How well do you remember Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead?



By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When your single mom leaves town for three months and your babysitter dies, what should you do? Take this quiz to remember all of your favorite scenes from this great '90s film!

In which year was the premiere of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead?

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was released on June 7, 1991. It grossed more than $25 million in the United States alone.


What is the family's last name in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead?

The Crandells live in a modest house with an unused pool in the backyard. They have lawn furniture on the front lawn and a nice front porch.


How many children are in the Crandell family?

The Crandell children are Sue Ellen, Kenny, Melissa, Zach, and Walter. Most of them are old enough to be hired as babysitters!


What is the eldest daughter's name in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead?

Sue Ellen Crandell is 17 years old. She is highly mature but still a minor, so her mom gets her a babysitter for the summer!


What is the name of the babysitter?

Mrs. Sturak was portrayed by actress Eda Reiss Merin. She was born in 1913 and passed away in 1998. She was known for her roles in Ghostbusters and Turner & Hooch.


Which of the following characteristics best describes Mrs. Sturak?

Mrs. Sturak has gray hair and big old glasses. She dresses conservatively in a skirt, collared shirt, and sweater.


The Crandells live in a suburb of which US city?

When Sue Ellen gets a job, she is seen driving to and from work in traffic. LA is one of the worst cities for traffic in the United States.


What is the name of Sue Ellen's 16-year-old sibling?

Kenny was portrayed by actor Keith Coogan. He is the grandson of actor Jackie Coogan - known for his role as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family.


Who is the youngest child of the Crandell family?

Walter was portrayed by actor Robert Hy Gorman. Gorman was born on April 3, 1980 and was just 10 years old when he filmed Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. He portrayed an 8-year old.


What is the name of the 12-year-old brother?

Zachary Crandell was portrayed by actor Christopher Pettiet. Pettiet was born in 1976 but died in 2000 at the age of 24 from a drug overdose.


How old is the sister, Melissa?

Melissa Crandell was portrayed by actress Danielle Andrea Harris. She was born on June 1, 1977, and is married to David Gross.


Where does Mrs. Crandell go for the summer?

Mrs. Crandell was portrayed by actress Concetta Tomei. She is best known for her roles in China Beach and Providence.


Melissa is a...

Melissa is a tomboy and, for the final fashion show, she dresses in a baseball uniform. She is seen wearing a baseball cap in much of the film.


What is the first thing Mrs. Sturak does when Mrs. Crandell leaves the house?

"Alright you little maggots, now line up!" Mrs. Sturak likes to keep a tight ship, but none of the kids are going for it! She rips a cigarette right out of Sue Ellen's mouth and crushes it on the porch with her cane.


Where does Mrs. Sturak die?

The kids have just about had it with Mrs. Sturak's rules! They complain to Sue Ellen, since she is the oldest and otherwise in charge. Sue Ellen barges into Mrs. Sturak's room, yelling at her, and suddenly realizes she has passed away.


Which actress played the role of Sue Ellen Crandell?

Christina Applegate was born on November 25, 1971. She is best known for her role as Kelly Bundy in Married...with Children. She is married with one child.


What is Sue Ellen's nickname in the film?

Sue Ellen is called Swell by her siblings. She assumes the role of mother and provider out of desperation, not wanting her mother to return home for the summer after the babysitter died.


Where do the kids drop off Mrs. Sturak's body?

They leave her in a trunk on the front steps of the funeral home. They put a sign on the trunk, believing that whoever finds her will take care of her proper burial.


"Nice old lady inside. Died of ___________."

This was written on the sign that the children left on the trunk which held Mrs. Sturak's dead body. At the end of the film, it can also be seen written on her gravestone!


What happened to all of the money Mrs. Crandell left with Mrs. Sturak?

When the kids realize they have given the money away with Mrs. Sturak, they panic about not having any money for food or bills for the entire summer. Sue Ellen and Kenny flip for who has to get a job.


Where does Sue Ellen get her first job?

Sue Ellen despises her boss at Clown Dog. He kept telling her to put on a happy face, but she is so disgusted by cleaning fats that she quits and tells him to scrub the fats himself!


What is the name of Sue Ellen's love interest that she meets at Clown Dog?

Bryan was portrayed by actor Josh Charles. He was born on September 15, 1971, in Baltimore, MD. He is married to Sophie Flack and has one child.


Sue Ellen forges a new resume and poses as what?

Her new boss is impressed with her forged experience. Her last assistant was just out of college and too "wet behind the ears."


Sue Ellen promptly gets hired at which fashion company?

Sue Ellen initially applied for the receptionist position, but after her boss sees her resume, she insists that she comes to work for her as her executive assistant.


What is the name of Sue Ellen's boss at GAW?

Rose is portrayed by actress Joanna Cassidy. Cassidy is best known for her roles as Zhora in Blade Runner in 1982 and Dolores in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988.


Who is Rose's boyfriend, who hits on Sue Ellen?

Gus is portrayed by actor John Getz. Getz was born on October 15, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa. He has been active as an actor since 1974.


What is the name of the receptionist at GAW?

Carolyn was portrayed by actress Jayne Brook. She is best known for her role as Dr. Diane Grad on Chicago Hope.


Who is Bruce?

Carolyn seeks Bruce's help in exploiting the truth about Sue Ellen. She and Bruce sneak into Sue Ellen's desk to check on the status of the petty cash box after he hears Sue Ellen say there's nothing left in it.


How much is Sue Ellen's first paycheck from GAW?

Sue Ellen is very upset when she sees her first paycheck is only $730. Most of her earnings have gone to taxes, which she was not expecting and not familiar with!


Where do Sue Ellen and Bryan go on their first date?

Bryan and Sue Ellen miss the actual running of the grunion because they are busy having their first kiss! The grunion run around their feet instead! Grunion are fish, by the way!


What kind of car did Mrs. Sturak drive?

Mrs. Sturak drove an old Buick. Sue Ellen decides to take it to the grocery store, saying that Mrs. Sturak would have wanted it that way.


When Sue Ellen learns that GAW is at risk of closing, what does she suggest to Rose?

Sue Ellen lines up her siblings and everyone has just days to get the house looking clean and ready for the fashion show. They wash windows, clean the pool, clean up the kitchen, and take out the trash!


What is the name of the family dog?

When the kids fight over how much food is left, Melissa suggests, "When the food runs out, we can eat Elvis." Elvis then runs out of the room!


Where does Sue Ellen borrow money from until she gets paid?

There is a petty cash box in Sue Ellen's desk. She first learns about it when Rose tells her to order lunch and pay for it with petty cash. Sue Ellen quickly takes advantage of this available money.


Which of Sue Ellen's friends takes a new interest in Kenny after he cleans up and serves as maitre d' of the party?

Nicole, played by actress Deborah Tucker, is taken by surprise with Kenny's new look. He has cleaned up nicely for Sue Ellen's party and it is thought that they will possibly date after this encounter.


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