Patricia Gallagher from Silver Spring, MD

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Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I'm a librarian, working full time, so that cuts into my leisure time quite a bit. I knit (often when I'm watching TCM). And I'm part of a group of folks who watch old movies together and discuss them. We meet about once a week; I compile a list of what I think everyone might enjoy, or I look for an actor that we can binge, and the group picks from that list. It's enjoyable to watch a film with which you are really familiar with folks who've never seen it before.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

I like popcorn, so that's my go-to when I'm at a theatre. But at home, it's usually a glass of wine or seltzer.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The introductions. If it's a movie I know very well, I may just watch that to get new insight on the film. I'm also very fond of the many series that TCM creates. They are so imaginative. I particularly enjoyed the series on the Blacklist. It was insightful and timely.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I'm partial to romances. But I'm very interested in movies about women physicians. There actually are quite a few of them, and they are very different from the usual movies of the 30s - 50s concerning career women. I've actually presented a paper about the subject at several events.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

Barbara Stanwyck. She can do anything, any genre, any character. Her characterizations are subtle and interesting. She elevates even the worst film, and when she is in an excellent one, like The Lady Eve or Double Indemnity, the film fairly sizzles with excitement.


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

I was very excited to meet Robert Osborne when he appeared at the Smithsonian Institute to introduce a film -- it was a high moment for me. I told him how much his introductions to the films on TCM meant to me, and how much I learned from him.


What do you collect?

I have many, MANY film books. I also have an interesting collection from the movie The Girl in White (about a woman doctor!). But my passion is DVDs. I love being able to pull the film I want to watch off my shelf and watch it; as someone raised before DVRs and cable TV, the immediacy of having just what I want at my fingertips is the ultimate luxury.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

That's really hard. I'm going to go against convention and say that The Girl in White is my favorite film; it's about a real person who defies convention. And the film is remarkably close to the autobiography on which it is based. As the only film I know of about a REAL woman physician, it's unique. And as a film in which a woman chooses her career AND her man, it's highly unusual.


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