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Quiz about Sultry Stars of Film Noir
Quiz about Sultry Stars of Film Noir

Sultry Stars of Film Noir Trivia Quiz


They were really something, the femmes fatales of the film noir era - glamorous, tough, wise-cracking, always perfectly dressed, dressed to kill sometimes. Here are ten of the best.

A multiple-choice quiz by robbieh. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
robbieh
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
324,212
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Let's begin with a petite blonde with a famous peekaboo hairstyle. She was best known as a film noir femme fatale. A frequent co-star was Alan Ladd, and they appeared together in "This Gun for Hire" in 1942 and and "The Blue Dahlia" (1946) among others. Which of these was she? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. She played a cheating wife in "They Drive by Night" in 1940, a dance-hall girl who falls for Humphrey Bogart in 1941's "High Sierra", and a singer in "Road House" in 1948. She called herself "the poor man's Bette Davis", but she was a big star all on her own, and one of Hollywood's very first women film directors as well. Do you know who she is? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This lovely brunette started out her life as a debutante, fresh out of finishing school. She was a big star in the '40s, her best known film a classic in which she co-starred with Dana Andrews. Personal problems cut her career short, but we'll always have "Laura". Which is she? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This blonde often appeared as the hard-boiled gal with a soft heart. She played the long-suffering moll of brutal gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) in "Key Largo". Do you know which lady won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that 1948 classic? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This star came from an acting family and had an equally famous and elegant sister named Constance. She was "The Woman in the Window" in 1944 as well as "The Woman on the Beach" in 1947. Her best known film noir role was in "Scarlet Street" (1945), and she went on to a career which lasted some seventy years altogether. Who was she? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. She plotted a murder with insurance salesman Fred MacMurray, and suffered as Burt Lancaster's terrified invalid wife. She was Martha Ivers, Phyllis Dietrichson and Thelma Jordan. Her career began in the late 1920s and continued till 1986. Who was this very popular leading lady? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Out of the Past" (1947) is at the top of almost every list of great films of the genre. It starred Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, with a supporting cast of the usual suspects. The leading lady of this gem was a beautiful and deadly heart-breaker. Who played Kathie Moffat in "Out of the Past"? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. They didn't come any lovelier than this one. She was mysterious and sultry, and she was a big hit in the classic 1946 film "The Killers" with Burt Lancaster. Soon her leading man in real life would be the entertainer known as "The Voice". Who was this film noir star? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. No quiz about film noir stars would be complete with her, the provocative blonde vixen with the famous pout. Probably her most famous role was in the 1953 classic "The Big Heat" with Glenn Ford, in which Lee Marvin's brutal character hurled scalding coffee in her face. Who was she?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In her films, she was worth a stare, and she was trouble sometimes. Leading lady to a legend, only nineteen years old at the time they began their on and off-screen romance, she became a screen icon in her own right. She famously instructed her co-star how to whistle in 1944's "To Have and Have Not": "Put your lips together and blow." Who is she? Hint



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1. Let's begin with a petite blonde with a famous peekaboo hairstyle. She was best known as a film noir femme fatale. A frequent co-star was Alan Ladd, and they appeared together in "This Gun for Hire" in 1942 and and "The Blue Dahlia" (1946) among others. Which of these was she?

Answer: Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake (1922 - 1973) was originally cast with Alan Ladd because Ladd was rather short in stature, and Veronica Lake was less than five feet tall. They clicked, and made several films together.
She did away with the famous hairstyle during World War II, when many women were working in defense plants and it was felt Lake's much-copied peekaboo style might be unsafe. Some thought the haircut hurt her career, but Veronica's problems were much more serious. She was considered very difficult to work with, and the juicy roles gradually dried up. She had problems with alcohol and mental illness, and eventually her career faded away.
But she had some unforgettable moments. She died in 1973, only fifty years old.
2. She played a cheating wife in "They Drive by Night" in 1940, a dance-hall girl who falls for Humphrey Bogart in 1941's "High Sierra", and a singer in "Road House" in 1948. She called herself "the poor man's Bette Davis", but she was a big star all on her own, and one of Hollywood's very first women film directors as well. Do you know who she is?

Answer: Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (1918-1995) was born in London, England, where both her parents were entertainers. She started out in films as a blonde glamour girl, and moved on to more interesting roles in film noir in the 1940s. She became interested in directing, and when given the opportunity she did well. Among the films she directed, "Outrage" (1950) "Hard, Fast and Beautiful" (1951) and the well-received film noir "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953). She directed many prestigious television programs in addition to acting for the next several decades.
3. This lovely brunette started out her life as a debutante, fresh out of finishing school. She was a big star in the '40s, her best known film a classic in which she co-starred with Dana Andrews. Personal problems cut her career short, but we'll always have "Laura". Which is she?

Answer: Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney (1920-1991) was born in New York to a well-to-do family. She first appeared on Broadway, then began a career in films. While working on a 1946 movie called "Dragonwyck" she met a young politician named John F. Kennedy. They embarked on a year-long romance that ended when JFK told the married-but-separated Tierney that they could never marry, as it would surely damage his political career. In 1944, she starred in what was to become her signature role, that of supposed murder victim Laura Hunt in "Laura".

But Tierney was also suffering from what may have been a bipolar disorder, which made it increasingly difficult for her to work. She gave birth to a severely disabled daughter after contracting rubella during the pregnancy.

She suffered from depression, there was a probable suicide attempt, and after many hospital stays which included a large number of shock treatments, and a brief comeback, Gene Tierney's career was essentially over.
4. This blonde often appeared as the hard-boiled gal with a soft heart. She played the long-suffering moll of brutal gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) in "Key Largo". Do you know which lady won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that 1948 classic?

Answer: Claire Trevor

Claire Trevor began acting first in theater and then moved on to films. After several years in Hollywood she established a solid career, starring with the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. She most often played the bad girl and was sometimes referred to as the "Queen of Film Noir". She co-starred with Dick Powell in "Murder My Sweet" (1944) and "Born to Kill" (1947).
One of the top performing arts study centers in the United States was established in the late 1960s at the University of California, Irvine. The school is named in her honor, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
5. This star came from an acting family and had an equally famous and elegant sister named Constance. She was "The Woman in the Window" in 1944 as well as "The Woman on the Beach" in 1947. Her best known film noir role was in "Scarlet Street" (1945), and she went on to a career which lasted some seventy years altogether. Who was she?

Answer: Joan Bennett

Joan Bennett (1910 - 1990) began as a blonde ingenue, became a sultry brunette, and appeared in over seventy films. She first worked in silent movies, then moved on to films and television. She is well-remembered for her film noir roles and later as a wife and mother in such films as "Father of the Bride" (1950). At the end of her career she appeared as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard on the Gothic television soap opera "Dark Shadows" from 1966-1971.

Bennett's career suffered severe damage in 1951 when her then-husband, producer Walter Wanger, shot and wounded Bennett's agent Jennings Lang. Wanger suspected an affair between his wife and Lang. Lang survived, and Wanger went to jail for four months. Joan Bennett's film career was virtually ended by the scandal.
6. She plotted a murder with insurance salesman Fred MacMurray, and suffered as Burt Lancaster's terrified invalid wife. She was Martha Ivers, Phyllis Dietrichson and Thelma Jordan. Her career began in the late 1920s and continued till 1986. Who was this very popular leading lady?

Answer: Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck (1907 - 1990) was known throughout her six-decade career as a consummate professional and performer, well-liked by everyone who worked with her. She began as a stage actress, then made over eighty movies before turning to work in television. She was Oscar-nominated for Best Actress for
"Stella Dallas" (1938), "Ball of Fire" (1942), "Double Indemnity" (1945) and "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1949). She was awarded an honorary Oscar for "superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting" in 1982.
She was equally adept at comedy or drama, one of Hollywood's great stars.
7. "Out of the Past" (1947) is at the top of almost every list of great films of the genre. It starred Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, with a supporting cast of the usual suspects. The leading lady of this gem was a beautiful and deadly heart-breaker. Who played Kathie Moffat in "Out of the Past"?

Answer: Jane Greer

Jane Greer (1924 - 2001) is best known for her role in the classic "Out of the Past". She was a model and a big band singer before producer Howard Hughes discovered her on the cover of "Life" magazine. Upon arriving in Hollywood she appeared in several forgettable films, until she was given the lead role in "Out of the Past".

She made quite an impression, and continued to work in films and television for several decades. Her last appearances were as a regular in television dramas including "Falcon Crest" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" in 1990.
8. They didn't come any lovelier than this one. She was mysterious and sultry, and she was a big hit in the classic 1946 film "The Killers" with Burt Lancaster. Soon her leading man in real life would be the entertainer known as "The Voice". Who was this film noir star?

Answer: Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner (1922 - 1990) began her film career in 1941, playing bit parts until she appeared in "The Killers". She became one of Hollywood's top stars, and was known as one of the most beautiful women in films. She married Frank Sinatra in 1951, and they divorced six years later. He remained a loyal friend to her till her death.

She received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work in the 1953 film "Mogambo", and starred in several important films in the 50s and 60s, including "Show Boat" in 1951, "On the Beach" in 1959 and "The Night of the Iguana" in 1964.
9. No quiz about film noir stars would be complete with her, the provocative blonde vixen with the famous pout. Probably her most famous role was in the 1953 classic "The Big Heat" with Glenn Ford, in which Lee Marvin's brutal character hurled scalding coffee in her face. Who was she?

Answer: Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame (1923 - 1981) began her acting career in the early 1940s, and in 1946 landed a role in the classic James Stewart film "It's a Wonderful Life". From there, her sultry good looks and acting talent earned her many starring roles in film noir.

She received an Oscar nomination for "Crossfire" in 1947, and she won the Supporting Actress award for her performance in "The Bad and the Beautiful" in 1952. She also appeared in "Sudden Fear" (1952)and "Oklahoma!" (1955). She began to develop health problems as well as personal ones, and her career slowly began to fade.

She died of cancer in 1981 at age 57.
10. In her films, she was worth a stare, and she was trouble sometimes. Leading lady to a legend, only nineteen years old at the time they began their on and off-screen romance, she became a screen icon in her own right. She famously instructed her co-star how to whistle in 1944's "To Have and Have Not": "Put your lips together and blow." Who is she?

Answer: Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall began modeling while in her teens, and was discovered by the wife of director Howard Hawks when she appeared on the cover of "Harper's Bazaar" magazine. She was given a screen test and then made her first film appearance was in the 1944 classic "To Have and Have Not", co-starring the man who would become her husband, film icon Humphrey Bogart. A legendary romance was born, as well as a legendary career.

Her appearances in film noir include "The Big Sleep" (1946) and "Dark Passage" (1947). Later in her life Bacall appeared on Broadway, winning Tony Awards for "Applause" (1970) and "Woman of the Year" (1981).
Source: Author robbieh

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