Oct 31, 2010

Amanda's Cinema Survey

I finally got around to tackling the yearly survey from Amanda of A Noodle in a Haystack. It was lots of fun. Thanks for putting this together Amanda:

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

Love Crazy (1941) is hilarious. The first time I saw it, I couldn't believe I hadn’t heard of it before. Why isn’t it a huge classic?

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

It was great luck that Carole Lombard and Cary Grant had the chance to work together in In Name Only (1939)

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

Swing Time (1936)

4. Your favorite actor named "Robert"?

Robert Mitchum

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

I don’t get Greer Garson.

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

My husband doesn't get Kim Novak, but I adore her.

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

My husband is on board with me about James Cagney. He didn’t like him much personally after reading his autobiography though. I told him, he’s an actor, they have big egos!

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

Hedy Lamarr is to Paulette Goddard (I based my choice on facial expressiveness--is that a word?)

9. What is your favorite film starring Ray Milland?

The Univited (1944), I liked him as a romantic hero.

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

La Dolce Vita (1960)

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 have loved to have seen Marilyn Monroe star in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) . I thought Audrey Hepburn was a great Holly Golightly, and it has long been one of my favorite movies, but I always wonder how Monroe would have approached the role.

12. Who was your favorite of Robert Montgomery's leading ladies?

Ms. Shearer

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

Hedy Lamarr in Casablanca (1942) *shudder* (I do like Hedy Lamarr—in the right role)

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

Cary Grant (almost Bette Davis, but I can’t bring myself to watch all of Wicked Stepmother (1989))

15. Your favorite Leslie Howard film and role?

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

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

Baby Face (1933), The Lady Eve (1941), Double Indemnity (1944),The Furies (1950)

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

My Man Godfrey (1936), because the cast selection, timing and quips were all so perfectly executed.

18. You will brook no criticism of what film?

Oh many! Maybe just classics overall.

19. Who is your favorite Irish actress?

Maureen O’Sullivan. Girl-next-door with a hint of glamour.

20. Your favorite 1940s movie starring Ginger Rogers?

I’ll Be Seeing You (1944) was beautiful and heart-wrenching.

21. Do you enjoy silent movies?

Yes! Especially comedies.

22. What is your favorite Bette Davis film?

All About Eve (1950)

23. Your favorite onscreen Hollywood couple?

Myrna Loy and William Powell--they always seemed to enjoy each other's company.

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

Adrian--he helped to make actresses like Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow and Garbo look like goddesses.

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

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

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

Alain Delon

27. Franchot Tone: yes or no?

Yes, based on I Love Trouble (1948).

28. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are underrated?

Veronica Lake

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

Greer Garson

30. Favorite actor?

Cary Grant

31. Favorite actress?

Bette Davis

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

If we’re just talking cool—McQueen

33. What is your favorite movie from each of these genres:

Comedy: My Man Godfrey (1936)

Swashbuckler: The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Film noir: Nightmare Alley (1947)

Musical: Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Holiday: Remember the Night (1940)

Hitchcock: I suppose Hitchcock is a genre! Notorious (1946)

Here's the link to the survey if you'd like to give it a shot, but note that Amanda will only be posting results for one more week.

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