Why does IMDb not always display a movie's earliest/original release date on the main page?

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Am I doing something wrong?  There are many cases where, when I look at a movie's page, a release date from another country/date is displayed.  I will give you one or two examples:

1. THE BEAUTIFUL & DAMNED (1922) First release 10 December 1922 (USA).  Date displayed: 11 April 1924 (France).  Huh?
2.  GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) First premiere 15 December 1939 (USA).  Date displayed 17 January 1940 (USA).  I realise this is a premiere date not a release date, but it is what gives the film its status as a 1939 movie. 

These are simply two different types of examples from literally hundreds upon thousands of possible movies.  Why does this happen?

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Stephen Butler
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Steve Crook, Champion

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Hello Stephen,
I think it depends on where you are. The system tries to show you the date of the (non-premiere) release date in your own country

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Hi Stephen -

When we display a Release Date on a title page we intend to display the first wide release date for the title, not the limited release date.  So for the examples you provided, both titles are listed with limited release dates:

If you see the top listed release dates, these are considered Limited Releases in specific locations, since the USA release for January 17, 1940 does not include any attribute to suggest a limited release, this is why this date is displayed as it is listed as a wide release.

I hope this information helps clarify, let us know if you have further questions!
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On the film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019726/releaseinfo, it shows:

and then shows the Hungarian release date on the title page.

Will any parenthetical notation cause the date to be bypassed?

The good news is that the Export function selects the first date (6'1929) for this film. And sorting a custom list by Release Date appears to use the 6'29 date as well. I find it strange that you make a different choice for the title page. I'd rather see that initial release date with its parenthetical note on the title page.