Christmas has always been a time for watching great movies – even more so this year as Coronavirus restrictions keep us apart from family and friends.

But did you know that Manchester has a unique place in the British film industry?

From the early productions of John E. Blakeley and the Mancunian Films Corporation to the kitchen-sink dramas of the 1960s, the city has been renowned for cutting edge cinema.

Hobson’s Choice, A Taste of Honey, Hell is a City, Love on the Dole, A Kind of Loving and Charlie Bubbles are just some the movies produced in the Manchester area.

More recently, the city has been the setting for films like East is East, Velvet Goldmine and 24 Hour Party People.

How well do you know your movie classics? Why not test your knowledge in our nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?

Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They’re packed with memories and unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.

The books are on sale now for £14.99 including postage and packing. Not only that, buy three books and get 25 per cent off the third! Just go to inostalgia.co.uk or ring 01928 503777 to place your order.

In 1934, George Formby was the star of John E. Blakeley’s first production Boots! Boots! about a hotel porter breaking into song at every opportunity. Where was singer and entertainer Formby born?

George Formby
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Gone With the Wind star Vivien Leigh appeared in the play South Sea Bubble at Manchester Opera House in 1956. Who played her co-star, Rhett Butler, in Gone With the Wind?

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Filmed in Salford in 1954, Hobson’s Choice starred John Mills as the overbearing father bent on thwarting his daughters’ weddings. After Hobson’s Choice, Mills famously won an Oscar for his portrayal of the simpleton Michael in which 1970 film?

John Mills
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Who played Rita Tushingham’s alcoholic mother in the 1961 movie A Taste of Honey written by Salford playwright Shelagh Delaney?

Film A Taste of Honey
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Which actor played producer Tony Wilson in the 2002 comedy-drama Party People based on the Manchester music scene?

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Lancashire cotton mills inspired the 1951 comedy The Man in the White Suit, starring Alec Guinness. It told the story of an everlasting new fabric that threatened local livelihoods. Sixteen years later, what role did Guinness play in Star Wars?

Our Man in Havana
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Who played Manchester police inspector Harry Martineau in the 1960 film Hell is a City?

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East is East actor Jimi Mistry portrayed which character in Coronation Street?

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The 1941 film Love on the Dole, set in Lancashire, featured Deborah Kerr as Sally Hardcastle. In which Rodgers and Hammerstein musical did Kerr play teacher Anna Leonowens?

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Salford-born actor Albert Finney teamed up with Liza Minnelli in the 1967 movie Charlie Bubbles, set in Manchester. In which 1974 film did Finney play master detective Hercule Poirot?

Albert Finney
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