50DMC #3: Movie Seen Most Often

The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here for the full list of questions.

Today’s prompt: What movie have you seen most often?

I was about to say the movie I’ve seen most often would likely be Rear Window, which I already used as my favorite, but it’s actually far more likely to be Oklahoma! Yes, the exclamation point is part of the title. These Oklahomans are serious about their state. Anyway, there was a time in my life, probably around ages 11-13 or so, when I watched Oklahoma! over and over and over. I had my dad hook up an audio tape recorder to the VCR so I could record the whole movie on tapes and listen to them when I couldn’t watch the movie, like in the car. Obsessive? Why, yes. Yes, I was.

I could recite the entire movie for memory at one point, and I was so into it, I had a couple of my friends doing it to. Apparently I was more of a leader as a child than I ever thought I was. I still have most of the songs memorized, and the dialogue comes back pretty quickly if I have a bit of a push. I have absolutely no idea how many total times I’ve seen the movie, but it has to measure well into double-digits, and if you include how many times I listened to those audio rips? Dozens. It’s been a while, though. Might be time to dust it off again. Or I could just go through it in my head. :)

The clip I would use is Ado Annie singing “I Cain’t Say No,” since she’s my favorite part of the movie (and my first introduction to Gloria Grahame, who’s now one of my favorite actresses), but the only high-quality clip of it on YouTube isn’t embeddable. Click on the image to go watch it on YouTube.