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1940s Celebrities by Picture

Guess the names of these people who would have been well-known to Americans living in the 1940s.
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Last updated: April 13, 2018
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level 71
Jan 31, 2017
Very interesting quiz!
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level 78
Feb 1, 2017
At last, my era and got 'em all for a change.
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level 70
Feb 1, 2017
Me too, though I wish Hepburn had been included with Tracy.
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level 56
Jun 5, 2017
Which Hepburn?
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level 66
Dec 12, 2018
The one that goes with Tracy: Katharine.
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level 56
Dec 12, 2018
exactly Marlowe
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level 67
Feb 1, 2017
They seem so familiar, a great time.
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level 71
Feb 3, 2017
Pretty easy for a child of the sixties.
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level 75
Dec 12, 2018
+1. Had to think a minute for Bacall - the side view threw me. Wish Bogey was accepted for Bogart.
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level 65
Feb 15, 2017
born in the 70s, got em all with 2:55 left.
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level 70
Jun 2, 2017
Back when famous entertainers actually had talent.
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level 61
Dec 5, 2018
No matter which generation is saying it, statements like this always comes across as equal parts lazy and ignorant. Frankly, it makes me mad. At any given moment, in any given year there are artists and creators producing all manner work that will totally knock your socks off if you only cared to look. You've gotta open yourself up to being surprised or you've doomed yourself never to be again and that's just sad.
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level 67
Dec 12, 2018
Sorry, but today's movies are more about special effects and CGI than acting . Acting is relegated to 2nd or 3rd place.
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level 69
Dec 12, 2018
The movies that are shown in most theaters are often CGI-heavy and light on acting. But they are not representative for the whole cinema landscape. There are still a fair number of movies with great acting being produced out there. You just need to put in a little more effort to see them.
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level 69
Dec 12, 2018
Examples (I could give you more great foreign language ones but let's start easy): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". "Arrival". "The Death of Stalin". "Lucky" (Harry Dean Stanton!). "Hell or High Water". "Manchester by the Sea". "Carol".
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level 69
Dec 12, 2018
Any film scholar will admit that Bogart, Bacall, and Gable were not exceptionally talented. However, they had charisma and were cast in roles that used them to best effect. I like to think of Ryan Gosling in his taciturn roles as our era's Bogart, someone who was "just an actor" during his time but looking back, can be seen as defining a decade.
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level 69
Dec 12, 2018
I feel a little like Bill Murray as a weather forecaster: "Did you want to talk about movies or were you just blowing off steam?"
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level 66
Dec 12, 2018
Yeah, Clark Gable particularly was extremely good at playing one character: Clark Gable.
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level 59
Dec 12, 2018
Agree with martay 100%. There are still some really great performers in every medium. Have you seen Daniel Day-Lewis? Could very well be the greatest screen actor of all-time. Sam Rockwell is great. Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman are all great. Frances McDormand. Kate Winslet. People always reminisce about the glory days based on a handful of actors and movies. Yeah, Citizen Kane is great. How many other movies can you name from 1941? Most people probably can't name three. You know why? Because they were forgettable movies. And they were filled with forgettable actors. Frankly, my dear, Clark Gable is no better than George Clooney. People just elevate him because he's from an older generation and somehow feels "classic." The whole thing is so stupid. There will always be great new talents. Your generation does not have a monopoly on good art.
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level 75
Dec 12, 2018
Sometimes it's not as much about acting ability as it is how unique and memorable they are. Would we remember Tracey as much if he hadn't had the long running affair with Hepburn which kept him in the tabloids? Would we remember Gable as well if it weren't for his final line in GWTW? Who would remember Carmen Miranda if she hadn't worn an entire fruit bowl on her head? I agree with Don that pictures from the Golden Age of Hollywood were quite different from today's films. In the 40s the studios were churning out hundreds of pictures a year and with the sheer volume it makes sense that many would be memorable. It's hard to say at this time which of today's actors and films will be remembered decades from now, in a world which may reward different things. We have the benefit of hindsight for this quiz.
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level 69
Dec 12, 2018
Great comment, ander.
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level 70
Jun 2, 2017
Really surprised the photo chosen for Carmen Miranda didn't show her with fruit in/on her hat. Wasn't that her signature look?
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level 56
Jun 5, 2017
I'd have got her if it did!
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level 64
Jun 2, 2017
I *almost* typed Tracy for Bogart, getting them briefly confused, but then I stopped myself and correctly typed Bogart. But then I completely missed Tracy! DUH.
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level 64
Jun 2, 2017
Seeing Casablanca would probably help me on this quiz...
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level 66
Dec 12, 2018
Only two of the actors on here were in Casablanca, so it wouldn't have helped all THAT much.
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level 75
Dec 12, 2018
You should see it anyway. The iconic actors and lines, the shadows on the wall, and after many rewrites they finally came up with the only ending that could have worked. (But you do have to suspend belief at times for the plot to work - my only criticism of my favorite film.)
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level 46
Jun 4, 2017
Thank god we didn't have to spell Jawaharlal to get Nehru.
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level 84
Aug 2, 2018
Katherine Hepburn at 3%?! Surely the name 'Hepburn' is known enough for more people to just guess at from this era? Wouldn't think she is so much more less known than the rest given that the second least guessed is Spencer Tracy at 30%
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level 38
Nov 24, 2018
Got Hepburn because I LOVE old movies (more substance, better acting), but perhaps lots of of quiz takers remember her later works (On Golden Bond), rather than her earlier ones.
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level 78
Dec 12, 2018
"On Golden Bond" sounds like a James Bond movie.
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level 66
Dec 12, 2018
From a couple of earlier comments, I think she was added to the quiz later. Maybe that's why she's still so comparatively low, because she literally wasn't an option for earlier quiz-takers. Because, yeah, she's one of the most easily identifiable actors on here.
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level 78
Dec 12, 2018
Love how you arranged Bogart and Bacall to be (almost) looking at each other. Nicely done!
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level 69
Dec 12, 2018
Would be even better to flip this image of Ingrid Bergman and put it on Bogie's left side.
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level 56
Dec 12, 2018
I noticed the same thing! Bogey and Bacall, what a couple.
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level 65
Dec 12, 2018
More people got Nehru than Hepburn?!?!?
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level 68
Dec 12, 2018
I'm pretty sure that's Bruce Willis in a military uniform
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level 56
Dec 12, 2018
I typed Bogart thinking that MacArthur was him.
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level 23
Jan 13, 2019
Me too!
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level 56
Dec 12, 2018
MacArthur looks like Ronald Reagan to me. I had remember, Ronald Reagan did not look like that in 1940. He looked like that in 1980.
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level 60
May 3, 2019
They look nothing like each other...
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level 25
Jan 3, 2019
Judy! :)
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