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Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 3:55 AM

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Fake Movies

Hi again,


I stumbled over a mess. I don't know who this guy is but somebody has decided to create new films. Whomever submitted this I guess must have been a distributor of public domain stuff but created these fake movie profiles. These were not new titles nor were they remastered in the 1930s. They already have existing profiles using the exact credits from the rightful movies and creating their own stuff.

Here's one of the originals titles.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039559/reference/


Here's all of the fake profiles that are on IMDb / duplicate listings.  Hopefully the person could be stopped before they create more random titles. They seemingly just added their name to the crew credits and put a 100,000 GPB estimate. At the most they are just another distributor. 

 1947 Law of the Lash (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1944 Fuzzy Settles Down (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1943 Boss of Rawhide (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1942 Arizona Roundup (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1937 Guns in the Dark (Remaster) (remastered)
 1936 Santa Fe Bound (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1936 Law and Lead (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1935 Death Rides the Range (Remaster) (remaster editor)
 1935 Branded a Coward (Remaster) (remaster editor)
(follow up)

It's even worse than I thought.

Death Rides the Range was a movie produced in 1939 so whomever is submitting these fake titles and adding remaster on the end not only is faking the titles and falsifying the budget  but if you got the trivia for the fake title, one contributor even points out that it's a fake title the somebody moved the year back on. 

 here's the fake non-exist version somebody created and submitted a 1935 date to. 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18330488/trivia?ref_=tttr_ql_trv_1

Here's the original rightful film that was produced in 1939

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032387/reference/
 
Just as an aside, all of these are public domain films, if anybody thinks that they spent 100,000 GPB on restoration and tried to sell it when it's publicly available on YouTube, Amazon prime, and other places, you'd have to have some really big imagination. Most of the films didn't even have anywhere near that budget when they were made but the companies that made them.

Phil

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2 years ago

I'm looking at two film entries: Boss of Rawhide (1943) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036664/reference/ and

Boss of Rawhide (1943) (Remastered) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18570174/reference/

These are the same film...should the remastered version have it's own entry? The actors now have two credits for the same film! (See Guy Wilkerson for example.) He did not act in two "Boss of the Rawhide" movies in 1934!

How do I fix this?

(I personally believe this is coming from a company that is remastering films and want's to use IMDb as a platform to draw attention to their company! This is not the only film by this company that is listed like this.)

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Should remastered films have their own listing?

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No, they should not.

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Same problem with these recent title additions was also raised here: https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/data-issues-policy-discussions/fake-movies/624bbdcc385d98640add6098

And I think staff shouldn't merge any of these new title pages to the original pages as that would transfer some bad data to original pages like made-up budgets, bad titles, bad country of origins, bad release dates and ineligible credits like "remaster editor". They should just be deleted. I assume all were created by same user.

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2 years ago

Hi phillip & All -

I can confirm that these "remaster" titles have since been removed from the site.  I have also taken additional steps to help prevent any further invalid remaster titles from this contributor from being approved.

Thanks for reporting!