The Golden Age of Hollywood

This is a recent post I did on my blog All Good Things and I decided to post it here as well to let more of my friends here know more about me. I do this type of format every month on my blog with other bloggers who I have met and befriended. Would like to do the same for my friends on here. Who would like to go first? Just copy and paste the questions and put your answers and photos in place of mine.

Well, here it is...a new month and for my monthly series, Be My Guest, I decided to interview myself to let all my followers know more about me. I can't believe I hadn't thought of this before. Anyway I tweaked some of my questions from my previous month's guest bloggers and added a few more. So let's get started.


Who are my Top 5 favorite actors/actresses?








Cary Grant



















Carole Lombard















Irene Dunne








William Holden



















Elizabeth Montgomery

(I know technically she is not a classic movie star actress but what can I say, Elizabeth is awesome!)












What are my favorite films?


His Girl Friday

Bringing Up Baby

The Lady Vanishes

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

The Thin Man

The Best Years of our Lives

My Favorite Wife


Describe your first classic movie experience


It's kind of weird but the first classic movie I ever saw turns out to be my favorite film of all time. I couldn't have been more than 13 or 14 and was watching Nick at Nite. This was when Nickeloden used to air classic tv shows like Donna Reed, Hazel, etc during the week-nights. And then around 10 or so, they would show classic movies. The two films I recall seeing first..one was The Stork Club and I didn't watch the whole movie. But the other one was an instant favorite for me...His Girl Friday. I thought that movie was hilarious from beginning to end. And still to this day, I watch it several times a year. It's just funny that the first classic movie I ever saw completely would end up being my favorite film ever.



Describe the perfect way for you to watch a classic movie.


In my living room, on my sofa, watching them on my 42 inch HDTV. Pure bliss.


What is your favorite classic movie decade?


The 1930's mainly for the reason of that's when screwball comedies (my favorite genre) were at their zenith.

And the musicals were pretty good too.


Any current stars who catch your fancy?


Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington, Leo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow


What is your favorite movie quote? Kind of hard to narrow down a favorite so I will list a few:


Crystal Allen: "There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society-outside of a kennel". - THE WOMEN


Mortimer Brewster: "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops". - ARSENIC & OLD LACE


Joe Gillis: "There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five". - SUNSET BOULEVARD


What is your favorite film series?


Ah, an easy one..that would be The Thin Man. A great series that always entertains me. I've had several Thin Man marathons over the years and they never get old.




What stars, besides your favorites, would you have loved to have met in person?


Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, Grace Kelly



If you could be any movie character, who would it be and why?


Man, these are some hard questions I gave you guys. I'm going to go with Lt. Willie Calhoun in Union Station, as played by William Holden. Just because he was a take charge, no bs kind of guy. Not macho, but confident. That's who I would choose.


So there you have it..my favorites and some of my history of classic movies and stars. I hope everyone enjoyed my little experiment and I can't wait for some of your comments.




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Comment by Rosie Sayer on November 21, 2010 at 7:11pm
Miss Spaulding, you remind me how much I miss my cat! I used to do most of my movie-watching in bed, watching on a portable DVD-player. When I was lucky, my cat would join me. Here's a pic of my Dashiell:

Comment by Rosie Sayer on November 19, 2010 at 10:22pm
Thanks for inspiring me, Monty! It was brave of you to go first!
Comment by Monty on November 19, 2010 at 8:08pm
Awesome answers Rosie. Easy Living is a wonderful movie. I can see why it would be high on your list. Arsenic & Old Lace is definitely a favorite of mine. I agree with you on the 30's being the best decade. And definitely agree on The Thin Man as being the best film series. I got hungry as well listening you describe your favorite way to watch classic movies. Cool. I enjoyed your answers Rosie. Thanks for taking the time to respond to those questions. It was fun reading someone's else favorites.
Comment by Rosie Sayer on November 18, 2010 at 9:33pm
It will be hard to limit my answers to just five or just one, but I'll try.
1. Top 5 classic movie actors: Jean Arthur, Cary Grant, Melvyn Douglas, William Powell, David Niven.
2. Five (or more) favorite films: Easy Living (1937), The African Queen, Casablanca, His Girl Friday, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Ninotchka
3. I'm not sure this was the very first classic film I ever saw, but I remember being very taken with Arsenic and Old Lace when I first saw it on TV. I was in elementary school but old enough to enjoy the film. The quaintness of the two aunts was enhanced by the fact that the film itself at that time was old-fashioned--3 decades old. Because of this, I wasn't frightened at all by the film's suspenseful elements, and I could thoroughly enjoy the comedy, along with the film's "classic movie" mystique, a quality I can't properly describe, but I think this was my first experience of it. It was not only my first comedy-thriller but also my first Cary Grant film, and I don't think I even knew at the time how famous he was. The film really impressed me, and I know that for years afterwards I wanted to see it again and show it to others, but I didn't run across it again until decades later.
4. My perfect setting for film-watching: a comfortable sofa; at one side, an ice-cold dry martini in a classic martini glass; a platter of snacks (I prefer ultrathin crackers with goat cheese or smoked salmon, or perhaps a plate of nachos fresh from the oven and swimming in bubbly, melted cheese and fresh-sliced jalapeños...my god I'm hungry); dim lighting and a soft breeze wafting through the windows; and finally, a wide-format, 48" flat screen beside me, singing in the wilderness. Companion optional, but if present, must not snore during the movie.
5. Favorite decade: That's easy. The 1930s.
6. Favorite modern actors/actresses: I shouldn't even answer this, I'm so ignorant of modern stars, but... Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Robert Duvall, Danny De Vito, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Jodie Foster
7. I don't have just one favorite movie quote, but I'll choose this one from The African Queen: "I never dreamed any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!"
8. Favorite series: The Thin Man
9. I don't know what star I'd love to have met in person. A brief encounter with a celebrity doesn't really appeal to me. But I wish I could have told some classic supporting actors like Elizabeth Patterson how much I appreciate their work.
10. No idea what character I would like to be. I admire Greer Garson's patience, grace and devotion in Random Harvest, Angelina Jolie's superhuman physical skills in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Audrey Hepburn's elegance in Roman Holiday, but secretly I guess I yearn to be Mae West in any of her films.
Comment by Monty on November 15, 2010 at 5:05pm
I guess some of the questions didn't transfer over when I copied them to here or they're just to dark to read. But here are all of the questions in order.

1. Name your top 5 favorite classic movies actors.
2. Name at least 5 of your favorite films.
3. Describe your first classic movie experience.
4. Describe the perfect way for you to watch a classic movie.
5. What is your favorite classic movie decade: the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's or 60's?
6. Name a few of your favorite modern movie actors/actresses.
7. What is your favorite movie quote?
8. What is your favorite classic movie series?
9. What stars, besides your favorites would you have love to met in person?
10. And finally,, if you could be one movie character, who would it be and why?
Comment by Rosie Sayer on November 15, 2010 at 10:05am
Hi Monty! I like your picks, but some of the questions seem to be missing. Can you fill us in on those?

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