And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies: 200 Quizzes for Golden Age Movies Lovers

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9781601826503: And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies: 200 Quizzes for Golden Age Movies Lovers

Katharine Hepburn stars in what play at the climax of Stage Door? Can you name the classic in which a cigarette is put out in a jar of cold cream? What star (not Alan Ladd) is the top-billed male in This Gun for Hire? If you think you know classic movies, well, prepare to be challenged as never before. Die-hard film buffs won't be able to resist the cleverness, imagination, and pleasure of John DiLeo's 200 memory-teasing quizzes on all facets of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Upon the book's initial publication, legendary film critic Pauline Kael said, "It's like a Christmas stocking full of surprises. This is the smartest movie quiz book I've ever seen."

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About the Author:

John DiLeo's first book was And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies! (St. Martin's, 1999; Hansen Publishing Group, 2013), hailed by Pauline Kael as "the smartest movie quiz book I've ever seen." His second book was 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember But Probably Don't (Limelight Editions, 2002), which Adolph Green called "a valuable and touching work." TCM host Robert Osborne said, in the Hollywood Reporter, that the book "delightfully throws the spotlight on some remarkable film work," and the Washington Post's reaction was, "Not only is this helpful criticism, but 100 Great Film Performances can serve as balm for anyone who has ever been disgruntled by the Academy's choices on Oscar night." Turner Classic Movies devoted a night of prime-time programming to films featured in John's third book, Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery (Hansen Publishing Group, 2007). His fourth film book, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors (Hansen Publishing Group, 2010), led to his presentations and panels at the Tennessee Williams festivals in Provincetown and New Orleans. Show Business Weekly called John's fifth book, Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, "witty, clever and perceptive and a must for movie buffs." Essays by him appear in two anthologies, City Secrets Movies: The Ultimate Insider's Guide (2009) and City Secrets Books: The Essential Insider's Guide (2009). John has been a contributing book reviewer for the Washington Post and currently writes DVD and film-book reviews for multiple publications. He frequently hosts classic-film series, appears on radio programs, lectures on cruise ships, conducts film-history seminars, and has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival (Milford, PA) where he interviewed Farley Granger (2005), Arlene Dahl (2006), and Marge Champion (2010) on the festival's stage. His website is johndileo.com and his blog is screensaversmovies.com. Born in 1961 in Brooklyn, John was raised on Long Island and graduated from Ithaca College in 1982 with a B.F.A. After twenty-seven years together, he married partner Earl McCarroll in 2009 in Massachusetts.

Review:

It's like a Christmas stocking full of surprises. This is the smartest movie quiz book I've ever seen. --Pauline Kael

...not buying AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES means you'd be missing out on a really splendid book, written by a tried-and-true movie fan who knows his subject and knows it bloody well. --Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, June 19, 2013

...an entertaining tome packed with quizzes on the subject of classic film, with plenty of esoteric queries that are guaranteed to trip up even the most devoted TCM-phile.

...a must-own trivia book for fans of the TCM trivia book. DiLeo provides a diverse selection of movies from all genres before 1970. If you're searching for a new book to play around with and test your knowledge, this is it!--Kristen Lopez, Journeys in Classic Film, August 5, 2013 --Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, June 19, 2013

...not buying AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES means you'd be missing out on a really splendid book, written by a tried-and-true movie fan who knows his subject and knows it bloody well. --Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, June 19, 2013

...an entertaining tome packed with quizzes on the subject of classic film, with plenty of esoteric queries that are guaranteed to trip up even the most devoted TCM-phile. --Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, June 19, 2013

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