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Seems like people are complaining in new threads about all the holiday films being repeated. 

 

I do know that IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE was scheduled three times in December.

This is a film that was not played much in the past, so give them a pass on this one.

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…74

CASABLANCA…74

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…73

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…72

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…70

 

60 or more broadcasts:

CITIZEN KANE…64

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…63

MILDRED PIERCE…62

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…60

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…60

GIGI…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…59

GASLIGHT (1944)…59

MEET JOHN DOE…59

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…58

THE BIG SLEEP…57

SERGEANT YORK…57

BRINGING UP BABY...57

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…56

KEY LARGO…55

FORBIDDEN PLANET…55

THE THIN MAN…54

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…54

ADAM’S RIB…54

A FACE IN THE CROWD…54

THE WOMEN…54

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…53

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…53

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…53

NOW, VOYAGER…52

STAGECOACH…52

THE THIRD MAN…52

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…52

ON THE TOWN…52

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…51

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…51

NINOTCHKA…51

THE YEARLING…50

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…50

GUYS AND DOLLS…50

THE TIME MACHINE…50

LOVE AFFAIR…50

SUSPICION…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

EXECUTIVE SUITE…50

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

GUNGA DIN…49

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…48

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…48

MOGAMBO…47

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…47

ON THE WATERFRONT…47

BEN-HUR…46

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…46

MY FAVORITE WIFE…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

NATIONAL VELVET…46

THE BAND WAGON…46

DUEL IN THE SUN…45

HIGH SIERRA…45

THE HARVEY GIRLS…45

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…45

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…45

TOP HAT…45

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…45

OUT OF THE PAST…44

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

GRAND HOTEL…44

PAT AND MIKE…44

A PATCH OF BLUE…44

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…44

SWING TIME…44

BORN YESTERDAY…44

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…44

LUST FOR LIFE…44

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…43

HIGH SOCIETY…43

WHITE HEAT…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

THE LETTER (1940)…43

12 ANGRY MEN…43

JEZEBEL…43

BOYS TOWN…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

THE WAY WE WERE…42

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…42

CABIN IN THE SKY…42

KING KONG…42

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…42

LASSIE COME HOME…42

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…42

THE TENDER TRAP…42

LIBELED LADY…41

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…41

ROYAL WEDDING…41

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…41

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…41

FUNNY GIRL…41

DR. ZHIVAGO…41

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…41

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…41

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…40

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

THE HAUNTING…40

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…40

IVANHOE…40

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THE PHILADELPHIA STORY airings on TCM (since 2002)


 


2002: March, April, July (2), November


2003: February, April, July (2), August, September, October, December


2004: January, February, June, July, August, December


2005: January, March (2), April, May, August, November, December


2006: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, December


2007: February, April, May, July, November


2008: February, April, May, August


2009: January, March, May, June, July, November, December


2010: January, February, April, August, December


2011: February, May, August, December


2012: February


2013: January, April, May


2014: January, February, April (2), August, November, December


2015: February, March, June


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NORTH BY NORTHWEST airings on TCM (since 2002)


 


2002: May


2003: April, May, August, September, October (2), November


2004: February, June (2), August, September, 


2005: March, April (2), May, August, October (2), November, December


2006: February, June, July, August, September (2), November, December (2)


2007: March, June, September, November


2008: February, April (2), July


2009: January, February, June, August, September, November, December


2010: February, May, December (2)


2011: March, April, June, July, December


2012: February, March, August, October, November


2013: February, September


2014: February, March, April, September, November, December


2015: February, April (2), May, July


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CASABLANCA airings on TCM (since 2002)


 


2002: March, August, November (2)


2003: zero


2004: June, August, September, October, November


2005: January (3), February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November, December


2006: January, February, May, June, August, September (2), December


2007: January, February, July, November, December


2008: January, February, April, July, August, October, December


2009: February, June, September, November, December


2010: February, March, August, November, December


2011: February, July, August, September, December


2012: February, April, July, November, December


2013: February, June, July, November, December


2014: February, April, October, November


2015: February, April, May, August


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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS airings on TCM (since 2002)

 

2002: zero

2003: January, February (2), August, September, November (2), December (2)

2004: February, April, October, November, December (2)

2005: February, June, August, November, December (2)

2006: January, February, June (2), July, October, December (3)

2007: June, August, September, November, December (2)

2008: July (2), October, December (2)

2009: June, August, December (2)

2010: March, July, August, December (2)

2011: November, December (2)

2012: January, February, March, June, December (2)

2013: June, December (2)

2014: February, April (2), August, November (2), December (3)

2015: July

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…74

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…73

CASABLANCA…73

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…72

 

60 or more broadcasts:

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…69

CITIZEN KANE…64

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…62

MILDRED PIERCE…62

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…60

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…60

GIGI…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…59

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…58

GASLIGHT (1944)…58

MEET JOHN DOE…58

THE BIG SLEEP…57

SERGEANT YORK…57

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…56

BRINGING UP BABY...56

KEY LARGO…55

THE THIN MAN…54

FORBIDDEN PLANET…54

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…53

ADAM’S RIB…53

A FACE IN THE CROWD…53

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…53

THE WOMEN…53

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…53

NOW, VOYAGER…52

STAGECOACH…52

THE THIRD MAN…52

ON THE TOWN…52

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…52

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…51

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…51

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…51

THE YEARLING…50

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…50

NINOTCHKA…50

GUYS AND DOLLS…50

THE TIME MACHINE…50

LOVE AFFAIR…50

SUSPICION…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

EXECUTIVE SUITE…49

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…49

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…48

GUNGA DIN…48

MOGAMBO…47

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…47

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…47

BEN-HUT…46

ON THE WATERFRONT…46

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…46

MY FAVORITE WIFE…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

NATIONAL VELVET…46

THE BAND WAGON…45

DUEL IN THE SUN…45

HIGH SIERRA…45

THE HARVEY GIRLS…45

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…45

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…45

OUT OF THE PAST…44

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…44

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

BORN YESTERDAY…44

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…44

LUST FOR LIFE…44

TOP HAT…44

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…43

HIGH SOCIETY…43

WHITE HEAT…43

GRAND HOTEL…43

JEZEBEL…43

SWING TIME…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

THE LETTER (1940)…43

PAT AND MIKE…43

A PATCH OF BLUE…43

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…43

BOYS TOWN…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

12 ANGRY MEN…42

THE WAY WE WERE…42

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…42

KING KONG…42

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…42

LASSIE COME HOME…42

LIBELED LADY…41

CABIN IN THE SKY…41

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…41

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…41

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…41

FUNNY GIRL…41

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…41

THE TENDER TRAP…41

DR. ZHIVAGO…41

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…41

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…41

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…40

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

THE HAUNTING…40

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…40

IVANHOE…40

ROYAL WEDDING…40

THE BIG SLEEP…57

 

57 times and I still don't know what it was about. But Bogey's turn in the bookstore was charming.

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THE BIG SLEEP…57

 

57 times and I still don't know what it was about. But Bogey's turn in the bookstore was charming.

Dorothy Malone certainly stands out in the bookstore scene. In some ways, I think she is better than Bacall in this picture.

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Dorothy Malone certainly stands out in the bookstore scene. In some ways, I think she is better than Bacall in this picture.

I agree. And better still than the icky sister with the thumb in mouth.

 

I'm going to act like I knew that was Dorothy Malone, I'm not sure I did.

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I agree. And better still than the icky sister with the thumb in mouth.

 

I'm going to act like I knew that was Dorothy Malone, I'm not sure I did.

LOL...it's those glasses she wears!  What a job with hair and make-up, too. A far cry from her lusty character in WRITTEN ON THE WIND. 

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Dorothy Malone certainly stands out in the bookstore scene. In some ways, I think she is better than Bacall in this picture.

That's my favorite part. One of the hottest moments in classic film. That look in her eyes,when she takes off her glasses,and pulls her hair down? Holy moly! The cute Taxi girl is fun too,not to mention Vickers and her steaming up the screen.
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That's my favorite part. One of the hottest moments in classic film. That look in her,when she takes off her glasses,and pulls her hair down? Holy moly! The cute Taxi girl is fun too,not to mention Vickers and her steaming up the screen.

I like the way you described it, Chris. The scene with Malone in the bookstore is not only classic... it's iconic.

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I like the way you described it, Chris. The scene with Malone in the bookstore is not only classic... it's iconic.

It really is. What makes it even better for me,was he didn't know she was going to say those lines. The director wanted to see it ad libbed,without telling Bogart about it beforehand. So for her to go head to head with a star of Bogarts calibre in that scene,is really something to appreciate.
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It really is. What makes it even better for me,was he didn't know she was going to say those lines. The director wanted to see it ad libbed,without telling Bogart about it beforehand. So for her to go head to head with a star of Bogarts calibre in that scene,is really something to appreciate.

That's a very good observation. This is how break-throughs occur in the motion picture business. Someone like her, with those kinds of instincts, was destined to receive an Oscar. 

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I've finally updated the overplayed lists in this thread, using the August schedule information. A few significant things to note:

 

- CASABLANCA is now tied with THE PHILADELPHIA STORY as the most played title on TCM since 2002. 

- THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD has now moved into the 70-range.

- THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and EXECUTIVE SUITE have moved into the 50-range.

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I've finally updated the overplayed lists in this thread, using the August schedule information. A few significant things to note:

 

- CASABLANCA is now tied with THE PHILADELPHIA STORY as the most played title on TCM since 2002. 

- THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD has now moved into the 70-range.

- THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and EXECUTIVE SUITE have moved into the 50-range.

Do I get some kind of award? I've never seen The Best Years of our Lives. I've seen The Time of Their Lives, though.

 

So these films have supplanted the much-maligned North by Northwest for repetition?

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Do I get some kind of award? I've never seen The Best Years of our Lives. I've seen The Time of Their Lives, though.

 

So these films have supplanted the much-maligned North by Northwest for repetition?

Yes, a special award. LOL. Actually NORTH BY NORTHWEST isn't far behind the two leaders.

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I will update this thread when we learn the new schedule. If NORTH BY NORTHWEST is scheduled in September, then we will have a three-way tie for the most (over)played title on TCM since 2002. Right now CASABLANCA and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY are at 74, and NORTH BY NORTHWEST is at 73 airings.

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The September 2015 schedule was unveiled, and I combed through it. I did not see any occasions where CASABLANCA, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY or NORTH BY NORTHWEST were going to be broadcast again. That's the good news.

 

The bad news is that GASLIGHT '44 is on the schedule. LOL

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