Sunday, November 18, 2012

We're almost to Thanksgiving, and unfortunately this year I have to work Thanksgiving week.  Since Miracle on 34th Street (Fox, 1947) is my favorite Thanksgiving motion picture, here's a little trivia quiz for anyone who is interested.

1. The title of the film refers to 34th Street in New York City. But why?
a. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade goes from 1st Street to 34th Street.
b. Judge Henry X. Harper's courtroom -- where Kris Kringle is found not insane -- is on 34th Street.
c. Macy's flagship department store was on 34th Street.
d. The house which Kringle finds for Fred and Doris is on 34th Street.

2. The Santa Claus initially hired for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is drunk. He justifies his drinking with what rationale?
a. A man's gotta do something to keep warm.
b. Those reindeer make me nervous; this is just a little courage.
c. This? This is just hot tea.
d. I really wanted coffee, with a little cream.

3. Doris Walker is in charge of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the film. When Mr. Shellhammer offers to give her a ride on his motorcycle and take her back to the store, what's her reply?
a. She'd rather walk and enjoy the air.
b. She's going home to take a bath, and sleep until next Thanksgiving.
c. She brought her own car.
d. There's no room in the sidecar, so she decides to go home.

4. When Fred Gailey and Susan Walker watch the parade, Susan comments that the giant baseball player balloon used to be something else last year. What was he?
a. A clown.
b. A Pilgrim.
c. A football player.
d. Mr. Macy.

5. Fred Gailey offers Doris Walker coffee when she comes over to his apartment to pick up Susan. Doris says she'd love a cup. But how many sips of coffee does she actually drink?
a. One.
b. Two.
c. Four.
d. Drains the cup.

6. Susan and Fred scheme to get Fred invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the Walker's. The scheme works (sort of), and Doris invites Fred to dinner. What time was dinner?
a. Two o'clock.
b. Three o'clock.
c. Four o'clock.
d. Five o'clock.

7. Before he goes out onto the floor of the toy department for the first time, Kris Kringle is told by Mr. Shellhammer that he should push certain toys that the store is overstocked on. He gives Kris a list of the toys. Alfred, the chubby teenaged janitor, tells Kris to do what with the list?
a. Hold onto it, they dock ya if you don't have the list.
b. Put it your pocket, and tell Mrs. Walker about it.
c. Ignore it.
d. Throw it on the floor (he's tired of just sweeping up dust).

8. During Kris Kringle's first day as Santa Claus at Macy's, a little boy asks for a certain toy for Christmas. What does he ask for?
a. A fire engine.
b. A real, regulation football helmet.
c. He can't remember.
d. A doll.

9. The mother of the little boy in Question #7, above, is played by famous character actress:
a. Thelma Ritter.
b. Mary Wickes.
c. Mercedes McCambridge.
d. HA!  Trick question!  She's a total unknown who is never credited.

10. Kris Kringle directs the mother in Questions #7 and #8, above, to what other department store?
a. Gimbel's, of course!
b. Sears.
c. He doesn't say, he just rips a page from his notebook and says to "go here".
d. Schoenfeld's.

11. Kris Kringle is shown asking a little girl what Christmas present she wants. The girl says she wants roller skates. This time, Kringle sends her to what department store?
a. Gimbel's!
b. Macy's!
c. Schoenfeld's.
d. F.A.O. Schwartz.

12. A little orphan girl from Europe is taken to see Kris Kringle. Kringle speaks to her in her own language, which proves to Susan that he really is Santa Claus. What language does he speak?
a. Dutch.
b. German.
c. I thought Dutch and German were the same thing...
d. Hungarian.

13. Every time Kris Kringle must leave his Santa Claus chair, someone puts up a sign that says "Santa Claus is..." What is he doing (according to the sign)?
a. Busy making toys.
b. Feeding his reindeer.
c. Off to the North Pole.
d. Seeing Mr. Macy.

14. The bitter, snarky, evil Mr. Sawyer conspires to have Kris Kringle declared insane. What function does Sawyer actually have at Macy's?
a. He administers intelligence tests.
b. He's the store doctor.
c. He's an accounting clerk.
d. He's a personal assistant to Mr. Macy.

15. When Kris Kringle finds out that Mr. Sawyer is psychoanalyzing Alfred and has told Alfred that he hates his father, Kringle becomes very upset. He accuses Sawyer of impersonating a psychologist...and then he says something very strange. What?
a. He confuses psychiatry with psychology.
b. He accuses Sawyer of hating his father.
c. He says Alfred has no father.
d. He accuses Sawyer of impersonating a medical doctor.


Extra Credit: After his meeting with the senior staff, Mr. Macy says that the ad boys should have dinner and get a good's night sleep. But then he also says that they should work on the problem overnight. True or false:  He contradicts himself like that.



All answers are in bold behind this jump-cut.





1. The title of the film refers to 34th Street in New York City. But why?
a. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade goes from 1st Street to 34th Street.
b. Judge Henry X. Harper's courtroom -- where Kris Kringle is found not insane -- is on 34th Street.
c. Macy's flagship department store was on 34th Street.
d. The house which Kringle finds for Fred and Doris is on 34th Street.

2. The Santa Claus initially hired for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is drunk. He justifies his drinking with what rationale?
a. A man's gotta do something to keep warm.
b. Those reindeer make me nervous; this is just a little courage.
c. This? This is just hot tea.
d. I really wanted coffee, with a little cream.

3. Doris Walker is in charge of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the film. When Mr. Shellhammer offer to give her a ride on his motorcycle and take her back to the store, what's her reply?
a. She'd rather walk and enjoy the air.
b. She's going home to take a bath, and sleep until next Thanksgiving.
c. She brought her own car.
d. There's no room in the sidecar, so she decides to go home.

4. When Fred Gailey and Susan Walker watch the parade, Susan comments that the giant baseball player balloon used to be something else last year. What was he?
a. A clown.
b. A Pilgrim.
c. A football player.
d. Mr. Macy.

5. Fred Gailey offers Doris Walker coffee when she comes over to his apartment to pick up Susan. Doris says she'd love a cup. But how many sips of coffee does she actually drink?
a. One. (So much for "loving" a cup of coffee!)
b. Two.
c. Four.
d. Drains the cup.

6. Susan and Fred scheme to get Fred invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the Walker's. The scheme works (sort of), and Doris invites Fred to dinner. What time was dinner?
a. Two o'clock.
b. Three o'clock.
c. Four o'clock.
d. Five o'clock.

7. Before he goes out onto the floor of the toy department for the first time, Kris Kringle is told by Mr. Shellhammer that he should push certain toys that the store is overstocked on. He gives Kris a list of the toys. Alfred, the chubby teenaged janitor, tells Kris to do what with the list?
a. Hold onto it, they dock ya if you don't have the list.
b. Put it your pocket, and tell Mrs. Walker about it.
c. Ignore it.
d. Throw it on the floor (he's tired of just sweeping up dust).

8. During Kris Kringle's first day as Santa Claus at Macy's, a little boy asks for a certain toy for Christmas. What does he ask for?
a. A fire engine.
b. A real, regulation football helmet.
c. He can't remember.
d. A doll.

9. The mother of the little boy in Question #7, above, is played by famous character actress:
a. Thelma Ritter.
b. Mary Wickes.
c. Mercedes McCambridge.
d. A total unknown who is never credited.

10. Kris Kringle directs the mother in Questions #7 and #8, above, to what other department store?
a. Gimbel's, of course!
b. Sears.
c. He doesn't say, he just rips a page from his notebook and says to "go here".
d. Schoenfeld's.

11. Kris Kringle is shown asking a little girl what Christmas present she wants. The girl says she wants roller skates. This time, Kringle sends her to what department store?
a. Gimbel's!
b. Macy's!
c. Schoenfeld's.
d. F.A.O. Schwartz?

12. A little orphan girl from Europe is taken to see Kris Kringle. Kringle speaks to her in her own language, which proves to Susan that he really is Santa Claus. What language does he speak?
a. Dutch.
b. German.
c. I thought Dutch and German were the same thing...
d. Hungarian.

13. Every time Kris Kringle must leave his Santa Claus chair, someone puts up a sign that says "Santa Claus is..." What is he doing (according to the sign)?
a. Busy making toys.
b. Feeding his reindeer.
c. Off to the North Pole.
d. Seeing Mr. Macy.

14. The bitter, snarky, evil Mr. Sawyer conspires to have Kris declared insane. What function does Sawyer actually have at Macy's?
a. He administers intelligence tests.
b. He's the store doctor.
c. He's an accounting clerk.
d. He's a personal assistant to Mr. Macy.

15. When Kris Kringle finds out that Mr. Sawyer is psychoanalyzing Alfred and has told Alfred that he hates his father, Kringle becomes very upset. He accuses Sawyer of impersonating a psychologist...and then he says something very strange. What?
a. He confuses psychiatry with psychology.
b. He accuses Sawyer of hating his father.
c. He says Alfred has no father.
d. He accuses Sawyer of impersonating a medical doctor.


Extra Credit: After his meeting with the senior staff, Mr. Macy says that the ad boys should have dinner and get a good's night sleep. But then he also says that they should work on the problem overnight.  True or false: He contradicts himself like that.

True! Yes, Mr. Macy immediately contradicts himself. (What an odd thing to say...!)

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