Can you solve these real 'Jeopardy!' clues about comedy movies?
Comedy might be the subject at hand, but “Jeopardy!” is in the middle of a tragic loss. On Nov. 8, longtime host Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer at 80. It came on the heels of an 18-month battle with the deadly disease, during which he continued to show up for work. He leaves behind one of the most enduring legacies in the history of television.
The show will likely go on and there’s already talk of a replacement. Yet some would argue that Trebek can never truly be replaced. There was something about his dry wit and even-keeled temperament that suited this particular trivia game to perfection. His rapport with both the contestants and the audience was palpable, which isn’t to mention his relationship with the viewers at home. He will be sorely missed.
On a lighter note, Trebek was no stranger to comedy. In fact, his off-the-cuff quips were part of what made the show so special. He was also a big fan of the “Saturday Night Live” parodies, in which Will Ferrell performed a deft impersonation. When it comes to movies, however, Trebek’s taste appears to swing in a more dramatic direction. According to his own memoir, his two favorite films of all time were an adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” and the 1941 film “How Green Was My Valley.”
Personal taste aside, Trebek delivered approximately 26 years’ worth of clues about comedy movies. Even the most novice player knows the drill: Questions take the form of answers and answers take the form of questions. Adopting that very format, Stacker presents real “Jeopardy!” clues about classic comedy movies. To generate a diverse group of clues, Stacker pored through the show’s archives, spanning decades in the process. Do you have what it takes to solve each one?
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- Clue: Will Ferrell is the square stepdad and Mark Wahlberg is the cool biological father in this 2015 comedy.
- Category: “Home” Entertainment
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Jan. 11, 2019
Answer #1: What is 'Daddy’s Home'?
An unlikely, but effective pairing, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have co-starred in three blockbuster comedies. The first “Daddy’s Home” was the biggest success, grossing over $240 million at the worldwide box office against a reported production budget of $50 million. Both actors have upcoming projects in the works, but none in which they appear together.
- Clue: Trying to light a cigar, blind hermit Gene Hackman sets Peter Boyle’s thumb on fire in this 1974 comedy.
- Category: You’re Fired From the Movie!
- Value: $2000
- Date episode aired: June 16, 2017
Answer #2: What is 'Young Frankenstein'?
Most people see the title of this Mel Brooks classic and think of the other Gene, meaning lead star Gene Wilder. However, Gene Hackman did make a guest appearance in one of the film’s most iconic scenes. Primarily a dramatic actor, Hackman reportedly took on the role because he wanted to try comedy.
- Clue: Lily Tomlin’s soul enters Steve Martin’s body in this 1984 comedy.
- Category: The Movies
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: May 22, 1998
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Answer #3: What is 'All of Me'?
This since-forgotten 1984 film brought together not two, but three comedy icons. Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin co-star while multi-hyphenate Carl Reiner directed. A critical and commercial success, the film earned respective Golden Globe nominations for both Martin and Tomlin.
- Clue: Former Clash frontman Joe Strummer scored this 1997 black comedy starring John Cusack as a conflicted hitman.
- Category: He Scores!
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Nov. 11, 2020
Answer #4: What is 'Grosse Pointe Blank'?
In addition to its score from Strummer, this pitch black comedy features two songs from his former band. They make up part of a timeless soundtrack, which goes heavy on infectious new wave and post-punk music. It all sets the stage for one of the most event-packed high school reunions in movie history.
- Clue: In this 2007 movie, Eddie Murphy finds himself agonizingly married to Eddie Murphy.
- Category: That’s Comedy
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: July 17, 2007
Answer #5: What is 'Norbit'?
Common wisdom has Eddie Murphy in a career rut throughout the early 2000s and to some extent, he was. However, even tasteless comedies like this one were still performing quite well at the box office. He also provided the voice of Donkey in the animated hit “Shrek the Third,” released the very same year.
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