Hollywood Northerners

Spotting Tinseltown's Torontonians

Published: Mar 06 2015, 01:01:am


May, 1979

THE CITY THAT ROSE from the ashes of Muddy York (the British settlement that American raiders burned in 1813), has been called a number of things, from Hogtown to Toronto the Good. Among its nicer nicknames is The Queen City, the self-congratulatory sobriquet preferred by residents of English Canada's biggest city during the inter-war period. From the descriptions given below, identify the following Toronto-born film personalities:

1.    A Stratford Festival veteran, he managed to menace the hero of virtually every major television series, but nowhere was he meaner than in the 1964 thriller The Night Walker, a film in which he played poor, haunted Barbara Stanwyck's double-crossing dream  lover.

2.    One of the acting profession's all-time greats, he played everything from presidents (Abraham Lincoln; 1930) to prospectors (The Treasure Of The Sierre Madre; 1947).  He won posthumous recognition for his 1950 recording of  "September Song."

3.    A music hall comedienne, she won her reputation and a title — she is now known as Lady Peel — on the British stage. In between, though, she found time to work both in London (On Approval; 1944) and in Hollywood-made movies (Thoroughly Modern Millie; 1967).

4.    He made his screen debut as Sherlock Holmes (The Speckled Band, 1931), but most people will remember this screen veteran as Dr. Gillespie, medical mentor to Richard Chamberlain, television's Dr. Kildare (1961-65).

5.    Arguably the most popular screen star in film history, she was Cinderella (1914), Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) and Pollyanna (1920). They called her "America's Sweetheart" in the United States and "The World's Sweetheart" everywhere else.

6.    Whether playing cops (The Pyx, 1973) or cat burglars (The Return Of The Pink Panther, 1975), he exudes authority. In his best-known role he played the proud Austrian naval officer, Captain Von Trapp, the widower who won Julie Andrews's Maria in The Sound Of Music (1965).

7.    She travelled the Melody Trail (1935), The Oregon Trail (1936) and The Lonely Trail (1936) and spent time Whistling In The Dark (1941), Whistling In Dixie (1942) and Whistling In Brooklyn (1943). In between, she found time to play Carreen, Scarlett O'Hara's kid sister in 1939's Gone With The Wind.


1. Lloyd Bochner (1924-2005)
2. Walter Huston (1884-1950)
3. Beatrice Lillie (1894-1989)
4. Raymond Massey (1896-1983)
5. Mary Pickford (1893-1979)
6. Christopher Plummer (b. 1929)
7. Ann Rutherford (1920-2012)

The above is a restored version of Quiz 3, one of 78 included in The Canadian Movie Quiz Book by Michael Walsh, originally published in 1979. For additional information on this archived material, please visit my FAQ.