Oliver! - 12-18

As anyone who has visited the American Treasure Tour knows, the Music Room walls are full of movie posters and record albums.  We have decided to talk about something that blends both of them today:  movie soundtracks!  And why not start with a doozy - the soundtrack to the Academy Award winner for the year 1968, Oliver!

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The movie adaptation of the London musical was based on the famous Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, which was published in 1838 and told the story of an orphaned boy trying to survive under extremely harsh conditions in Victorian England.  The play - and the movie - added often-upbeat songs with catchy tunes, such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself,"  and "I'd Do Anything," as young Oliver tries to survive the day-to-day challenges of life on his own, and the allure of the charming Fagin, whose appeal is balanced by a menacing passion for survival.  Popular and critically acclaimed, Oliver!  won numerous awards, and inspired many revivals, often in high school auditoriums....

QUESTION:

In the film version of Oliver!, Oliver Reed plays the anti-hero Bill Sykes to full evil glory. In what other Best Picture winner did Reed perform his last on-screen role?

a)  Shakespeare In Love

b)  Hurt Locker

c)  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

d)  Gladiator

e)  Braveheart

Answer Below.

HISTORY TODAY:

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Devotees of the American Treasure Tour blog will recall that we recognized (celebrated?) the December 12th, 1787 ratification of the United States Constitution by the state of Pennsylvania, making it the second state to do so behind Delaware five days earlier.  Well, today is the anniversary of the ratification by the third state in the new country: New Jersey!  Strategically located between two major cities, Philadelphia and New York City, New Jersey became a natural attraction for Americans.  Its southern farms and northern industrial sites proved magnets for commerce.  Now, it is considered the most densely populated state in the country. 

The blog does not want to spoil who's next in the ratification game, but maybe - just maybe! - we will celebrate number four, Georgia, on January 2nd!

BIRTHS:

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On this date in 1886, Tyrus "Ty" Cobb was born in a small town in rural Georgia.  His professional baseball career would begin only nineteen years later, with the Detroit Tigers.  He played first with the Tigers, then as player-manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, retiring in 1928.  During his career, he established himself as one of the most talented players of the game - establishing a number of records in the game, some of which have not yet been broken.  He also developed a reputation as one of the most brutal and outspokenly opinionated athletes in the country.  Maybe not a man to be emulated, his skills were definitely to be admired.

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"The girl with the million dollar legs" shares her birthday with Ty Cobb.  Betty Grable, born in 1916, was the most popular pin-up girl during World War II.  A bombshell herself, the famous picture of her included in this blog may have done more to improve the morale of American troops overseas than any other image.  Grable became typecast in film, performing in Hollywood musicals.  Unable to shake this in her later career, she never received the opportunity to impress moviegoers with her acting skills.  She died i 1973 from lung cancer.

QUOTE:  

There are two reasons why I'm in show business, and I'm standing on both of them.
- Betty Grable

Answer:  d) Gladiator