Good Films with Bad Titles?

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Jim Roots » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:59 am

wich2 wrote:
earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:I recall suggesting YOUNG MR LINCOLN to my local film society committee. One fellow (ex-CID!) said something on the lines of "What's that about?"...
(I wonder if he knew who was buried in Grant's Tomb?)
I know! I know! Hugh Grant!!!!

(Or maybe just his career...)

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by wich2 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:54 am

Sheesh!

What do some folks WANT in a title? Hyper-literalism?

"This Guy Goes To Chicago And Meets A Girl"

"A Scientist Mistakenly Creates A Dangerous Monster"

"Several European Countries Have A War"

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Dean Thompson » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:01 am

wich2 wrote:Sheesh!

What do some folks WANT in a title? Hyper-literalism?
Some used to, apparently: umpteen years ago I got mad when I watched Fatty and Mabel Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco. The dadburn title had given everything away!

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by George O'Brien » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:10 pm

ODD MAN OUT always suggests to me a silly comedy along the lines of the "Carry On" films. Yes, i know it was the title of the original source material by J. B. Priestly, but to me, it still misrepresents one of the greatest films anyone ever made.
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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by 2 Reel » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:48 pm

Phffft! (1954)
Blackenstein (1974)
The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
Existenz (1999)
Gigli (2003)
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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Donald Binks » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:13 pm

wich2 wrote:Sheesh!

What do some folks WANT in a title? Hyper-literalism?

"This Guy Goes To Chicago And Meets A Girl"

"A Scientist Mistakenly Creates A Dangerous Monster"

"Several European Countries Have A War"
Terrific names for a film! You haven't got them under copyright at all have you?
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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Dave Pitts » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:50 am

So, as for titles we wish existed...I wish there had been a Jean Harlow/Lee Tracy pic in about '32 or '33 called Love Me or Scram.

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Unread post by wich2 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:31 pm

Or the one with Robert Armstrong and Pat O'Brien -

WHY, I OUGHTA... AH, NEVER MIND!

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Donald Binks » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:39 pm

What do you do when your mind draws an absolute blank when thinking of a title? Come up with.....
"8 1/2"
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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Butterworth » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:11 pm

Woody Allen's Sleeper (1973). It says nothing, unless you already know what the film's about, and then it says little. Just my opinion, but it's a terrible title.

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Dave Pitts » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:49 am

I have to say I like Sleeper -- both as a comment on the plot and a comment on Woody as a maker of sleeper hits. I also like Breathless -- what a cool title for a new wave film.

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by FrankFay » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:49 am

Mike Gebert wrote:The title that has always seemed the most box-office-self-defeating title in history to me...

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Which part was supposed to be guaranteed box office magic, "earthworm" or "tractors"?
That one was aimed at fans of the Alexander Botts stories. he was the eternally optimistic high pressure salesman for the Earthworm Tractor Co. The stories ran in the Saturday Evening Post from 1927 through to the early 1960's. The movie was a one-shot though
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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:19 pm

George O'Brien wrote:ODD MAN OUT always suggests to me a silly comedy along the lines of the "Carry On" films. Yes, i know it was the title of the original source material by J. B. Priestly, but to me, it still misrepresents one of the greatest films anyone ever made.
'Odd Man Out' was written by F L [Frederick Laurence] Green* (who also wrote 'On the Night of the Fire'), not Mr Priestley.

*Just found out that like me, he was born in Portsmouth, England.

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Re: Good Films with Bad Titles?

Unread post by Dean Thompson » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:36 pm

Robert Merrill had the most beautiful operatic baritones I have ever heard, and Dinah Shore's always been one of my favorites. Their one starring effort together, Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952), failed miserably at the box office. I finally caught it a few years ago on the Late Late Show, and really, taken on its own cornball terms, it's a pretty entertaining effort, with at least one song ("Marshmallow Moon") that was a hit at the time. But oh, that dadburn film title....

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