Final Jeopardy: Movie History
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/12/2017) in the category “Movie History” was:
A 1947 FBI study chided this holiday film’s “attempt to discredit bankers… a common trick used by Communists”
12x champ Austin Rogers has now won $411,000. In Game 13, his challengers are: Sean Chong, from Silver Spring, MD; and Scarlett Sims, from Oak Ridge, TN.
In his intro, Alex remarked that only 4 people in the entire history of Jeopardy! have won more games and more money than Austin and wished the players good luck with “you’re gonna need it.”
Round 1 Categories: The Inuit – Men & Women of Letters – Out-of-Date TV Titles – All the “Best” – The End Is Near – Hello, Dolly!
Austin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Inuit” under the $1,000 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in third place with $1,400, $1,600 behind Scarlett’s lead. He made bet it all and took a guess with “yak.” That was WRONG.
Inuit sculture is in high demand. A favorite subject is this beloved 500+ lb creature of their homelands. show
Scarlett finished in the lead with $8,000. Austin was second with $2,400 and Sean was last with $2,000.
Round 2 Categories: Eightysomething – Starts or Ends With a Tree – That Crazy 14th Century – Be a Smart Patient – Geogra”P” – Hello, Dolly Parton!
Austin found the first Daily Double in “That Crazy 14th Century” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick. He was in second place with $3,600 at this point, $11,600 behind Scarlett’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.
1370: The first stone of this is laid in Paris, where it stood for 419 years. show
Austin found the last Daily Double in “Geogra’P'” under the $1,600 clue on the 15th pick. In second place with $8,200, he had $9,000 less than Scarlett’s lead. He bet $7,200 and he was RIGHT.
In the 17th century, its location at England’s southwest tip made it the target of pirate raids. show
Scarlett finished in the lead with $21,200. Austin was next with $16,600 and Sean was in third place with $2,800.
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
According to OpenCulture.com, Russian-born writer Ayn Rand and her associates had a lot to do with the FBI’s investigation and report on the film industry during the “Red Scare” years. You can see an image of the report there, in which a redacted source “stated in substance that the film represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.” BillMoyers.com has info on how the film was defended against these insinuations before the House Un-American Activities Committee, noting that it went on to become a perennial holiday favorite.
Sean wrote down “Miracle on 51st Street.” He lost his $1,800 bet and had $1,000 left.
Austin got it right. He bet $16,550, bringing him up to $33,150.
Scarlett got it, too. She bet $12,001 and won the match with $33,201. Congrats on a great game there, Scarlett. Austin was just as overjoyed as she was that she won and they turned and high-fived each other. Alex said we will be seeing Austin in the ToC, which begins about 3 weeks from now.
Reversal: During the chat, Austin was awarded $1,200 after being dinged on this INUIT clue: ($600) Vital in the dark winter, the kulik is traditionally fueled by the oil of this animal whose skin and bones were also key resources – Austin said whale. Sean rang in with what they wanted: seal.
A triple stumper from each round:
ALL THE “BEST” ($1000) An assistant at a memorable event, or a Gore Vidal play title
EIGHTYSOMETHING ($2000) This British Nobel Prize-winning author of “The Golden Notebook” was 88 when she published “Alfred and Emily”
2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The Middle East”
With an area of 4,000 square miles, it’s the only primarily Arabic-speaking country in the Middle East that has no desert. show