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When I was working as a film editor at a local station in Miami, it was back in the halcyon days of syndication.  Back then, we would license films for 6 runs or 6 years, whichever occurred first.  This allowed the movie map to go through constant changes.  if you look through NY tv listings from the 60's through the early 80's, you will see film packages come and go as well as travel from one local station to another.

 

Thanks Ray. And I think we can assume that this is what happens with classic sitcoms and crime shows that seem to bounce from station to station in syndication. 

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When we receive the January 2016 schedule info (probably in the next week or so)...I will update this thread.

 

One good thing about January is that the programmers tend to give us rarely seen silents and precodes to offset the many overplayed titles that usually air during the 31 Days of Oscar in February/early March.

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When we receive the January 2016 schedule info (probably in the next week or so)...I will update this thread.

 

One good thing about January is that the programmers tend to give us rarely seen silents and precodes to offset the many overplayed titles that usually air during the 31 Days of Oscar in February/early March.

We still do not have the January info yet. Hopefully later today, or else the beginning of next week, since TCM never updates schedules on the weekend.

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When we receive the January 2016 schedule info (probably in the next week or so)...I will update this thread.

 

One good thing about January is that the programmers tend to give us rarely seen silents and precodes to offset the many overplayed titles that usually air during the 31 Days of Oscar in February/early March.

I'd much rather see pre-codes than silents.

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I'd much rather see pre-codes than silents.

Do you think many people share your sentiments? I will admit that some silents require almost too much concentration...but it's still a beautiful art form. 

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One thing we do know about Januarys on TCM is that when it's Dr. King's birthday, we will have Sidney Poitier Day. So we can probably add another mark for THE DEFIANT ONES and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER on the list of overplayed titles.

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Titles in bold are ones that are being rebroadcast in January.

 

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…76

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…75

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…75

CASABLANCA…74

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…73

 

60 or more broadcasts:

CITIZEN KANE…65

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…63

MILDRED PIERCE…62

GIGI…61

MEET JOHN DOE…61

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…60

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…59

GASLIGHT (1944)…59

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…59

BRINGING UP BABY...58

THE BIG SLEEP…57

SERGEANT YORK…57

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…56

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…56

KEY LARGO…56

A FACE IN THE CROWD…56

ADAM’S RIB…56

THE WOMEN…56

THE THIN MAN…56

FORBIDDEN PLANET…55

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…54

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…54

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…54

NINOTCHKA…53

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…53

SUSPICION…53

ON THE TOWN…53

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…53

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…53

NOW, VOYAGER…52

STAGECOACH…52

THE THIRD MAN…52

THE YEARLING…52

GUYS AND DOLLS…52

THE TIME MACHINE…52

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…51

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…51

EXECUTIVE SUITE…51

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

LOVE AFFAIR…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

GUNGA DIN…49

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…49

NATIONAL VELVET…49

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…48

MOGAMBO…48

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…48

MY FAVORITE WIFE…48

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…47

THE BAND WAGON…47

ON THE WATERFRONT…47

BEN-HUR…47

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…47

DUEL IN THE SUN…46

OUT OF THE PAST…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

HIGH SIERRA…46

TOP HAT…46

SWING TIME…46

THE HARVEY GIRLS…45

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…45

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…45

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…45

JEZEBEL…45

THE LETTER (1940)…45

PAT AND MIKE…45

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…45

LUST FOR LIFE…45

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

GRAND HOTEL…44

A PATCH OF BLUE…44

BORN YESTERDAY…44

THE TENDER TRAP…44

WHITE HEAT…44

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…44

HIGH SOCIETY…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…43

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

12 ANGRY MEN…43

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…43

LASSIE COME HOME…43

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…43

CABIN IN THE SKY…43

BOYS TOWN…43

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…43

KING KONG…43

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

THE WAY WE WERE…42

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…42

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…42

DR. ZHIVAGO…42

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…42

LIBELED LADY…42

ROYAL WEDDING…41

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE…41

FUNNY GIRL…41

IVANHOE…41

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?...41

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…41

THE HAUNTING…41

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…41

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN…40

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE…40

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY…40

MRS. MINIVER...40

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS...40

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY...40

EAST OF EDEN...40

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA...40

STAGE DOOR...40

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS…40

GONE WITH THE WIND…40

THE CAINE MUTINY…40

THEM!...40

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON…40

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER…40

JAILHOUSE ROCK…40

JOHHNY BELINDA…40

MADAME CURIE…40

ALICE ADAMS…40

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TopBilled--There should be an asterisk next to The Letter (1940); its' 45th showing is getting TCM viewers a rarer showing of the 1929 Jeanne Eagels version of The Letter; IMHO, a perfectly acceptable artistic decision to let people see both versions & decide which they think is better.  I don't Know what TCM's reasoning is, but that is my Guess.

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TopBilled--There should be an asterisk next to The Letter (1940); its' 45th showing is getting TCM viewers a rarer showing of the 1929 Jeanne Eagels version of The Letter; IMHO, a perfectly acceptable artistic decision to let people see both versions & decide which they think is better.  I don't Know what TCM's reasoning is, but that is my Guess.

Yes, I noticed that. I think TCM has aired both versions side by side before. Personally, I prefer the 1929 one with Jeanne Eagels...but the 1940 remake is good, too.

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Titles in bold are ones that are being rebroadcast in January.

 

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…76

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…75

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…75

CASABLANCA…74

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…73

 

60 or more broadcasts:

CITIZEN KANE…65

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…63

MILDRED PIERCE…62

GIGI…61

MEET JOHN DOE…61

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…60

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…59

GASLIGHT (1944)…59

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…59

BRINGING UP BABY...58

THE BIG SLEEP…57

SERGEANT YORK…57

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…56

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…56

KEY LARGO…56

A FACE IN THE CROWD…56

ADAM’S RIB…56

THE WOMEN…56

THE THIN MAN…56

FORBIDDEN PLANET…55

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…54

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…54

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…54

NINOTCHKA…53

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…53

SUSPICION…53

ON THE TOWN…53

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…53

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…53

NOW, VOYAGER…52

STAGECOACH…52

THE THIRD MAN…52

THE YEARLING…52

GUYS AND DOLLS…52

THE TIME MACHINE…52

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…51

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…51

EXECUTIVE SUITE…51

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

LOVE AFFAIR…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

GUNGA DIN…49

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…49

NATIONAL VELVET…49

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…48

MOGAMBO…48

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…48

MY FAVORITE WIFE…48

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…47

THE BAND WAGON…47

ON THE WATERFRONT…47

BEN-HUR…47

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…47

DUEL IN THE SUN…46

OUT OF THE PAST…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

HIGH SIERRA…46

TOP HAT…46

SWING TIME…46

THE HARVEY GIRLS…45

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…45

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…45

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…45

JEZEBEL…45

THE LETTER (1940)…45

PAT AND MIKE…45

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…45

LUST FOR LIFE…45

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

GRAND HOTEL…44

A PATCH OF BLUE…44

BORN YESTERDAY…44

THE TENDER TRAP…44

WHITE HEAT…44

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…44

HIGH SOCIETY…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…43

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

12 ANGRY MEN…43

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…43

LASSIE COME HOME…43

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…43

CABIN IN THE SKY…43

BOYS TOWN…43

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…43

KING KONG…43

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

THE WAY WE WERE…42

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…42

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…42

DR. ZHIVAGO…42

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…42

LIBELED LADY…42

ROYAL WEDDING…41

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE…41

FUNNY GIRL…41

IVANHOE…41

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?...41

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…41

THE HAUNTING…41

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…41

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN…40

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE…40

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY…40

MRS. MINIVER...40

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS...40

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY...40

EAST OF EDEN...40

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA...40

STAGE DOOR...40

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS…40

GONE WITH THE WIND…40

THE CAINE MUTINY…40

THEM!...40

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON…40

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER…40

JAILHOUSE ROCK…40

JOHHNY BELINDA…40

MADAME CURIE…40

ALICE ADAMS…40

 

Titles in bold are ones that are being rebroadcast in January.

 

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…76

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…75

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…75

CASABLANCA…74

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…73

 

60 or more broadcasts:

CITIZEN KANE…65

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…63

MILDRED PIERCE…62

GIGI…61

MEET JOHN DOE…61

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…60

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…59

GASLIGHT (1944)…59

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…59

BRINGING UP BABY...58

THE BIG SLEEP…57

SERGEANT YORK…57

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…56

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…56

KEY LARGO…56

A FACE IN THE CROWD…56

ADAM’S RIB…56

THE WOMEN…56

THE THIN MAN…56

FORBIDDEN PLANET…55

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…54

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…54

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…54

NINOTCHKA…53

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…53

SUSPICION…53

ON THE TOWN…53

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…53

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…53

NOW, VOYAGER…52

STAGECOACH…52

THE THIRD MAN…52

THE YEARLING…52

GUYS AND DOLLS…52

THE TIME MACHINE…52

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…51

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…51

EXECUTIVE SUITE…51

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

LOVE AFFAIR…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

GUNGA DIN…49

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…49

NATIONAL VELVET…49

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…48

MOGAMBO…48

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…48

MY FAVORITE WIFE…48

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…47

THE BAND WAGON…47

ON THE WATERFRONT…47

BEN-HUR…47

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…47

DUEL IN THE SUN…46

OUT OF THE PAST…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

HIGH SIERRA…46

TOP HAT…46

SWING TIME…46

THE HARVEY GIRLS…45

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…45

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…45

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…45

JEZEBEL…45

THE LETTER (1940)…45

PAT AND MIKE…45

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…45

LUST FOR LIFE…45

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

GRAND HOTEL…44

A PATCH OF BLUE…44

BORN YESTERDAY…44

THE TENDER TRAP…44

WHITE HEAT…44

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…44

HIGH SOCIETY…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…43

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

12 ANGRY MEN…43

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…43

LASSIE COME HOME…43

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…43

CABIN IN THE SKY…43

BOYS TOWN…43

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…43

KING KONG…43

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

THE WAY WE WERE…42

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…42

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…42

DR. ZHIVAGO…42

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…42

LIBELED LADY…42

ROYAL WEDDING…41

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE…41

FUNNY GIRL…41

IVANHOE…41

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?...41

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…41

THE HAUNTING…41

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…41

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN…40

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE…40

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY…40

MRS. MINIVER...40

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS...40

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY...40

EAST OF EDEN...40

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA...40

STAGE DOOR...40

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS…40

GONE WITH THE WIND…40

THE CAINE MUTINY…40

THEM!...40

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON…40

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER…40

JAILHOUSE ROCK…40

JOHHNY BELINDA…40

MADAME CURIE…40

ALICE ADAMS…40

I don't believe I had ever seen MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON until around 2002.TCM may have shown it a lot since 2002, but possibly never, before that.

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I don't believe I had ever seen MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON until around 2002.TCM may have shown it a lot since 2002, but possibly never, before that.

Well, they have certainly made up for it! LOL And some films they showed often a decade ago they hardly show at all anymore. I guess it goes in cycles with some of these titles and who is programming them.

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It occurred to me that there must be a poor sister thread here, which I plan to create in the days ahead.

 

It will be called The Underplayed Hall of Fame.

 

It will focus on the catalogue that Ted Turner acquired when he bought the MGM/UA library in 1986 that TCM has access to...in particular those MGM, UA, RKO and WB titles that TCM's programmers overlook when they schedule NORTH BY NORTHWEST so often.

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It occurred to me that there must be a poor sister thread here, which I plan to create in the days ahead.

 

It will be called The Underplayed Hall of Fame.

 

It will focus on the catalogue that Ted Turner acquired when he bought the MGM/UA library in 1986 that TCM has access to...in particular those MGM, UA, RKO and WB titles that TCM's programmers overlook when they schedule NORTH BY NORTHWEST so often.

After I posted the above comment last week, I began to go through the entire RKO catalogue, films produced by the studio between 1930 and 1959. It just so happens that the studio was formed when sound came in, and it ended when television took over. So I thought it was the perfect one to start with for this type of examination. Plus as I have mentioned before, almost its entire catalogue is part of the TCM library.

 

The long and short of this is that there are 980 RKO features. When TCM keeps broadcasting something like NORTH BY NORTHWEST and the other overplayed titles, almost two-thirds of the films in the RKO catalogue are seldom if ever played. In some cases, five or more years go by before the programmers schedule a certain RKO title. Compounding the problem is that TCM is so theme-driven that if a cute little B film from 1946 does not fit the women trailblazers theme (to use an example) it sits on the proverbial shelf. Or if it has stars whose birthdays do not fall on a certain day of programming, it again sits on the shelf and does not get aired. Or if it did not receive an Oscar nomination, (say it with me) it sits on the shelf and does not get broadcast.

 

And this is just one studio. I am sure that if I begin looking at all the MGM and WB films in the TCM library, I will find hundreds more titles that are woefully underplayed like the vast majority of the RKO titles. And these are for the most part titles the programmers have access to, where it is not going to take them over budget when they choose to lease a film from NBC Universal, Paramount/Republic or Fox.

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Titles in bold are ones that are being rebroadcast in February.

 

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…77

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…76

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…76

CASABLANCA…75

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…74

 

60 or more broadcasts:

CITIZEN KANE…66

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…63

MILDRED PIERCE…62

GIGI…62

MEET JOHN DOE…62

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…61

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…61

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…60

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…60

GASLIGHT (1944)…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

SERGEANT YORK…58

BRINGING UP BABY...58

ADAM’S RIB…57

KEY LARGO…57

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…57

THE THIN MAN…57

THE BIG SLEEP…57

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…56

A FACE IN THE CROWD…56

FORBIDDEN PLANET…56

THE WOMEN…56

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…55

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…54

ON THE TOWN…54

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…54

NINOTCHKA…54

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…54

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…53

SUSPICION…53

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…53

GUYS AND DOLLS…53

NOW, VOYAGER…53

THE YEARLING…53

STAGECOACH…53

THE THIRD MAN…52

THE TIME MACHINE…52

EXECUTIVE SUITE…52

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…52

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…52

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…51

LOVE AFFAIR…51

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

GUNGA DIN…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…49

MY FAVORITE WIFE…49

NATIONAL VELVET…49

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…49

MOGAMBO…48

BEN-HUR…48

THE BAND WAGON…48

ON THE WATERFRONT…48

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…48

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…47

TOP HAT…47

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…47

DUEL IN THE SUN…46

OUT OF THE PAST…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

HIGH SIERRA…46

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…46

THE LETTER (1940)…46

SWING TIME…46

JEZEBEL…46

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…46

LUST FOR LIFE…46

PAT AND MIKE…46

THE HARVEY GIRLS…46

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…45

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…45

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…45

WHITE HEAT…45

GRAND HOTEL…45

A PATCH OF BLUE…45

HIGH SOCIETY…45

BORN YESTERDAY…45

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

THE TENDER TRAP…44

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…44

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…44

LASSIE COME HOME…44

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

12 ANGRY MEN…43

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…43

CABIN IN THE SKY…43

BOYS TOWN…43

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…43

THE WAY WE WERE…43

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…43

DR. ZHIVAGO…43

KING KONG…43

LIBELED LADY…43

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…43

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…42

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…42

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…42

FUNNY GIRL…42

ROYAL WEDDING…41

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE…41

IVANHOE…41

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?...41

STAGE DOOR...41

EAST OF EDEN...41

THE HAUNTING…41

MRS. MINIVER...41

THE CAINE MUTINY…41

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY...41

THEM!...41

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN…40

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE…40

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY…40

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS...40

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA...40

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS…40

GONE WITH THE WIND…40

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON…40

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER…40

JAILHOUSE ROCK…40

JOHHNY BELINDA…40

MADAME CURIE…40

ALICE ADAMS…40

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE…40

A STAR IS BORN (1954)…40

MISTER ROBERTS…40

THE GRADUATE…40

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933…40

LOLITA…40

THE AWFUL TRUTH…40

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?...40

ALL THE KING’S MEN…40

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN…40

FRIENDLY PERSUASION…40

THE MORE THE MERRIER…40

MARTY…40

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1939)…40

RED RIVER…40

THE PUBLIC ENEMY…40

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I see The Brave One (1956) is scheduled again for this coming Wednesday.  By my count, that's twice this month and 5 times in the 2015 calendar year alone.

 

THE BRAVE ONE is definitely their most overplayed title from RKO's final days. But there were several other good films made by that well-known studio at the end. Most (if not all of them) exist in the TCM Library and should air, too.

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THE BRAVE ONE is definitely their most overplayed title from RKO's final days. But there were several other good films made by that well-known studio at the end. Most (if not all of them) exist in the TCM Library and should air, too.

 

Odd TCM would feature The Brave One since it isn't a star driven film (and as you noted in another thread TCM tends to be star driven).

 

Could it be that a TCM programmers wishes to honor Trumbo (especially with the current movie about him????).

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Odd TCM would feature The Brave One since it isn't a star driven film (and as you noted in another thread TCM tends to be star driven).

 

Could it be that a TCM programmers wishes to honor Trumbo (especially with the current movie about him????).

Yes, that is part of it. When the WALTER MITTY remake came out a few Decembers ago, TCM suddenly had to start showing the Danny Kaye version again. LOL

 

But they have used THE BRAVE ONE before when they honored blacklisted writers. Plus, it airs every February for the Oscar tribute. 

 

And it was in rotation when they honored Jack Cardiff and kept showing that documentary about Cardiff. 

 

In this case, the bull is the star. LOL

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I know the March schedule is now available, but I have not had time to look at it in-depth. I have been volunteering at Habitat for Humanity this month, before Christmas, so it means these extra threads don't get the attention they deserve from me. 

 

But today I should have time to comb through the schedule and update the Overplayed Hall of Fame. Check back. :)

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I know the March schedule is now available, but I have not had time to look at it in-depth. I have been volunteering at Habitat for Humanity this month, before Christmas, so it means these extra threads don't get the attention they deserve from me. 

 

But today I should have time to comb through the schedule and update the Overplayed Hall of Fame. Check back. :)

Okay, I intend to update this thread later on today. I did finish going over the March schedule. Unless I am fantasizing, I did not see NORTH BY NORTHWEST. But if Eva Marie Saint passes away, of course they will pre-empt something already scheduled with a tribute for her that will put Hitchcock's overplayed title right back in primetime on TCM. Please, classic movie gods, let Eva Marie live to 105. 

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Titles in bold are ones that are being rebroadcast in March 2016.

 

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Films most often broadcast on TCM (since 2002):

 

70 or more broadcasts:

NORTH BY NORTHWEST…77

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY…77

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS…76

CASABLANCA…75

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD…74

 

60 or more broadcasts:

CITIZEN KANE…66

MILDRED PIERCE…63

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…63

GIGI…62

MEET JOHN DOE…62

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)…61

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)…61

WUTHERING HEIGHTS…61

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT…60

GASLIGHT (1944)…60

 

50 or more broadcasts:

SERGEANT YORK…58

BRINGING UP BABY...58

ADAM’S RIB…57

KEY LARGO…57

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…57

THE WOMEN…57

THE THIN MAN…57

THE BIG SLEEP…57

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT…56

A FACE IN THE CROWD…56

FORBIDDEN PLANET…56

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS…55

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)…55

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF…54

ON THE TOWN…54

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE…54

NINOTCHKA…54

STAGECOACH…54

NOW, VOYAGER…54

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL…54

THE BISHOP’S WIFE…53

SUSPICION…53

LITTLE WOMEN (1949)…53

GUYS AND DOLLS…53

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE…53

THE YEARLING…53

THE THIRD MAN…52

THE TIME MACHINE…52

EXECUTIVE SUITE…52

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…52

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER…51

LOVE AFFAIR…51

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU…50

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS…50

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE…50

ON THE WATERFRONT…50

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE…50

 

40 or more broadcasts:

NOTORIOUS…49

MY FAIR LADY…49

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI…49

GUNGA DIN…49

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE…49

MY FAVORITE WIFE…49

NATIONAL VELVET…49

BEN-HUR…49

MOGAMBO…48

THE BAND WAGON…48

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN…48

WOMAN OF THE YEAR…47

TOP HAT…47

LUST FOR LIFE…47

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME…47

DUEL IN THE SUN…46

HERE COMES MR. JORDAN...46

OUT OF THE PAST…46

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS…46

HIGH SIERRA…46

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK…46

THE LETTER (1940)…46

SWING TIME…46

JEZEBEL…46

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY…46

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI…46

PAT AND MIKE…46

THE HARVEY GIRLS…46

HOW THE WEST WAS WON…45

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…45

WHITE HEAT…45

GRAND HOTEL…45

A PATCH OF BLUE…45

HIGH SOCIETY…45

BORN YESTERDAY…45

DR. STRANGELOVE…44

THE TENDER TRAP…44

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)…44

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA…44

LASSIE COME HOME…44

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…44

SOME LIKE IT HOT…43

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)…43

12 ANGRY MEN…43

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…43

CABIN IN THE SKY…43

BOYS TOWN…43

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME…43

THE WAY WE WERE…43

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT…43

DR. ZHIVAGO…43

KING KONG…43

LIBELED LADY…43

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…43

ANATOMY OF A MURDER…43

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE…42

HIS GIRL FRIDAY…42

KING SOLOMON’S MINES…42

DOUBLE INDEMNITY…42

FUNNY GIRL…42

ROYAL WEDDING…41

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE…41

IVANHOE…41

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?...41

STAGE DOOR...41

EAST OF EDEN...41

THE HAUNTING…41

MRS. MINIVER...41

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE…41

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON…41

THE CAINE MUTINY…41

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY...41

THEM!...41

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE…40

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN…40

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY…40

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS...40

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA...40

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS…40

GONE WITH THE WIND…40

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER…40

JAILHOUSE ROCK…40

JOHHNY BELINDA…40

MADAME CURIE…40

ALICE ADAMS…40

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE…40

A STAR IS BORN (1954)…40

MISTER ROBERTS…40

THE GRADUATE…40

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933…40

LOLITA…40

THE AWFUL TRUTH…40

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?...40

ALL THE KING’S MEN…40

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN…40

FRIENDLY PERSUASION…40

THE MORE THE MERRIER…40

MARTY…40

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1939)…40

RED RIVER…40

THE PUBLIC ENEMY…40

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER…40

BABY DOLL…40

DARK VICTORY…40

THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING…40

THE TALK OF THE TOWN…40

THE NUN’S STORY…40

THE GREAT DICTATOR…40

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY…40

FORT APACHE…40

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A couple of questions/comments:

 

1) Movie Collector OH's database says HERE COMES MR. JORDAN, which aired again last night, has been shown 46 times since 2001. You don't have it listed as having been shown even as many as 40 times since 2002. I suppose it's possible it aired seven times in 2001 and is hovering just off your list at 39. Or is this possibly an omission?

 

(Popping back on to edit myself: Movie Collector says he does occasionally have data from even earlier than 2001, so he could have counted airings of JORDAN from earlier than that year).

 

2) You've got to go pretty far down on the list, but I managed to find at least three Paramount titles: DOUBLE INDEMNITY, THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY. Nothing from either Universal or Fox is on the list, however, which makes me curious (and I will also try to find the answer myself): what's the most-played Universal film and the most-played Fox film in TCM history?

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A couple of questions/comments:

 

1) Movie Collector OH's database says HERE COMES MR. JORDAN, which aired again last night, has been shown 46 times since 2001. You don't have it listed as having been shown even as many as 40 times since 2002. I suppose it's possible it aired seven times in 2001 and is hovering just off your list at 39. Or is this possibly an omission?

 

(Popping back on to edit myself: Movie Collector says he does occasionally have data from even earlier than 2001, so he could have counted airings of JORDAN from earlier than that year).

 

2) You've got to go pretty far down on the list, but I managed to find at least three Paramount titles: DOUBLE INDEMNITY, THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY. Nothing from either Universal or Fox is on the list, however, which makes me curious (and I will also try to find the answer myself): what's the most-played Universal film and the most-played Fox film in TCM history?

I am glad you mentioned HERE COMES MR. JORDAN. I meant to add that one...I thought it was on the list, and I might have accidentally deleted it. That film is in frequent rotation. There are many overplayed titles so I appreciate when people catch an error, and we can make the list as accurate as possible. I will make an edit and add JORDAN at 46 broadcasts.

 

Re: the Paramount titles-- it's an interesting separate discussion, because we know TCM does not air Paramount, Republic or Universal films as often as the others. Of the three you mentioned, THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS has the greatest chance of gaining more broadcasts because it is in the public domain, meaning TCM can keep showing it free of cost. The other two are their pet Paramount titles, one because it is a classic Billy Wilder noir. I sincerely doubt we will ever see any Republic or Universal films hit the 40-broadcast mark, unless it is many years from now, or it's a public domain title. TCM just does not air very many of those films. Some of the Fox titles, especially the Shirley Temple and Marilyn Monroe titles will eventually hit 40 broadcasts. I would say HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE and THE LITTLE PRINCESS (in the public domain) will quickly reach 40. 

 

For years, TCM played relatively few Fox films. Around 2012, that began to change when they signed a deal with Fox. Then in 2014 the deal ended, but this past year, I think they renewed their agreement to lease classics from Fox, because we have seen more of them lately.

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