Thursday, April 15, 2010

I completed Kate and Millie's quiz...

Ooh, I do love a questionnaire, me, and here's a good one devised by Kate and Millie that you can find over at you know where and you know where too.

1. Which actors do you always (or did you always) mix-up?Well, Jeff Bridges and Kurt Russell are clearly the same person using two different names. And I can't say I've ever gotten any of the following mixed up, but I'm surprised their extreme similarity is not more often remarked upon: Fay Wray and Gloria Swanson, Glynis Johns and Gloria Grahame, Margaret Lockwood and Yvonne de Carlo, Avril Lavigne and the young Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Harold Lloyd without his glasses on, Shirley Temple and Erich Von Stroheim.

The first two are probably just my problem, but I bet you're not instantly certain who's who on the second row...
2. Gidget or Beach Party?
Horror of Party Beach (1964) is the perfect antidote to both.
. 3. Favourite Movie Outfit?Just as it is in the film, this is a close fight between Kay Johnson's party outfit in Madam Satan and Lillian Roth's party outfit in Madam Satan. The guys in the film go for Kay; I lean slightly towards Lillian. Was that plumage made for her or was she was made for it?
4. If you could be ANY character in ANY movie...who would you choose?I would say Seymour in Ghost World, but I am him already, so I'll go for wish fulfilment and settle on Jimmy as Thomas Jefferson Destry, a pacifist when possible but an avenger when necessary.
5. If you could marry ANY character in ANY movie...who would you choose?
Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch, and I wouldn't be all prissy and Darrin Stevensish about her using her magical powers either. Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep would probably be hell as a wife, but just think of the honeymoon.
6. If you could live in ANY movie...which would you choose?The Omega Man (1971)
7. Black & White movies you wish were in Technicolor, or vice-versa?I'd like to see Bette's dress in Jezebel in Technicolor. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd and Road to Bali should be in black and white: forties comedians aren't so funny in colour, especially in the fifties.
8. Favourite Movie Soundtrack?Ghost World combines Skip James, Lionel Belasco and Hoagy Carmichael with a beautiful original score by David Kitay, so that takes some beating. As for most effective main theme: the first one that popped into my head was Dmitri Tiomkin's masterpiece for Double Indemnity.
.9. Favourite Movie Dance Sequence?
My head says there are so many Busby Bs to choose from... but the heart wants what it wants, and Jane Russell's 'Looking for Trouble' routine in The French Line manages to disprove two of the fundamental pillars of science: the essential motivelessness of Darwinian evolution and the impossibility of perpetual motion. To think that my parents' generation saw it in 3-D... How did they survive?

10. Coolest Movie Star?

Clint of course.
11. Sophia or Gina?I'd be happy with either... but Sophia casts the more lasting shadow.

12. "Isn't It Romantic" in most Billy Wilder films, or "Red River Valley" in most John Ford films?Can you repeat the question?

If you could re-cast ANY role in ANY movie, what would it be?Absolutely everyone in High Society except Grace Kelly. Also I can't help thinking that the cast of The Maltese Falcon has to work too hard pretending Mary Astor's still got it: I'd swap her for Paulette Goddard. Jane Russell should have been in Warners films in the forties instead of stuck at RKO. I wish Kenneth Williams had played Sherlock Holmes, and I could have done without Sean Connery as James Bond. It's not like Richard Todd hadn't been invented or something.
.14. Favourite movie character with your first name?
There are very few Matthews in the movies, and the ones there are tend to be fanatics of one kind or another, like Vincent Price in Witchfinder General, or Fredric March in Inherit the Wind. I think I'll go for Freddie, on the grounds that I feel more and more sorry for his character each time I re-encounter that sly and mendacious little film.
15.One movie that should NEVER be remade? (under THE THREAT OF A SLOW, PAINFUL DEATH!)King Kong (1933). Damn! Too late!
.16. Actor or Actress who you would love to be best friends with?Robert Benchley, Patsy Kelly: Hollywood outsiders, moonlighting on the inside.
.17. Are you an Oscar or a Felix?An unlikely mixture of the worst aspects of both.
.18. Actor/Actress you originally hated and now love?Spencer Tracy took a long time. His reputation annoyed me, and for a long time the only things I'd seen him in were those later films in which he is clearly past it, like Inherit the Wind and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the only film with fewer laughs than Cries and Whispers. Now I can see they were right, and every time I see him he impresses me more.
I also find myself much more generously disposed towards Lon Chaney Jr than I was before I knew of all the things he had to put up with in his career.
.19. Actor/Actress you originally loved and now don't like?
God forgive me, I used to like Jane Fonda.
.20. Favourite performance that was looked over by Oscar? (Not to be confused with the aforementioned Oscar of Felix fame.)
Most of my favourite performances were snubbed by Oscar and I wouldn't want it any other way, though I have to say that ignoring Scheider's, Shaw's, Dreyfuss's, Gary's and Hamilton's faultless work in Jaws seems especially perverse.
.21. Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie?

22. Hannibal Heyes or Kid Curry? (Hint for those who don't know who they are: pick Hannibal Heyes.)The one with the biggest tits.
23. Favourite Style Icon: Fred Astaire or Cary Grant?A photo-finish after a highly unequal start: Cary came out of the womb with a martini and a bon mot; Fred looks like a circus exhibit until he starts moving. It's closer than it should be given the odds, but I think Archie still just has it.
.24. Single most favourite movie scene EVER?
So, so many. Top of my head: the Maurice Chevalier/passport examination scene from Monkey Business (1931) takes some beating.
.25. Movie you really should see, but have been subconsciously avoiding for who knows what reason?Well, I've seen literally not one single frame of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings children's films, though as Sherlock Holmes once said, I can't say it's likely to weigh too heavily on my conscience. More embarrassingly, Rio Bravo and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp have been sat on my shelf for so very long, waiting for the right time to be watched... and for some reason it just never seems to come around. Not the expectation of dislike, far from it in fact, just a question of compatibility of temperament. Plus they're both very long.
26. Movie quote you find yourself most often repeating in real life?"You'll get used to me." (Norman Wisdom in Up in the World.)
27. 50's Westerns or 60's Spies?
The spies have it.
.28. Favourite splashy, colourful, obnoxious 50's musical?
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, even though it's a travesty of the book.
29. Favourite film setting (example: Rome, Paris, Seattle, Siberia, Chile, Sahara Desert, etc) I am guaranteed to love any film set in a wax museum, but if we're talking geography, I'll watch anything in Italy, and anything in Cornwall.
.30. If you could own the entire wardrobe of any film, which would it be?
That one in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
.31. Carol Burnett or Lucille Ball?
Carol, from a position of considerable ignorance on both counts.
.32. Favourite Voice. Ever. Period. If honey could talk, it would sound like Glynis Johns. Among men: Vincent Price. Or if you mean singing voice: Andy Williams.
.33. Favourite movie that takes place in your home-state?That would presumably be county over here, which would be Devon, so the howl goes out to The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939).
.34. Which actors would you want for relatives? (Mother, Father, Grandma, Crazy Aunt, annoying cousin, older brother, etc...)Well, obviously I'd like to have been a Marx Brother. Uncles: Roland Young, Charlie Ruggles, Miles Malleson. Crazy aunt: Helen Kane. Next door neighbour: Scarlett Johansson.