Or to put another way, why wasn't it just called "Smokey and the Bandit III"? Was this a studio mandate, an oversight, a joke? Why did the "Part" suddenly get thrown in?

  • This happens more than you might guess. Return of the Living Dead Part II (a sequel to a movie that had a "The" beginning the title) is followed by Return of the Living Dead 3. In two sequels, the title lost a "The" and a "Part" and roman numerals. – Meat Trademark Sep 8 '18 at 14:30

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