Classic Film Survey!

Rianna over at Frankly, My Dear, has put together a Classic Film Survey for the month of February. This has been a fun exercise as it has given me the opportunity to come ‘home’ to where my love for cinema began – with the classics.

For your consideration …


1. Favorite classic Disney?

2. Favorite film from the year 1939?

3. Favorite Carole Lombard Screwball role?

Don’t have one, unless you count To Be or Not to Be which I don’t because it did not really ever descend into pure screwball zaniness.

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

No brainer ….

5. Favorite pair of best friends? (i.e: Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford)

Josephine Baker and Grace Kelly – Not sure if they were the ‘BESTEST’ of friends, but ever since an encounter in NYC early in Grace’s career, they remained dear friends until the end of Josephine’s life. At the time of Baker’s death, Princess Grace secured her burial in Monaco.

6. Favorite actor with a mustache?

7. Favorite blonde actress?

8. Favorite pre-code?

9. Which studio would you have liked to join?

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

William & Myrna

11. Favorite I Love Lucy episode?

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?

I can only pick one? Shucks – I guess I will have to go with Grace Kelly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Well I’ll a little cheat … the photo below is of Grace Kelly AND Audrey Hepburn 😉

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

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

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

Joan Fontaine



  1. Jack Deth says:

    Hi, iluv:

    Great idea for a funky, raw, cold Saturday!

    #1/ Disney Classic?: Sleeping Beauty.

    #3/ Favorite Screwball comedy?: Bringing Up Baby

    #6/ Favorite actor with a mustache?: William Powell

    #9/ Which studio would I have liked to join?: RKO Radio Pictures. Coolest logo at the time. Also backed ‘The Thing From Another World’.

    #10/ Favorite couple who SHOULD have gotten married?: William Powell and Myrna Loy.

    #12/ Which actress is the best?: Audrey Hepburn. Her blind housewife in ‘Wait Until Dark’ puts her over the top.

    #13/ Shadowy Film Noir?: The Big Combo (featured). #2: Out of the Past.

    • Thanks Jack! I had quite a busy Friday (including an interview with a local arthouse cine – check this space for this month for that post!) so Saturday I have virtually shut myself in and done more blogging work 🙂

      Re: RKO I always just felt that it was the coolest of the Big Five during the Golden Age, mainly because Joan Fontaine is one of my favorite actresses of the period and she was contracted to the studio at that time.

  2. Hi! What a wonderful blog you’ve got here. Thanks so much for participating in my survey, I enjoyed reading your answers very much! I The more I think about it, I guess ‘To Be or Not To Be’ really isn’t screwball, but I do love that movie. Paul and Joanne were adorable, weren’t they? And best of all, their marriage didn’t end in divorce. I’m more akin to Olivia but I love that baby photo of Joan, she’s so cute.

  3. Some of these classic black and white images are fantastic. I especially want that Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn one blown up, placed on canvas and hung from my living room wall!

  4. Oh, I’m definitely doing this one. I saw CAFTAN WOMAN’S answers a couple of days ago and thought about doing the survey then. But now, for sure. Let me at those questions!

    Loved your responses by the way. It’s always interesting to me to see the differences and similarities between us movie mavens. 🙂

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