Final Jeopardy: Classic Movie Scenes

The Final Jeopardy question (6/15/2016) in the category “Classic Movie Scenes” was:

The director said it took 70 camera setups & 7 days to shoot the classic murder scene in this film that celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2015.

5x champ Hunter Appler had a big payday yesterday, going well over the $100K mark. Today he takes on these two players: Sarah Von Riedemann, from Toronto, ONT, Canada; and Beth Masterson, from Lincolnton, NC.

Round 1 Categories: Washington State Symbols – Bestselling Books – Non-Traditional Actors – Around the World – Add To “Ads” – Highland Bling

Sarah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Bestselling Books” under the $800 clue on the 5th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $600, $400 more than Beth and Hunter, tied in second place. She bet the $1,000 allowance but could not come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

Skeeter, Hilly & Aibileen are all characters in this Kathryn Stockett novel set in 1962 Mississippi.  show

Hunter finished in the lead with $3,600. Sarah was second with $1,800 and Beth was last with $800.

Round 2 Categories: Decomposing Composers – Australian Wildlife – 2-Word Responses – “M”tertainment – The 1820s – International Days of the Week

Sarah found the first Daily Double in “Decomposing Composers” under the $2,000 clue on the 5th pick. In the lead with $3,000, she had $600 more than Hunter in second place. She bet $1,500 and thought it was Fauré. That was WRONG.

He’d need his own “Requiem Mass” after getting a little too green around the gills on Jan. 27, 1901. show

Beth found the last Daily Double in “The 1820s” under the $1,200 clue, with 9 more clues to go. She was in second place with $5,600 now, $2,000 less than Hunter’s lead. She bet $2,000 and took a guess with Casablanca. That was WRONG.

Alexander Laing’s triumph of finding this Mali trading post in 1826 was short-lived; he was murdered a month later. show

Hunter finished in the lead with $10,000 after getting the last $2K clue on the board. Sarah was next with $8,300 and Beth was in third place with $2,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS “PSYCHO”? has a section devoted to the Best Film Editing Sequences of All Time. The shower scene from “Psycho” (1960) is No. 2 in the 1960-1966 section: “The scene took a full week to complete, using fast-cut editing of 78 pieces of film, 70 camera setups, and a naked stand-in model (Marli Renfro) in a 45-second impressionistic montage sequence, involving the inter-cutting of slow-motion and regular speed footage. The audience’s imagination filled in the illusion of complete nudity and fourteen violent stabbings.” Director Alfred Hitchcock also has another entry on that list for his 1963 horror fantasy “The Birds.” George Tomasini was the film editor on both of them and 7 other Hitchcock films.

Beth bet $1,300. She finished with $3,300.

Sarah bet it all. That brought her up to $16,600.

Hunter bet $6,601, as Alex Trebek bet he knew, so he won the match by a dollar with $16,601. His 6-day total is $145,603.

Final Jeopardy Results for Tuesday, June 15, 2016

A triple stumper from each round:

NON-TRADITIONAL ACTORS ($1000) (read by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan) I made my acting debut in 2014 ordering Annie & Abed around as the host of a VCR game called “Pile of Bullets” on this NBC sitcom that also starred my old pal Jonathan Banks

2-WORD RESPONSES ($1,600) This Italian cruise ship was hijacked on October 7, 1985

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Music in America”

Established by Congress in 1798, it’s the oldest continuously active U.S. professional music ensemble. show

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20 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    If This keeps up, then I think Hunter might surpass Andrew’s total and of course Kerry Greene and Alex Jacob. Did they have a little more than 40 percent of Hunter’s total last year?

    • VJ says:

      Lou, you should check out Keith Williams’ Sortable All-Time Jeopardy! Leaderboard. Keith already has Andrew Pau and Buzzy Cohen on there so I’m sure he’ll add Hunter at the end of his run.

      I guess it depends on the way you look at it, too: Hunter won’t have to win much to beat Kerry in terms of money, but that will make him a 7-day champion so he can’t ever make as much as Kerry did in 6 games after today.

      P.S. I’ll put the Leaderboard link on the Howdies post shortly

      • Lou says:

        OF course, and thank you for the update. I mean this year almost all the champions have been men so far. And from what I have seen we got 9 of them that scored higher. We haven’t had a women champion since 2014 and 2015. Remember Julia Collins? She won huge. But I really hope that we have a woman champion this year hopefully.

  2. rhonda says:

    VJ, would you be able to post the first four questions of the first round? Today I had trouble with my remote! Leave it to me! I promise that tomorrow I won’t have a mishap. Thanks!

    • VJ says:

      Sure Rhonda, here they are:

      NON-TRADITIONAL ACTORS ($200) In 2016 Todd Bridges said the late Nancy Reagan’s part on this show helped him through his own drug problems. (Beth)

      BEST-SELLING BOOKS ($200) A Chinese-American woman learns of troubling family secrets in this author’s novel “The Bonesetter’s Daughter” (Sarah)

      AROUND THE WORLD ($200) Though it’s a country with embassies & everything, its population is only about 800 (Hunter)

      AROUND THE WORLD ($400) Chile & Colombia both use currencies called this (Sarah)

      Then Sarah got the DD, and that’s where you came in, right?

  3. Mathwiz100 says:

    That is how much Hunter needs to be the #1 Jeopardy player this season… seeing as he’s averaged about $24,000 a game, I think he’ll just about hit it on the mark.
    By the way, my thanks to VJ and Fikkle Fame for taking the time to post about every episode of Jeopardy. Life can be busy, so it’s hard to always be available to watch the show, which is why I love that this exists.

    • VJ says:

      Thank you, Mathwiz100. I appreciate that and, coincidentally, speaking of life, tomorrow I am going to spend the day with my daughter. I will still get the recap up but I probably won’t have images till I get home so I hope you will all bear with me.

      • rhonda says:

        Of course, VJ. Enjoy tomorrow with your daughter!

        • Cece says:

          Close call for Hunter tonight. If he hadn’t got that last 2K clue…

          All 3 DD’s missed, but at least another FJ triple solve. I know everyone here thinks tonight’s FJ was too easy; I got it too, but on a wild guess that I credit more to doing a quick math, coming up with a 1960 famous movie with a murder scene than knowledge. Never saw the movie, never will.

          VJ, now c’mon, we won’t come for you tomorrow because of some missing images. Enjoy your day.

        • VJ says:

          Thanks Cece! Now I don’t have to get that image in my head of people breaking down the door with pitchforks (big grin)

          PS – I wouldn’t call that a wild guess on FJ at all– it was an educated guess.

        • Cece says:

          And, oh, I forgot—thanks for the Lundi, Lundi link. So very cool. :)

      • rhonda says:

        I’m with Cece, thanks, VJ, such a fun link.

  4. VJ says:

    I think most folks would agree that the FJ’s should be harder than the DDs. Be that as it may, yesterday’s 3 right FJ was actually the first since Buzzy’s last game on May 27th.

    Here’s a link to 11 clues from the game.

    I left this one out of the triple stumpers:

    AROUND THE WORLD ($600) The 4 most spoken languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish & this other Asian one.

    Beth said Arabic and Sarah said Urdu. Alex said Hindi. I found more than one link that includes Urdu speakers with Hindi speakers. So idk what’s up with that.

    In the INTERNATIONAL DAYS category, there really was a French 60s cover of “Monday, Monday”

    • TR says:

      Well, it was harder than that Timbuktu DD, at least, but she missed that somehow. I don’t think the writers know anymore when the difficulty is “too low”, and the contestants don’t make it easy for them — hence why so many of us have given up trying to guess what they’ll get right.

    • jacob ska says:

      @VJ, you should know that my curiosity would get the best of me on the language angle of Hindi vs. Urdu. I looked up the UN website (UNESCO) & the CIA World Factbook website. According to the latter, 41% of India speaks Hindi (official language of India) & only 5% speak Urdu. In northern India is where Hindi/Urdu is spoken aka Hindustani.

      The bottom line on languages, from my viewpoint, is that the ranking depends upon the source used and the year provided for the ranking. The problem we have is Jeopardy clue writers did not provide a source or year for us to extrapolate any type of accuracy on their language rankings. :( :(

  5. Tom Clark says:

    Too-easy FJs is one of the reasons I’ve stopped watching “Jeopardy” and only read the recaps here — and today’s is ridiculous.

    The “Composer” DD stumped me due to a typo. Verdi had a long life, but 1991 is quite an exaggeration. :)