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A subsequent movie that continues the story of an earlier movie

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Why is the sequel to “Smokey and the Bandit II” titled “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3”?

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?