Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Frankly, My Dear's classic film survey

One of my favourite blogs is FRANKLY, MY DEAR by Rianna

This is Rianna’s avatar picture – it’s the wonderful Lucille Ball (she is Rianna’s favourite actress) and it fits just marvelously into this month’s theme at AND THEN THEY START TO SPARKLE.. :

 Rianna is just great – and I just adore her blog. It not only has classy looks – it also contains wonderfully written posts. And now she did a classic film survey – and I decided to participate.

Let’s start :

1.       Favorite classic Disney?

Though I adore FANTASIA (1940) – I think I’ll go with SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959): It has my favourite Disney villainess, a corvid, the wonderful music by Tchaikovsky, marvelous characters and some great lines - like
 "Now, father, you're living in the past. This is the 14th century!" ...

2.       Favorite film from the year 1939?

Oh.. there are many I love: DARK VICTORY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, IN NAME ONLY, DODGE CITY, INVISIBLE STRIPES, THE OLD MAID - and so many, many more..

But two of them I like maybe a bit more than the others: THE WOMEN and THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL ...

~ obviously not THE WOMEN.. ~

3.       Favorite Carole Lombard Screwball role?

Irene Bullock in MY MAN GODFREY (1936). 

4.       Favorite off screen couple? (It’s ok if it ended in divorce.)

Spring Byington 

& Marjorie Main

5.       Favorite pair of best friends? (i.e. Jimmy Stewart and Henry FondaJoan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck)

Ava Gardner and Lana Turner

6.       Favorite actor with a mustache?

Actually I am very fond of actors with mustaches.. 

And one of them who is really pretty high ranked in my book is 

Felix Bressart

7.       Favorite blonde actress?

Judy Holliday (actually one of my four #1 actresses..)

8.       Favorite pre-code?
42nd STREET (1933) and FREAKS (1932)

~ very obviously - this picture is not from the film FREAKS.. ~

9.       Which studio would you have liked to join?

I think I would have chosen Warner Bros. They had Cagney, DeHavilland, Garfield, Raft, Flynn, Davis, Crawford, Bogart, Sheridan, and so many, many more..

~ William Keighley, Frank McHugh, James Cagney and Pat O'Brien ~

2nd choice for the very late 40's to early 60's would have been 20th Century Fox..

10.   Favorite common on screen pairing that SHOULD have gotten married?

None. But I guess that doesn’t count – so I’ll go with

Doris Day and Gordon McRae..

11.   Favorite I LOVE LUCY episode?

HOLLYWOOD AT LAST - The episode in which  William Holden was the guest star. Love it!

~ Look who it is! ~

12.   Out of these actresses which one do you like best: Lucille Ball, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Greer Garson, Grace Kelly, or Katharine Hepburn?

Mhm.. tough one.. Natalie Wood. – with Ingrid Bergman following very, very close behind her..

(tomorrow it could be the other way round..)

13.   Shadowy film noir from the 1940’s or splashy colorful musicals from the 1950’s?

Definitively both! And I also love splashy colorful film noir and shadowy musicals.. 

14.   Actor or actress with the best autograph (photo preferred).

I really don’t know and don’t care too much for their handwriting.. 

but I think I’ll go with Rin Tin Tin..

15.   A baby (or childhood, or teenage) photo of either your favorite actress or actor (or both, if you’d like.)

Here we have Vincent Price as a teenager (he must have been ca. 18 years old here):

and here we have Linda Darnell as a teenager too:

If you like to participate too: here is Rianna's original post – please leave a link to your blog or your answers in a comment there!

This was fun... 

...and now I am thinking about doing a survey myself.. 

We’ll see.. I have at least begun to make a list with questions..

Thank you very much for listening,




  1. Wow, 1939 was quite the year, wasn't it? So many amazing films. 2 of my all-time faves are Gone with the Wind and Dark Victory.

    Oh, I LOVE that William Holden episode of I Love Lucy. I have watched it dozens of times...never get tired of it. Mr. Holden was in the midst of his most gorgeous years then.

    What a fun little meme this was. It was great learning a bit more about your classic movie choices.

  2. Loved this! That's also my favorite I Love Lucy episode. I never tire of seeing that one.

    Love that picture of young Vincent Price!

  3. What a cool post. Props for Rianna for coming up with this and then your wonderful answers Irene! Fave Carole Lombard movie My Man Godfrey...sweet! And fave pre-code..42nd!Loved all your answers in fact!

  4. Patti: Great that we agree again!

    DKoren: I never tire of watching it either.. Glad that you enjoyed that Vincent Price picture..

    Monty: Thank you. I am sorry but I have to answer you back: MY MAN GODFREY is not my favourite Carole Lombard film - her Irene Bullock there is "just" my fave Screwball role of hers. ;") But thank you for loving my answers..

    Thank you all for leaving a comment!

  5. Thank you for doing this, Irene, and for all the nice things you said about my blog!!! I feel exactly the same about yours!

    I just loved your answers, My Man Godfrey is one of my favorites too. And I'd forgotten about Ava and Lana! They were such good friends!! I can't believe I forgot about those two :)

    Thanks again Irene! ;)

  6. Hey, Rianna! aww.. you're welcome - and thank you for thinking up such great questions! All I said about your blog is exactly how I feel about it.
    I had a tough time to decide whether to name Barbara Stanwyck & Joan Crawford, Bette Davis & Olivia DeHavilland or the two ladies I have chosen in the end: Ava Gardner & Lana Turner..

    Again: you're welcome - I'd love to participate again.. And: Thank you so very much for your blog and doing this survey!!


I really appreciate your comments - I'll read them all and if I can think of an answer I'll post it. :")