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Quiz about Call Girls and Courtesans in the Movies
Quiz about Call Girls and Courtesans in the Movies

Call Girls and Courtesans in the Movies Quiz


These fifteen movies portray women who work in the so-called world's oldest profession. I hope the subject matter isn't offensive. Let's see how many of these films you recognize.

A multiple-choice quiz by robbieh. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
robbieh
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
236,684
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
11 / 15
Plays
2188
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 98 (13/15), Guest 71 (13/15), Guest 92 (13/15).
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Question 1 of 15
1. Call girl Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) reluctantly helps a detective search for a missing businessman, who may be involved in the murders of several of Bree's acquaintances. Someone is stalking Bree, the detective has to protect her, and he begins to fall in love with her. Please select the movie I've described. Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. This film is set in Los Angeles in 1953. Several murders are connected to the L.A. Police Department. Crooked activities are rampant among these cops. The cast includes Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey, and some fantastic supporting players. An Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Kim Basinger for her role in this movie. Which of these films am I describing? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. This film is set in the days just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is having conflicts with his superior officers. They want him to box, he wants to play the bugle. He is also becoming involved with social club "hostess" Lorene, played by Donna Reed. Select the correct title for this fine movie, made in 1953. Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. Catherine DeNeuve plays a woman bored with her husband and her life, who decides to take a day job at a brothel. The name she uses when she works there is also the name of the film. It is directed by Luis Bu˝uel. Name the film I've described. Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. Barbra Streisand has played prostitutes a couple of times in her career. In this 1987 film, she's a call girl standing trial for murder, and is fighting her parents' efforts to have her declared mentally unfit as a defense. Which of these films have I described? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. Satine is the star at a very famous nightclub, and she's a courtesan as well. A young poet falls madly in love with her, but has to compete with a mercenary duke for her affections. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star. Which of these movies have I described? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. In this 1986 film, Simone (Cathy Tyson) is a call girl and George (Bob Hoskins) is a small-time crook and ex-con. Simone hires George to be her driver. They develop a relationship, and George agrees to help Simone find a missing friend. This leads them both to a world of trouble. Which British film have I described? Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) and Sister Sharon (Jean Simmons) are evangelists, and they set out to preach religion to America. He is an ambitious fake. Shirley Jones is Lulu, the "fallen woman" from Gantry's past who complicates his plans. Name this Oscar-winning 1960 movie. Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. One of the greatest and most successful movies of all time features a character with the proverbial "heart of gold." Her name is Belle Watling. In which of these movies does Belle appear? Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. In this 1983 comedy, a young man (Tom Cruise) runs into trouble when, with his parents out of town, he makes a fateful phone call to a "dating service." Rebecca DeMornay's character shows up, and plenty of trouble follows. Name this dark comedy. Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. Three young boys hire a "party girl" (named "V") to strip for them, then one decides to fix her up with his unsuspecting, unmarried father. Trouble ensues when V's employer tries to find her; she's living in a tree house in the boy's back yard. Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris star in this one - which is it? Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. This 1980 film is reminiscent of a very famous Hitchcock movie. A woman is slashed to death in an elevator in a very graphic scene. A young "working girl" (Nancy Allen) gets a brief look at the killer and becomes involved in the effort to solve the murder. This is a very scary movie - which one is it? Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. In 1963, director Billy Wilder made a film based on a Broadway play. A young policeman falls in love with a woman who works in the brothel he raids. The film is a colorful comedy, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Which is it? Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. Chuck (Henry Winkler) has found a refuge from his stressful former job; he's now working in a morgue. His new partner is "Blaze" Blazejowski (Michael Keaton). Before long he finds himself helping a young "party girl" with financial problems. They soon start to run a "dating service" from the morgue. The girl is played by Shelley Long. Name this Ron Howard comedy. Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. Greta Garbo stars in this story of a courtesan. A very young Robert Taylor also stars as the man she loves. Garbo is a tragic figure in this 1936 film. The name she goes by is the same as the film's title - name this all-time classic. Hint



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1. Call girl Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) reluctantly helps a detective search for a missing businessman, who may be involved in the murders of several of Bree's acquaintances. Someone is stalking Bree, the detective has to protect her, and he begins to fall in love with her. Please select the movie I've described.

Answer: Klute

"Klute" was filmed in 1971. Donald Sutherland plays the detective John Klute and Jane Fonda is Bree Daniels, and they are terrific. Jane Fonda shows a natural acting style very unlike the more melodramatic performances we were used to seeing from most actresses up until then. Fonda's intelligence and vulnerability make for a fascinating portrait of an unhappy and frightened woman, and she won the Oscar for it. I decided to write this quiz after seeing "Klute" again recently, I was so impressed with Jane Fonda's acting in this movie.

The other three films mentioned were all released in 1975.
2. This film is set in Los Angeles in 1953. Several murders are connected to the L.A. Police Department. Crooked activities are rampant among these cops. The cast includes Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey, and some fantastic supporting players. An Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Kim Basinger for her role in this movie. Which of these films am I describing?

Answer: L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential is the film that made Russell Crowe a star in the United States, in his role as the toughest cop in the Los Angeles Police Department. Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito and James Cromwell also appear in this one, and give great performances. Kim Basinger is absolutely gorgeous as a woman who is made to look as much as possible like actress Veronica Lake, for her clients.

The film is based on a 1990 novel by James Ellroy, and it is said to contain many incidents based on real life. The other three movies mentioned all feature Kim Basinger: "No Mercy" is from 1986, "Final Analysis" from 1992, and "The Getaway" from 1994.
3. This film is set in the days just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is having conflicts with his superior officers. They want him to box, he wants to play the bugle. He is also becoming involved with social club "hostess" Lorene, played by Donna Reed. Select the correct title for this fine movie, made in 1953.

Answer: From Here to Eternity

Donna Reed won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this one. She was almost always cast in wholesome roles, so this was a breakthrough for her. It also earned an Oscar for Frank Sinatra. The fine cast includes Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Ernest Borgnine.

The romance between Lancaster and Kerr, and their love scenes together, captivated movie-goers. "From Here to Eternity" won a total of eight Academy Awards. "The Young Lions" (1958) "Stalag 17" (1953) and "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) are all World War II movies as well.
4. Catherine DeNeuve plays a woman bored with her husband and her life, who decides to take a day job at a brothel. The name she uses when she works there is also the name of the film. It is directed by Luis Bu˝uel. Name the film I've described.

Answer: Belle du Jour

This 1967 film is typical of the work of the master director Luis Bu˝uel, enigmatic and fascinating, with great performances from the actors, especially gorgeous Catherine DeNeuve. Michael Piccoli, Jean Sorel and GeneviÚve Page are also in the cast. The other three movies mentioned here were also directed by Bu˝uel; "Tristana" was released in 1970, "Susana" in 1951, and "Viridiana" in 1961.
5. Barbra Streisand has played prostitutes a couple of times in her career. In this 1987 film, she's a call girl standing trial for murder, and is fighting her parents' efforts to have her declared mentally unfit as a defense. Which of these films have I described?

Answer: Nuts

Richard Dreyfuss plays her attorney in this movie, and Karl Malden and Maureen Stapleton play her parents. She previously portrayed a call girl in the 1970 film "The Owl and the Pussycat". The other two films listed here feature Streisand as well. "What's Up, Doc?" was released in 1972, and "All Night Long" in 1981.
6. Satine is the star at a very famous nightclub, and she's a courtesan as well. A young poet falls madly in love with her, but has to compete with a mercenary duke for her affections. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star. Which of these movies have I described?

Answer: Moulin Rouge!

Filmed in 2001 in Australia by an Australian director, this musical film was very successful, both critically and at the box office. "Moulin Rouge!" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best actress for Nicole Kidman. (She lost out to Halle Berry's fine performance in "Monster's Ball".) John Leguizamo plays the role of the artist Toulouse-Lautrec. "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" (2005), "Save the Last Dance" (2001), and "Chicago" (2002) are recent musical films.
7. In this 1986 film, Simone (Cathy Tyson) is a call girl and George (Bob Hoskins) is a small-time crook and ex-con. Simone hires George to be her driver. They develop a relationship, and George agrees to help Simone find a missing friend. This leads them both to a world of trouble. Which British film have I described?

Answer: Mona Lisa

Bob Hoskins received an Oscar nomination for his work in this very good film, and well deserved..he's a great actor. Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane are in this one as well. It is directed by Neil Jordan. The other three films mentioned here are all British films, "Blowup" was British-Italian (1966), "The Long Good Friday" (1980) also starred Bob Hoskins, and "The Crying Game" (1992) was also directed by Neil Jordan.
8. Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) and Sister Sharon (Jean Simmons) are evangelists, and they set out to preach religion to America. He is an ambitious fake. Shirley Jones is Lulu, the "fallen woman" from Gantry's past who complicates his plans. Name this Oscar-winning 1960 movie.

Answer: Elmer Gantry

"Elmer Gantry" was nominated for several Oscars, and Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones both won for their portrayals. The film is based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis, written in 1927. Lancaster was a terrific actor, and he is at his best here, as the amoral, hypocritical preacher, always with an eye for the ladies. "The Apostle" was released in 1997, Robert Duvall's amazing, great film about another evangelist. "The Rapture" (1991) and "The Gospel" (2005) are both films with religious themes.
9. One of the greatest and most successful movies of all time features a character with the proverbial "heart of gold." Her name is Belle Watling. In which of these movies does Belle appear?

Answer: Gone With the Wind

In "Gone With the Wind", Belle is a very good friend of Rhett Butler. She helps save the lives of some of the most important men in Atlanta, by providing them with an alibi, telling the Yankees they were all at her place while a killing occurred. Remember? Belle is really a rather sad character, looked down on by everyone in town, with her only son far away. Kindly Melanie Wilkes is the exception, of course, since Belle helps save Ashley from the vengeful Yankees. Belle Watling is played by Ona Munson. All four classic movies listed here were released in 1939.
10. In this 1983 comedy, a young man (Tom Cruise) runs into trouble when, with his parents out of town, he makes a fateful phone call to a "dating service." Rebecca DeMornay's character shows up, and plenty of trouble follows. Name this dark comedy.

Answer: Risky Business

Who can forget Tom Cruise suddenly sliding out in his underwear, lip-syncing to "Old Time Rock and Roll"? Or his father's Porsche slowly sinking into Lake Michigan? This comedy put Cruise squarely on the road to super-stardom. The other three movies mentioned here all featured Tom Cruise, and they were all released in 1983.
11. Three young boys hire a "party girl" (named "V") to strip for them, then one decides to fix her up with his unsuspecting, unmarried father. Trouble ensues when V's employer tries to find her; she's living in a tree house in the boy's back yard. Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris star in this one - which is it?

Answer: Milk Money

Malcolm McDowell, Anne Heche and Casey Siemaszko are in this one too. Melanie Griffith gives her usual adorable performance, and Ed Harris is always interesting to watch. All four films mentioned were released in 1994. "Milk Money" is directed by Richard Benjamin, the comic actor and director.
12. This 1980 film is reminiscent of a very famous Hitchcock movie. A woman is slashed to death in an elevator in a very graphic scene. A young "working girl" (Nancy Allen) gets a brief look at the killer and becomes involved in the effort to solve the murder. This is a very scary movie - which one is it?

Answer: Dressed to Kill

This movie is Brian DePalma's take on Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". It scared the heck out of me when I first saw it. Angie Dickinson is the murder victim, bumped off near the beginning of the film, in horrifying fashion. Then there is the surprise ending as well. Ken Russell's "Crimes of Passion" was released in 1984, "Body Double" in 1984 (another Brian DePalma film) and "Frenzy" is from 1972, made by Hitchcock.
13. In 1963, director Billy Wilder made a film based on a Broadway play. A young policeman falls in love with a woman who works in the brothel he raids. The film is a colorful comedy, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Which is it?

Answer: Irma La Douce

Shirley MacLaine received an Oscar nomination for her work in this 1963 one. The other three movies also starred MacLaine, "All in a Night's Work" was from 1961, "Can-Can" from 1960 and "Sweet Charity" from 1969. James Caan and Bill Bixby both have tiny parts in "Irma La Douce".
14. Chuck (Henry Winkler) has found a refuge from his stressful former job; he's now working in a morgue. His new partner is "Blaze" Blazejowski (Michael Keaton). Before long he finds himself helping a young "party girl" with financial problems. They soon start to run a "dating service" from the morgue. The girl is played by Shelley Long. Name this Ron Howard comedy.

Answer: Night Shift

This movie is fun to watch; it's one of Ron Howard's first projects as a director. All the films mentioned were released in 1982. This one has an interesting cast: Shannen Doherty makes her film debut here as "Bluebird", a co-worker of Shelley Long, and Kevin Costner appears in his first film as well, as "Frat Boy #1". Ron Howard and his wife even appear very briefly, Hitchcock fashion.
15. Greta Garbo stars in this story of a courtesan. A very young Robert Taylor also stars as the man she loves. Garbo is a tragic figure in this 1936 film. The name she goes by is the same as the film's title - name this all-time classic.

Answer: Camille

The mysterious Greta Garbo received an Oscar nomination for her work as Marguerite in "Camille". It's one of her finest performances. Lionel Barrymore and Laura Hope Crewes are in the supporting cast; the film was directed by George Cukor. "Emma" was played by Gyneth Paltrow in 1996, Martine Carol played "Nana" in 1955 with Charles Boyer, and "Tess" was played by Nastassja Kinski in 1979.
Source: Author robbieh

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