I just saw this question and quite frankly I want to close it, because it can be answered by simply visiting the movie's Wikipedia page. But there isn't a close reason for "lack of research", unfortunately.

Sure, I can downvote it. But chances are some others will upvote it (people even upvote blatantly off-topic questions), and thus this low-quality question will live on. (Right now it already has two upvotes and one person has "starred" the question.)

Back in 2011 it seems there was a process to close such questions, and if I google "hitchcock suspicion original ending" the first link is the Wikipedia entry and the excerpt hints at the answer:

Suspicion (1941) is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring .... Hitchcock's recollection of this original ending—in his book-length interview with François Truffaut, published in English as Hitchcock/Truffaut in ...

And this isn't the only question like that, I've seen plenty recently.

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    Um, but you do know that "starring" a question does come with absolutely zero notion of preferring it in anyway, do you? I favourite tons of low-quality questions on a daily basis. And now that this meta question is asked, I have to star it anyway.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Jun 9, 2016 at 12:15
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    There are tones of questions here that can be answered using the most basic Google search. I've always seen that as a normal situation. Jun 9, 2016 at 15:51

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Lack of research really isn't a close reason... it's a downvote reason.

When you hover over the downvote button, you'll see that the text reads:

This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful.

All three of those are reasons to downvote.

By contrast, none of our close reasons are "does not show research".

Some sites do have a "does not show research" close reason as one of their custom off-topic reasons but I don't think it's really necessary here.

Yes, we're not going to answer trivial questions like "who starred in ___" because that's something that Wikipedia or IMDb can answer but, as in that post from 2011, if the answer is interesting... which I think the answer to that Suspicion question would count as "interesting"... the guidance is to "answer the question".

When to answer simple questions

If you don't think it's interesting, let someone else answer.


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