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?
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?
3. An actor you think might have made a great athlete?
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.
6. Three favorite films involving two people who fall in love?
Red Dust (1932)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
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.
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?
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!
15. An actor or actress whose mind gives you the impression they are 100 miles away.
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?
19. One film suggestion from the 1960′s and 1970′s?
1960s: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
1970s: The Godfather (1978)
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!