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Reissue Changes


Ray Faiola
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Here is a side-by-side comparison of the 1939 original and 1947 reissue main titles to Universal's YOU CAN'T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN.  Note the billing/character changes for Eddie Anderson and the addition of Mortimer Snerd to the cast.  Watch full frame for best viewing.

 

 

 

Any other notable changes for reissues you can think of?

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There have been many reissue changes in marketing and ads: the 1948 reissue of Reap The Wild Wind gave Wayne top billing in the ads; after the success of Baretta in 1975 Universal reissued Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here stressing Robert Blake in ads (and calling the film Willie Boy);  and I've read God's Little Acre was reissued in 1967 emphasizing Michael Landon (then on TV in Bonanza) in ads.

 

The rarer action is the film itself being changed for reissue. Sam Goldwyn's The North Star was recut in 1957 to de-emphasize the heroic Soviets.

 

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A number of precode films were recut for reissue after the 1934 enforcement of the Production Code, and in some cases only survive in these cut versions.

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