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by Ben Travers
May 22, 2013 2:00 PM
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Test Your Film Knowledge with the Steven Soderbergh Obscure T-Shirt Guessing Game

As we mentioned earlier, recently-retired director Steven Soderbergh has launched an odd new website hocking everything from tote bags to photos to the promise of Singani, a favorite Bolivian liquor of the Oscar-winner. Though there are many peculiar aspects of the site, one of the most intriguing appears in the "Threads" section. Here, Soderbergh describes a desire to wear film shirts that are more obscure in their origins than many of the products available at other sites. The 27 t-shirts available for purchase are his "attempt to address these issues," and he even goes so far as to challenge fans to name one specific film that even he thinks is ridiculously out there.

Challenge accepted. Below you will find images of the shirts available at List your guesses in the comments section, and we'll see who can earn the right to called "REALLY good" by Soderbergh himself. We'll get you started -- the New York Daily Inquirer is the newspaper a young Charles Foster Kane acquires in "Citizen Kane," while Black Pony Scotch, per Soderbergh, is a nod to a brand of whiskey glimpsed on a table in Otto Preminger's "Laura."

New York Daily Inquirer

Sybil the Soothsayer


Pacific All Risk Insurance Company

Black Pony

Linnekar Construction Co.

Floor Show featuring Singing Sensation Susan Alexander Kane

Fabian Publishing Company

The Parallax Corporation

El Rancho

El Macondo Apartments


Rutland & Co.

Perennial Armored Car

Sam Loomis Hardware

American Newsreel Inc. N.Y.C.


  • a sane man | May 22, 2013 4:12 PMReply

    black pony whiskey is from Laura.

  • evil genius | May 22, 2013 3:44 PMReply

    New York Daily Inquirer: Citizen Kane
    Sybil the Soothsayer: Network
    18 LU 13: The French Connection
    Pacific All Risk Insurance Company: Double Indemnity
    Black Pony Scotch Whiskey: ?
    Linnekar Construction: Touch of Evil
    El Rancho Floor Show: Citizen Kane
    Fabian Publishing Company: The Best of Everything
    The Parallax Corporation: The Parallax View
    El Rancho: Citizen Kane
    El Macondo Apartments: Chinatown
    Fly TGA: Airport
    Rutland & Co: Marnie
    Perennial Armord Car: The Underneath (but maybe Criss Cross, too?)
    Sam Loomis Hardware: Psycho
    American Newsreel Inc: Saboteur

  • Ryan Burns | May 22, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    From the top: Citizen Kane*, Network, Chinatown, Double Indemnity, Laura*, Touch of Evil, Citizen Kane (again), The Best of Everything, The Parallax View, Citizen Kane (thrice!), Chinatown, Airport (?), Marnie, The Underneath, Psycho and Saboteur.


  • Ryan Burns | May 22, 2013 6:21 PM

    Oops. Forgot #3 (Thanks, Evil Genius!): The French Connection.

  • Sarah E. | May 22, 2013 3:26 PMReply

    Sam Loomis Hardware is from Psycho. That's the only one I knew right away.

  • John | May 22, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Fabian Publishing is from a Joan Crawford film called "The Best of Everything."

  • Stella | May 22, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    "Sybil the Soothsayer" is from the film Network.

    "Rutland & Co." is from "Marnie."

  • Mark | May 22, 2013 2:48 PMReply

    Parallax corporation - parallax view conspiracy thriller with warren Beatty

  • awg | May 22, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    Pacific All Risk Ins. is "Double Indemnity." All the Susan Alexander Kane shirts are Citizen Kane.

  • Diana | May 22, 2013 2:42 PMReply

    Pacific All-Risk Insurance is where Walter Neff works in Double Indemnity...

  • Dan Mirvish | May 22, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    Sybil the Soothsayer from Network. Do I win the shirt? My all-time fav is the Pee-Poo shirt worn in "Kitchen Party"

  • Peter | May 22, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    Sam Loomis Hardware - Psycho
    Parrallax Corporation - Soylent Green
    18 LU 13 - licence plate of car in The French Connection

  • Stefan | May 22, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    Sybil the Soothsayer is a reference to the brilliant film "Network".

  • Susan | May 22, 2013 2:29 PMReply

    The "El Macondo Apartments" are from the movie Chinatown.

  • Stella | May 22, 2013 2:18 PMReply

    I am thinking perhaps he got this idea from Last Exit to Nowhere T-shirts?

    I wear my Kobayashi t-shirt from them with pride. ;-)

    Oh, and I have no idea about the Soderbergh t-shirts. Guess I'll have to start wracking my brain now...