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Quiz about Joseph Cotten
Quiz about Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten Trivia Quiz


Joseph Cotton's name is found in the cast of some of the finest films of the 20th century. What do you know about this steady performer?

A multiple-choice quiz by Rehaberpro. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Rehaberpro
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
315,816
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
677
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. What was Joseph Cotten's name at birth? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In what Broadway play did Cotten star in a role that was later to win an Oscar for Jimmy Stewart? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. During the 1930s he began a professional association with a man sometimes referred to as the 'boy genius'. The relationship was to result in friendship and a career path in which Cotten appeared in several plays and films in collaboration with him. Who was this film icon? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1937 Cotten joined a theatrical group that produced Broadway productions, radio dramas, and ventured into film. Lead by the controversial Orson Welles, this became one of the most acclaimed repertory group that included John Houseman, Vincent Price, Will Geer, Agnes Moorhead, and Judy Holiday are just a few. What was this group called? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In "Citizen Kane" (1941) Cotten played Jedediah Leland, nominally Kane's best friend. Leland works as a critic for Kane's newspaper syndicate. When Kane finds him passed out and drunk at his typewriter, what happens? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Cotten was cast as Eugene Morgan, a wealthy industrialist, in the "Magnificent Ambersons" (1942). Morgan lost Isabel Amberson due to his youthful indiscretions. She married a clergyman and had a son George Minafer. When Isabel is widowed, Morgan tries to resurrect the romance but his advances are parried at every turn by George. The film was controversial in its day and remains so. Why? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Cotten teamed up with Welles in 1949 as co-stars in "The Third Man". Holly Martins (Cotten) is lured to post-war Vienna on the promise of a job working with Harry Lime (Welles). He learns that Lime has died but later learns that he is alive but a war criminal. Martins is faced with the dilemma of either joining with Lime or bringing Lime to justice. The film is based on whose suspense novel? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Cotten in "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943) plays Uncle Charlie who has come to visit with the Newtons, who welcome him with open arms. Slowly we find out that Uncle Charlie is a serial killer. Who directed this suspenseful film? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Joseph Cotten appeared in over 75 major film productions. In which of these did he *not* appear? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Joseph Cotten married Lenore Kipp in 1931. She died in 1960. Cotten then married an actress to whom he was wed until his death in 1994. Who was this actress? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What was Joseph Cotten's name at birth?

Answer: Joseph Cheshire Cotten Jr.

Named for his father, who was a local postal employee, he attended public schools and later the Hickman School of Speech and Expression to study acting. He appeared in local productions and finally onto the New York stage.
2. In what Broadway play did Cotten star in a role that was later to win an Oscar for Jimmy Stewart?

Answer: The Philadelphia Story

The filmed "Philadelphia Story" (1940) was nominated for six Academy Awards but only Stewart won an Oscar. The role solidified Cotten as a solid Broadway actor and led to a number of other opportunities.
3. During the 1930s he began a professional association with a man sometimes referred to as the 'boy genius'. The relationship was to result in friendship and a career path in which Cotten appeared in several plays and films in collaboration with him. Who was this film icon?

Answer: Orson Welles

Orson Welles was the guiding light of Cotten's career. His Broadway, radio, and particularly his film career was tied directly or indirectly to Welles' projects.
4. In 1937 Cotten joined a theatrical group that produced Broadway productions, radio dramas, and ventured into film. Lead by the controversial Orson Welles, this became one of the most acclaimed repertory group that included John Houseman, Vincent Price, Will Geer, Agnes Moorhead, and Judy Holiday are just a few. What was this group called?

Answer: Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre produced "Julius Caesar" in 1937 in modern dress and set in fascist Italy. This was followed by "Shoemaker's Holiday" (1938) and "Native Son" (1941). The group turned to radio for a critically acclaimed but low rated Mercury Theatre which concentrated on adaptations of classics.

The Halloween broadcast of "War of the Worlds" in 1938 made history with the mass hysteria it generated. Many of the actors followed Welles, including Cotten, into films which included "Citizen Kane"(1939) and the "Magnificent Ambersons" (1942). Long after members had left, Welles attached 'Mercury' to his several projects.
5. In "Citizen Kane" (1941) Cotten played Jedediah Leland, nominally Kane's best friend. Leland works as a critic for Kane's newspaper syndicate. When Kane finds him passed out and drunk at his typewriter, what happens?

Answer: Kane finishes the critical review that Leland was writing, then fires him

The review which Kane finishes and publishes is a negative review of his wife's operatic performance, a woman without the voice or temperament to be a diva. She had been pushed into this career with the force of Kane's money and only too late does Kane recognise his folly through his friend's drunken unfinished review.
6. Cotten was cast as Eugene Morgan, a wealthy industrialist, in the "Magnificent Ambersons" (1942). Morgan lost Isabel Amberson due to his youthful indiscretions. She married a clergyman and had a son George Minafer. When Isabel is widowed, Morgan tries to resurrect the romance but his advances are parried at every turn by George. The film was controversial in its day and remains so. Why?

Answer: Studio bosses took the film away from director Welles and edited and distributed without Welles' permission

Welles went to South America to film a documentary. The studio deleted forty minutes of the film and re-shot scenes to give it a happy ending, which Welles had not planned. In spite of this "The Magnificent Ambersons" proved to be both a critical and financial success. Tim Holt played the George Minafer role and Delores Costello played his mother. Orson Welles narrated.
7. Cotten teamed up with Welles in 1949 as co-stars in "The Third Man". Holly Martins (Cotten) is lured to post-war Vienna on the promise of a job working with Harry Lime (Welles). He learns that Lime has died but later learns that he is alive but a war criminal. Martins is faced with the dilemma of either joining with Lime or bringing Lime to justice. The film is based on whose suspense novel?

Answer: Graham Greene

The film was directed by Carol Reed from the Graham Greene novel. It won the Grand Prix Award at Cannes in 1950 and is usually included on various lists of 100 great movies. Anton Karas, a zitherist, had one-hit wonder fame for his rendition of the Third Man Theme both in the film and recording. Greene wrote the screen play simultaneously with the novel but the novel was not published until after the film had been released.
8. Cotten in "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943) plays Uncle Charlie who has come to visit with the Newtons, who welcome him with open arms. Slowly we find out that Uncle Charlie is a serial killer. Who directed this suspenseful film?

Answer: Alfred Hitchcock

"Shadow of a Doubt" was one of Hitchcock's early American film and reportedly one of his personal favorites. Thornton Wilder wrote the story and was assisted in the screen play by Sally Benson. Hitchcock's first American movie was "Rebecca" (1940).
9. Joseph Cotten appeared in over 75 major film productions. In which of these did he *not* appear?

Answer: "Some Come Running" (1958)

In "Gaslight" Cotten plays a police inspector who saves Ingrid Bergman from her evil husband played by Charles Boyer. Cotten plays Eben Adams, a painter who is inspired to paint Jennie who may or may not be real.

In "Duel in the Sun" brothers Cotten and Gregory Peck vie for the affection of Jennifer Jones (along with some others). "Some Come Running" is a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin flic based on a James Jones novel.
10. Joseph Cotten married Lenore Kipp in 1931. She died in 1960. Cotten then married an actress to whom he was wed until his death in 1994. Who was this actress?

Answer: Patricia Medina

Patricia Medina was often cast in costume pictures such as "The Three Musketeers" (1948), "Botany Bay" (1953), and "Mr. Arkadin" (1955)--with Orson Welles. She co-stared with Donald O'Connor and a mule in "Francis" (1950). She also made appearances in Abbot and Costello and Three Stooges films.
Source: Author Rehaberpro

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