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Frankly, my dear, here's a classic film survey



If you find yourself a bit bored this Presidents' Day weekend -- and, unlike Carole Lombard, you have no photographer around to take portraits of you looking fabulous -- here's something to help pass the time away if you're a classic movie fan.

Every now and then, one of the many blogs that celebrates Hollywood in its golden age puts together a list of questions and asks its readers for responses. This time around, the blog in question is "Frankly, My Dear":



Clicking on that won't lead you to the survey; you can find that at http://franklymydear-blog.blogspot.com/2012/02/im-doing-classic-film-survey.html. As stated, it has 15 questions, and specifically here they are (one of which is on our favorite lady):

1. Favorite classic Disney?
2. Favorite film from the year 1939?
3. Favorite Carole Lombard screwball role?
4. Favorite off screen couple? (It’s OK if it ended in divorce.)
5. Favorite pair of best friends? (i.e: Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford)
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?
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?
13. Shadowy film noir from the 1940s or splashy colorful musicals from the 1950s?
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.)

How did I answer? So as not to taint your responses, I've kept them hidden...



1. Favorite classic Disney?
Probably "Alice In Wonderland"; it's so delightfully surreal.

2. Favorite film from the year 1939?
So many good movies that year, but think I'll go with "Stagecoach," if not the greatest western ever made, certainly among the most pivotal.

3. Favorite Carole Lombard screwball role?
Carole's my all-time favorite actress, and choosing one is like selecting your favorite child. But I think I'll throw a bit of a curve here and select Ann Smith from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," for not only is it a fun role, but Hitchcock photographs Lombard with incredible luminosity.



4. Favorite off-screen couple? (It’s OK if it ended in divorce.)
Lombard and William Powell. It may have ended in divorce, but their relationship remained strong. They apparently had the maturity to realize they made better friends than lovers.



5. Favorite pair of best friends? (i.e: Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford)
Lombard had so many friends in the film community, but I'll make this a tie between two pals of hers: Jean Harlow (they only knew each other for about two years before Jean's death, but they were quite simpatico) and Lucille Ball (who came to know Carole at RKO and always credited her as a comedic influence).



6. Favorite actor with a mustache?
It's got to be Bill Powell.

7. Favorite blonde actress?
Carole Lombard. Surprised?



8. Favorite pre-code?
There are so many I love, but I think I'll go with "The Smiling Lieutenant" (1931), some saucy Lubitsch. Jazz up your lingerie!



9. Which studio would you have liked to join?
Paramount, circa 1930. Perhaps the most sophisticated of studios.



10. Favorite common on-screen pairing that SHOULD have gotten married?
How about Powell and Kay Francis, who were so good together in "Jewel Robbery" and "One Way Passage"? (Someone order a paradise cocktail, please.)



11. Favorite "I Love Lucy" episode?
The one at the Brown Derby, as Lucy goes Hollywood.

12. Out of these actresses which one do you like best: Lucille Ball, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Greer Garson or Katharine Hepburn?
Purely as actress, Ball. If the criteria is strictly film work (where Lucy had some success, but certainly not comparable to what she did in TV), I'd probably go with A. Hepburn.

13. Shadowy film noir from the 1940s or splashy colorful musicals from the 1950s?
On the whole, the latter, although in the wrong hands (e.g., MGM aside from the Freed unit), such musicals could look too overgrown for their own good.

14. Actor or actress with the best autograph (photo preferred).
I'll leave this to the calligraphers.

15. A baby (or childhood, or teenage) photo of either your favorite actress or actor (or both, if you’d like.)
Here's Carole Lombard as Jane Alice Peters in July 1918, three months away from her 10th birthday, aiding the war effort:




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