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Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON was shot three times: Under its original title
in 1931, with Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels; as SATAN MET A LADY in 1936,
with Warren William and Bette Davis; and the classic Huston/Bogart version
of 1941. No argument here as to which was the best version..... Also, THE
MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM of 1933, shot in two-strip technicolour, versus
the HOUSE OF WAX of 1953, shot in 3D, which is technically superior, though
I have  soft spot for the original. There are many examples of remakes, of
course, generally with the remake inferior to the original (PSYCHO; PLANET
OF THE APES). THE TIME MACHINE, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, and THE FOUR
FEATHERS are all recent examples of remakes, arguably not superior to the
originals, despite the advances in special effects. Your best bet is to find
a meaningful book on the subject.
peter Warren
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From: "Jeremy Butler" <[log in to unmask]>
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> I'd say that the zippy HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1939) is an artistically superior
> film to the rather creaky, early-sound THE FRONT PAGE (1931)--not to
> mention the subsequent remakes:  THE FRONT PAGE (1974) and SWITCHING
> CHANNELS (1988).
>
> Come to think of it, weren't there a few silent and early-sound films made
> circa 1924-29 that were remade just a few years later, after sound
> technology arrived and then improved?  Titles are escaping me just now.
>
> You might want to consider those films as technologically more
> successful--although not necessarily artistically more successful.
>
> Regards,
>
>
> >Date:    Fri, 25 Oct 2002 15:20:43 -0400
> >From:    James Monaco <[log in to unmask]>
> >Subject: Remakes
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> >"The Truth About Charlie" got me thinking about remakes. (it is a
> >retelling of Charade.)
> >
> >Can anyone think of a remake that was more successful (artistically
> >or financially) that its original?
> >
> >(No sequels, please.)
>
> Jeremy Butler
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