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July 23, 2009

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1/2. The character is Colonel Saito, played by Sessue Hayakawa. The movie is "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
3.The lead actors are Alec Guinness and William Holden.
4. Music by Kenneth Alford
5. Who appropriated "Colonel Bogey March."
6. The last words are "Kill him!" spoken by William Holden's character. At which point, Alec Guinness is shot, staggers a few feet, and falls on the detonator - the bridge is destroyed and the train crashes into the river.

Fantastic, LO. You got everything right -- except that the studiously neutral James Donald gets the final word, which is "Madness," after the destruction of bridge and train and the deaths of our leading actors. Are you sure Alford wrote the music? I thought it was Maurice Jarre. Will look it up.

William Alford wrote the "Colonel Bogey March" in 1914. It was combined with a counter-theme and new music by the film's musical director, Malcolm Arnold. How about that!

One day, I'll get ALL of the quiz right.

We used to have a mynah bird, who could whistle the theme song to this. He also could do a fabulous imitation of a Hollywood scream of a soldier getting killed - both of which he picked up on his own from the movie being on TV.

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