I discovered the following survey over at Amanda’s blog called A Noodle in a Haystack and decided to give it a try. It took a while for me to fill out, but I think I’m finally satisfied with my answers!
1. What is your favorite movie starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, excluding all of The Thin Man films?
Libeled Lady – It’s one of my all time favorite movies – what an awesome cast!
2. Name a screen team that appeared in only one film together but are still noteworthy for how well they complimented each other.
Joan Crawford and John Garfield (Humoresque)
3. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ best film together?
4. Your favorite actor named “Robert”?
5. An actor/actress who, when you see one of their movies, you always wish that someone else was in his/her role?
Jennifer Jones! I can’t quite put my finger on why exactly, but I have never really cared for her acting.
6. An actor/actress that someone close to you really loves that you can’t stand or vice versa?
I don’t think anyone I’m close to has strong opinions about any old movie stars, so I have to go with a contemporary actress for this one – two of my sisters love Julia Roberts, but I can’t stand watching her
7. An actor/actress that you both agree on completely?
8. Complete this sentence: Virginia O’Brien is to Ethel Merman as..
Shirley Temple is to Jane Withers
9. What is your favorite film starring Ray Milland?
Dial M for Murder – I have to go with a Hitchcock film!
10. You had to have seen this one coming: what is your favorite movie of the 1960s?
I can’t decide between Charade (1963) with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and Marnie (1964) with Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren – I love them both!
11. An actor/actress that you would take out of one film and put into a different movie that was released the same year?
I would take Myrna Loy out of Too Hot to Handle (1938) and put her in You Can’t Take it With You instead of Jean Arthur, just because I love Myrna Loy and I didn’t care for Jean when I first watched that movie many years ago.
12. Who was your favorite of Robert Montgomery’s leading ladies?
13. You think it would have been a disaster if what movie starred the actor/actress who was originally asked to star in it?
Jean Arthur as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind
14. An actor/actress who you will watch in any or almost any movie?
15. Your favorite Leslie Howard film and role?
Smilin’ Through (1932) and his character in that movie, Sir John Carteret
16. You have been asked to host a marathon of four Barbara Stanwyck films. Which ones do you choose?
The Lady Eve
Christmas in Connecticut
Sorry, Wrong Number
Those are a few of my favorites, and I thought it would be nice to alternate between light-hearted and serious movies.
17. What is, in your mind, the nearest to perfect comedy you have ever seen? Why?
The Philadelphia Story – Great actors (Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn – three of my personal favorites), a great director (George Cukor), and a funny story with one of my favorite movie endings of all time. Plus, it’s the reason I came to love old movies in the first place, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
18. You will brook no criticism of what film?
Casablanca – I know of several people who think it’s overrated, but I think it’s one of the all time greats, and it is one of my personal favorites
19. Who is your favorite Irish actress?
20. Your favorite 1940s movie starring Ginger Rogers?
I’ll Be Seeing You
21. Do you enjoy silent movies?
I’ve never watched one because I’ve always assumed I wouldn’t like them. I intend to give them a try at some point.
22. What is your favorite Bette Davis film?
This is very difficult for me to answer because I love SO many of her movies, but I’ll choose All This and Heaven Too. Now Voyager would probably come in a close second.
23. Your favorite onscreen Hollywood couple?
Myrna Loy and William Powell
24. This one is for the girls, but, of course, the guys are welcome to answer, too: who is your favorite Hollywood costume designer?
25. To even things out a bit, here’s something the boys will enjoy: what is your favorite tough action film?
Beverly Hills Cop even though I know it’s more of an action/comedy.
26. You are currently gaining a greater appreciation for which actor(s)/actress(es)?
Edward G. Robinson – I started to appreciate him more after watching and really liking him in Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window
27. Franchot Tone: yes or no?
Yes. I don’t really have a strong opinion about him as an actor either way, but I like quite a few of the movies he’s starred in.
28. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are underrated?
Joseph Cotten, Montgomery Clift, Ethel Barrymore
29. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are overrated?
Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Jones
30. Favorite actor?
31. Favorite actress?
Bette Davis followed very closely by Ingrid Bergman
32. Of those listed, who is the coolest: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, or Patrick Stewart?
What is your favorite movie from each of these genres:
Comedy: The Philadelphia Story
Swashbuckler: I’ve never watched anything from this genre
Film noir: The Third Man
Musical: Singin’ in the Rain
Holiday: It’s a Wonderful Life
Hitchcock: North by Northwest
I almost didn’t participate in this survey, because I thought it might be difficult to remember details from all the movies I’ve watched over the course of many years. As it turned out though, it was so much fun to look back and watch clips from some of those movies, and it brought back so many great memories! Doing this survey has made me want to go back and watch some of my favorites again!
I’d encourage anyone who loves old movies to go visit Amanda’s blog and answer her survey. It really is a lot of fun! I think you’ll really enjoy reading her blog, too!