Amanda’s Cinema Survey 2010

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?

Top Hat

4.  Your favorite actor named “Robert”?

Robert Taylor

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?

Reese Witherspoon

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?

Bette Davis

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?

Jimmy Stewart

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

Double Indemnity

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?

Maureen O’Sullivan

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 TooNow 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?

Edith Head

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?

Jimmy Stewart

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?

Paul Newman

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!


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  2. John says:

    

    

    1.What is your favorite movie starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, excluding all of The Thin Man films?

    Libeled Lady

    2.Name a screen team that appeared in only one film together but are still noteworthy for how well they complimented each other?

    James Cagney and Rita Hayworth in The Strawberry Blonde.

    3.Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ best film together?

    Shall We Dance

    4.Your favorite actor named “Robert”?

    Robert Montgomery
    Robert Young

    5. An actor/actress who, when you see one of their movies, you always wish that someone else was in their role? Pass

    6. An actor/actress that someone close to you really loves that you can’t stand or vice versa? Pass

    7. An actor/actress that you both agree on completely? Claudette Colbert

    8. Complete this sentence: Virginia O’Brien is to Ethel Merman as..

    Judy Garland is to Deanna Durbin

    9. What is your favorite film starring Ray Milland? Dial “M” For Murder

    10. You had to have seen this one coming: what is your favorite movie of the 1960s?

    The Graduate

    11.An actor/actress that you would take out of one film and put into a different movie that was released the same year?

    Pass

    12.Who was your favorite of Robert Montgomery’s leading ladies? Carole Lombard

    13. You think it would have been a disaster if what movie starred the actor/actress who was originally asked to star in it?

    James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy

    14.An actor /actress who you will watch in any or almost any movie?

    James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Claudette Colbert, Ingrid Bergman

    15. Your favorite Leslie Howard film and role?

    The Petrified Forest

    16.You have been asked to host a marathon of four Barbara Stanwyck films. Which ones do you choose?

    Stella Dallas
    Double Indemnity
    Ball Of Fire
    These Wilder Years

    17.What is, in your mind, the nearest to perfect comedy you ever saw?

    Arsenic And Old Lace and The Man Who Came To Dinner with The Music Box as a 30 min L&H short.

    18.You will brook no criticism of what film?

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    19.Who is your favorite Irish actress?
    Maureen O’Hara

    20.Your favorite 1940s movie starring Ginger Rogers? I’ll Be Seeing You

    21.Do you enjoy silent movies?

    Not particularly. Have seen only a few Chaplin films.

    22.What is your favorite Bette Davis film?
    In This Our Life, All About Eve

    23. Your favorite onscreen Hollywood couple? Glen Ford and Rita Hayworth.

    24. This one is for the girls, but, of course, the guys are welcome to answer, too: who is your favorite Hollywood costume designer? Edith Head

    25. To even things out a bit, here’s something the boys will enjoy: what is your favorite tough action film? The Dirty Dozen

    26. You are currently gaining a greater appreciation for which actor(s)/actress(es)?
    Bette Davis

    27. Franchot Tone: yes or no?

    Yes

    28. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are underrated? Jack Carson, Monty Woolley, Ida Lupino, Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur.

    29. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are overrated?

    James Dean

    30. Favorite actor?
    James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Spencer Tracy and John Garfield

    31. Favorite actress?
    Claudette Colbert, Ingrid Bergman, Greer Garson

    32. Of those listed, who is the coolest: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, or Patrick Stewart? Steve McQueen

    What is your favorite movie from each of these genres

    comedy: The Man Who Came To Dinner, Arsenic And Old Lace

    swashbuckler: Captain Blood

    film noir: Double Indemnity

    musical: Yankee Doodle Dandy, West Side Story

    holiday: It’s a Wonderful Life

    Hitchcock: Notorious