And Now For Something Completely Different: John’s Classic Film Survey

In March 2012, a fella by the name of John stopped by Shadows and Satin, dropped this survey on me, and asked me to give it a try. Never one to shrink from a challenge (even one that’s more than a year old!), I decided to don my cinematic thinking cap and have a little fun coming up with some answers. If you’re so inclined, how about sharing your answers, too! Here goes…

1. When you die and go to heaven, who would be the first three actors/actresses you would just love to speak to about their careers?

Bette Davis

Joan Crawford

Hattie McDaniel

Miriam may not be a household name, but she's tops in my book.

Miriam may not be a household name, but she’s tops in my book.

2. One actor, one actress and one director you yourself know are great but if you told a friend not into classic films about them, you would just get a blank stare?

Wallace Ford

Miriam Hopkins

William Wyler

3. An actor you think might have made a great athlete?

Clark Gable

4. Your favorite actor with a beard?

I gotta go way off the classic film spectrum and say George Clooney! Because yowza.

5. Favorite film that involved the taking of a hostage or hostages?

He Ran All the Way (1951), a really good noir starring John Garfield and Shelley Winters.

These two were made for each other.

These two were made for each other.

6. Three favorite films involving two people who fall in love?

Red Dust (1932)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Gilda (1946)

7. A first classic film involving war you might suggest to a person who might be a bit uneasy about the subject?

Cry Havoc (1943). I’m no war fan, heaven knows, but this was a good one.

Gene Tierney. Beautiful.

Gene Tierney. Beautiful.

8. Two beautiful actresses?

Elizabeth Taylor and Gene Tierney

9. Favorite quote from an actor or actress?

“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Bette Davis

10. An actor and actress with a unique voice?

Broderick Crawford and Judy Holliday

11. A film composer’s name you always seem to see in the credits?

Miklos Rozsa

I'd say that hell is a pretty faraway place...

I’d say that hell is a pretty faraway place…

12. Film suggestions that involve journeys to faraway places?

The Letter (1940)

Red Dust (1932)

Safe in Hell (1931)

13. A great film that involved boxing?

The Set-Up (1949)

14. A film you don’t watch for the story but just for the magnitude of the classic stars that appear in it?

I’m going to say Grand Hotel, although I watch it for the story, too!

And Ann Harding definitely had a faraway look.

And Ann Harding definitely had a faraway look.

15. An actor or actress whose mind gives you the impression they are 100 miles away.

Ann Harding

16. Suggest a film that might scare somebody if they watched it?

Follow Me Quietly (1949). This is one creepy noir – I’ve only seen it once and have no plans to watch it again!

17. A tearjerker scene in a particular film that always seems to gets to you?

The funeral scene in Imitation of Life (1959). No question. Every time.

18. One actor and one actress with a calming, soothing voice?

Myrna Loy

19. One film suggestion from the 1960′s and 1970′s?

1960s:  Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

1970s: The Godfather (1978)

Talk about cool.

Talk about cool.

20. Finally, what actor or actress comes to mind when I say the following word/words?

Sexy: Paul Newman
Honesty:  Henry Fonda
Cool:  Humphrey Bogart
Tough:  James Cagney
Intelligent:  Ida Lupino
Class: Grace Kelly
Humble: Olivia deHavilland
New York: Susan Hayward
Debonair: Cary Grant

Thanks for the survey, John – I had a blast!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 4, 2013.

3 Responses to “And Now For Something Completely Different: John’s Classic Film Survey”

  1. Great theme and I like your range of stars and films

  2. That is an excellent survey! Some terrific questions from that fellow John.

    I agree with the previous commenter that you included a huge range of stars and films from a variety of periods.

    Also, that Bette Davis quote is one of my faves, too.

    • Thanks so much, Vienna and Ruth! It was a lot of fun — especially thinking of actors and actresses for those adjectives. Y’all should copy it and answer them for your blogs — I’d love to see your responses.

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