The ever-delightful Clara over at Via Margutta 51 posted a cinema survey composed by Amanda of A Noodle in a Haystack. Amanda’s survey features some interesting questions, so I figured I’d give it a shot!
If you’re interested in completing the survey yourself, make sure you leave a comment for Amanda over at her site!
1. What is your favorite movie starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, excluding all of The Thin Man films? 1936’s 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. Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in His Girl Friday (1940).
3. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ best film together? Their best is probably Swing Time (1936), but my personal favorite is Shall We Dance (1937)–it’s the first I ever saw, and I love the dance at the end with the masked Gingers.
4. Your favorite actor named “Robert?” Robert De Niro.
5. An actor/actress who, when you see one of their movies, you always wish that someone else was in his/her role? Eddie Fisher. He only made two movies, but he wasn’t exactly enthralling in either one.
6. An actor/actress that someone close to you really loves that you can’t stand or vice versa? Nikki is much fonder of Howard Keel than I will ever be. He’s just not my favorite.
7. An actor/actress that you both agree on completely? We both love Katharine Hepburn!
8. Complete this sentence: Virginia O’Brien is to Ethel Merman as … Keanu Reeves is to Jim Carrey.
9. What is your favorite film starring Ray Milland? No hesitation–The Major and the Minor (1942)! My love affair with this movie never ceases.
10. You had to have seen this one coming: what is your favorite movie of the 1960s? The Apartment (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’d take Gene Tierney out of Heaven Can Wait and put her in Miriam Hopkins’ role in Old Acquaintance (1943). Tierney could bring the necessary “crazy” to the role without overacting (witness Leave Her to Heaven, 1945).
12. Who was your favorite of Robert Montgomery’s leading ladies? Carole Lombard in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1942).
13. You think it would have been a disaster if what movie starred the actor/actress who was originally asked to star in it? If Casablanca (1942) had starred George Raft instead of Humphrey Bogart, it would have been unwatchable. A close second–if Doris Day had played Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967).
14. An actor/actress who you will watch in any or almost any movie? Bette Davis.
15. Your favorite Leslie Howard film and role? Naturally, Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind (1939).
16. You have been asked to host a marathon of four Barbara Stanwyck films. Which ones do you choose? Ball of Fire (1941), The Lady Eve (1941), Christmas in Connecticut (1945), Double Indemnity (1944).
17. What is, in your mind, the nearest to perfect comedy you have ever seen? Why? Some Like It Hot (1959) is a perfect blend of wit, story, and phenomenal performances, with just enough cross-dressing thrown in for good measure. I bow down before Billy Wilder–this movie is the zenith of his repertoire.
18. You will brook no criticism of what film? Casablanca. It’s perfect. Don’t fight me on this.
19. Who is your favorite Irish actress? Maureen O’Hara.
20. Your favorite 1940s movie starring Ginger Rogers? Again, have to go with The Major and the Minor.
21. Do you enjoy silent movies? It depends. I’m not fond of D.W. Griffith’s work–Broken Blossoms (1919) disturbed me, and Birth of a Nation (1915) has its obvious defects. But I love silents such as Pandora’s Box (1929) with Louise Brooks, Flesh and the Devil (1926) with Greta Garbo, and Charlie Chaplin’s opus City Lights (1931) … Chaplin’s silents are especially wonderful.
22. What is your favorite Bette Davis film? Jezebel (1938). Also The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), All About Eve (1950), Now, Voyager (1942), and The Letter (1940). What? I can’t choose just one!
23. Your favorite onscreen Hollywood couple? Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. And Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. And Cary Grant and … well, you get the idea.
24. This one is for the girls, but, of course, the guys are welcome to answer, too: who is your favorite Hollywood costume designer? Givenchy. His costumes for Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina and other films are heavenly.
25. To even things out a bit, here’s something the boys will enjoy: what is your favorite tough action film? The original (1988) Die Hard (oh, Alan Rickman. Even when you’re evil, you’re so dreamy).
26. You are currently gaining a greater appreciation for which actor(s)/actress(es)? Fred MacMurray. I only knew him from reruns of My Three Sons when I was growing up, and I didn’t care for the show altogether much. But then I saw The Apartment and Double Indemnity and Remember the Night (1940) and other films from earlier in his career, and I realized how awesome he is.
27. Franchot Tone: yes or no? No.
28. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are underrated? S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall was one of the best character actors from the 40s and 50s, but a lot of people don’t even know his name. And Ginger Rogers–she is typically only recognized for her films with Fred, but she was a deft comedienne and a solid dramatic actress on her own.
29. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are overrated? Miriam Hopkins–not a fan. And I think Laurence Olivier is rather one-note in a lot of his roles.
30. Favorite actor? Humphrey Bogart, with Cary Grant a very close second.
31. Favorite actress? Bette Davis, with Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck very close seconds.
32. Of those listed, who is the coolest: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, or Patrick Stewart? Paul Newman, hands down.
33. What is your favorite movie from each of these genres:
Comedy: Some Like It Hot
Swashbuckler: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Film noir: Leave Her to Heaven
Musical: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Holiday: Christmas in Connecticut
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)