Kirt Mahlum from Victorville, CA


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I'm a retired Court Commissioner. At 74 I participate in weightlifting, daily cross-fit classes , and contact karate for fun, and have considered it my new job to get healthier and stronger every year since my retirement from the bench 6 years ago. I sit on a school and hospital boards to continue giving back. I devote one hour per day to online classes to keep my mind active. My wife and I take an average of one cruise per year and shorter trips to the Sonoma wine country throughout the year.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn, without butter, and a diet drink.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The discussion of the movies by the hosts. I look forward to hearing little-known facts about the movie. I do wish a host came on before all the movies and not just limited to the evening hours. The current hosts are all outstanding.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I pretty much like anything made in the nineteen thirties and forties with comedies and adventure movies topping the list. The outstanding supporting actors during this period could make a mediocre movie fun to watch. Claude Rains, the greatest of all time, Charles Coburn, a close second, Rags Ragland, Una Merkel and Guy Kibbee are just a few of my favorites.


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

That is really tough. There are so many great ones so I will pick the one I fell in love with, Greer Garson (don't worry, my wife knows). Incredibly beautiful whose looks are somewhat unusual, the best female voice ever, a sense of class and decency while conveying a core of iron, as personified in Mrs. Miniver, and the best laugh in the movies.


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

Assuming this question applies to the deceased as well as the living, I would like to meet Claude Rains. I would simply say "thank you for giving the best performances ever and never receiving an Oscar, especially for Mr. Skeffington, was an outrage".


What do you collect?

Books and autographs. To be honest my autograph collection is a little skimpy. I have two and they are by the same person, Albert Payson Terhune.


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

It is between Mr. Skeffington and Random Harvest, with Random Harvest getting the nod over Mr. Skeffington because it features the two actors with the finest voices in the history of the movies. It doesn't get any better than Ronald Colman and Greer Garson trading lines. I would pay money to listen to them reciting the alphabet. The story is a bit far-fetched but once you set aside your disbelief you can't help rooting for these wonderful people. It has my favorite ending in the movies.


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