Thursday, June 30, 2016

Another Movie-Themed Liebster Award

Phyl at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies tagged me with this.  I really liked her questions so even though I just did one last month, I'm doing this again :-)  I'm not going to tag anyone this time around, though, so if you want to play, go ahead and consider yourself tagged!  You can just use these same questions again.

1. Out of the classic movie stars still alive (Olivia de Havilland, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner, Jerry Lewis, Sidney Poitier, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, to name some), who would you most like to meet and what would you talk about?

That's such a hard choice!  Kind of a toss-up between Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds, but Julie Andrews was a huge part of my childhood, and Dick Van Dyke too.  Hmm.  What if I interviewed Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke at the same time and asked them all about making Mary Poppins?

2. That one classic movie you really want to see but can't seem to get your hands on a copy.

One?!?!  Okay, the 1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Maureen O'Hara as Esmerelda has been on my to-watch list for a loooong time, but it has yet to cross my path.

3. Current movie star crush (and by current I mean the one you're crushing on right now, not necessarily a current celebrity).

Alan Ladd.  "Crushing" is too mild a term at this point, though.  So are "swooning" and "gushing."  "Obsessing" might come close.  As you might be able to tell from a certain Pinterest board...

4. James Stewart or Gary Cooper?

James Stewart!  No contest.

5. You're interning at a studio and you find a box (let's say 23 ft) hidden away that hasn't been touched in decades. What do you find inside?

A treasure trove of "lost" Rudolph Valentino movies!!!!

6. What would you write your thesis on if you got a films studies degree?

Oh, either something to do with John Wayne or the film versions of Raymond Chandler's books.

7. What TV house would you like to live in?

I always thought the Taylor home on The Andy Griffith Show looked comfortable.  Though I really wonder what Andy is pointing to here.

8. A Classic Movie Star asks you to help them write their autobiography, who is it?

Eeeeee!  Um, presumably someone who's still alive, so... Doris Day, maybe?  I do try to always buy pajamas that look like she would wear them.  I'm sure that would help somehow...

9. Do you prefer films with over-the-top costumes that are a feast to the eyes or films where the costumes aren't noticeable and where your main focus is the story?

Either way, my main focus is going to be the characters and story, so it makes little difference to me, I'm afraid.

10. Last year TCM had a free online class on Film Noir. What topic would you like to see a free class on in the future?

They did?  And I missed it?  Bummer!  Well, in the future, one on westerns would be awesome.  Especially if I knew about it and could participate.

11. What Olivia de Havilland film are you most looking forward to seeing in July?

Well, I'm going to be rewatching The Proud Rebel (1958) tonight to put the finishing touches on my review of it for a certain blogathon.  But I think I'll also try to watch The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with my kids this weekend.  Or maybe I'll finally convince them to try Captain Blood (1935), if they're in a piratical mood.


  1. You like Alan Ladd very, very much--I can see that :-)

    Isn't it amazing that Olivia de Havilland is still ALIVE after all this time????? Man, I hope *I* live to be over 100 . . .

    1. Jessica, yeah... this has gone way beyond a mild "spring fling" flirtation. The man is in my top 10 favorite actors at this point. It's very, very serious.

      And yes! I've read that OdH is still mentally as sharp as can be, and still physically in great health except that her hearing and sight are gradually failing. She emails! The woman is an inspiration.

  2. Another Alan Ladd obsessive here! :-) I'm looking forward to your post on THE PROUD REBEL. SUCH a good film.

    1. Jocelyn, hi! So nice to 'meet' another Ladd fan :-) I just finished that post (it's here), and yes, such a meaty little film, isn't it?

  3. Great answers!!! Love that you buy Doris Day pjs :) And that's totally fine to interview both Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke ;)

    Clearly you should have discovered my blog long ago!! I can still access all the material for the noir class so let me know if you ever want me to send you some. There's quite a bit of material.

    1. Doris Day just always seems to have the cutest pajamas no matter what movie she's in. What's up with that?

      And YES, I should have discovered your blog long ago. Hooray for Olivia de Havilland bringing us together! I would love to read some of that noir stuff -- maybe we can work out a way to share it. And then I'd just have to find time to read it...

    2. I'd be happy to email stuff to you. I could even do it weekly so you have time to read it! And I still have all the "Daily Dose of Darkness" they sent every day in my email :)

    3. That would be awesome! Thanks! I'll email you right now :-)

  4. THANK YOU to whoever anonymously sent me a copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame today!!! I was so surprised to find it in my mailbox :-D There was no shipping info from Amazon, so I don't know which of my lovely friends sent me this, but thank you, whoever you may be! I'm hoping to watch it this week :-D

  5. I saw Captain Blood YEARS ago and will confess to my memory of it being hazy. But it seems like I did enjoy it. Who doesn't like a good old-fashioned swashbuckler now and again!? :)

    1. I simply can't remember if I saw Captain Blood or The Sea Hawk years ago, but I remember watching an Errol Flynn pirate movie at some point and enjoying it :-) Everyone neeeds a good swashbuckler at times!

  6. I HAVE been noticing the influx of Alan Ladd pics on pinterest interestingly enough. ;) And if I got the chance to even MEET Julie Andrews, I think I'd be happy. But I'd never get my voice to work. I'd been struck dumb and maybe only be able to smile. If that. And for the record? I think Doris Day pjs would totally help!

    1. Kara, haha! Yes, and there've been an awful lot of Alan Ladd movie reviews cropping up here too, huh?

      I've met a few very minor celebrities, and really couldn't do much more than squeak "hi." If that. A smile is always good too!

      And yeah, Doris Day PJs are the best. One should always be able to feel perky and spunky, even in bed!


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