7 Movie Working Titles We’re Glad They Didn’t Go With

Because Annie Hall's better than 'It Had To Be Jew'


We love movie titles. Whether they're eleborate, like Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind or simple, like Star Wars, they're mostly brilliant.

Working titles, on the other hand, are rubbish. Don't believe us? Get your eyes around this lot...

Black Mask

Sounds like: An adaptation of one of those boring radio superhero programmes from the 1950s.


Could’ve been the title of…


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Pulp Fiction

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: We’ve seen Pulp Fiction more than a few times, and we can’t remember a single scene that featured a black mask. Not one.

What was Tarantino drinking when he named the script? Probably the same stuff that made him smash his forehead on the typewriter to name Inglourious Basterds.
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The Cut Whore Killings

Sounds like: A grindhouse sleaze-fest slasher flick.


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Unforgiven

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: Unforgiven is a meditative western thematically centred around the concept of redemption. It is not an Italian Giallo from the 1970s featuring ladies in nighties getting chopped up for showing their boobies.
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The Seven Deadly Sins

Sounds like: A religious epic starring Morgan Freeman as Moses. (Morgan Freeman not pictured, obviously).


Could’ve been the title of…


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Se7en

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: Se7en is a brilliant title; it uses typographical trickery like its lead villain, it’s impossible to pronounce (unless you want to look like a fool by saying Sesevenen) and it looks cool.

The Seven Deadly Sins is, admittedly, descriptive, but dull.
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Everybody Comes to Rick’s

Sounds like: An ‘80s teen movie about Rick’s predilection for house parties.


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Casablanca

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: Because it’s stupid. Who the hell is Rick and why should we care that he’s so popular? 'Everybody Comes To Rick's'... Honestly. We hate him!

Also, if they’d have stuck with this particular working title, ‘50s audiences would have been sorely disappointed after buying a ticket to see a film starring ‘everybody’ only to realise that  Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe and King Kong don’t go to Rick’s once.
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Wimpy

Sounds like: Epic sweeping biopic about Mr Wimpy, the Beefeater style UK fast-food bloke who likes to eat his burgers on proper plates.


Could’ve been the title of…


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Psycho

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: Because no-one would’ve gone to see it, Alfred Hitchcock wouldn’t have had his breakout hit and we would have never seen Vertigo (working title: ‘Listen Darkling’). Seriously.
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Not Tonight, Josephine!

Sounds like: A bodice-ripping costume drama. Based on a Jane Austen short story.


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Some Like It Hot

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: Weirdly, Not Tonight, Josephine! is a more logical title. It features the name of the lead character (well, his transvestite alter-ego, anyway) and there’s nothing like an exclamation mark to suggest that what you’re about to watch is some sort of slapstick comedy.

Still, Some Like It Hot alludes to Sugar Kane’s sexiness and you can’t argue with that.
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It Had to Be Jew

Sounds like: It Had To Be You, but Jewish.


Could’ve been the title of…



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Annie Hall

Why we’re glad it wasn’t: We’re all for the occasional pun, but seriously, It Had To Be Jew is all kinds of rubbish - especially coming from one of the greatest comic minds of our lifetime.

Annie Hall is a smart, sophisticated classic comedy. It Had To Be Jew isn't.

 

 

Comments

    • elektrikjamz

      Jan 21st 2009, 0:35

      What about the gimp? Pretty sure he wore a black mask. Still - obscure nonetheless...

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    • SCQ47

      Jan 23rd 2009, 6:52

      "his breakout hit"?????? There are so many things wrong with your statement so let's try to get this step by step. Hitchcock's breakout film was a silent picture called The Lodger (1927). Between 1927 and 1960 (when Psycho came out), Hitchcock directed such hits as The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca (which won an Oscar for Best Picture) Shadow of a Doubt (his favorite film), Lifeboat, Notorious, Rope, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, and North by Northwest. Implying that "we would have never seen Vertigo" had not been for the the "breakout" of Psycho is also false because Vertigo was release in 1958. Please tell us that this article meant to be a joke or at least assure us that they don't pay you to write total nonsense.

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    • sashurst

      Jan 23rd 2009, 11:27

      SCQ47, I was hoping it'd be clear that entry was a bit of a joke, as obviously Psycho wasn't his break-out hit, and everyone knows it came after Vertigo. Also, Wimpy is famously not the working title for Psycho. I'm sure Hitch wouldn't mind, he loved an occasional prank. I do get paid to write total nonsense, though. :)

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    • thejonner

      Jan 24th 2009, 7:21

      50s audiences going to see Casablanca? Shome mishtake shurely?

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    • SCQ47

      Jan 31st 2009, 2:09

      Sam, Rarely does one run across a decent film historian and/or critic here in the "States." We also lack humor over here. Next time throw in a fart joke or wear a fat suit so we know when to laugh. You have my full "tail-between-the-legs" apology, sir.

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    • millerman2k

      May 15th 2009, 3:20

      has no-one else noticed that se7en's poster simply says "seven." does that make it a c**p title?

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