Sue Horn from Lawrenceville, GA
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I'm a translator and interpreter of English, Spanish and Portuguese.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn! With lots of butter!
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
I love when unknown actors are spotlighted, and I love pre-code screenings, though I wish they were on in the evening instead of in the mornings when I am working.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
I love film noir. I think it gave women meaty roles again, after the code made female actors all be wives, mothers or saints! I love the way that we get to see some of our favorite actors, male and female, playing roles different from the ones they normally played.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
This may sound crazy, but I love Bing Crosby. I know he wasn't a noir actor, and he played in a lot of crazy musical comedies, like the Road pictures, with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, so he doesn't fit the mold of what I've said so far. He was a great actor, though, very understated and very kind to others on screen with him. He could act with children better than most actors, as shown by his turns in Pennies from Heaven, Little Boy Lost, Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary's. He was good in dramatic roles too, as shown in The Country Girl (where he was anything but likeable) and Dr. Cook's Garden, a made-for-TV movie where he was a killer. He also fought for equal billing and treatment for African-American actors and musicians, and got Louis Armstrong above the title billing in movies with him as a condition for accepting jobs.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
I would be thrilled to meet Leslie Caron, and I loved her in Gigi and Lili. I would ask her how she felt playing a somewhat morally questionable role like the girl being groomed to be a courtesan in Gigi, and how she gave it such life and joy. I would ask her what her favorite moment was from her whole film career. I would thank her for giving me and my three sisters many moments of joy.
What do you collect?
I collect GWTW (Gone With the Wind) memorabilia. I love that movie, and I've seen it 25 times over the last 48 years, and only on the big screen (which was even harder to do than it seems because I lived outside of the US for 20 of those years). The movie is far from perfect, and it depicts a difficult time in US history, but there is always something new in it for me, on each viewing.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
I would have to say It's a Wonderful Life. It is a movie I watch every year, and it reinforces my philosophy that every moment is a gift, and every life touches others in ways they never realize. Jimmy Stewart is perfect in it, showing resignation, happiness, despair, gratitude, rectitude, anger, surprise, dedication to duty, and so much more. The small-town feel was captured beautifully, and the whole cast acts well together.
Thank you Sue! For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a Gone With the Wind collectible plate, produced 25 years ago and stored ever since then in our dusty Turner vault. Did we say dusty? We meant trusty. It's a trusty vault, and perfectly clean.
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