Obsession (1949) aka The Hidden Room: Title search

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A movie called THE HIDDEN ROOM (1949) just showed up on YouTube under its original title, OBSESSION. I didn't know about its alternate title, so I did an IMDb title search for the word "obsession." But it didn't come up. I had to find it by looking for it in the filmography of its star, Robert Newton.

Why wouldn't the movie appear in the results when we search "obsession"?

https://www.imdb.com/find?q=obsession&s=tt&ref_=fn_al_tt_mr


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Hello J.

It depends where you are. The film has an AKA title of The Hidden Room in the USA (it’s actually a British film and its official name is Obsession). See https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041460/...

Steve
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I'm in the US, which must be part of the problem. But you'd think the results in America would at least show "The Hidden Room (1949) aka Obsession", but we don't even see that.
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But the search results should not be location-dependent, and they are not in fact. Moreover, I've checked the symbols for original "Obsession" name, and all of them equal to the search requested ones and are traditional Latin.
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You mean the movie won't be showing up in search results for anyone who does a title search for "obsession", regardless of where they live?
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I’m in the UK. When I search for The Hidden Room it goes straight to Obsession (1949), it doesn’t show its AKA as The Hidden Room until or unless I go to the AKA page. Steve
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Steve Crook, the problem is that we can not find "The Hidden Room" when we expect it to be "Obsession" and search for this variant.

Regardless of where user live, he might have "The Hidden Room" as an option when searching for "Obsession".

PS: to sum up. This movie is not searchable by its original name that consists of traditional Latin symbols.
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Hello MAthePA, 
What does it offer when you search for Obsession? 
 
I think it's mainly because the IMDb puts too much emphasis on the country you're calling from and only offers titles used in that country. 
 
    Steve
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Steve, I really don't know how two people in this particular case may be more precise in expressing the same problem: This movie is not searchable by its original name.

May be this variant can help: the title tt0041460 is not in the search results when we use general search for the word "obsession".

The search results do not depend on location.
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Well, guys, it's searchable when "obsession 1949". The result was hidden because of the 200 titles limitation. It just needed to be more specific.
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Oh, no! I wonder if there's any way IMDb can make it appear higher in the results. Surely there aren't 200+ titles people are more likely to want when doing a title search for the word "obsession."

A lot of those results are various episodes of a show called OBSESSION.
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When you search for a one-word title, it is preferable to use "Exact Matches".
For "obsession" we have it in top 10.
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I should have tried that. Thank you!
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Hi J.,

MAthePA is correct, if you are searching for a one-word title it is definitely best to use exact title searches.

Regards,
Will