The #ClassicFilmFangirlingTag was created by the very lovely Lee & Miriam. Check out their tag videos here and here. They’re two of the most delightful women on the planet and their sheer and utter joy when talking about classic movies is darn-right infectious!
Here are the questions Lee and Miriam have come up with —
1) If there is one film whose quotations you identify with the most, which one would it be?
There are so many great lines of dialogue in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) that I personally identify with and can relate to: 1) Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn, 2) Tomorrow is another day, 3) Fiddle-dee-dee!, 4) As God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again, and 5) Quittin’ time!
2) Name a minor character from a film whose backstory you would love to see explored in a spin-off film of their own.
Violet Bick (Gloria Grahame) from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946). I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’d love to discover what Violet’s backstory is. In the film, she’s sort of portrayed as a flirty, loose woman and I know there’s much more to her than just that (there usually is).
3) If you could have been an extra in any film, which one would it have been?
BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST (1925). Have you seen that chariot race? I would have loved to have been a spectator in that crowd on the day(s) that scene was filmed. I recently read a great biography of Ramon Novarro by Andre Soares and in it, Soares describes the set of BEN-HUR as a veritable disaster area. Apparently, there were a lot of things that went wrong during the making of this silent film epic. I would have loved to have seen everything firsthand no matter how messy or how tense it got.
4) If you could have attended any film premier in history, which one would it have been?
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) had its film premier in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on December 15, 1939 and more than 300,000 people attended. Can you imagine?! Not only would I have gotten to see the film’s stars and studio executives all dolled up on an evening out, but I would have gotten to be a part of history because history was certainly made that night, my friends. Plus, GONE WITH THE WIND is my all-time favourite film (well, it’s tied for first place with THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939).
5) If you could have signed up with a studio of the era (MGM, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, RKO, Columbia, Paramount, Universal), which one would you have chosen? And why?
The first words out of my mouth were Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but the more I think of it, the more I want to say either Paramount or Universal. MGM had the stars, the sets, Adrian, Cedric Gibbons, the money, and the power but Paramount had glitz, glamour, polish and sophistication. Universal had the classic horror monsters I love so much, so this is a really tough call for me. Okay fine, I’m gonna say MGM because Clark Gable.
6) If you could take a prop/souvenir from one of your favourite classic films what would it be?
Does Asta from THE THIN MAN (1934) count as a prop/souvenir? No? I didn’t think so. Okay how about the infamous intercostal clavicle bone that Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) was always misplacing? That one, definitely! I’d love to get my hands on that prop (if it even still exists).
7) Which classic film character’s wardrobe would you most like to raid?
Can I choose two? Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) and any character Kay Francis played in her slew of Warner Bros. pre-Codes. You can’t really go wrong, can you, when you’re raiding closets filled with clothes designed by Adrian and Orry-Kelly!
8) Which restaurant, cafe or other eatery featured in a classic film would you love to dine at?
I’m cheating here a bit because it’s not classified a restaurant or cafe, but I guess it could be considered an eatery of a sort – the Smith family house in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944). Their meals seem so heart-warming and convivial and I’m dying to try Katie’s tomato sauce!
9) If you could have dinner or coffee (at that place) with a star, who would it be and why?
Greta Garbo. No matter how aloof she’s said to have been in real life, I truly believe a meal with her at the Smith’s house would have opened her up. I’d love to ask her all about the films she made – especially the silents and pre-Codes – and I would definitely ask her why she left John Gilbert at the altar.
10) If you could have attended an Oscar gala, which year would you pick?
Oh goodness, this is another really tough question to answer. My initial response would be the 1940 Oscars ceremony because of all the great films and performances that came out of Hollywood in 1939, but my gut is telling me any Oscars ceremony that took place in the 1920s when the Academy was still new and silent films were being given the spotlight.
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