So much for me posting up a storm here in May! I can’t believe tomorrow is June 1st. It’s been a busy couple of months and I’ve hardly watched any movies at all. Here’s hoping the summer provides me with some quieter moments, so I’ll have more time for watching and writing. My backlog of unwatched films recorded off TCM is getting ridiculous!
Anyway, several people, including Clara at Via Margutta 51, have done the 15 Movie Questions meme recently, and it looked like fun. If you’d like to do it yourself, consider yourself tagged.
1. Movie you love with a passion.
There are a lot of these! Maybe An Affair to Remember. I’ve seen it so many times and still think it’s the most romantic movie ever.
2. Movie you vow to never watch.
Never is a very long time, so who knows? There was a time when I hated Westerns, after all, but now there are quite a few I love. But I’m definitely averse to horror movies, especially modern day gory ones, so probably those.
3. Movie that literally left you speechless.
Leave Her to Heaven – the rowboat scene. (Starts at about 2:20 below.) I was so stunned and horrified the first time I saw it, and it still leaves me speechless every time.
4. Movie you always recommend.
The More the Merrier. To me it’s a perfect romantic comedy, and yet a lot of people outside of the classic movie fandom have never heard of it – or of Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Charles Coburn.
5. Actor/actress you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie.
Cary Grant. I’ll watch anything he’s in at least once! Obviously I’m not the only one who feels this way, given the recent releases of many of his early ‘30s movies on DVD.
6. Actor/actress you don’t get the appeal for.
7. Actor/actress, living or dead, you’d love to meet.
Cary Grant. I’m reading his daughter’s book now (review to come!), and it’s made me adore him even more than I already did. I’d love to have known him. I’d also love to have met Audrey Hepburn, the sweetest lady ever, and Montgomery Clift, because he was so sad and I think he could’ve used a hug. (And some anti-depressants, bless him.)
8. Sexiest actor/actress you’ve seen. (Picture required!)
Gary Cooper, no question. In his prime he was absolutely the sexiest, most beautiful man ever in the movies. Tall and lanky, with masculine strength and that sweet, shy demeanor, he could wear bespoke European suits or rugged American cowboy gear with equal elegance. That pretty face and those bedroom eyes, swoon!
He was basically catnip for women, both on and off screen, and continues to be dreamy even to girls born many years after died. I think I’d better add him to question #7, above! I’d love to have met Coop, that’s for sure. Preferably alone on a deserted tropical island.
9. Dream cast.
Cary Grant and Barbara Stanwyck in a romantic comedy. Why did that never happen?
10. Favorite actor pairing.
Rock Hudson and Doris Day. They were so much fun together.
11. Favorite movie setting.
Paris. So many of my favorite movies take place there: An American in Paris, Gigi, Sabrina, Funny Face, Charade. Heck, pretty much every Audrey Hepburn movie is set in Paris!
12. Favorite decade for movies.
Probably the ‘30s.
13. Chick flick or action movie?
14. Hero, villain or anti-hero?
15. Black and white or color?
Black and white, I suppose, although I wouldn’t want to live without all my beautiful Technicolor movies.