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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film, and the first feature film directed by its director. It was nominated for an Academy Award in nine categories, but won only for Best Original Screenplay by Herman Mankiewicz and Welles. It was released by RKO Pictures.

What do you know about the movie Citizen Kane? Try this Alan's Movie FUN Trivia quiz.

FUN Trivia Quizzes powered by ABE1. Who directed, produced, written and starred in the movie?

  • Orson Welles
  • Joseph Cotton
  • Hal Wallis

2. What was the US release date?

  • May 1, 1941
  • July 4, 1941
  • May 1, 1942

3. The film opens in a night setting on a vast palatial estate on which the sign "No Trespassing" is posted. Gradually the camera comes to rest in a bedroom on which an elderly man is lying, holding a snow globe. He utters a word and lets go of the snow globe which drops and smashes on the floor. A nurse enters and covers the man in a way that indicates he has died. The scene fades out.

  • Greensleve
  • Rosebud
  • Rick's

4. After its preview, the producer of the newsreel feels that it lacks something and asks a reporter, Jerry Thompson, to find out about Kane's private life and personality, in particular to discover the meaning behind his last word. Who played the reporter?

  • Williams Dunsmore
  • Bill Boyd
  • William Alland

5. Thompson approaches Kane's second wife, Susan Alexander, now an alcoholic who runs her own club, but she refuses to tell him anything. Who played Susan?

  • Dorothy Dix
  • Dorothy Comingore
  • Dorothy Roundtable

6. Other flashbacks show Kane's entry into the newspaper business and his profit-seeking with low-quality "yellow journalism". He takes control of a newspaper. What is the newspaper?

  • New York Inquirer
  • New York Beacon
  • Wall Street Daily News

7. His attempted rise to power is documented, including his first marriage to Emily Monroe Norton, a President's niece, shown disintegrating through fragments of conversations at breakfast over many years, and his campaign for the office of governor of New York State. A "love nest" scandal with Susan Alexander ends both his first marriage and his political aspirations. Who played his first wife?

  • Ruth Warrick
  • Jane Stewart
  • Irene Dunn

8. What was the Academy Award the movie won?

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Original Screenplay

9. Who makes his appearance as one of the reporters at the end of the film "with the pipe," discussing Kane and "Rosebud" just before the furnace finale?

  • Alan Ladd
  • Ben Johnson
  • Kurt Russell

10. Agnes Moorehead as Mary Kane, made her film debut in Citizen Kane.

  • True or False?

Casablanca Answers

  1. Orson Welles
  2. May 1, 1941
  3. Rosebud
  4. William Alland
  5. Dorothy Comingore
  6. New York Inquirer
  7. Ruth Warrick
  8. Best Original Screenplay
  9. Alan Ladd
  10. True

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