Michael Powell didn't appear in The Small Back Room

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Michael Powell directed The Small Back Room (1949) but he didn't appear in it. This was due to a mistake (not the only one) in an early filmography. I had made various submissions to correct this (e.g. 121211-025352-734000), but none of them have had any effect
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Hi Steve -

If you have already submitted several corrections but the credit is still listed, it's possibly due to data backlogs (check here: http://www.imdb.com/czone/times ), or it could be that our data editors were unable to verify the correction.

If you have access to the on-screen film credits for "The Small Back Room", it would be helpful to take a screen-shot of the cast credits and send a link along with your update.
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Thanks for your reply, but ...

The latest submission reference that I gave above is months before the date for cast submissions given in the Processing Times page. It would have been looked at by now.

Michael Powell is listed in the IMDb as "Gunnery Officer (uncredited)" so getting a screen grab of the credits wouldn't help.

How can I prove that someone who is listed as uncredited *wasn't* in the film?

Steve
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I still don't see any action or any further suggestions on this

    Steve

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How can I prove that someone who is listed as uncredited *wasn't* in the film?

Indeed:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/how_to_proceed_when_changing_a_credited_role_to_an_uncredite...


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This isn't that they were in the film and were incorrectly credited when they should be uncredited (or vice versa). That's relatively easy to fix by a screen grab of the on-screen credits and of some scenes showing them in the film..

In this case it was the director who is listed as a cast member, appearing in the film when he didn't appear in it.

He isn't listed as a cast member in the on-screen credits and HE DOESN'T APPEAR IN THE FILM.

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And that is partly what that thread addresses - if you check a film and the person isn't on the credits, then how do you know they were even in the film? The official guideline is to edit it and add "uncredited", even if you really think it should be removed as that edit says that you know they had an uncredited role, when all you know is that they don't have a credit (at the very least this should require extra proof, but it is currently letting a lot of wrong data through). He might be in there with a big fake wig and a prosthetic nose, for all we know - it is like trying to prove [spoilers] Santa doesn't exist.
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That thread doesn't address the situation where someone is listed on the IMDb cast listing when he didn't get an on-screen credit and he didn't appear in the film. I know that he was listed in the IMDb due to a mistake in an early filmography. I had
made various submissions to correct this by asking that the IMDb entry for him being in the cast be deleted (e.g. 121211-025352-734000),
but none of them have had any effect.

The thread "How to proceed when changing a credited role to an uncredited one?" doesn't address that situation. All of your comments in that thread are about people who were actually on-screen in the film. But in this case he was the director but he never appeared in front of the camera.

    Steve






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The guidelines that I referred to in that thread also say to submit a deletion if you are certain that a credit is incorrect. If the question is whether the editors are willing to trust Steve's information, they should perhaps know that he is something of an expert and runs a Powell/Pressburger website.
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Already done (submission 121211-025352-734000 in December 2012) and others. But no effect yet.

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Hooray, it's been removed

Thanks to whoever did it

    Steve

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