The Lancashire Film Quiz - Spring 2020

       The Real Lancashire Film Quiz which appeared in the Spring Issue of “The Lancastrian”

The Answers


This is a Quiz about Films made and set in Lancashire; and players featured in them who, mostly, have a Lancashire connection.
The questions take the films in chronological order, so you may start wherever you wish according to your preferred era for films. There is nothing after the early 1970s. When these films were made there was no need for the term “Real Lancashire”.
If you are not sure about the questions which seek the name of a film as the answer, try the second part, identify the star and then work back to the name of the film.
Here’s hoping that this quiz will set in train some memories, both of the films and the stars themselves; and also for the associations that they will bring with them. Some of the questions may actually tell you something about connections with Lancashire that you had not known.


1) (a) In which film of 1934 did a mill-girl who had been laid off have comical misadventures while seeking work in Blackpool?                             Sing As We Go

(b) Which star of musical comedies, born in Rochdale in 1898, played this character?       Gracie Fields

2) Which actress, born in 1912, made her film debut in 1937 in the film Lancashire Luck, the year before she found fame in the film Pygmalion?           Wendy Hiller

3) In the 1930s and the 1940s films made by Gainsborough Studios were prefaced by a shot of an actress in period costume inclining her head gracefully behind the words “A Gainsborough Picture”. The one featured most often was called Glennis Lorimer, who was born in 1913. What was her connection with Lancashire?      She was born in Preston

4) (a) In 1940 Ealing Studios made a comedy film in captioned “Merseyside 1939” in which the central character was a War Reserve Policeman. The title used the colloquial term for this job. What was the film called?     Spare A Copper

(b) The star of this film was born in Wigan in 1904. Who was he?   George Formby

5) A film of 1941 was scripted by Walter Greenwood from his own novel concerning the lives of a family who were affected by unemployment in the 1930s. Its setting is described as Lancashire. As he was born in Salford, it is probable that it was set there. What is the name of this film?    Love On The Dole

6) Mancunian Pictures released two films in 1948, which featured comedians (both born in 1900), and also themes, with Lancashire connections.
(a) The leading player in Cup-Tie Honeymoon was a comedian who lived in Blackpool though he was actually born in Rotherham. Who was he?         Sandy Powell
(b) The lead in Holidays With Pay was taken by a comedian who was born in Wigan. Who was he?     Frank Randle

7) Despite being born in Blackburn, this actress established a persona in films as an archetypal middle-aged Cockney woman, notably in four films in the second half of the 1940s as Mrs. Huggett. She was born in 1892 and lived to be 103. Who was she?    Kathleen Harrison

8) In 1950 Ealing Studios released a comedy which was set in Birkenhead and Liverpool. It follows what happens to a young boy when he finds the object that forms the title of the film.
(a) What is the title of the film?   The Magnet

b) The boy is played by William Fox, born in 1939. In his 20s he played key roles in films of the 1960s including The Servant, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Under what name did he appear in these films?    James Fox

9) A film of 1950 called The Cure For Love, which was also written by Walter Greenwood, together with its star, was set in Bolton. Which famous actor, who was born in Manchester in 1905 and died in 1958, was its director and star?   Robert Donat

10) In 1957 Anna Neagle produced a film set in Liverpool called These Dangerous Years. Its star was a singer, born in 1928, who himself hailed from Liverpool. Who was he?     Frankie Vaughan

11) In the late 1950s Stanley Baker appeared as a police detective in two films set in “Real Lancashire”.
(a) In 1958 - which city was portrayed as the Violent Playground?              Liverpool

b) In 1959 - which city was portrayed in Hell Is A City?                             Manchester


12) (a) A film of 1960 featured extensive location shooting in Morecambe, including in particular inside the Winter Gardens Theatre. What was it called?      The Entertainer
(b) Which actor, born in 1907, played the leading role in this film?     Laurence Olivier


13) In 1960 a comedy film called There was A Crooked Man was made, partly, in Darwen. It is one of the lesser known films of its star, who was born in 1915. Who was he?   Norman Wisdom

14) (a) Which film of 1961 was made in Salford with some scenes shot in Blackpool?   A Taste Of Honey
(b) Which actress/comedienne received the British Film Academy Award as Best Actress for her role in this film? She was born in Southport in 1924.         Dora Bryan

15) (a) Which film of 1961was made almost entirely on location in the countryside and the moors of the Ribble Valley?                                             Whistle Down The Wind
(b) Which actress, born in 1946 and already famous in films for Walt Disney, played the young girl who was the leading character in this film?               Hayley Mills

16) (a) Which film of 1962 featured footage of Bolton Wanderers playing a match at home and also had some scenes shot in and around the Miller Arcade in Preston ?   A Kind Of Loving

(b) Which actress/comedienne, born in Morecambe in 1911, played the mother-in-law of the central character in this film?      Thora Hird

17) Which actor played either the lead or a prominent supporting role in the three Lancashire films mentioned at Questions 12, 15 and 16 despite being born (in 1934) in Derbyshire?     Alan Bates

18) (a) Which film of 1964 was set in Liverpool and followed the story of a pop group which was competing in a beat group contest?                      Ferry Cross the Mersey
(b) Which real group played the fictional one, using its real name?     Gerry and the Pacemakers

19) (a) Made in 1970, the film Spring And Port Wine was set in Bolton. It was adapted from his stage play by the author. Who was he?                               Bill Naughton
(b) Who played the leading role in this film, despite being born (in 1909) in Yorkshire?       James Mason

20) (a) Which film of 1971 was set in Liverpool and had as its central character a bingo caller who sets himself up as a private detective?                           Gumshoe
(b) Which actor, born in Salford in 1936, played the leading role in this film?     Albert Finney