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  •  don't forget Gone with the Wind - 1939? (1+ / 0-)
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    First color movie?

    "They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. [...] That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary."-Handmaid's Tale

    by JLFinch on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 10:28:37 AM PST

    •  I thought that was (4+ / 0-)
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      JLFinch, diplomatic, johnnygunn, lulu57

      "Becky Sharp", 1935.

      And prior to that there were movies with parts in color.

      "I wish that for just one time You could stand inside my shoes You'd know what a drag it is To see you" - Dylan

      by Floja Roja on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 11:46:23 AM PST

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      •  Yes - (4+ / 0-)
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        You are right.
        The early color films didn't do particularly well and were very expensive - so Hollywood held off for a while.  Plus the sets were over 100 degrees with all the lights - like early TV.

        "The Wizard of Oz" came out in the summer of 1939.  When Dorothy opened the farmhouse door in Oz and the colors poured onto the screen, moviegoers gasped.  For most - it was their first experience with color.  GWTW went into general release in 1941.  Of course, it too was widely popular.

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