07 August 2013

Separated at Birth III

by Robert Lopresti

This is a little game we played twice back at the old shop.  (Here and here)

Each pair of actors below played the same character,  one well-known in mystery fiction. No character is repeated from earlier quizzes.   The questions get harder as you go down the page. Oh, I admit there is a ringer: one actor only played the character in a failed pilot for a series, but that one is too good  to resist.

Answers are at the bottom. Don't cheat.  Have fun!

1. Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry.

2. Raymond Burr and Monte Markham


3.William Shatner and Timothy Hutton

4.Peter Lawford and Jim Hutton


5.Alec Guinness and Barnard Hughes


6.   Shaun Evans and John Thaw

7. Charlotte Rampling and Rachel McAdams

8.Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.  (No, the answer is not Dumbledore.)


9. Carla Gugino and Jennifer Lopez

10. Ben Kingsley and John Hurt


1.  James Patterson's Alex Cross.  Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along The Spider.  Tyler Perry in Alex Cross.
2.  Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason.  Raymond Burr in Perry Mason.  Monte Markham in The New Perry Mason.
3.  Rex Stout's Archie Goodwin.  WIlliam Shatner in the failed pilot for TV series Nero Wolfe.  Timothy Hutton in A Nero Wolfe Mystery.
4.  Ellery Queen's Ellery Queen.  Peter Lawford in Don't Look Behind You.  Jim Hutton in Ellery Queen.
5.  G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown.  Alec Guinness in The Detective.  Barnard Hughes in Sanctuary of Fear.
6.   Colin Deavor's Endeavor Morse.  Shaun Evans in Endeavor.  John Thaw in Morse.
7. Arthur Conan Doyle's Irene Adler.  Charlotte Rampling in Sherlock Holmes in New York.  Rachel McAdams in Sherlock Holmes.
8.Georges Simenon's Jules Maigret.  Richard Harris in Maigret (1988).  Michael Gambon. in  Maigret.(1992)
9. Elmore Leonard's Karen Sisco. Carla Gugino in Karen Sisco.  Jennifer Lopez in Out Of Sight.
10. Fyodor Dostoevsky's Porfiry Petrovitch.  Ben Kingsley in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.  John Hurt in Crime and Punishment.


  1. I couldn't guess any of them - and I have to say that Richard Harris and Michael Gambon were both, imho, unbelievably miscast as Maigret. Not to mention William Shatner as Archie Goodwin.

    Here's a duo for you - William Shatner and Richard Harris.
    "MacArthur Park"

  2. The failed pilot reference had me expecting Lawford and Hutton even before even getting to the pictures. It is hard to imagine a more awful Ellery than Lawford was. And they made the inspector, played by Harry Morgan, his uncle since basically Lawford and Morgan were about the same age. The pilot was so bad that Levinson and Link refused to put their names on it, requiring instead a pseudonym. (More on pseudonyms next Tuesday!)

  3. Wow, Rob. You hammered me good!

    Okay, so I got E. Morse because I love both shows (plus the Morse books). And, perhaps you can find it in your heart to grant me an eighth of a point, or so, since I knew that number 2 had to deal with Perry Mason — unless somebody made a remake of Ironside that I don’t know about.

    But, other than that, you totally got me!

    Thanks for a fun Humpday Morning!

  4. Got half of them. I knew 1,2,4,7, and 9.

    As Dix said, thanks for a fun puzzle.

  5. Like most of you, I did poorly. Perry Mason was the only one I got right. I'm not surprised John did as well as he did.

  6. Herschel, I once heard that a knowledge of old movie/TV trivia is a sign of a wasted childhood. (And I kept watching 'em long after that.)

  7. The major point of doing this was to give me an easy week, not a lot of writing. Of course putting in the pictures took forever, and even so the one of Jim Hutton disappeared. I replaced it.

    Yeah, the Lawford Queen sounds horrible.

    If you dig around on the web you can find a still of Shatner playing Archie Goodwin in that pilot.


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