The Classic Film Fangirling Tag: Unleashing the Inner Fan

Hello, all! I sincerely hope you are keeping well and staying safe. The delightful Miriam @CineGratia and Lee @TotalleeLeeMac have created a super fun tag to get us all out of the slump that we find ourselves in these days and get our brains going! And what better way to do that than to talk about the movies we love. Thanks for putting this together, guys! It definitely got my brain on the right track again – a much needed tonic 🙂 You’ll want to check out their tag videos here and here.

Miriam and Lee have provided 10 questions to answer (which seem harder than they look at first glance!) that you can respond with via social media or a blog post using the hashtag #ClassicFilmFangirlingTag.

So without further ado, let’s begin…

1. If there is one film whose quotations you identify with the most, which one would it be?

If I can twist the word ‘identify’ a bit to mean ‘resonate’ then I would absolutely choose Gone With the Wind (1939). This movie has meant so much to me throughout the years and Scarlett’s famous line “After all, tomorrow is another day” is one of the reasons why. There’s hope in knowing that there is a tomorrow – that things don’t always stay the same, that the future offers new opportunities for personal growth, for fulfilling our dreams, and for the betterment of our world.

2. Name a minor character from a film whose backstory you would love to see explored in a spin-off film of their own.

I’m having a hard time coming up with a backstory I’d like to see but I can think of a sequel! The film noir Leave Her to Heaven (1945) boasts one of the most monstrous female characters in film, but hidden in her shadow is the quiet, meek adopted sister, Ruth (played by Jeanne Crain). At the film’s end it makes me think of what happens to Ruth and Richard after the credits roll. Could they find happiness after what happened? Do the shadows of the past creep into their marriage? I’d like to know…

3. If you could have been an extra in any film, which one would it have been?

For this answer I’m going with Top Hat (1935). I love musicals and where the music is – is where I want to be. Imagine standing on the side lines and seeing Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance together IN PERSON. Absolutely magical…after that experience I could die a happy girl!

Which scene would you have loved to have been part of?

I would love to have been a dancer in the big production number “The Piccolino.” There is some fun, outrageous, Berkeley-esque business going on with streamers and an extravagant big-white-set (Venetian style) that only RKO could produce!

4. If you could have attended any film premiere in history, which one would it have been?

Cat People (1942) was unlike anything audiences had seen up to that time. They were used to “creature features” such as Universal’s string of successful horror flicks, whereas in Cat People the monster was suggested and hardly seen. It would have been fun to be in the audience and get caught up in the story with them – to jump with them at the jump scares, and to scream with fright during the pool sequence.

5. If you could have signed up with a studio of the era which one would you have chosen and why?

This is an easy one for me to answer. I would have gone with MGM. The films they made, the stars and creatives they had under contract are among my personal favorites. I also love the prestige, glamour, and sophistication associated with the studio.

6. If you could take a prop/souvenir from one of your favorite classic films what would it be?

It’s all about the shoes! The Wizard of Oz (1939) contains some of the most iconic images in cinema, and the ruby slippers might just be at the very top of the list. Never failing to bring wonder and magic to audiences of all ages, the slippers are a symbol of adventure, magic, imagination, and a reminder that no matter where life takes us, our home is where our heart truly belongs.

I’ve been fascinated with these shoes forever. Not only are they sparkly, beautiful, and nostalgic, they are the ultimate symbol of Hollywood studio era moviemaking at its finest.

7. Which classic film character’s wardrobe would you most like to raid?

I’ve answered this question on an award post before which I’ll link right here, but there so many beautiful costumes in film that this question could be answered a million different ways! So, today I’m going with Gene Tierney as Lili Duran from On the Riviera (1951) with designs by Oleg Cassini. Not only does Lili have the perfect loungewear (and bedroom), she’s all set for the beach, and the ballroom as well.

8. Which restaurant, cafe, or other eatery featured in a classic film would you love to dine at?

I’ve always been intrigued by The Brown Derby ever since seeing the I Love Lucy episode “L.A. At Last.” The idea that the walls were covered with pictures of the movie stars who floated around in that eatery sounded so exciting! The Brown Derby is featured in some classic movies such as What Price Hollywood (1932).

When I went to Disney World a few years ago, I simply HAD to eat at the recreated restaurant at Hollywood Studios theme park. It was a lot of fun, but imagine my disappointment when no movie stars strolled in!

9. If you could have dinner or coffee (at that place) with a star, who would it be and why?

Again, I’ve answered this on that same award post, but I’m always up for meeting another film star! If I was going to The Brown Derby, I would be remiss if I didn’t choose to go with with William Holden 😉

10. If you could have attended an Oscar gala, which year would you pick?

1940! The energy and creativity that was in the air that night must have been inspiring to absorb, and how thrilling it would have been to see GWTW sweep the awards, to hear Vivien Leigh’s acceptance speech for her Best Actress Oscar, to see “Over the Rainbow” win for Best Original Song. A legendary and unforgettable night to be sure!

And that’s it…Stop by Miriam and Lee’s YouTube channels for some more classic film goodness – you’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for reading and for visiting The Classic Movie Muse!

It’s Award Time! – The Liebster Award

A few weeks ago Zoe from Hollywood Genes nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much, Zoe! The Liebster Award is a way to reach out, connect, and encourage each other in the blogging community.

In order to accept this award there are a few rules to follow, so without further delay let’s begin…

The rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post.
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  3. You must state up to 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Complete the questions that your nominator provided.
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum).
  6. Ask your nominees a series of questions (11 is the maximum).

11 Facts about Myself:

  1. I watched GWTW as a teen so many times I practically have the movie memorized and can push a play button in my head to “watch it” with sound included.
  2. I was told by two different people in the same day about ten minutes of each other that I look like Anne Hathaway.
  3. The books on my shelves can be divided into mainly four categories: film; fiction; interior design; and music/art.
  4. For a project in high school I had to draw all 50 of the US flags and as a result I still have a pretty good grasp of them.
  5. Classic film inspired me to take up ballroom dancing. I’m no Ginger Rogers, but I intended to develop my skills in this area as I absolutely love it.
  6. As a youngster I would pretend I was Esther Williams in our backyard pool and imitate her routine from the one film I had of hers.
  7. As a kid, I once ate a bowl and a half of plain Cool Whip in one sitting and haven’t touched it since.
  8. I play two instruments.
  9. My favorite classical composers are Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. As for popular music, the Great American Songbook is my jam – Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein.
  10. The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite stage show. I have seen it three times, and would gladly see it again.
  11. I have never broken a bone – knock on wood!

My 11 Questions from Zoe

What is the strangest or most off-brand topic/thing you’ve blogged about?

I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for this one as I try to keep everything on topic as best I can.

Who or what inspired you to start blogging?

One day after watching a film and looking it up online, I came across some of the lovely blogs that I am in contact with now. I thought, “Hey, I wanna do what these people are doing – to join them by way of spreading and sharing my love of classic movies with others.” These films are too great to be lost to obscurity and deserve to be noticed and appreciated for the wonderful pieces of art that they are.

Recast one of your favorite classic movies (pre 1970s) with modern actors.

VERTIGO (1958)

  • Jessica Biel as Madeleine Elster
  • Daniel Craig as Scottie Ferguson
  • Reese Witherspoon as Midge Wood

Recast one of your favorite modern movies with classic actors.

THE ILLUSIONIST (2006)

  • Ingrid Bergman as Sophie
  • Gregory Peck as Eisenheim
  • Claude Rains as Inspector Uhl
  • Vincent Price as Crown Prince Leopold

What is a book that you would love to see adapted into a film and why? 

I read a book as a youngster that I loved called The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye. It is a lovely tale with a wonderful message about being loved for who you really are – not for money, status, or appearance. The princess in the story is plucky, self-reliant, happy with who she is and takes the reins in delegating how her life plays out.

What do you consider the biggest misstep behind the scenes in the cinema world (i.e. not casting someone for a role, a specific directorial choice, a remake that shouldn’t have happened, an interview that went on to haunt someone, etc.)

No disrespect to Bogie, but if I was casting Sabrina (1953) I would have cast someone else as Linus Larrabee. Maybe Rock Hudson would have worked…I could see him playing the strictly business type turned soft by Audrey’s charms.

What do you consider the most fascinating film community scandal (past or present)?

Too many to name!

Which actor or actress do you think died way too soon and where would you have liked to see their career go had they lived?

Oh, there are so many I could go with here but my heart always goes out to Marilyn Monroe. She had the intelligence and the popularity to go up higher in the industry. She did have her own production company and I’m sure she could have kept going up the ladder if her life had permitted.

Which actor or actress missed their calling in a specific genre and why do you think they would or would have excelled in this vein? 

I would say Merle Oberon. In The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) she showed she had some comedic chops as well as being a fine dramatic actress.

Which 6 guests would you invite to your Hollywood party and why these specific 6? 

Oh yay, I love this question! I would invite Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Lucille Ball, and Marlon Brando. I think besides being very talented as well as some of my favorite actors, these six would make a fine bunch to give advice about many things and would be all around awesome to hang out with.

Which onscreen outfit would you wear everyday if you could and why did you pick this one?

Grace Kelly’s dress from Rear Window (1954). Because it would make me feel beautiful and the skirt looks roomy enough to move around in and be comfortable. Wearing white all day would make me nervous though! I wouldn’t want to get it dirty 😉

The Nominees

  1. Pure Entertainment Preservation Society
  2. The Classic Hollywood Blog
  3. Classic Film Journal
  4. Femnista
  5. Hollywoodland Photos

My Questions for the Nominees

  1. When did you first become interested in classic film?
  2. What is your favorite movie quote?
  3. If you had to choose 5 movies to take with you to a deserted island what would they be and why those 5?
  4. Who is the latest actor/director etc. that you’ve discovered and where/how did you discover them?
  5. What’s something you’ve learned about yourself from blogging?

Congrats to the nominees!

Thanks for reading and for visiting The Classic Movie Muse!

It’s Award Time! – Blogger Recognition Award

About a week ago, I was happy to learn that The Classic Movie Muse is the proud recipient of the Blogger Recognition Award! My fellow blogger, Sally Silverscreen at 18 Cinema Lane, was kind enough to bestow this award on me. Thank you so much, Sally! Sally’s blog covers everything from Hallmark movies to contemporary movies to classic movies and if you haven’t stopped by her blog yet, I highly encourage you to visit!

Here’s the link to Sally’s blog: https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/

The rules for the award are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Place the award banner somewhere on your blog
  3. Share the story or history behind the creation of your blog.
  4. Provide two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.
  6. Share the exciting news with your nominees

The first two rules have been completed above, and now we move on to rule number three…

3. Share the story or history behind the creation of your blog.

Classic movies have always been one of my passions, but I never dreamed I’d have a blog about them. After watching a film, I usually look it up online to learn more about it, and one day I happened upon some of the blogs that I am in contact with now. The wonderful blogs and blogging community I encountered gave me a desire to start my own blog and to be a part of the community.

4. Provide two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Since I am a fairly new blogger myself (nearly 4 months) I don’t feel very qualified to answer, but one thing that always helps in life is to not compare yourself with others. No one else has the same perspective, gifts, and essence as you do. Let your voice be heard for that is what makes you unique.

My second piece of advice is to have fun! Enjoy the process, and when things get tough (writer’s block, etc.), allow yourself some time away and come back to it later with a fresh mind.

5. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Thanks for reading and for visiting The Classic Movie Muse!

The Sunshine Blogger Award – Hello Sunshine!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Paul from Silver Screen Classics has kindly nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to bloggers who are positive, creative, and inspiring. I’ve been blogging for a little over a month so this is a huge honor to say the least. I am so very thankful! Thank you for your thoughtfulness, Paul!!

I’d also like to thank all those who have supported my blogging efforts and for the kindness they’ve extended in welcoming me to the classic film community. You’ll never know how much your thoughtful comments and supportive words mean to me. I’ve enjoyed chatting with each one of you and look forward to many more wonderful discussions in addition to reading your inspiring articles!

I could go on all day, but let’s commence with the preliminaries, shall we?

The rules concerning the award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers.
  4. Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.

I am going to make an amend to the nomination with the permission of Katharine Hepburn. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” There are a few questions I have chosen not to answer. Nonetheless, I had a blast answering these questions and coming up with new ones for my fellow bloggers!

Questions and Answers

Which actor or actress who hasn’t received an Oscar do you think deserves one? And for what film?

Merle Oberon. I think she was very underrated. Maybe her beauty overshadowed her abilities. Her Cathy in Wuthering Heights is heartbreaking and worthy of an award, but 1939 was such a monumental year in films and had so many great contenders. I have yet to see her Oscar nominated role The Dark Angel (1935). If anyone has seen that one, please let me know!

Who is your favourite child actor and name a film they were in which you love.

Mary Jane Saunders in Father is a Bachelor (1950). She is a new discovery of mine thanks to Mike at Mike’s Take on the Movies. Read Mike’s review of this adorable film here.

If a biopic was made of you during the classic film era (1920s to 1960s), who would you like to play you and why?

Audrey Hepburn. Who wouldn’t want to be represented by her? She’s elegant, unpretentious, and her good nature shines through her face like a ray of sunshine.

Which famous starry couple (of any time and place) would you want as neighbours?

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. With their crazy antics and menagerie, they seem like the perfect neighbors to spice up the neighborhood.

If there was ONE actor or actress (living or deceased) whom you could interview for your blog, who would it be and why would you choose that person?

Grace Kelly. She has always held a certain fascination and mystery for me. The films she worked on and people she worked with were legendary. I’d love to hear of her experiences working with them and the making of those films. Her life is so inspiring as well. Coming from a family where only her uncle could appreciate her gifts and interests must have been difficult, but she pressed on despite her family’s disbelief in her abilities. In the end, she outshined all of them.

Which film character’s closet would you love to raid?

Hmm this is a tough one but I’m going to say Scarlett O’Hara. She is the ultimate and cannot be beat! I can’t get enough of the lush fabrics she wears. The robes she wears towards the end of the film are spectacular.

Of all the classic film studios, which is your favourite and why?

MGM. I’m drawn to the glamour of the studio, the plethora of musicals they turned out, the way they used color, the art direction, and the roster of fabulous stars. It’s also pretty fascinating to me how the studio was a whole world unto itself.

Choose a film where you would love to change the ending. Explain what that change would be and why you would do it.

I’d love to change the ending to Sabrina (1954). It always felt off to me that Sabrina and Linus get together. I can’t feel the chemistry between them and I don’t see them lasting for the long haul. I understand that Sabrina brought Linus out and made him realize he was missing something, that he needed something in life more than his corporate world. I would rather have them part as friends where Linus finds someone in New York, and Sabrina goes off to Paris and finds someone wonderful there.

The Nominees for The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Wonderful World of Cinema

Poppity Talks Classic Film

A Vintage Nerd

Watching Forever

Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Silver Screenings

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies

Coffee, Classics & Craziness

The Flapper Dame

A Person in the Dark

Caftan Woman

The nominees above have wonderful blogs and I highly, highly recommend checking them out if you’re not acquainted with them already!

The Questions

  1. What are two of your favorite films that have also won Best Picture?
  2. What is your favorite film score?
  3. What is your favorite play to movie adaptation?
  4. What is your favorite decade of film? Your least favorite? Why and why not?
  5. If you could be a character in a film for a day who would it be and why?
  6. What is the latest film related book you’ve read? Share something new you learned from it.
  7. You’re given the chance to recast a film from the golden era. Which film would it be and who would you choose for your dream cast?
  8. Do you prefer Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?
  9. You’ve walked into a restaurant and have the choice of having five folks from the film industry (actors/actresses/directors/screenwriters/composers etc.) join you for dinner. Who would you choose and why?
  10. What’s a film related item you have on your holiday wish list?
  11. You are given the chance to go back in time and watch the filming of a movie from the golden age. Which is it and why?

Congrats to my nominees!

Just know that there is absolutely no pressure to participate, it’s totally understandable if you choose not to; however, I do recommend it as it is a lot of fun.

I’m extending the invitation to everyone, not only the nominees, to answer as many questions as they’d like in the comment section. I look forward to reading your answers! Until then…

Thanks for reading and for visiting The Classic Movie Muse!