TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – According to Flickchart, Part 1

Jandy Hardesty

Jandy is especially drawn to classic, off-beat, and foreign film, but loves a good blockbuster action sequence, too. You can find her on Flickchart as faithx5. She also writes at The Frame, and co-hosts the occasional podcast Not at Odds at Row Three.

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4 Responses

  1. David Conrad says:

    The Ghost and Mrs Muir is much too low on Flickchart, I say.

    I like the phrase “Flynn-de Havilland cycle.” Olivia really takes over that film when she’s on screen, I think. I hope the costumes from it, hers especially, are preserved somewhere.

    I didn’t know that audiences avoided Bringing up Baby. There’s just no predicting people, apparently.

    Nice observation about Joan Crawford being well-known despite her movies being somewhat obscure.

    I’ve never watched the 1940 Thief of Bagdad, but I love the screenshot.

    Yakuza sounds great.

    • Jandy Hardesty says:

      Yeah, since Cary Grant and screwball comedies were quite popular, everyone blamed Hepburn for the box office failure of Bringing Up Baby. Guess she turned up on the right side of history on that one!

      I really think the Mommie Dearest image has overtaken Crawford’s actual work, which is a real shame. I actually hadn’t thought about that much until I was checking stats for this post, but there aren’t really any of her films that I think are widely known outside of classic film circles, let alone widely seen. Marilyn Monroe has a similar problem of image overwhelming reality (though her image isn’t cruel like Mommie Dearest), but at least Monroe has Some Like It Hot, which is pretty well-known.

      Both The Thief of Bagdad and The Yakuza are on my must-see list this month. From what I read about The Yakuza, it definitely sounds right up your alley, too.

  2. Flickcharters generally speaking need to watch more classic films. I’m constantly shocked how low truly brilliant films from the classic era rank on the universal chart while a dozen or so truly mediocre films from the blockbuster era make it to the top 100. I would challenge Flickcharters to make TCM a regular stop on their TV viewing schedule, it is a treasure trove for anyone who cares about film.

    • Jandy Hardesty says:

      I think it’s a combination of things. Really well-known/beloved classic films do rank quite high, though that’s in part to the way the ranking algorithm works. I didn’t include user numbers in most of this, but some of the ones coming up in the second half of the year that have been ranked by 30,000-40,000 people, whereas most of these films top out at a few thousand, and many of the more obscure ones have fewer than 100 rankers. Looking at the detailed stats for all of these films in preparation for this set of posts brought a lot of interesting trends to light.

      It’s also less likely that some of these lesser known classic films come up in random rankings, so unless someone is a dedicated Flickcharter who has an external list of everything they’ve seen and studiously adds everything, the user numbers for lots of these films may underestimate how many users have actually seen it.

      But yes, overall, more Flickcharters need to watch classic film, and more classic film fans need to use Flickchart. Hopefully highlighting more TCM programming, as I hope to do, will help!