Cinematic Bookends

Cinematic Bookends

10:55am Jul 23, 2015

The end of "Casablanca" might have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but do you remember the very first line of the film? In this game, we challenge our contestants to identify famous films by their "bookends"-- their first and last lines.

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You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WNYC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and we're coming to you live from The Pageant in St. Louis.


EISENBERG: Our next game is called Cinematic Bookends. Let's say hello to our contestants, Jenni Byrne-Mosley and Whittney Dunn.


EISENBERG: Jenni, I love a little fact you told us which is that you are really into books, you're a real feminist, and as a child, this was even illustrated by your Halloween costumes.

JENNI BYRNE-MOSLEY: Yes. When I was in fifth grade, I dressed as Jo March from "Little Women" for Halloween...

EISENBERG: That's amazing.

BYRNE-MOSLEY: ...Which went over about as well as you can imagine.

EISENBERG: So what was the actual costume - Victorian dress?

BYRNE-MOSLEY: There was, like, a long, denim skirt and a shawl and a copy of "Little Women." People thought I was a schoolmarm or a librarian.


EISENBERG: Whittney, any wacky hollowing costumes in your past?

WHITTNEY DUNN: I have a lot.


DUNN: My husband and I a few years ago were plus-sized Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love because we are not thin as they are, but we love their music. So we were the plus-sized version.


EISENBERG: That's awesome.


EISENBERG: That's very good. Do you have a favorite movie that you like to quote, Whittney?

DUNN: I have a lot of favorite movies I like to quote. I think probably "Cinderella."


DUNN: I know, I'm sorry feminists. I love the line a dream is a wish your heart makes. I'm normally pretty cynical, but that speaks to me pretty deeply.

EISENBERG: Yeah, how about you, Jenni? Do you quote a movie in particular?

BYRNE-MOSLEY: I find that the line from "The Sandlot" you're killing me, Smalls, has served me quite well.


EISENBERG: It comes up in a lot of situations.

BYRNE-MOSLEY: You can use it almost any time.

EISENBERG: Well, in this game, we're going to give you the very first line and the very last line of a movie. And based on just those lines, you have to identify the movie.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: So, for example, if I say Rosebud...

EISENBERG: And I say throw that junk...

COULTON: ...Then the answer would be "Citizen Kane" 'cause that was the first and last lines from that film, right? Easy.

EISENBERG: OK, here we go. What do we care if were expelled from college, Scarlett?

COULTON: After all, tomorrow is another day.


BYRNE-MOSLEY: "Gone With The wind."

EISENBERG: Jenni, yes, that is correct.


EISENBERG: Now, I don't remember the beginning of that movie because it starts four years before it ends.


EISENBERG: But Scarlett was in college? What?

COULTON: Does anybody know what she got expelled for?

EISENBERG: Does anyone know?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Frankly, I don't give a damn.


COULTON: Five, six, seven, eight.

EISENBERG: (Singing) And all that jazz. All that jazz.


EISENBERG: Whittney.

DUNN: "Chicago."

EISENBERG: That is correct.


COULTON: This is a story of boy meets girl.

EISENBERG: Nice to meet you, I'm Autumn.


EISENBERG: Whittney.

DUNN: "500 Days Of Summer."



EISENBERG: I was sitting with my friend Arthur Kornblum in a restaurant. It was a Horn and Hardart cafeteria.

COULTON: Particularly the coconut soaks up a lot of excess and you really - it's important to keep it on the side. Blank looks.


COULTON: Oh, Jenni?

BYRNE-MOSLEY: "When Harry Met Sally."



COULTON: In other parts of the world, young men of promise leave home to make their fortunes, battle evil or solve the problems of the world.

EISENBERG: Good night, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.


EISENBERG: Whittney.

DUNN: "The Cider House Rules."

EISENBERG: That is exactly right.


EISENBERG: One of the 8 million films starring Michael Caine. That guy has done well. Jackie-Jack-Jack and Miss Lovely Amber Waves.

COULTON: I'm a star. I'm a big, bright, shining star. Please say you need a hint.


GREG PLISKA, BYLINE: Whittney jumped right on that.

DUNN: "Boogie Nights?"

EISENBERG: Yes, that's correct - fantastic. Puzzle guru Greg Pliska, how did our contestants do?

PLISKA: Whittney, well done. We'll see you in the final round at the end of the show.

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