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Cinema Smackdown 1: "Rio Bravo" vs. "El Dorado"
"Welcome to ringside! During this competition, we will attempt to determine the most worthy of these two classic but extremely similar westerns, both directed by Howard Hawks. Good luck, have fun, and please refrain from tossing objects into the ring."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Round one in the heavyweight "Rugged Leading Man" division is John Wayne up against...John Wayne! He played Sheriff John T. Chance in "Rio Bravo". What was his name and occupation in "El Dorado"?
Cole Thornton, gunman for hire
Cord McNalley, Union Colonel
Taw Jackson, ex-con
Wil Anderson, rancher
We've got light-heavyweights Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum facing off in round two. The prize? The claim to the "Broken-hearted Friend/Lawman Turned Drunk" crown. In "Rio Bravo", Deano was known as Dude, and by what other name?
Both contestants come out swingin' in round three, to determine who rules in the "Handsome Young Maverick Nicknamed After A State" category. Ricky Nelson and James Caan played 'em. What were their nicknames?
Colorado and Mississippi
Texas and Arizona
Jersey and Montana
Utah and Dakota
Welcome to round four, which will hopefully determine the undisputed "Oohh-La-La Love Interest" champion. Squarin' off with perfectly manicured nails at the ready are Maudie and Feathers. Which of the following match up correctly?
Charlene Holt as Maudie in Rio Bravo
Angie Dickinson as Feathers in Rio Bravo
Angie Dickinson as Maudie in El Dorado
Charlene Holt as Feathers in El Dorado
Competing for the top dog position as "The Crusty Old Sidekick/Deputy", we have Arthur Hunnicutt and Walter Brennan in opposing corners for round five. Hunnicutt's character, a rugged ex-Indian fighter, was named Bull in "El Dorado", but can you name Brennan's "Rio Bravo" character?
The "Boss Bad Guy" title is up for grabs here in round six. 'Nasty' Nathan Burdette, representing Team "Rio Bravo", is starin' down 'Bad to the Bone' Bart Jason of the "El Dorado" camp. Who portrayed Bart Jason?
In each of the films, there was also a "Second Banana Bad Guy"; round seven should give us a winner. "Rio Bravo" offers us Claude Akins' character of Joe Burdette. Who did Christopher George play in "El Dorado"?
Alan Bourdillion Traherne
It's round eight, and the combatants face off for the "Best Good Guy Not Holed Up In The Jail" title. Ward Bond, of "Wagon Train" fame, is clearly the veteran as Pat Wheeler ("Rio Bravo"). However, which "Good Guy" (or "Gal") in "El Dorado" purposely shot John Wayne's character in the back in the beginning of the film?
"Rio Bravo"'s Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez (Carlos) and "El Dorado"'s Olaf Wieghorst (Swede Larson) continue the Smackdown here in round nine, for the lightweight "Colorful Bit Player/Good Guy" title. Carlos ran the local hotel when he wasn't being henpecked to death by his wife. What was the Swede's occupation?
U.S. Calvary Sargent
We're at the final round, where we have the braggin' rights for the top "Lighthearted Cultural Contribution" on the line. Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson sang "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" in support of "Rio Bravo". Of the following choices, what did "El Dorado" have to offer?
James Caan recited poetry throughout the film.
John Wayne and Robert Mitchum danced an Irish jig.
Arthur Hunnicutt played "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on his bugle.
Charlene Holt sang an upbeat version of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
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