe Gargery in the film, but she appears to wear the pants in the family.
Joe Gargery is played by Bernard Miles, while his wife is portrayed by Freda Jackson.
2. Sadly, David Lean did not win for Best Director (he would later win for both 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'Lawrence of Arabia'), though he was certainly deserving. The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Writing/Screenplay, but lost. It won awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (John Bryan and Wilfred Shingleton) and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Guy Green).
|I repeat my claim that the 1946 version of 'Great Expectations' is the very best put to film. Who was the director of this classic piece of cinema?||'Great Expectations' (1946), Part I
David Lean. An Englishman, David Lean is widely considered to be one of the great filmmakers of all time. Aside from 'Great Expecations', Lean deftly handled 'Oliver Twist', another Dickens work, in 1948. He is also well-known to have directed a list of magnificent film epics, including 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Doctor Zhivago'. Is last film was 'A Passage to India', released in 1984.
Charles Dickens. 'Great Expectations' was a novel, first serialized in by Charles Dickens in the weekly magazine called 'All the Year Round' from 1860 to 1861. The novel has been put to the big screen (and small screen) over a dozen times.
Miss Havisham. When Pip revisits Miss Havisham (and Estella, who also appears in the scene), it is revealed to him that Havisham never had any intention of providing for Pip's future, much to Pip's surprise (he always imagined that it was Havisham who was his mysterious benefactor). Estella reveals at this point her betrothal to Drummle. Estella leaves first, followed by Pip, but not before the latter makes clear to Miss Havisham that she has been instrumental in breaking his heart. Havisham, realizing at this point that her behavior has been cruel, catches her brittle wedding dress in the flames of her fireplace. Pip returns in order to save her, but he is unable to put out the flames in time.
|Pip is very pleased to be reunited with Estella, but soon finds that her love is just as inaccessible as it was when they were children. Estella agrees to be married, late in the film, to a far from admirable man. What is this individual's name?||Great Expectations (1946), Part II
Bentley Drummle. Bentley Drummle is one of the most contemptible men that Pip has found himself the misfortune of making an acquaintance, so naturally Estella gravitates towards him. Estella is still under the illusion that her lot in life is to be cold and unloving, and she can find no better man than Drummle upon whom to exercise these 'skills'.
Pip is heartbroken by this stunning turn of events, always having had his mind set on making Estella his wife.
|Not long after leaving for London, Pip is once again reunited with the object of his childhood love, Estella. Estella is now a full grown woman, and is portrayed in the film by which interesting actress?||Great Expectations (1946), Part II
Valerie Hobson. Fans of British film might recognize Valerie Hobson for her various roles in comedies and dramas, for example 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' from 1949. If, by chance, one does not recognize from her film roles, perhaps she may seem more familiar as the wife of John Profumo, the British politician whose sex scandal of 1963 single-handedly brought down the Conservative government.
|What is the name of the character played by actor Ivor Barnard; a man who assists Pip on numerous occasions during the second half of the film?||Great Expectations (1946), Part II
Mr. Wemmick. Wemmick works at Jagger's office, and is frequently dispatched to assist Pip in his endeavors. He assists Pip in taking care of his expenses, and later in the film is invaluable in helping Pip attempt to save his benefactor Magwitch.
|Now the beneficiary of great sum of money, Pip happily moves to London where he will be under the supervision of certain group of attorneys. Pip is moved into the apartment of a certain Herbert Pocket, portrayed by which award-winning actor?||Great Expectations (1946), Part II
Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness was a regular in David Lean's films, being matched with the director in a total of six different movies (including 'A Bridge on the River Kwai', which won them both Oscars). The 1946 version of 'Great Expectations' was actually Guinness's film debut.
|The latter half of the film 'Great Expecations' involves Pip's rise in society thanks to a mysterious benefactor. What is the name of the lawyer who informs the young Pip that he has come into an unexpected fortune?||Great Expectations (1946), Part II
Jaggers. Mr. Jaggers is a very imposing figure with a stentorian voice. He brings the news to young Pip that, through the generosity of an as yet unrevealed individual, he is now to have a quarterly pension directed towards making a gentleman of him. To show he is serious, Jaggers tosses 20 guineas worth of coins on a table in order that Pip may purchase some fine clothing.
Jaggers is portrayed by Frances L. Sullivan. Sullivan also appeared as Jaggers in the 1934 version of 'Great Expectations'.