Philip Samuels from Novato, CA


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I am retired from a major airlines and spend my time in working around the new home we recently acquired. I read books on history, conduct business at our local Men's Club, which I am president of, watch our grandchildren on occasion, and obtain classic movies from Netflix for viewing.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Usually it's popcorn.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I very much enjoy listening to the intro of whatever movie is being shown that I am interested in. I also like the candid comments on the short segments in which stars and others associated with classic movies briefly describe some highlights from working with another star or well-known director.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I very much enjoy viewing classic movies of all genres excluding musicals, however I do enjoy watching Fred Astaire dance with Ginger Rogers in those classic 1930's musicals. That pair is really wonderful.


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

Humphrey Bogart is my all-time favorite actor. I enjoy watching how he develops the character he is playing, especially the hard-boiled individual who's been around and sticks his neck out for nobody (but actually will). I also enjoy the films of directors John Huston and Martin Scorsese for their realism and interesting way the characters interact with each other. Often, very powerful.


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

Unfortunately, most of those celebrities I would wish to meet are now deceased. I would like to meet Jack Nicholson. I have enjoyed him in many of his performances. Also, Daniel Day-Lewis would be another favorite. As to what I would say, I think it's more important to think about what I would not say, such as gushing all over them or saying "I've seen all of your movies." And additionally, "You're my favorite actor". I would ask about what motivated them to become actors and who was the greatest influence on them early in their professional careers. Perhaps I would ask if they had a personal favorite performance or a favorite actor or director and why. It would be a treat to personally meet one of Hollywood's greats.


What do you collect?

I have a large collection of books, old VCR tapes and DVDs. I used to collect vintage firearms and U.S. Military accessories including web gear, holsters, helmets, etc.


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

Very difficult to reply to that one since I have many favorites. I suppose if I had to choose just one it would be The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, however I have many others including High Noon or Shane in the Western category or The Mummy (1932).


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Paul Riordan's picture

Welcome, Philip! Yes, Bogie was great! I love that you are keeping VHS alive.

Jane Maddox-Coady's picture

Bogart is a favorite of mine too! His life was very interesting! 

Joel James's picture

Anybody love Paul Newman?

Shaun Bishop's picture

I too love the intros to the shows. The movies are better that way - maybe perhaps the intro makes me pay attention to details I might have overlooked? I love the classic monster movies and The Mummy is an absolute favorite. Humphrey Bogart had the 'every man' look but he dominated the screen - you always knew he had a morale compass. Glad you are active in the Backlot.