Frankly, My Dear . . . It’s Classic Movie Survey Time!
And now for something completely different!
By pure serendipity, I happened upon a fun survey by Rianna over at the totally delightful blog, Frankly, My Dear. I’ve thought about completing other surveys that I’ve seen, but never seemed to get around to it. But this time, I was determined (even though I really should be helping my daughter pack for her trip to Mardi Gras!!).
Of course, wherever possible, I had to make sure that my responses had at least a passing acquaintance with the eras of pre-Code or film noir – but with a couple of them, of course, it just couldn’t be done. Still, it was fun to try! I hope you enjoy reading my answers as much as I enjoyed coming up with them!
1. Favorite classic Disney movie:
Cinderella offers a lovely story, catchy songs, a fairy godmother (and who wouldn’t want one of those?), thoroughly evil (practically noir-like) villains, and Prince Charming!
2. Favorite film from 1939:
I love so many films from this outstanding year – especially The Women, The Old Maid, Midnight, Ninotchka, Wuthering Heights, and The Wizard of Oz. But out of all of the stellar films that were released in 1939, Gone With the Wind is my absolute favorite. (Quiet as it’s kept, it’s also my favorite all-time movie.)
3. Favorite Carole Lombard screwball movie role:
An easy pick – Twentieth Century is a scream. It contains hilariously over-the-top performances from both Lombard and John Barrymore, and the supporting cast is outstanding as well. If you haven’t seen this one, you simply must!
4. Favorite off-screen movie couple (it’s okay if it ended in divorce!):
No question: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. A match made in Hollywood Heaven.
5. Favorite pair of best friends:
This response, interestingly, straddles both the pre-Code and film noir realms – and features two of my three favorite actresses: Joan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck!
6. Favorite actor with a moustache:
Warren William was suave, sophisticated, a little dangerous, and totally rocked his ‘stache.
7. Favorite blonde actress:
Because she starred in one of my favorite noirs (and because she was gorgeous), I’m going with Lana Turner.
8. Favorite pre-Code:
This was a toughie, since I love so many of them, but I absolutely adore The Divorcee. (Click here to read why I’m wild about this film!)
9. Which studio would you have liked to join?
I would love to have hung out with some of luminaries in the Warner Bros. stable, like Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson. Plus, Warners’ turned out a plethora of first-rate pre-Codes (like Baby Face and Employees’ Entrance) and films noirs , including one of my absolute favorites:
10. Favorite common on-screen pairing that should have gotten married:
Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake were made for each other – attractive and sexy . . . and petite!
11. Favorite I Love Lucy episode:
This may have been the easiest question of the survey – the “Vitametavegamin” episode makes me laugh out loud every single time I see it. (Plus, I have a pair of Vitametavegamin pajamas. Eat your heart out.)
12. Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, and Greer Garson – which one do you like the best?
No question – Katharine Hepburn. She possessed beauty, talent, versatility – not to mention a beautiful love story with Spencer Tracy. (And she managed to fit into the film noir theme with her starring role in Undercurrent.)
13. Shadowy film noir from the 1940’s or splashy colorful musicals from the 1950’s?
Do I need to answer this?
14. Actor or actress with the best autograph?
John Garfield’s autograph was like the man himself: cool and classic.
15. A baby (or childhood or teenage) photo of either your favorite actress or actor (or both, if you’d like)?
Norma Shearer was a living doll – even though I don’t know what’s going on with her head gear.