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    "Pimpernell Smith" directed by and starrying Leslie Howard - in the U.S. it was called "Mr. V" (bizarre)

    "Perfect Strangers" starring Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr - in the U.S. it was called "Vacation From Marriage" and contained a brief narration by Peter Lawford at the beginning.

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    name='earlb']There. Paratrooper with alan Ladd

    Here. The Red Beret.


    That's a reasonable change because the term "red beret" doesn't have the same meaning or history in the States



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    name='ZZ_ PICK _ ZZ']"Pimpernell Smith" directed by and starrying Leslie Howard - in the U.S. it was called "Mr. V" (bizarre)

    "Perfect Strangers" starring Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr - in the U.S. it was called "Vacation From Marriage" and contained a brief narration by Peter Lawford at the beginning.


    A Canterbury Tale (1944) kept its title, but it was quite drastically cut and had an introduction (and a closing scene) added for the initial US distribution. It also had some additional narration in the film (by John Sweet) to explain what was going on, and to cover the breaks and jumps left by the cuts.





    Gone to Earth (1950) was mucked about with quite drastically by Selznick. Some parts were cut (including some important plot points) and other scenes were added to turn it into The Wild Heart (1952). In his autobiographies, Powell claimed that Selznick only left about 35 mins of the original film. In fact there's a lot more than that. About 2/3 of the original remains.



    But some of the additional scenes are a hoot. Lots of the additional scenes seem to have been added to explain things to the American audience, or to Selznick himself. Often by having a close up of a place or an object, and some of them do literally have a label or inscription on them to say what they are



    The film's climax has the heroine (Jennifer Jones) running to her doom with Foxy, her pet fox cub, in her arms. Selznick appears to have wanted more close-ups of Jennifer in his version - but they couldn't find a tame fox cub back in the States, so she's carrying what is obviously a stuffed toy fox



    Luckily, that version is hardly ever seen nowadays. Most of the time, even when it's shown under the title The Wild Heart, you're really seeing the original Gone to Earth.



    Steve

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    I do remember being surprised by the high quality of some of the films, such as "Theatre of Blood", with its Grade A cast. That would only happen in the US if the actor was desperate for money.



    Of course the actors did Theatre of Blood for the money - why else would they do it? British actors prostitute themselves just as much as Americans - why else did Oliver do Inchon or Gielgud/O'Toole/Mirren etc do Caligula !!



    Back in the early 1970's old British theatrical actors were so desperate for money they would appear in anything. Amicus got Ralph Richardson to do Tales From the Crypt and hugely publicised this - they paid him for 2 days work of which one was publicity and the rest were shooting his one-set scenes.

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    name='Steve Crook'].....Gone to Earth (1950) was mucked about with quite drastically by Selznick. Some parts were cut (including some important plot points) and other scenes were added to turn it into The Wild Heart (1952). In his autobiographies, Powell claimed that Selznick only left about 35 mins of the original film. In fact there's a lot more than that. About 2/3 of the original remains.



    But some of the additional scenes are a hoot. Lots of the additional scenes seem to have been added to explain things to the American audience, or to Selznick himself. Often by having a close up of a place or an object, and some of them do literally have a label or inscription on them to say what they are



    The film's climax has the heroine (Jennifer Jones) running to her doom with Foxy, her pet fox cub, in her arms. Selznick appears to have wanted more close-ups of Jennifer in his version - but they couldn't find a tame fox cub back in the States, so she's carrying what is obviously a stuffed toy fox



    Luckily, that version is hardly ever seen nowadays. Most of the time, even when it's shown under the title The Wild Heart, you're really seeing the original Gone to Earth.



    Steve




    Selznick always was a bit of a meddler - witness how many directors walked off his movies - and totally obssessed with 'being faithful to the book'. His behaviour over Gone to Earth was particularly obssessive, even attempting a court order to prevent its release ! The Wild Heart is a significantly different picture, for which Selznick - apparently with no sense of his own incongruity - even asked Powell and his crew to come to Holloywood to film the 'extra' scenes ! Mickey declined, of course, but agreed that Christopher Challis should go because 'at least there'd be somebody there to make sure it looks the same if nothing else.'

    The Wild Heart has been screened on UK television a couple of times - once before Gone to Earth had been restored, and again about seven or eight years ago by Carlton.

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    Where No Vultures Fly (1951)--Ivory Hunter

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    UK: Q Planes

    US: Clouds Over Europe



    One of my favourite classic films!

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    One of my favourites is Behemoth - the Sea Monster (UK) which becomes The Giant Behemoth (US). As behemoth means giant the US title is effectively saying "The Giant Giant".







    But some of the title changes the other way (US to UK) make little sense:



    The Return of Dracula (1958) with Francis Lederer became The Fantastic Disappearing Man for UK release. This change may have been necessitated because of the Hammer Dracula out at the same time but the new title is ridiculous as you don't even know that its a horror film now !!



    War of the Colossal Beast (1958) a sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) became The Terror Strikes for UK release so you don't know its a sequel.

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    name='charliekane']Selznick always was a bit of a meddler - witness how many directors walked off his movies - and totally obssessed with 'being faithful to the book'. His behaviour over Gone to Earth was particularly obssessive, even attempting a court order to prevent its release ! The Wild Heart is a significantly different picture, for which Selznick - apparently with no sense of his own incongruity - even asked Powell and his crew to come to Holloywood to film the 'extra' scenes ! Mickey declined, of course, but agreed that Christopher Challis should go because 'at least there'd be somebody there to make sure it looks the same if nothing else.'

    The Wild Heart has been screened on UK television a couple of times - once before Gone to Earth had been restored, and again about seven or eight years ago by Carlton.


    I suspect that they might really have been Gone to Earth even though they were titled The Wild Heart. Confusingly there was a video released in the UK called The Wild Heart which was really Gone to Earth.



    You can tell when it is The Wild Heart because it has the shot of the Selznick mansion in the opening credits



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    name='earlb']Million Dollar Mermaid starring Esther Williams became One piece Bathing Suit over here.


    One Piece Bathing Suit. That is an unusual title - mundane for an underwater musical.

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    Before I Wake aka Shadow of Fear

    There Is Another Sun aka Wall Of Death

    Paris Model aka Nude at Midnight

    Park Plaza 605 aka Norman Conquest

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    I much prefer the UK titles for these Bogarde films:



    "Hunted" (1952) aka "The Stranger in Between", US.



    "Cast a Dark Shadow" (1955), aka "Angel", US.





    In the reverse, the US title "Maniacs on Wheels" (1949) at least gave a clue to the content of the film vs. "Once a Jolly Swagman," which would leave US audiences scratching their heads.



    Interesting thread.



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    'Night of the Demon' was 'Curse of the Demon' in the USA, and 'The Quatermass Experiment' was 'The Creeping Unknown'.

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    Bulldog Jack(Jack Hulbert) became Alias Bulldog Drummond

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    Even Harry Potter didn't escape....The Philosopher became The Sourcerer

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    Quatermass & The Pit became Five Million Years To Earth

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