“Yes, We’ve Got Trouble”

Port of Burlington Visitor Center

Port of Burlington Visitor Center

If you’re following the news about the flooding along the Mississippi, you may have noticed that they mentioned the Quad Cities area. Burlington (home of the Snake Alley Festival of Film) is one of those four cities. (Quad means ‘four’ there, Sparky.)

Not to worry, mi amigo. The flooding here will not hamper our production. The show(s) will go on.

But, enough of that for now. It’s time to announce the answers to the Snake Alley Festival of Film trivia challenge. Check your answers to the questions in the last post to see if you’re a winner.

The name of the movie about two con-men was “The Music Man.” The actor who beat Sinatra for the lead role was Robert Preston. This movie made him an A-List Star. His con-man partner was played by comedian Buddy Hackett. The female lead was played by Shirley Jones.

“The Music Man” was written by Iowa native Meredith Wilson. He went by his middle name of Meredith, but his actual first name was Robert. He was born in Mason City, Iowa and “The Music Man” premiered there in 1962. In addition to “The Music Man” he wrote “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and did a production for California’s Centennial and Oregon’s Centennial. He also wrote the University of Iowa’s fight song and Iowa State’s fight song.

Did you get all of the answers? Congratulations! Contact us during the Snake Alley Festival of Film and we’ll arrange for you to kiss the winning wieners. (You lucky dog!)

The party begins in only six more weeks. Just remember…tickets include invitations to the “after” parties.

Keep those cameras rolling.

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I’m The Taxman

Kiss the Wiener

Kiss the Wiener

So, what does a song by The Beatles have to do with the Snake Alley Festival of Film…or even Iowa? Keep reading Sunshine. We’re getting there.

In 1962 a movie about two con men premiered in Mason City, Iowa, not too far from Burlington. One of the songs from that movie was recorded by The Beatles on their 1964 album titled “Meet The Beatles.” The name of that song was “Til There Was You.”

When they were filming the movie, Jack L. Warner (of Warner Bros.) wanted Frank Sinatra to play the lead. The writer insisted on someone else and his choice was final. The movie made the writer’s choice into an A-list Star.

So, why did I choose a song called “The Taxman” in a blog about the Snake Alley Festival of Film? Because April 15th was tax day. It was also the final deadline for entries into the film fest.

But you can still be a winner.

Guess the name of the movie, the names of the two men who played the con men (starting with the guy who beat out Sinatra), and the first name of the writer of the movie.
If you get all three correct, you’ll win a prize. Get two correct and win a prize for second place. Get one right and you get a third place prize.

The prizes? First place gets to kiss the winner of the Cyn-A-Palooza wiener dog races. Second place gets to kiss two dogs, and third place gets to…well, you get the idea.

The judges are working their eyeballs to the bone. It’s gonna be a great fest.