Best movie trivia of 1964

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Trivia: Harold Sakata (Oddjob) was formerly a professional weightlifter and won a silver medal for the United States at the 1948 Olympics in London.

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Trivia: The voice of Mary Poppins' parrot head umbrella is David Tomlinson (Mr Banks).

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Trivia: In the 40th anniversary re-mastered edition they have used Audrey Hepburn's original singing track for the "Wouldn't it be lovely" song.

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Trivia: Kubrick originally wanted to make this a serious drama. During the screenwriting process he was confronted again and again with situations that were completely truthful and serious, yet he was afraid and audience would laugh at how absurd it is. Such as general Turgeson referring to general Ripper's sending an entire bomb wing to obliterate Russia as "Overextending his authority". He eventually figured out that the only way to write it would be as a comedy.

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Trivia: During one of the songs, Shake brings an amp onto the set. Watch as George proceeds to knock it over seconds later.

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Trivia: Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who played King Cetewayo in the film is actually a real-life distant descendant of the very same Zulu king he was playing. Small wonder the producers decided to choose him to play Cetewayo.

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Trivia: Vintage aircraft fans do not hold this film in very high regard. During filming a perfectly serviceable Mosquito was wrecked deliberately for a crash scene. Considering the scarcity of flying Mossies it's considered almost a criminal act in the vintage aviation world.

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Trivia: When Clouseau spins the globe in his office after the first interrogation of Maria, the part calls for him to catch his hand. Peter Sellers ad-libbed a line about Africa being all over his hand. Just before the dissolve to the next scene, the actors start to grin at the ad-lib. (00:35:45)

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Trivia: If the props and sets on 'Carry On Cleo' look to be unusually lavish, this is no surprise. They were not made for the movie. Producer Peter Rogers just seized the opportunity of re-cycling the props and sets from the famous Richard Burton/Liz Taylor movie (the very same movie that they were sending up, incidentally). The props and sets had been left behind at Pinewood Studios when production of the Burton/Taylor "Cleopatra" moved to Rome.

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Trivia: The breathing pills used by Friday were M&Ms.

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Trivia: Yet another movie Peter Cushing and Sir Christopher Lee did together for Hammer Films. They'd previously done several Dracula movies, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Trivia: After the filming, Ann-Margret told the press that she and Elvis were lovers and were going to get married. Tom Parker put an end to the story. Elvis sent her a red heart shaped bed, but the two never spoke again.

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Trivia: NASA at one time used this movie to train astronauts on how to land on the Moon.

Larry Koehn
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Trivia: Hitchcock's cameo comes five minutes into the film - he is entering from the left side of the hotel corridor after Marnie walks by.

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Trivia: Bette Davis was only nine years older than her on-screen daughter Susan Hayward.

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Trivia: In addition to portraying and voicing the eponymous 7 Faces (Dr. Lao, the Abominable Snowman, Merlin, Appolonius of Tyana, The Giant Serpent, Pan, and Medusa), actor Tony Randall also appeared without makeup in a two-second cameo, as a solemn spectator in the crowd, for a total of 8 roles in the film.

Charles Austin Miller
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Trivia: Harold's quote to Fakrash "What we obtain too easily we esteem too lightly and it has little value" is in fact a famous utterance by Thomas Paine (Dec 23, 1776) that reads: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."

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Trivia: This was the first Carry On to cast the fabulous Babs Windsor. Also the last to feature Bernard Cribbins until the making of Columbus in 1992.

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Trivia: The boots Clint Eastwood wears in this film are the same ones he wore in "Rawhide".

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Trivia: The reconstruction of the Roman Forum at Las Matas for this film holds the record for the largest outdoor film set ever constructed. The various ancient Rome settings covered 55 acres.

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