Damon Runyon Quiz

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Test Your Damon Runyon IQ, Win Valuable Prizes!

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, the award-winning off-Broadway theatre company, will present the world premiere of the new comedy Three Wise Guys at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street in New York City) from February 28 through April 14.

Based on two short stories by Damon Runyon (whose writing served as the inspiration for the musical Guys and Dolls), Three Wise Guys remains true to the language, humor, and plot twists of a man who, in the words of biographer John Mosedale, “invented Broadway.”

Enter weekly for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Three Wise Guys PLUS a copy of the book Guys and Dolls and Other Writings by Damon Runyon (courtesy of Penguin Random House).

Contest Rules:

  • New questions will be posted every Monday from February 19 through April 2.
  • One winner will be selected at random from participants with the most correct answers; entries must be received by 5 p.m. every Friday; winner will be announced the following Monday.
  • Winning tickets available for evening performances only; no matinees. Tickets subject to availability.
  • Only one entry per person per week.
  • Winners may only win once during the contest period.
  • Please include your full name in response and indicate if you do not want your full name disclosed as a winner.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.


Damon Runyon Quiz

Enter TACT's weekly Damon Runyon quiz and you could win free tickets and a collection of Runyon's work.
  • “Damon” was actually Runyon’s middle name. What was his first name?
  • What title did Runyon bestow on the Yankees slugger Babe Ruth?
  • Runyon’s stories were primarily published in two magazines. One was Collier's. What was the other?
  • What film based on a Runyon story was shot partly in Disneyland?
  • Upon his death, Runyon’s ashes were scattered over Broadway from an Eastern Airlines transport. What famous flyer, a long-time friend of Runyon’s, fulfilled the author’s request?

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s quiz and congratulations to our winner, David Staller!

Correct answers from week 4 as follows:
1. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell introduced a modern Christmas carol in a 1951 film loosely based on a Damon Runyon story. What carol did they sing, and what is the name of the film?
A: “Silver Bells,” in The Lemon Drop Kid

2. In 1919 Runyon wrote a series of biographical articles about a boxer soon to challenge the world’s heavyweight champion, Jess Willard. Who was the challenger?
A: Jack Dempsey

3. What New York mayor married Runyon and his second wife, Patrice Amati Del Grande Gidier, in 1932?
A: Jimmy Walker

4. What performer appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls and in the first episode of the 1955–56 television series Damon Runyon Theater?
A: Vivian Blaine

5. What was Damon Runyon’s favorite card game?
A: Gin Rummy