Quiz about Mooching Through Georgia
Quiz about Mooching Through Georgia

Mooching Through Georgia Trivia Quiz


This 1939 Columbia short partnered the onscreen Buster Keaton with writer Clyde Bruckman, who had worked with Keaton on his classic, "The General" in 1926.

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Author
ubermom
Time
8 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,257
Updated
Jul 23 22
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15
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1. "Mooching Through Georgia" isn't even set in Georgia. Writer Clyde Bruckman, a Civil War buff, knew that for the plot to be at all realistic, he had to choose a state in which brothers enlisting on opposing sides would be fairly common, and in which opposing armies would be moving back and forth frequently. And to make sure the audience knows where the film is set, we have a song sung to give us setting, and Bruckman has a character run in shouting that this state has joined the war. Which state? Hint

Maryland
Alabama
Kentucky
Tennessee

2. The film opens with two bearded gents reminiscing at the Old Soldiers Home. We see character actor Ned Glass sunning on a bench, joined by Buster Keaton, who proceeds to tell us the story in flashback form. The war has come. Keaton, as Homer Cobb, and Monte Collins, as his brother Cyrus, run off to enlist. Both men return in uniform -- uniforms of opposing armies! Which man is wearing the Confederate uniform?

Answer: (One Word - the character's first name)
3. As the opposing armies take alternating control of the house, Homer (Keaton) and Cyrus (Collins) take each other prisoner. Where do they lock each other up? Hint

In the attic
In the smokehouse
In the cellar
In the outhouse

4. For a moment it seems like there's going to be some stability in which army occupies the house. Homer (Keaton) decides to get his brother a suitable uniform so he'll blend in. How does he get the pants off the man at the trough in this first uniform switch of the movie? Hint

He pushes the man into the trough, and the man takes the pants off to dry them.
He dumps a cup full of ants down the man's pants.
He surreptitiously tears the man's pants, then offers to mend them.
He waits for the man to settle down for bed, then steals his pants while he's sleeping.

5. How does Homer (Keaton) repeatedly hide his brother, Cyrus (Collins), while Cyrus is changing uniforms in the barn? Hint

He hides Cyrus under a horse blanket.
He uses a pitchfork to cover Cyrus with hay.
He stuffs Cyrus into a butter churn.
He hides Cyrus in a box of tack and harness.

6. Finally clad in uniforms of the same army, Homer (Keaton) and Cyrus (Collins) stroll into the house -- only to learn that it's changed hands yet again. Homer dives out the window in a beautiful Keaton forward roll flat onto his back. Cyrus just jumps out the window and takes a fall. The brothers hide in the barn. Then it's back to the trough for Homer, to get a uniform for himself this time. How does he get the pants from this man? Hint

He knocks a nest of wasps onto the man, who tears off his uniform.
He doesn't need to take the pants off this man -- there is a uniform hanging behind him on the washline.
He knocks the man out with a piece of firewood and steals his uniform.
He head-butts the man into the trough and dumps him out of his pants.

7. Wearing the uniform of the army currently occupying the house, Homer (Keaton) slips inside and overhears their plans. In fact, he's ordered to serve coffee to the officers, so he gets to eavesdrop closely. But trouble is brewing. The soldier whose uniform Homer just stole barges in. What is this soldier wearing? Hint

Just his long underwear
Long underwear and pantalettes
Long underwear and a nightshirt
Long underwear and his cap and gloves

8. The officers have seen his face, so Homer (Keaton) can't count on his stolen uniform to disguise him any more. With soldiers approaching from one side, officers from the other, where does Homer try to hide? Hint

On the roof
In a wagon
In the bushes
In a tree

9. With Homer (Keaton) captured, and scheduled to be executed as a spy, Cyrus (Collins) has a plan to save his life. He'll distract the soldiers, and take the lead out of their bullets. What does he do to distract the soldiers? Hint

He offers them ham.
He starts a fire.
He dresses as a woman.
He sends Homer's girlfriend, Lula Belle, to distract them.

10. Of course something has to go wrong with Cyrus' plan to save Homer. Other soldiers arrive and stack their rifles, so that when the firing squad is formed up, they grab rifles that contain live rounds. They march Homer (Keaton) up to a tree and position him. Then they march to their places, only to see that their prisoner is gone. Where is he? Hint

He's up the tree, which he climbed while their backs were turned.
He's on the roof of the barn; he got there by climbing a ladder.
He's behind the tree, waiting for his chance to run for it.
He's standing right with them; he'd marched back with them when they moved to form the line.

11. Homer (Keaton) is stood up against the tree a second time to face the firing squad. He puts on a brave face, straightening his cap and squaring up his chest for the barrage of what he believes will be non-existent bullets. But one man fires off a round prematurely and shoots some bark off the tree. What does Cyrus (Collins) do when he realizes the firing squad has live ammo? Hint

He pretends to see an approaching company of opposing soldiers so that Homer will be locked up until the battle is over.
He staggers off to hide his grief and shame.
He faints.
He bungles and trips into the other men so that they will discharge their rifles without getting a chance to aim at Homer.

12. The first attempt to execute Homer (Keaton) has failed. Disgusted, the officer grabs a rifle from the pile Cyrus (Collins) had tampered with and declares, "I'll shoot him myself!" He takes aim and fires. What does Homer do? Hint

He tries to run but smashes into the tree; when he falls down unconscious he's taken for dead.
He faints.
He does an over-the-top death scene and throws himself to the ground.
He quickly realizes he's not dead but had better fake it, so he drops.

13. Homer (Keaton), having goofed and revealed his non-dead status, runs into the barn, where his grieving brother sits between two other soldiers. Homer climbs over one soldier to leap out through an open window. In one fluid motion he reaches back in, grabs Cyrus (Collins), and yanks him out before slamming the shutter closed. What does Cyrus do upon seeing his brother? Hint

He yells, "You're alive!"
He grabs Homer in so tight a hug that he nearly chokes him.
He faints.
He yells, "Ghost!"

14. Homer (Keaton) and Cyrus (Collins) grab pieces of firewood and sneak up behind the soldiers that are stalking them. Homer knocks three of them senseless, also knocking his brother a bit silly by smacking him on the noodle accidentally. But then Ned Glass shows up again, still sore at Homer for stealing his uniform. When he yells, "Hands up!" Homer obliges, but in doing so tosses his bit of firewood into the air. Where does it come down? Hint

On Ned's head
On Cyrus' head
On Homer's head
On the officer's head

15. When the dust finally settles, Homer (Keaton) takes the map from Ned and hurries with it to his own army's headquarters. But as he finishes the story and we segue back to the Old Soldiers Home, it turns out Homer has been telling this tale to Ned, who has been waiting all his life to get his revenge on the man who humiliated him so long ago. He leaps up to throttle his enemy. Who gets the better of this fight? Hint

Neither. They both end up cold-cocked.
Ned emerges triumphant, due to the inept assistance Cyrus shows up to provide.
Homer emerges triumphant, having cold-cocked Ned with his cane.
The officer, who sees them fighting and knocks them both senseless.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "Mooching Through Georgia" isn't even set in Georgia. Writer Clyde Bruckman, a Civil War buff, knew that for the plot to be at all realistic, he had to choose a state in which brothers enlisting on opposing sides would be fairly common, and in which opposing armies would be moving back and forth frequently. And to make sure the audience knows where the film is set, we have a song sung to give us setting, and Bruckman has a character run in shouting that this state has joined the war. Which state?

Answer: Kentucky

When the action starts, we're hearing the strains of "Old Kentucky Home", as well as hearing the line from the young man. It's an odd bit of insistence on realism for a flighty comedy, but like Keaton, Bruckman preferred to base his humor as much in reality as possible.

Sadly, Clyde Bruckman was spiraling downward as he worked at Columbia with Keaton. Both men had taken to drinking to deal with the loss of creative control, and the diminution of quality forced on them by the studio system. Keaton pulled himself out of his spiral. Bruckman continued to deteriorate, eventually ending up unemployed and penniless. He borrowed a gun from Keaton and used it to kill himself.
2. The film opens with two bearded gents reminiscing at the Old Soldiers Home. We see character actor Ned Glass sunning on a bench, joined by Buster Keaton, who proceeds to tell us the story in flashback form. The war has come. Keaton, as Homer Cobb, and Monte Collins, as his brother Cyrus, run off to enlist. Both men return in uniform -- uniforms of opposing armies! Which man is wearing the Confederate uniform?

Answer: Homer

Neither plot nor character development required that Keaton be on one particular side -- he just had to be in one army and his brother in the other. Since Keaton had already played a rebel in "The General", perhaps it seemed logical to cast him as a Confederate soldier in "Mooching" as well.

Check out Monte's classic hook nose. He'd later have cosmetic surgery done on it, much to the dismay of director Jules White, who laments that Collins isn't as funny without his ugly mug.
3. As the opposing armies take alternating control of the house, Homer (Keaton) and Cyrus (Collins) take each other prisoner. Where do they lock each other up?

Answer: In the smokehouse

If Civil War tragedy depended upon brother fighting against brother, Civil War comedy depended upon brother protecting brother -- which is what Homer and Cyrus spend the bulk of this film doing.

Monte Collins played in other Columbia shorts with Buster -- including "She's Oil Mine" (1941) and "General Nuisance" (1941). His father, Monte Collins Sr., had acted with Keaton as well, playing the parson in "Our Hospitality" (1923) and the father-in-law in "My Wife's Relations" (1922).
4. For a moment it seems like there's going to be some stability in which army occupies the house. Homer (Keaton) decides to get his brother a suitable uniform so he'll blend in. How does he get the pants off the man at the trough in this first uniform switch of the movie?

Answer: He dumps a cup full of ants down the man's pants.

Watch the close-up as Homer scoops up the ants. When you spot the fingernail on the right index finger, you know they're using a hand double. Keaton had lost the tip of his right index finger in a wash-wringer accident as a small child.

The man strips off his pants to free himself of the ants, and Homer appropriates the pants for his brother.
5. How does Homer (Keaton) repeatedly hide his brother, Cyrus (Collins), while Cyrus is changing uniforms in the barn?

Answer: He uses a pitchfork to cover Cyrus with hay.

Every time they hear somebody coming, Cyrus dives for the floor and Homer forks hay atop him, then turns to the butter churn and pretends to churn butter. None of this is necessary, since the soldiers stream past the barn but never look inside.
6. Finally clad in uniforms of the same army, Homer (Keaton) and Cyrus (Collins) stroll into the house -- only to learn that it's changed hands yet again. Homer dives out the window in a beautiful Keaton forward roll flat onto his back. Cyrus just jumps out the window and takes a fall. The brothers hide in the barn. Then it's back to the trough for Homer, to get a uniform for himself this time. How does he get the pants from this man?

Answer: He head-butts the man into the trough and dumps him out of his pants.

The man Homer dumps into the trough is Ned Glass. His character is identified as Joe McIntyre, but never called by name in the film.

Glass had played a deck hand in another Keaton Columbia short, "Pest from the West" (1939). He transitioned from small film parts to small television parts in the 1950s, and worked fairly steadily up into the early 1980s. He died in 1984.
7. Wearing the uniform of the army currently occupying the house, Homer (Keaton) slips inside and overhears their plans. In fact, he's ordered to serve coffee to the officers, so he gets to eavesdrop closely. But trouble is brewing. The soldier whose uniform Homer just stole barges in. What is this soldier wearing?

Answer: Long underwear and pantalettes

The pantalettes had been hanging on the wash line so that they'd not just appear out of nowhere. Ned spends the rest of the flashback in mixed men's and women's underwear.

Homer escapes by throwing the coffee tray on the officers, then covering them with the tablecloth to delay their pursuit.
8. The officers have seen his face, so Homer (Keaton) can't count on his stolen uniform to disguise him any more. With soldiers approaching from one side, officers from the other, where does Homer try to hide?

Answer: In a tree

His hiding place is absurd -- he just grabs hold of a tree limb with both arms and legs and hangs on. He gets poked in the posterior by a soldier shouldering his rifle, and is captured.
9. With Homer (Keaton) captured, and scheduled to be executed as a spy, Cyrus (Collins) has a plan to save his life. He'll distract the soldiers, and take the lead out of their bullets. What does he do to distract the soldiers?

Answer: He offers them ham.

Evidently Cyrus just changed back into his original uniform.

Since it's his family smokehouse, of course Cyrus knows where all the best ham is kept. He hands out hams, and as the soldiers gather around he takes the cartridges from their rifles and removes the lead.
10. Of course something has to go wrong with Cyrus' plan to save Homer. Other soldiers arrive and stack their rifles, so that when the firing squad is formed up, they grab rifles that contain live rounds. They march Homer (Keaton) up to a tree and position him. Then they march to their places, only to see that their prisoner is gone. Where is he?

Answer: He's standing right with them; he'd marched back with them when they moved to form the line.

While the firing squad takes aim at the tree, Homer stands casually by, hands clasped loosely behind his back in the very picture of nonchalance. Bullets or no bullets, Homer was taking no chances until forced to do so by the officer.
11. Homer (Keaton) is stood up against the tree a second time to face the firing squad. He puts on a brave face, straightening his cap and squaring up his chest for the barrage of what he believes will be non-existent bullets. But one man fires off a round prematurely and shoots some bark off the tree. What does Cyrus (Collins) do when he realizes the firing squad has live ammo?

Answer: He faints.

Homer -- for all of Keaton's reputation for having a stone face -- looks quite alarmed at this turn of events. Cyrus is quite alarmed as well, and pulls the bullet out of his own rifle to see that it was loaded with live ammo before he faints, dropping both his rifle and the life round. Fortunately for Homer, his brother's dead faint triggers two accidental discharges of the other soldiers' firearms. All four loaded rifles are thus taken out of commission and pose no threat to Homer.

But judging from the look on his face, Homer has lost all faith in his brother's promise that the guns pointing at him won't be loaded.
12. The first attempt to execute Homer (Keaton) has failed. Disgusted, the officer grabs a rifle from the pile Cyrus (Collins) had tampered with and declares, "I'll shoot him myself!" He takes aim and fires. What does Homer do?

Answer: He does an over-the-top death scene and throws himself to the ground.

The unconscious Cyrus gets dragged off, and two soldiers are ordered to bury Homer. Homer tries to escape by slowly rolling away, but the soldiers notice that the corpse doesn't seem to be as stationary as a corpse ought to be. They ask him if he's really dead and he answers in the affirmative.

The script had called for Homer's girl, Lula Belle, to arrive, kneel beside him, and bewail his demise. An ad-libbed line was pencilled in for Buster, "I'm all right. I'm just dead. Go away." It's unclear why that bit didn't make it into the finished movie, especially since it's Lula Belle who tells Homer's father that he's been executed.
13. Homer (Keaton), having goofed and revealed his non-dead status, runs into the barn, where his grieving brother sits between two other soldiers. Homer climbs over one soldier to leap out through an open window. In one fluid motion he reaches back in, grabs Cyrus (Collins), and yanks him out before slamming the shutter closed. What does Cyrus do upon seeing his brother?

Answer: He yells, "Ghost!"

The tall, skinny soldier comforting Cyrus is Joe Murphy. According to DVD commentary by Joe Adamson, Murphy had originally been a plumber, and became the inspiration for Mutt in the "Mutt and Jeff" comics. Murphy was less than thrilled, but realized that this meant he could get screen work, so he rolled with the flow and did some work in comedy shorts.
14. Homer (Keaton) and Cyrus (Collins) grab pieces of firewood and sneak up behind the soldiers that are stalking them. Homer knocks three of them senseless, also knocking his brother a bit silly by smacking him on the noodle accidentally. But then Ned Glass shows up again, still sore at Homer for stealing his uniform. When he yells, "Hands up!" Homer obliges, but in doing so tosses his bit of firewood into the air. Where does it come down?

Answer: On Ned's head

Ned has rounded out his union suit and pantalettes ensemble with his uniform cap, but maintains his dignity. The wood clocks him on the head and knocks him silly, but doesn't knock him out. Homer tosses the wood aloft again and carefully positions Ned underneath it.

When it hits, it splinters to bits. But still Ned doesn't fall -- though a thoughtful Homer stands ready to catch him. Finally Homer just kicks Ned's legs out from under him and steals the map Ned was to carry to his army's headquarters.
15. When the dust finally settles, Homer (Keaton) takes the map from Ned and hurries with it to his own army's headquarters. But as he finishes the story and we segue back to the Old Soldiers Home, it turns out Homer has been telling this tale to Ned, who has been waiting all his life to get his revenge on the man who humiliated him so long ago. He leaps up to throttle his enemy. Who gets the better of this fight?

Answer: Neither. They both end up cold-cocked.

We get a couple of scenes of doubles doing simple stunts Keaton could have done in his sleep -- including an oddly done bit in which a stunt double rides a old-fashioned big-wheeled bicycle out of a barn only to cut to Buster crashing it into a tree and falling on his head.

Back at the Old Soldiers Home, the script had called for the two men to fight and come up with black eyes, but instead Keaton and Glass reprise the last gag we'd seen them do, but with a twist. Glass starts to throttle Keaton, causing him to toss his heavy cane into the air. It comes down and beans Glass, who is knocked silly. Keaton tosses the cane aloft again and, as we'd just seen him do, grabs Glass to position him under the falling wood. But he misjudges and gets knocked on the head himself. Both men stagger back and fall over the bench they'd been sitting on. The end.
Source: Author ubermom

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