Stephen Huth from his roving RV
(I live in an RV full-time and travel a lot all year long.)
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I travel extensively in the US by RV. National parks, military parks and monuments are high on my list, though I also like zoos, museums, attractions like the Kennedy Space Center, historic train runs, air shows, etc. Anything historical or "special" in American history (e.g., Lewis and Clark Trail).
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Bad things like chocolate, chips, cookies, etc. But I usually have something diet to drink close at hand regardless of what else I eat.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
Unusual facts about movies and those that make them. I have always been interested in how "things" are made and work. I recently visited Old Tucson and was able to talk with some folks who are both docents and sometimes extras in whatever is being shot there from time to time (usually westerns, of course). They are quite knowledgeable about what has been done there since 1939.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
Got to be westerns. That was the usual fare on Saturday afternoons at the movies while I was growing up (fifty cents for a twin bill, popcorn or candy bar and a drink), and then on TV after that entered our environment in the 1950's.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
Marlene Dietrich hands down, especially in Judgement at Nuremberg (a city I visited once while stationed in Germany in the 1960's). There are many reasons but I read her biography and her humanity, attitude, talent and professionalism seem extreme to me, such as her habit of personally cleaning stages before performances in theaters. And singing songs in movies in one shot. And working even when injured and in great pain. A bit quirky but deservedly so. And she was German, as is my heritage.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Dyan Cannon. Besides being a knockout I always felt she was the most naturally funny actor I ever saw. I know she was acting but it never seemed to be "acting" somehow. So, "Dyan, was it always your natural humor or did you have to act funny?"
What do you collect?
Living in an RV, I don't have a lot of space to "collect" anything. I do, however, have about 60,000 pictures I and others in the family have taken over the years. And I like to "save" movies I really like on my satellite DVR.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
I was always most impressed by Patton. and George C. Scott's portrayal of the General. However, in recent years The Big Country with Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons is a flick I watch whenever it is available (and I have it on my DVR). Patton is a bit long. But The Big Country, especially on a large screen and with good color, is spellbinding, to me at least. And I don't get to see Burl Ives much anymore.
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