Amanda of A NOODLE IN A HAYSTACK posted a fun Cinema Survey this weekend which is now making the rounds of the classic film blogosphere.
Amanda's own answers are here, and you can read more survey answers at various blogs including Sidewalk Crossings and All Good Things.
I thought I'd give the survey a whirl, and here are my answers...
1. What is your favorite movie starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, excluding all of The Thin Man films? LIBELED LADY (1936)
2. Name a screen team that appeared in only one film together but are still noteworthy for how well they complimented each other. I should think on this longer, but Cary Grant and Carole Lombard in IN NAME ONLY (1939) were a wonderful pair.
3. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' best film together? SWING TIME (1936)
4. Your favorite actor named "Robert"? This is really hard, but I'll go with Robert Montgomery, very closely followed by Mr. Taylor and Mr. Mitchum.
5. An actor/actress who, when you see one of their movies, you always wish that someone else was in his/her role? Marlene Dietrich
6. An actor/actress that someone close to you really loves that you can't stand or vice versa? My younger daughter has not yet developed much of an appreciation for Tyrone Power. Can't figure out how that happened, but I'm hopeful her opinion will change in time!
7. An actor/actress that you both agree on completely? We both love Esther Williams!
8. Complete this sentence: Virginia O'Brien is to Ethel Merman as... This question made me laugh but I can't think how to end it, other than to say I saw each of them in person once! :)
9. What is your favorite film starring Ray Milland? Another hard one...I'll go with THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942).
10. You had to have seen this one coming: what is your favorite movie of the 1960s? THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
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 wish Kevin Costner had played the Alec Baldwin role in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990) instead of making DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990).
12. Who was your favorite of Robert Montgomery's leading ladies? I'll give the nod to Madge Evans for LOVERS COURAGEOUS (1932) and FUGITIVE LOVERS (1934)...
13. You think it would have been a disaster if what movie starred the actor/actress who was originally asked to star in it? It's hard for me to imagine how CAROUSEL (1956) would have turned out if Frank Sinatra had finished it, even though I love Sinatra and he was a fine actor.
14. An actor/actress who you will watch in any or almost any movie? Cary Grant
15. Your favorite Leslie Howard film and role? Haven't seen enough yet to say...I've got some recorded like THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1934) and INTERMEZZO (1939) so hopefully I'd be able to answer this in a few more months!
16. You have been asked to host a marathon of four Barbara Stanwyck films. Which ones do you choose? MY REPUTATION (1946), SHOPWORN (1932), REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940), and CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945). (I still have some of her best-known films ahead of me to see for the first time...)
17. What is, in your mind, the nearest to perfect comedy you have ever seen? Why? THE MORE THE MERRIER...delightful leads (Joel McCrea, Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn) and script, plus a lovely romance.
18. You will brook no criticism of what film? WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)...it's way underappreciated by too many critics and is so wrapped up in my own Christmas memories that it's disappointing to hear others putting it down -- though I usually enjoy hearing other opinions. :)
19. Who is your favorite Irish actress? Maureen O'Hara
20. Your favorite 1940s movie starring Ginger Rogers? THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942)...it was a tough choice between this and I'LL BE SEEING YOU (1944).
21. Do you enjoy silent movies? Not really...my problem is that I am an extremely fast reader and I get very impatient with the length of time spent on title cards. They interrupt the flow of the movie for me. If they invented a DVD feature where you could click and fast forward as soon as you read the cards I'd do better with them, but that would then mess up the musical track... I've taped a few this year and will try to be more open-minded about them!
22. What is your favorite Bette Davis film? ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
23. Your favorite onscreen Hollywood couple? Powell & Loy
24. This one is for the girls, but, of course, the guys are welcome to answer, too: who is your favorite Hollywood costume designer? Travis Banton
26. You are currently gaining a greater appreciation for which actor(s)/actress(es)? Fred MacMurray, Robert Young, Franchot Tone, George Brent...the guys often derided in some quarters as being milquetoasts or "just" father figures actually had really interesting careers once you start sampling more of their work, which is now available to us thanks to TCM and DVDs.
27. Franchot Tone: yes or no? Yes
28. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are underrated? Robert Taylor
29. Which actors and/or actresses do you think are overrated? Marlene Dietrich
30. Favorite actor? Cary Grant
31. Favorite actress? Ginger Rogers
32. Of those listed, who is the coolest: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, or Patrick Stewart? None of these are big faves, but I'll go with McQueen.
33. What is your favorite movie from each of these genres:
Comedy: THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943)
Swashbuckler: THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
Film noir: LAURA (1944)
Musical: SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954)
Holiday: WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)
Hitchcock: FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940)
Thanks for a fun survey, Amanda!
If anyone would like to contribute their own answers in the comments, either here or at Amanda's original post, please do!