Quiz about Films of Robert Donat
Quiz about Films of Robert Donat

Films of Robert Donat Trivia Quiz


In a film career restricted by ill-health, Robert Donat turned in a number of memorable performances. How many of his films do you recognise?

A multiple-choice quiz by dellastreet. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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366,591
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Jul 23 22
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1. Edmond Dantes plots revenge against the three men responsible for his wrongful imprisonment in the Chateau d'If. In which 1934 film, based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, does Robert Donat play the title role? Hint

Cyrano de Bergerac
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Three Musketeers
The Man in the Iron Mask

2. In an early notable appearance, Donat plays Thomas Culpeper, a man who gets too close to an English queen. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Charles Laughton, which 1933 film is this? Hint

Victoria The Great
Henry V
Fire Over England
The Private Life Of Henry VIII

3. Much of Europe has been overrun and Britain faces possible invasion, but the prime minister is determined to overcome the threat of tyranny, whatever the cost. Which 1942 film, starring Robert Donat as an earlier wartime leader, is this? Hint

The Young Mr Pitt
Wellington
Disraeli
Young Winston

4. Following a trip to the music hall and an encounter with a mysterious woman, Richard Hannay, played by Donat, escapes from his flat disguised as a milkman and travels to Scotland, where he delivers an impromptu election speech and ends up handcuffed to a beautiful blonde played by Madeleine Carroll. Which Alfred Hitchcock film is this? Hint

The Lady Vanishes
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The 39 Steps
The Secret Agent

5. Dr Manson, an idealist intent on improving the lot of miners in the Welsh valleys, moves to London, where he is temporarily seduced by the money to be made in private practice. In which 1938 film, based on a novel by A J Cronin, did Robert Donat turn in an Oscar-nominated performance? Hint

The Stars Look Down
Hatter's Castle
The Citadel
The Keys Of The Kingdom

6. At the end of his life Charles Chipping remembers the 63 years he spent teaching classics at Brookfield school. For which film, based on a story by James Hilton, did Robert Donat win the 1939 Best Actor Oscar? Hint

Random Harvest
Mrs Miniver
Lost Horizon
Goodbye, Mr Chips

7. An elderly man turns up unrecognised at a film industry event. After making an impassioned speech he collapses and dies, his pockets containing only a pawn ticket and the price of a cinema ticket. In which 1951 picture does Robert Donat play forgotten film pioneer William Friese-Green?


Hint

Man With A Movie Camera
He Knew He Was Right
Magnificent Obsession
The Magic Box

8. A young boy is expelled from naval college, accused of the theft of a postal order, and Robert Donat plays the barrister the family engages to clear his name. Which film, based on a play by Terence Rattigan, is this? Hint

French Without Tears
The Browning Version
Separate Tables
The Winslow Boy

9. Sergeant Hardacre, played by Robert Donat, returns from the war intending to marry his long-time fiancee, but falls in love with his mother's lodger. Starring Dora Bryan and Renee Asherson, this 1950 comedy is the only film to have been directed by Donat - what is it called? Hint

Hobson's Choice
The Cure for Love
Perfect Strangers
Hindle Wakes

10. Gladys Aylward, played by Ingrid Bergman, goes to China to work as a missionary and is engaged by a Chinese mandarin, played by Robert Donat in his last film role, to eradicate the practice of foot binding. Which 1958 picture is this? Hint

Shanghai Express
The Wind Cannot Read
The Small Woman
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Edmond Dantes plots revenge against the three men responsible for his wrongful imprisonment in the Chateau d'If. In which 1934 film, based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, does Robert Donat play the title role?

Answer: The Count of Monte Cristo

Directed by Rowland V Lee, this is the first sound film of "The Count of Monte Cristo"; there had already been five silent versions. Elissa Landi plays Dantes' former fiancee, who marries one of the conspirators against him.
2. In an early notable appearance, Donat plays Thomas Culpeper, a man who gets too close to an English queen. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Charles Laughton, which 1933 film is this?

Answer: The Private Life Of Henry VIII

Directed by Alexander Korda, "The Private Life Of Henry VIII" was the first British movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Donat plays the courtier with whom Henry's fifth wife, Katherine Howard, falls in love and who is executed with her.
3. Much of Europe has been overrun and Britain faces possible invasion, but the prime minister is determined to overcome the threat of tyranny, whatever the cost. Which 1942 film, starring Robert Donat as an earlier wartime leader, is this?

Answer: The Young Mr Pitt

Directed by Carol Reed, this wartime morale-booster features Robert Morley as Pitt's political opponent Charles James Fox, John Mills as anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce and Herbert Lom as Napoleon Bonaparte.
4. Following a trip to the music hall and an encounter with a mysterious woman, Richard Hannay, played by Donat, escapes from his flat disguised as a milkman and travels to Scotland, where he delivers an impromptu election speech and ends up handcuffed to a beautiful blonde played by Madeleine Carroll. Which Alfred Hitchcock film is this?

Answer: The 39 Steps

Released in 1935, "The 39 Steps", perhaps Robert Donat's most famous film, is very loosely based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan. Sadly, neither the handcuffed blonde nor Mr Memory, the music hall entertainer, appear in the book.
5. Dr Manson, an idealist intent on improving the lot of miners in the Welsh valleys, moves to London, where he is temporarily seduced by the money to be made in private practice. In which 1938 film, based on a novel by A J Cronin, did Robert Donat turn in an Oscar-nominated performance?

Answer: The Citadel

Directed by King Vidor, "The Citadel" also stars Rosalind Russell as Manson's wife, Rex Harrison as a smooth-talking private doctor and Ralph Richardson as a friend who dies at the hands of an incompetent surgeon.

The other three films are all based on best-selling novels by A J Cronin, who himself worked as a doctor in South Wales.
6. At the end of his life Charles Chipping remembers the 63 years he spent teaching classics at Brookfield school. For which film, based on a story by James Hilton, did Robert Donat win the 1939 Best Actor Oscar?

Answer: Goodbye, Mr Chips

Directed by Sam Wood, "Goodbye, Mr Chips" also stars Greer Garson as the music hall artist Chipping marries and who dies in childbirth and Paul Henreid as a German master at the school. The film was remade in 1969 as a musical starring Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark.
7. An elderly man turns up unrecognised at a film industry event. After making an impassioned speech he collapses and dies, his pockets containing only a pawn ticket and the price of a cinema ticket. In which 1951 picture does Robert Donat play forgotten film pioneer William Friese-Green?

Answer: The Magic Box

Directed by John Boulting and with a screenplay by Eric Ambler, "The Magic Box" was the film industry's contribution to the Festival of Britain. The large cast includes Laurence Olivier in a cameo role as a policeman dragged in off the street to see a ground-breaking film sequence.
8. A young boy is expelled from naval college, accused of the theft of a postal order, and Robert Donat plays the barrister the family engages to clear his name. Which film, based on a play by Terence Rattigan, is this?

Answer: The Winslow Boy

Based on an actual case, "The Winslow Boy" first appeared on the London stage in 1946. The film version, directed by Anthony Asquith, was made two years later. A remake, directed by David Mamet and starring Jeremy Northam, was released in 1999.
9. Sergeant Hardacre, played by Robert Donat, returns from the war intending to marry his long-time fiancee, but falls in love with his mother's lodger. Starring Dora Bryan and Renee Asherson, this 1950 comedy is the only film to have been directed by Donat - what is it called?

Answer: The Cure for Love

This was a rare instance in which Donat, who was born and educated in Manchester, spoke with a northern English accent. He was chosen by David Lean to star in the 1954 film version of the northern comedy "Hobson's Choice" but had to withdraw because of the asthma that blighted his career.
10. Gladys Aylward, played by Ingrid Bergman, goes to China to work as a missionary and is engaged by a Chinese mandarin, played by Robert Donat in his last film role, to eradicate the practice of foot binding. Which 1958 picture is this?

Answer: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Donat's portrayal of the Mandarin of Yang Cheng would have been unthinkable in a later age. He died shortly after completion of the film at the age of 53. Mark Robson received an Academy Award nomination for directing the picture, which was based on the book "The Small Woman" by Alan Burgess.
Source: Author dellastreet

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