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A number of times in the past, when two movies have the same title, one description of a movie shows up in the schedule for the one actually shown.  But for The Streetfighter shown last night something new was created.  The descriptions of two different movies was merged to create a new one with a mythical cast and crew.  First, Shigehiro Ozowa's The Streetfighter (1974) about a mercenary martial arts maven protecting an oil magnate's orphan daughter from the menacing Yakuza:

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073756/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

 

is added to Walter Hill's depression-era pugilistic epic Hard Times (1975) with Charles Bronson:

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/4624/Hard-Times/

 

to become:

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/320096/The-Streetfighter/

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A number of times in the past, when two movies have the same title, one description of a movie shows up in the schedule for the one actually shown.  But for The Streetfighter shown last night something new was created.  The descriptions of two different movies was merged to create a new one with a mythical cast and crew.  First, Shigehiro Ozowa's The Streetfighter (1974) about a mercenary martial arts maven protecting an oil magnate's orphan daughter from the menacing Yakuza:

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073756/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

 

is added to Walter Hill's depression-era pugilistic epic Hard Times (1975) with Charles Bronson:

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/4624/Hard-Times/

 

to become:

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/320096/The-Streetfighter/

 

The cross-linking of two or more different movies is something I paid very close attention to back when I was building my database (the exports of which are linked on my signature each month), and thereby developed my own proprietary logic to fix issues like this. 

 

What you are seeing is usually not that common between Domestic movies, but can happen between Foreign-to-Domestic, Foreign-to-Foreign, or even Foreign-to-Domestic-to-Foreign.  In my case there were also TV episodes which also aired in the same year or a year apart.  I use IMDB's own ranking data to test for this (the order that the actors appear in their listings), as there should only be one actor in the first ranking, one in the second, and one in the third.  If I detect multiple first, second, or third ranks then I know I have overlap issues with that title.  I regularly run this test on the schedules each month when I import them, as well as a couple other types of mismatch tests.  Running through this each month is easier than it sounds, but constructing and revising it took a lot of thinking outside the box.

 

On top of that, on my end, there is also the issue that many of the same movie listings will be off by one year.  That is just a common record-keeping issue with movies.  So a movie from one source may be listed with a production date of 1944, and another source may have it as 1945.  I have created additional logic which allows for plus or minus one year as well, as not doing so is actually more difficult for me.

 

So although I have no idea on the particulars of TCM's setup, I would imagine they naturally have some issues like this that come up from time to time.

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Kind of a serendipitous and wonderful possibility to combine two movies of uncertain value into one which is more pleasing.

 

I do this in my mind sometimes, while waiting in line places or right before I conk out and go to sleep.

 

Try it, you may like it!

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Saaaay...THIS reminds me here...

 

Anybody else here remember that time back around '99 or so when instead of TCM showing that now little remembered 1956 Randolph Scott western titled "Hard On the Trail", before they caught their mistake, they showed the first ten minutes of that OTHER flick with the same title that had its world premier at the Pussycat Theater on Melrose Ave in '73???

 

(...or am I just imagining all this?!)

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Update: I should have just looked closer at your links.  One of the AKA Titles for one is cross-linking with the Original Title of the other. (They are both known as "The Streetfighter")  That, and the year is only off by one (a perfect match, per my own rules). 

 

That would need to be detected by some form of error checking, like I rambled on about earlier.  That would cause the exact same cross-linking with my databases if not addressed.

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