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Tue, Jan 15, 2019 7:08 PM

4 Live Polls: United Artists 100th Anniversary Poll (4 part suggestion)

February 5 of 1919 marks the establishment of United Artists, a movie company that changed history becoming the first one meant to give actors control over their own interests.

Founded by Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith, the studio became mainly known as a distributor, and while it was sold and restructured many times, it still lives today as part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of United Artists, we have this poll.

Which is the most important United Artists movie?

First 25 years list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls041292029/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Lu0Oyf56_Gc/

Second 25 years list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls041292178/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/bjmFxHlJyK0/

Third 25 years list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls041292230/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/PKtxYsWAmlo/

Last 25 years list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls041292908/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/QAjtuUWFhV0/

I tried to add at least one movie per year, that meant each period had 10 places to add aditional films in their most importatn years.
In some rare cases there are empty years where there wasn't a particular great movie and where there was a chance to add more options in particullary great years.

Unfortunately there has not been an United Artists films since 2016, hopefully their 100th anniversary will help the brand to reborn.

Suggestions about changes in the lists are welcomed.

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From the first, very strong list: The Private Life of Henry VIII.

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Stagecoach, The Killing, The Living Daylights, Valkyrie. Stagecoach would get my overall vote

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Pencho: From the poll for the third 25 years, please remove Back to the Future Part II. That was a Universal Pictures release, and UA had no connection with it other than licensing the use of a film clip from another movie.

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Thanks for the warning, it has been deleted and replaced with Apocalypse Now which somehow I missed in the first check I made of their films.

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Pencho: Thanks. Apocalypse Now is a great replacement choice to include in the poll.

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Rope (1948) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) appear to be Warner Bros. films whose rights were later sold. Are you sure you want to include them?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040746/...
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044081/...

Similarly, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was originally MGM.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/...

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Sorry for the delay, I had missed your message.

Indeed, the three films were distributed by United Artists but at a later date than the original release.

I'm replacing Rope for Red River (both 1948)
2001 for The Party (both 1968)
A Streetcar Named Desire for Elmer Gantry (Both Academy Award nominees since 1951 is already covered by Th African Queen.

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What a great poll! Or, actually, a great series of polls. : ) I love this one and there are so many great films; my vote would probably go to 'City Lights' or maybe 'Modern Times.'

May I suggest one tiny edit in the intro? ('below in bold: 'just added a comma after "history")

February 5 of 1919 marks the establishment of United Artists, a movie company that changed history, becoming the first one meant to give actors control over their own interests.

I recently started to work on some polls about independent films by decade and though the polls don't start until the '50s, I still read a lot about the fifty or so years before that so I read a good bit about United Artists. I can't imagine cinematic history, as well as cinema today, without United Artists. Your series of polls is such a great homage. 

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Thanks Ruby, I wasn't home during the weekend and couldn't make the changes before part I went live, but I'll made them for the rest and I'll repush the first part as soon as the rest of the polls go live in order to have backlinks between them.

This was actually a poll idea I had in 2012, when both Universal and Paramount celebrated their 100th anniversary. I made the suggestions but there was a big problem, they came during the dark ages without polls, and since that day I had been waiting for the opportunity to do this with a historical studio, I finally got the chance here.

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That's great that you're finally able to do the polls. "Dark ages without polls" cracked me up, lol. It does feel that way, though: I can't imagine no IMDb polls! 

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Pencho, did you see Peter's note above? It's above Ed's post. 

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I had miss it, let me check.

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Congratulations penchofifteenpolls on your 104th live poll! As of 23-Jan-2019 9:11 PM Pacific your polls have 171,219 or more votes, for an average of 1,646 votes per poll.

United Artists 100th Anniversary Poll Part I
7319th Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Lu0Oyf56_Gc/
Seen: http://www.imdb.com/seen/ls041292029/

This is the 3,276th Title poll. Such polls have a total of 7,869,749 votes for an average of 2,402 votes per poll.
Total Number of Votes			16,725,348
Projected Date of 20 Million Votes	01-May-2020
Days Until 20 Million Votes		463
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Thanks.