Tara McKenney from Santa Monica, CA
@TaraMcKenney on Twitter
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
After my day job, I feed my passion for animal welfare by volunteering at Best Friends' No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), walking shelter dogs, and writing dog bios and articles to promote the rescue and adoption of homeless animals. I have also written three novels, one of which is a noir-inspired mystery.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
I'm not a movie snacker, but if I was, it would be anything dark chocolate.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
The pre- and post-movie comments from the TCM hosts. I love learning about the historical context of a movie, background on the actors, and production notes. It makes the watching of the movie for the first (or fifth) time that much more engaging.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
My TCM Backlot profile states noir - who doesn't like a gritty mystery? But I equally enjoy screwball comedies, gangster films, and Fred and Ginger musicals. More important to me is the era - my primary interest lies in the '30's-'40's. If the film is too crisp or in color, I lose interest.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
I adore William Powell and Myrna Loy together in anything. Edward Everett Horton is my favorite character actor. But my list of favorites is as broad and dense as the 1930's had to offer, which was impressively innumerable.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Any one of my favorite leading men in character who have ruined dating for me by setting the bar too high - Sterling Hayden, William Holden, William Powell, Gary Cooper.
What do you collect?
I wish I could say vintage movie posters, but I'm a minimalist. I don't collect anything.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Any one of the first three in the Thin Man series, co-written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, who nailed the snappy banter inspired by Dashiell Hammett. Combined with the comic timing and umatchable chemistry between Powell and Loy, these classics are impossible not to watch again no matter how many times I have seen them.
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