Questions for March 2014

March questions.  PLEASE HAVE A GO – by posting a comment, preferably sarcastic – as I know the answers anyway; I’ll put the real answers up in early April.

  1. There are three statues of Lenin in the British Isles …. probably more than in the Ukraine 🙂 One is in Islington, London, one on an estate in Northamptonshire; where is the third one?
  2. The series of James Bond films has been, by far, the most profitable series of British-made films. What series was the second most profitable?
  3. The movie “Don’t Lose Your Head” made a loss at first, but then suddenly began to turn a box-office profit – what change conferred this sudden success?
  4. Were clients of the guillotine placed face down or face up?
  5. Which was the first commercial movie to be partly filmed inside Windsor Castle?
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  1. HERE COME DR BOB’S ANSWERS

    1. At “Kremlin” – a gay club in Belfast
    2. The Carry On series
    3. Two words were added to the title, making it Carry On – Don’t Lose Your Head
    4. All face down, except for Robespierre
    5. Carry On Henry VIII
  2. 1. Lenin is probably in the foyer of the conservative party headquarters. “Know thy enemy” and all that.

    2. “Most profitable” is a loaded phrase. I’m thinking maybe the Monty Python films might be the most profitable, but there might be an indie film series made for a few thousand that had a successful arthouse run and so made a bigger percentage profit.

    For example, the early Peter Jackson movie “Bad Taste” was apparently made for $30K and still has a strong cult following (including me). But Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies in strict dollars terms are probably more successful, but probably do a lower percetnage rate of return to investors.

    Studios are nortorious for their accounting, so that films that are successful at the box office do not make a profit. Apparently David Prowse, the guy who played Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi had a contract for a percentage of the net, rather than a percentage of the gross, and he never saw an extra cent because Return of the Jedi never made a profit.

    3. I’m guessing the accountants got involved to turn it from a loss maker to a profit maker. Old joke: Three people apply for a mangement job: a statistician, an engineer and accountant.
    The boss asks: What is 1 + 1 ?
    The statistician does some computations and says “with 95% confidence, the answer is between 1.9 and 2.1”
    The engineer does some detailed measurements and says “the answer is 2.0 with an error of +/- .05”
    The accountant says “What do you want it to be?

    4. I’m guessing face up because it would be more gruesome. There is a description of an execution in a Dumas novel. I can’t remember if its The Count of Monte Christo or The Three Mouseketeers, but it describes how the decapitated person was jumped on and all sorts of other jolly activity. Have a google of “broken at the wheel” to see one of the other gruesome execution methods of the time.

    5. Wasn’t there some stupid movie about Charles, Di, Camilla and something about feminine hygene? Do those silly TV shows about trooping the colour and Rolf Harris painting the queen’s portrait count as movies?

  3. I’ve been beaten to the answers for #2 and #3, but unexpectedly no-one has mentioned Carry On, Henry for #5

  4. 1. In Birmingham there is a cloth museum, with statues representing the different types of materials it used to make fabric. One is a misspelling.
    2. Trick question, no others
    3. The reviewers said ‘This is the worst movie ever’. The cinema advertised ‘Don’t believe them; judge for yourself’
    4. There was a big fight between the ‘face-ups’ and ‘face-downs’ which split the revolutionary party
    5. ‘Gone with the…’ but you’ve guessed the next word.

  5. 1. MI5 headquarters, who knows where. Three patriots, Messrs Philby, Burgess and MacLean enlisted a member of the Queen’s staff specializing in matters artistic to progress their application to erect the statue and received a Blunt response.
    2. Royal Weddings: A Guide to Inbreeding for the 21st century.
    3. OK, the answer to q.2 was the Carry On series. Don’t lose you head was a Carry On film with the first two words of the title deleted in a cunning plan to create a tax loss a la Springtime for Hitler in The Producers. As in the fictional plot, the plan was a disaster as patrons flocked to cinemas when the true background of the film was revealed.
    4. Most victims seemed to kneel, so my money’s on Face down.
    5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Baroness Thatcher’s bedroom was unavailable.

  6. 1. [img src=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/90/Statue_of_John_Lennon_in_Durr%C3%ABs.jpg”] [/img]

    2. They should film a cross-over to really make money. But, I guess Emma Watson wouldn’t make the classic Bond actress.

    3. Hot weather made people flock to the theaters for air conditioning. Unless the movie was released in winter in which case bad weather caused power outages and people flocked to the theater.

    4. A lawyer and an engineer were sentenced to die by the guillotine. As was the custom where they were sentenced they were asked if they preferred face up or face down. The lawyer went first and chose face up. The blade started to fall and jammed and as was also the custom the lawyer was set free having survived the guillotine. The engineer wanted to prove he was as brave as his lawyer counterpart so he also chose face up. Just before the blade was to fall, the engineer spoke up, “Hey, I think I see your problem here.”

    5. Abbot and Costello Meet the Queen

  7. 1.There are three statues of Lenin in the British Isles …. probably more than in the Ukraine 🙂 One is in Islington, London, one on an estate in Northamptonshire; where is the third one?
    A1. Inside the closet in Prince Philip’s study in Windsor Castle. He opens the closet door occasionally to remind himself What Could Have Been in the UK had Lenin only been Greek. Philip, incidentally, has been out of the closet for many years.

    2.The series of James Bond films has been, by far, the most profitable series of British-made films. What series was the second most profitable?
    A2. It’s probably the “Carry On” series but it would be so much better if the B&W Shakespeare films won the day. (Pity there were no sequels to “The Plank”. Would have beaten Bond hands down.)

    3.The movie “Don’t Lose Your Head” made a loss at first, but then suddenly began to turn a box-office profit – what change conferred this sudden success?
    A3. Prince Philip, noting the film’s aristocratic subject matter, gave it a ringing endorsement on David & Margaret’s “At the Movies” show. The dutiful crowds dutifully flocked in.

    4.Were clients of the guillotine placed face down or face up?
    A4. All the movies show face down, so it’s doubtless face up.

    5.Which was the first commercial movie to be partly filmed inside Windsor Castle?
    A5. “Lenin – My Part in his Downfall”, with Prince Philip in a cameo role alongside stars Spike Milligan and up-and-coming child actor Vladdie Putin.

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