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Is There Any Film You've Seen More Times Than Any Other?


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How could I forget, ever since I was a little girl, my sister and I would watch Easter Parade every year. It's a tradition with me, so, I still watch it every year. Another that's a tradition with me and my kids is Bell, Book and Candle.

Tiki, I watch 2001, but maybe every 5+ years or so. Angels In the Outfield is one i try to watch whenever it's shown. I forgot, A Letter To Three Wives and I especially forgot All About Eve, that's another I've watched since I was a kid and still watch, never get tired of it. Also Now Voyager. More that I watched as a kid and loved and still watch are It's A Gift and Marx Brothers, probably Duck Soup and Night At the Opera most often. When I was a kid, my best friend and I would watch It's A Gift and laugh so much till it hurt.

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Most every nite it’s North by Northwest or one of the Master’s other recent classics. My Dad took me to see a debut showing at Radio City Music Hall in 1959. Since my departed wife started watching a nightly recording (Jurassic Park!!!) to help her sleep now I too watch faves for the same reason. 

I always wondered if the music used when Roger Thornhill entered the lounge to meet with associates was actually a thoughtfully selected Hitchcock joke: “It’s a Most Unusual Day”.  He also chose to not redo the Rushmore Cafe scene because of the young boy plugging his ears in anticipation of Eve Kendall’s firing her “silly little gun”. 


And has anyone noticed that the Roger’s ROT matchbook was used and partially empty when he wrote the telling message but full and new when Eve later found it?  I wonder what other oops I missed.  

This film will never get old or tired. 

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7 minutes ago, Alabama Al said:

Most every nite it’s North by Northwest or one of the Master’s other recent classics. My Dad took me to see a debut showing at Radio City Music Hall in 1959. Since my departed wife started watching a nightly recording (Jurassic Park!!!) to help her sleep now I too watch faves for the same reason. 

I always wondered if the music used when Roger Thornhill entered the lounge to meet with associates was actually a thoughtfully selected Hitchcock joke: “It’s a Most Unusual Day”.  He also chose to not redo the Rushmore Cafe scene because of the young boy plugging his ears in anticipation of Eve Kendall’s firing her “silly little gun”. 


And has anyone noticed that the Roger’s ROT matchbook was used and partially empty when he wrote the telling message but full and new when Eve later found it?  I wonder what other oops I missed.  

This film will never get old or tired. 

Yup, it definitely looks like you're a confirmed NBNW junkie, Alabama Al. I never noticed the matchbook inconsistency, thanks. And welcome to the boards.

The R.O.T Matchbook From North by Northwest – Samuel Thomas

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1 hour ago, lavenderblue19 said:

How could I forget, ever since I was a little girl, my sister and I would watch Easter Parade every year. It's a tradition with me, so, I still watch it every year. Another that's a tradition with me and my kids is Bell, Book and Candle.

Tiki, I watch 2001, but maybe every 5+ years or so. Angels In the Outfield is one i try to watch whenever it's shown. I forgot, A Letter To Three Wives and I especially forgot All About Eve, that's another I've watched since I was a kid and still watch, never get tired of it. Also Now Voyager. More that I watched as a kid and loved and still watch are It's A Gift and Marx Brothers, probably Duck Soup and Night At the Opera most often. When I was a kid, my best friend and I would watch It's A Gift and laugh so much till it hurt.

One of the many moments of hilarity worthy of a repeat viewing in It's A Gift.

W.C. Fields Suffers the Weight of the World | Peel Slowly

"Do you know a man named La Fong? Carl La Fong. Capital L, small A, capital F, small O, small N, small G. La Fong. Carl La Fong."

Carl LaFong - YouTube

"No, I don't know Carl La Fong. Capital L, small A, Capital F, small O, small N, small G."

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I've seen dozens of films numerous times, but the one film I've seen most in movie theaters is Harold and Maude. I first saw it the year it was released, at the Loew's Paradise in the Bronx. I was hooked. I went back again and again and am convinced that I was the original cult member. When it formally achieved cult status a few years later, it was revived, and I went back to see it some more, in the Bronx and Manhattan. I even took friends to see it, dragging them to such far away places as Brooklyn Heights. 

I have the book, and whilst working on a project with Garson Kanin, I got his wife, Ruth Gordon, to sign it for me.

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17 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I don't have any exact numbers like Bogie56 does, but I've seen all of these at least 5 times, some many more:

  1. Dracula (1931)
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. Dr. Strangelove
  4. The Shining
  5. Goodfellas
  6. Taxi Driver
  7. Apocalypse Now
  8. Halloween (1978)
  9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  10. Evil Dead 2
  11. Robocop (1987)
  12. Predator
  13. The Terminator
  14. Star Wars
  15. Big Trouble in Little China
  16. The Thing (1982)
  17. Airplane!
  18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  19. Raising Arizona
  20. Blade Runner
  21. Alien
  22. Aliens
  23. Videodrome
  24. Forbidden Planet
  25. Dr. No

Hi, glad to see your post.  Missing your input on Off Topics.

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LOL Tom, yes also Mr Muckle in WC's grocery store ( although, that scene with Mr. Muckle would probably get complaints now) It's really something special when kids see the humor and as adults still find it hilarious and I do.

Growing up in NY we had Million Dollar Movie, besides the Early and Late Show, Joe Franklin, Chiller Theater and some more. Million Dollar Movie would show the same film at least twice a day fora week. Can't say how many times I watched Mighty Joe Young and Great Expectations and so many Fred and Ginger movies on Million Dollar Movie, also watched a lot of Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Karloff as Frankenstein and Lon Chaney Jr as The Wolfman. The Early Show use to show Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan movies all the time. I remember seeing Devil Doll a ton of times too.

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My favourite film as a kid was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (I still remember sitting on Dad's lap as I watched it the first time and clasping my hand over my eyes any time the "Wolf Man Theme" started to play on the soundtrack). After all these years I still love the film, even if I may have cooled it a bit on Bud and Lou in their other films. It would be interesting to know how many times I've seen the film over the years but my guess is that it has to be a minimum of 30 to 40 times.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Others films that I've seen, perhaps in the same approximate number, would include

Adventures of Robin Hood

Captain Blood

Gentleman Jim

Mark of Zorro (1940 version)

Ghost Breakers

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

White Heat

No wonder Warner Bros. is my favourite studio.

 

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This is an interesting topic.

My viewing habits throughout the years has been rather silly. If I see something that is on Youtube, I tend to watch it. However I do own over 600 movies on DVD. I also have a number of films I own on iTunes. I watch those more frequently.

Those iTunes movies include:

Bite the Bullet
Breakheart Pass
Casino Royale (Daniel Craig version)
Chisum
The Core
Dante’s Peak
Dead Again
Deep Impact
Executive Suite
MacArthur
Man of Steel
Return to Me
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek Insurrection
Star Trek V The Final Frontier
Star Trek First Contact
Star Trek Nemesis
Superman II
The Talk of the Town
The Train Robbers (John Wayne)
The Wind and the Lion
The World’s Fastest Indian

Every now and again I will put on a DVD of a favorite film and those are usually the films I have watched many, many times. Here is a list of 100 of my all-time favorites that I have watched at least more than 10 viewings (* indicates more than 25 times):

The Adventures of Robin Hood*
The American President
Apollo 13
Bad Day at Black Rock
The Bedford Incident
The Best Years of Our Lives*
The Big Country*
The Bourne Ultimatum
Bullitt*
The Caine Mutiny
Casablanca
Contact
Crocodile Dundee
The Day the Earth Stood Still*
Defending Your Life*
Destination Tokyo*
El Dorado*
The Enemy Below*
Fail-Safe*
Fort Apache
Gardens of Stone
The Ghostwriter
Goldfinger*
The Guns of Navarone
Hatari!*
Heartbreak Ridge
Heat
Heaven Can Wait
Heist
Hoosiers*
The Hunt For Red October*
Ice Station Zebra*
In Harm’s Way*
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
It’s a Wonderful Life*
Judgement at Nuremberg
Lawrence of Arabia
A League of Their Own
Legal Eagles
Legends of the Fall
Local Hero*
The Longest Day*
Lost Horizon*
The Man From Laramie*
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance*
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
A Matter of Life and Death*
McLintock!*
Much Ado About Nothing
My Darling Clementine
The Natural*
North By Northwest*
Open Range
Patton*
The Professionals*
Random Harvest
Red River
The Remains of the Day
Ride the High Country
Robin and Marian
Roman Holiday
Ronin
Sahara (Bogart)
The Sand Pebbles
The Sea Hawk
The Searchers
Seven Days in May*
1776*
Shadowlands (Hopkins/Winger)*
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon*
Singin’ in the Rain
Sink the Bismarck!
Skyfall
Sneakers
Sound of Music
Spartacus
Speed
The Spirit of St. Louis
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan*
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock*
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek The Motion Picture*
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Superman: The Movie
Support Your Local Sheriff!*
They Were Expendable*
The Thing From Another World*
Thirteen Days*
Three Days of the Condor
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Train
Twelve O’Clock High*
2010
A Walk in the Sun
We Were Soldiers
Where Eagles Dare*
White Christmas
Will Penny*
Winchester ‘73*
You’ve Got Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now y'all's just listing every movie you've ever watched.    And since I once had a VHS library of cassettes that contained two movies each( that I managed to copy before macrovision)  totaling 600 titles, it's a sure bet I sat through all of them while copying, and it's also a sure bet there's NO WAY I can remember them all.  Since I had the cassettes numbered I did once put together a catalog of them all by number/titles, which due to the hurried move back in '11 which caused me to leave a lot of them behind, I'm without a source to refer to.  :(

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OMGoodness. How could I forget The Searchers. I've seen this one so many, many times over the years. At least dozens of times. So many films, so little time! I'm forgetting to mention so many more.

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11 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

Now y'all's just listing every movie you've ever watched.    And since I once had a VHS library of cassettes that contained two movies each( that I managed to copy before macrovision)  totaling 600 titles, it's a sure bet I sat through all of them while copying, and it's also a sure bet there's NO WAY I can remember them all.  Since I had the cassettes numbered I did once put together a catalog of them all by number/titles, which due to the hurried move back in '11 which caused me to leave a lot of them behind, I'm without a source to refer to.  :(

Sepiatone

Sorry, Sepia about your tapes, I 'm not listing every film I've ever seen, I'd be here all day if I did and I certainly wouldn't remember anyway and I'm sure you're not referring to my lists.. The ones I've listed are the ones that come to mind that I know I've seen numerous times over the years. I've loved classic films since I was a little girl so that's a lot of film watching years and a TON of films and a chance to see ones that I love over and over again.

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By that criteria I'd be hard pressed to list MOST of the movies I've seen numerous times as I too have  watched a lot of classic movies since I was a kid.  But at THAT time, although they were maybe a mere 15-20 years old, they weren't really considered "classics" then.  ;) 

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On 5/7/2021 at 10:32 AM, TomJH said:

Another question, and this in complete contrast to the thread title question. Rather than frequently watch a certain film, do you, instead, have favourite films that you put off viewing for a period of time because you're afraid that overexposure to them may spoil their enjoyment for you? I fall into this category probably more so now since I've already seen so many of my favourites dozens of times, maybe more.

I grew up on the Universal classic monster films in the late 60's/early 70's. Then as a teen/early adult these movies disappeared from my local TV, so I had no access to them from about mid 70's until VHS became commonplace and affordable in the 90's. I bought them all on VHS and may have over-watched them in the 90's. After these films all became available on DVD, I guess early 2000's on, I picked them all up, but I limit myself to one binge watch every one or two years. 

This has led to me liking certain films less, and certain films more than originally. As a kid I thought one of the weaker ones was HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. I love this film now, great atmosphere, great Karloff, great J Carrol Naish. SON OF DRACULA, not a favorite as a kid. But I love it now. Chaney Jr.'s Dracula intimidates in a realistic, physical way and the film has such an underlying sense of inescapable dread.

As a kid I thought the best one was BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but now I like it a bit less. Dr. Praetorious' miniature people scene seems out of place.

 

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20 minutes ago, Herman Bricks said:

As a kid I thought the best one was BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but now I like it a bit less. Dr. Praetorious' miniature people scene seems out of place.

Bride of Frankenstein is one of my favorite Universal horror films,   but that miniature people scene does seem out of place;  E.g.  done to show off innovative (for the time), special effects.      But I still find it a very fascinating scene and it does add a humorous break.      If I was the producer of the film,   I would have fought hard to keep this scene in the film,  out of place or not.    

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1 hour ago, Herman Bricks said:

I grew up on the Universal classic monster films in the late 60's/early 70's. Then as a teen/early adult these movies disappeared from my local TV, so I had no access to them from about mid 70's until VHS became commonplace and affordable in the 90's. I bought them all on VHS and may have over-watched them in the 90's. After these films all became available on DVD, I guess early 2000's on, I picked them all up, but I limit myself to one binge watch every one or two years. 

This has led to me liking certain films less, and certain films more than originally. As a kid I thought one of the weaker ones was HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. I love this film now, great atmosphere, great Karloff, great J Carrol Naish. SON OF DRACULA, not a favorite as a kid. But I love it now. Chaney Jr.'s Dracula intimidates in a realistic, physical way and the film has such an underlying sense of inescapable dread.

As a kid I thought the best one was BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but now I like it a bit less. Dr. Praetorious' miniature people scene seems out of place.

 

Yes, the Universal horror films will always have a special place in my heart, too. How many Friday nights of my youth did I spend in front of a flickering TV set watching the Friday Night Fright Show on Buffalo's WKBW, hosted by Dracula impersonator Adam Keefe (who also did commercials in his Dracula outfit, I later discovered. How fangtastic those products must have been!). It was this show that largely introduced me to Karloff, Chaney and Lugosi, among so many others.

To my mind the class act of them all was Bride of Frankenstein. However, I also have a great affection for the first of the Mummy sequels, The Mummy's Hand. Those closeup shots of Tom Tyler as Kharis, with black holes in his face instead of eyes, still freak me out. Actually, it was apparently some sort of technical screw up as in other shots in the film you do see eyes. Mistake or not, it works.

I also get a kick out of watching near bald priest George Zucco get shot and fall down a long flight of stone stairs, his stunt double rolling down those stairs with a full head of dark hair.

Yes, this is one of the Universal horrors I play more often than most.

Mummy's Hand, The (Universal 1940) - Classic Monsters

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1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:
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Now y'all's just listing every movie you've ever watched. 

  And since I once had a VHS library of cassettes that contained two movies each( that I managed to copy before macrovision)  totaling 600 titles, it's a sure bet I sat through all of them while copying, and it's also a sure bet there's NO WAY I can remember them all.  Since I had the cassettes numbered I did once put together a catalog of them all by number/titles, which due to the hurried move back in '11 which caused me to leave a lot of them behind, I'm without a source to refer to.  :(

Sepiatone

Actually the list I provided was a list of films I have watched multiple times. More like ten times each at the very least. The films marked with an asterisk (*)  are films I have seen at least 25 times.

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1 hour ago, Herman Bricks said:

As a kid I thought the best one was BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but now I like it a bit less. Dr. Praetorious' miniature people scene seems out of place.

The concept of the homunculi was current in the 19th century (and earlier) and probably inspired Mary Shelley, so their place in the movie makes sense. There's also an in-joke. Charles Laughton had played Henry VIII and was kept apart from Elsa Lanchester a few years earlier, hence the poor king homunculus trying to approach the queen.

 

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25 minutes ago, TomJH said:

To my mind the class act of them all was Bride of Frankenstein. However, I also have a great affection for the first of the Mummy sequels, The Mummy's Hand. Those closeup shots of Tom Tyler as Kharis, with black holes in his face instead of eyes, still freak me out. Actually, it was apparently some sort of technical screw up as in other shots in the film you do see eyes. Mistake or not, it works.

I also get a kick out of watching near bald priest George Zucco get shot and fall down a long flight of stone stairs, his stunt double rolling down those stairs with a full head of dark hair.

Yes, this is one of the Universal horrors I play more often than most.

Mummy's Hand, The (Universal 1940) - Classic Monsters

I love those Mummy sequels, although I still think one of the greatest tragedies is the death-by-Mummy of Tante Berthe, played by Ann Codee in The Mummy's Curse. And after she opened the film so well with that rousing song!

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On 5/7/2021 at 11:57 AM, Sepiatone said:

I'd say Christmas movies do indeed count

Indeed, looking at certain "classic" TV specials, like RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER or MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE BROWN or THE HOMECOMING might count into the 40s or 50s... ! 

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD I must have seen 30 times...

THE WIZARD OF OZ (just looked at it - again) must be 30 or 40 times...

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER also just watched again - must be at least 20 times...

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58 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

 

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER also just watched again - must be at least 20 times...

I watched that film again just this week. Lord knows how many times I've seen it but I read the Davis Grubb novel when I was a kid because of the film so my viewings started many decades ago. Every now and then it is necessary for me to go back and re-visit Laughton's dark fairy tale. It's still a unique film in so many ways, challenging to classify. The noir crowd claims it, of course, and I can see their point. But how many noirs have a Mother Goose figure in them, along with the Big Bad Wolf? A great film, even if I find the final third of it frustrating. And Mitchum, what a performance! But there isn't enough to be said for Stanley Cortez's photography or the music of Walter Schumann, as well. Somewhere I heard Mitchum call Charles Laughton the greatest director he ever had.

Haunting GIF from The Night of the Hunter (1955) : thalassophobia

 

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Some movies which I know I have watched more than twelve times:

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The Cranes Are Flying (1960)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Jewel Robbery (1932)
The Irony of Fate (1975) 
Laura (1944)
The Forty-First (1956)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
Rebecca (1940)
Formula of Love (1984)
How to Steal a Million (1966)
Two Comrades Served (1968)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Raffles (1930)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Forbidden Planet (1956)

I can not count how many times I have watched: All That Jazz (1979) because it is my little fuzzy's favorite movie and it is rare for two months to pass with it not being played.

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