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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

It's Survey Time!!

Hello there! I feel like it's been an age since I last posted on here. I've written a few posts, but I just don't seem to be able to articulate what I want to say - so they're stuck in drafts! Anyway, I'm here to do Amanda of A Noodle in a Haystack's fabulous cinema survey! As well as being fun to answer, I'm hoping it might be the key that will gently ease me back into blogging regularly! :D

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

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.

Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in Random Harvest?

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

Hm, I love ALL of Fred and Ginger's films (YES, that includes The Barkleys of Broadway), but I consider their best film to be Swing Time (1936)

4. Your favorite actor named "Robert"?

Hmm, it's a close call between Robert Taylor and 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 love both of these actresses in their films, but I sometimes think I'd like to see Deborah Kerr take on some of Greer Garson's films (Random Harvest, Mrs. Miniver, Blossoms in the Dust, Madame Curie) and vice versa. I'd love to see how different, or similar, their performances would be.

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

I LOVE Barbara Stanwyck, but my Mum finds her really annoying. (I'm trying to convert her... no luck yet, though!)

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

Errol Flynn :D

8. Complete this sentence: Virginia O'Brien is to Ethel Merman as...
...I have no idea? LOL, I'm so unimaginative...

9. What is your favorite film starring Ray Milland?

Hm, Dial M For Murder and Arise, My Love.

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


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 Maureen O'Hara out of Everything But the Truth and put her in The King and I. I adore Deborah in the role of Anna Leonowens as you all know, but I think it would be really interesting to see how Maureen would play the role. She was, after all, at one point considered for the part, but Rogers and Hammerstein weren't at all fond of the idea!

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

Carole Lombard in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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

I'm not sure it would have been a disaster, but I think if Joan Crawford had played Karen Holmes in From Here To Eternity it wouldn't have been as big a success as it was. I love Joan, but I think she would have been too much for the role.

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

Deborah Kerr and Greer Garson.

15. Your favorite Leslie Howard film and role?

I'm not really a Leslie Howard fan... probably Henry Higgins in Pygmalion - even though I hated the film!

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

Baby Face, Christmas in Connecticut, Lady of Burlesque and No Man of Her Own. I WANT TO PICK MORE!

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

It really depends on how you define perfect. If, by perfect, you mean everyone loves it... I might go with The Odd Couple. Comedy is always difficult to watch in my house as we all find different types of comedy funny, but when we watched The Odd Couple we were all in stitches, and we had to re-watch some scenes because we loved them so much!

18. You will brook no criticism of what film?

MANY FILMS. The ones that, if criticised, would get me most annoyed are: Mrs. Miniver, Gone With the Wind, An Affair to Remember, The Sound of Music, The Quiet Man, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

19. Who is your favorite Irish actress?


20. Your favorite 1940s movie starring Ginger Rogers?

Kitty Foyle

21. Do you enjoy silent movies?

I REALLY enjoy silent movies! ;D

22. What is your favorite Bette Davis film?

All About Eve, The Star and Marked Woman. I can't pick between them!

23. Your favorite onscreen Hollywood couple?

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, without a doubt. I utterly adore them.

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

Edith Head

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

Can I get away with saying North By Northwest?

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

Irene Dunne, Norma Shearer, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Greta Garbo, Jean Arthur.

27. Franchot Tone: yes or no?
can I say "eh". ;D

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

Eleanor Parker, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Fontaine, Joan Blondell, Agnes Moorehead, Lucille Ball, Deborah Kerr, Rosalind Russell.

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

Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe.

30. Favorite actor?

Cary Grant

31. Favorite actress?
Deborah Kerr (with Greer Garson, Barbara Stanwyck and Eleanor Parker following closely at her heels)

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

Steve McQueen

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

UGH, these change ALL the time!

Comedy: The Women

Swashbuckler: Scaramouche

Film noir: Mildred Pierce

Musical: The Sound of Music or The King and I

Holiday: White Christmas

Hitchcock: Suspicion

Thanks for the fun survey, Amanda! :)


  1. I'm the editor/designer of Maureen O'Hara's official website, "Maureen O'Hara Magazine." Your comments on "The King and I" are appreciated. This is one thing that Maureen looks back with regret because she was initially cast in the role of Anna by Darryl Zanuck. I sent that story to the old American Movie Classics Magazine back in the 1990's and they superinposed Maureen's head on Debra's body and published it with my letter. If you send me an email address I'll send you the jpeg. My address is momagazine@gmail.com

  2. Hi Sophie, I'm 12 and a fellow classic movie buff, and I am so happy to find a kindred spirit for the odd couple! It is one of my all time favourites and I also love Greer Garson and Deborah Kerr (although my favourite will always be Bette Davis, they are pretty high up there). Love your blog!!!! I have been looking at your tumblr for a while but never knew you had a blogger. Check out my blog!!!



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