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Does TCM know it's showing the same movie back-to-back with diff titles?


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I don't know if this has already been discussed but, according to the schedule, on Tues April 10th at 2:15 pm they are showing "Adventures of Tartu" and then after that "Sabotage Agent," which is just the American title for the same film. The schedule has it listed with the same cast but a different running time and what almost sounds like the opposite plot of Tartu. What gives?

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Dear Web -

 

Yes, we are aware. Normally, we would select one version as the definative version and broadcast just that one. But, there are major footage differences in these two cuts. One is the British version and the other the US release version. There are distictly different scences that exist in each version. For that reason, we have decided to enter these into the system as "Unique" titles and schedule them as such. Cheers.

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TCM did something similar with regards to The Big Sleep. There is the initial release (only shown to US troop overseas initially), and the the general U.S. release. While 90% of the movie is the same in the later version there are some additional Bogie Bacall scenes (since they got married Warner wanted more of them), some scenes cut (to make room for more B&B), and two different actresses playing Mrs. Mars.

 

 

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In the first draft of the June 2011 schedule, they did list ROOM FOR ONE MORE and THE EASY WAY back-to-back. They're the same film, the latter title was what the film was called in its earliest TV runs while there was a concurrent ABC TV series with the former title.

 

Yours truly pointed it out and it was subsequently changed.

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