Not all films appear under the same title as the book or movie upon which they are based. The disconnect generally arises when books or films get remade in another language. But it sometimes comes from the marketing and revenue concerns of:
The essential message also emerges in film-making huddles over:
• intended audiences;
• profit margins.
All three factors undoubtedly explain the film-adapted, replacement titles to two mystery thrillers by Ralph Hammond Innes:
• The Lonely Skier of 1947 adapting into Snowbound in 1948;
• The White South of 1949 reconfiguring into Hell Below Zero in 1954.
Everybody then and now knows of no more compelling title for sea tragedies than “The Wreck of the Mary Deare.”