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Little Cinematic Factoid
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I found this interesting, anyway...

It is generally considered bad luck to have a question mark in a movie title. That is why films like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Who Framed Roger Rabbit have left them off.

Don't ask me about Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Perhaps they weren't superstitious enough.

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That's pretty interesting. But it can't be that widespread. Offhand, I can think of these:

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Harry Crumb?
What About Bob?
What's Up, Doc?
What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Touché. I hadn't thought of all those titles, and you are right; it looks like the superstition was ignored more often than not.

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It is something I had heard all the way back when I was in college, as a media/film major. There had been an interview with Robert Zemeckis, the director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, who had been asked specifically about the question mark. His response was that the title was not supposed to be a question, but rather a statement, i.e. "this story is about who framed Roger Rabbit." Several cast and crew members then weighed in, saying, no, this was done because of the question mark superstition, and they used Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as an example of that (although toob has shown, above, that it seems to be the exception rather than the rule).

Just an interesting little tidbit I thought I would share.

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