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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Classic Cinema Survey

A Noodle in a Haystack started this survey. Keep it going!

1. What is your all-time favorite Clark Gable movie?
Gone with the Wind. He gets better and better every time I watch it. He should have won the Oscar!!!

2. Do you like Joan Crawford best as a comedienne or a drama-queen?
Drama-Queen for sure! Just saw Humoresque and loved her in it!

3. In your opinion, should Ginger Rogers have made more musicals post-Fred Astaire?
I think she could have and would have been fabulous, but I think she needed to try something new. She is great in everything, so it doesn't really matter!!!

4. I promise not to cause you bodily (or any other serious) harm if you don't agree with me on this one. So please be honest: do you like Elizabeth Taylor? Hm?
I do. When she is good, she's fantastic. But I have seen some mediocre performances come out of the girl. I will love her forever for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf alone!

5. Who is your favorite off-screen Hollywood couple?
Clark and Carole... obvi!

6. How about onscreen Hollywood couple?
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.

7. Favorite Jean Arthur movie?
Mr.Deeds Goes to Town.

8. What was the first Gregory Peck movie you saw?
To Kill A Mockingbird.

9. What film made you fall in love with Alfred Hitchcock? (And for those of you that say, "I don't like Hitchcock" -- what is wrong with you?!)
Psycho!!! It was my first, and you never forget your first!

10. What is your favorite book-to-movie adaption?
The Phantom of the Opera

11. Do you prefer Shirley Temple as a little girl or as a teenager?
Little girl. She was the cutest kid ever!

12. Favorite character actor?
Peter Lorre. Creepy and spectacular!

13. Favorite Barbara Stanwyck role?
Eugenia in The Lady Eve. Hysterical.

14. Who is your favorite of Cary Grant's leading ladies?
Ingrid Bergman. Gorgeous and talented!

15. Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?
Joan. Bette is great, but Joan was fierce!

16. What actors and/or actresses do you think are underrated?
Errol Flynn. He was more than a man in tights, but a thoughtful and talented actor. I think Marilyn is underestimated too. She was a "movie star," so her comedic abilities are all too often written off.

17. What actors and/or actresses do you think are overrated?
 Sharon Stone!!! HAHAHA!

18. Do you watch movies made pre-1980 exclusively, or do you spice up your viewing-fare with newer films?
I watch all eras. My favorite is early silents through pre-code, but there are still wonderful movies made every year!

19. Is there an actor/actress who you have seen in a film and immediately loved? If so, who?
Jean Harlow. There is nothing to not like about her.

20. Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire?
Hm, toughy. I'm going with Astaire, if only for Top Hat!

21. Favorite Ginger Rogers drama?
Kitty Foyle.

22. If you wrote a screenplay, who would be in your dream cast and what roles would they play? (Mixing actors and actresses from different generations is allowed: any person from any point in their career.)
Only my close friends will get this, but as I have assigned each pal a movie star doppleganger, this is who would star in the story of my life-
Me: Carole Lombard, Mom: Katharine Hepburn, Dad: Lionel Barrymore, Bro: Gregory Peck, Sis: Joan Crawford, Grandma: Kim Novak.
The cast of friends would be as follows- Mindy: Bette Davis, Jessica: Josephine Baker, T: Errol Flynn, Joey: Tyrone Power, Dana: Barbara Stanwyck, Rachel: Marion Davies, Stephanie: Loretta Young, Rita: Lupe Velez, Chad: Jack Lemmon, Monica: Grace Kelly. All roles will be age appropriate.

23. Favorite actress?
Carole Lombard.

25. Favorite actor?
Lon Chaney.

26. And now, the last question. What is your favorite movie from each of these genres:

Drama: Sunset Boulevard.

Romance: Casablanca.


Musical: Calamity Jane.


Comedy: Some Like It Hot.


Western: The Searchers.


Hitchcock (he has a genre all to himself): Rear Window


  1. What a great Blog!! Wonderful, just wonderful... I'll sign in as a follower right now... just one little thing: the photo from Ginger Rogers is not Kitty Foyle, but The major and the minor (Billy Wilder!). Admiration for all your research! Greetings from Austria, Ricardo

  2. Oh no! I'll have to fix it. Stupid internet! Haha. Thanks ;)

  3. He he... but is surely another one of the - few -films in which Ginger is a brunette (I love "Tales from Manhattan")

  4. You found some really good pictures of the films, Meredith! I loved the survey, too! I'll glue it right now in my blog!

  5. Yay! I will check it out when you're done!

  6. really cool. It's good to find some love given to Top Hat, my favorite dance/musical film

  7. Totally. One of the best musicals ever made!

  8. Since Carole Lombard is your favorite actress, I cordially invite you to visit my site, "Carole & Co." It's been up since June 2007, and we have nearly 1,000 entries, mostly focusing on Lombard, her life and times, and people she knew or worked many rare photographs. I think you'll enjoy it. Check us out at

  9. Great! Thanks so much!Any friend of Carole's is a friend of mine. It always amazes me how many people are dedicated to the preservation of her memory. I appreciate all of your hard work. :)

  10. 11. I prefer Shirley Temple as a teenager.
    I thought she was brilliant & GORGEOUS. (Cute & talented child actor), but brilliant as a young adult.

  11. Noted. I really haven't been exposed to too much of her later work except for Mr. Belvedere goes to College and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, but I agree. She matured into a lovely young woman, which can't be said about too many child actors. :)