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By John Howard Reid   
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Last edited: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Many a great book has been rejected, simply because the publisher's reader was not impressed by your title.

So how do you think up catchy titles and interesting names? Charles Dickens used to keep a notebook in which he'd write down real names and places that caught his eye. But now there's a much easier and far more effective way. This is what I use: Hollywood Classics Title Index

That link will take you to Amazon Kindle. If you prefer NOOK at Barnes & Noble: Hollywood Classics Other ebook stores such as Apple and Sony also stock this book.

 

For 99 cents, this book will provide you not only with thousands of fascinating titles but names as well. Movie titles and the names of both movie stars and character players are chosen and designed for one reason only: TO CATCH ATTENTION!

Of course, it's not a good idea to use the titles of recent movies and the names of current stars. This book, however, lists over 3,000 movie titles from 1920 through 1970. It also provides extensive cast lists with more names than you could use in a thousand years. You can also mix first names with different surnames and use titles as a springboard. For example, here's a 1920 movie titled "The Man Who Had Everything". You could change that to "The Man Who Had Nothing", "The Man Who Had a Dream", etc.

Even more importantly, you can also see at a glance that "Man" is a word that carries enormous impact. No less than 33 movie titles begin with that word.

On the other hand, this book reveals that "Boy" is a word with virtually no appeal at all. Strange, but true ! Only three movie titles begin with the word, "Boy", and one of them had so little impact that the producer went to the considerable expense of withdrawing the movie from circulation and changing the title, "Boy from Barnado's", to "Lord Jeff"!

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