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Was this the first color movie?


I always thought Wizard of Oz or Gone With the Wind was the first one; didn't realize there was color in 1937, unless it was 2 strip they used in cartoons.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026104/

Before this there were various "color" films using early/primitive color techniques, including the 2-strip process you mentioned.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026104/

Before this there were various "color" films using early/primitive color techniques, including the 2-strip process you mentioned.

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Flowers and Trees is pretty famous. It is a cartoon; you are correct. It is featured in many films showing the 30s, and Roger Rabbit had a riff on it when you enter ToonTown, although I believe they were more directly quoting another featurette.

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This movie was classed as 'pastel shades'for the benefit of Natalie Kalmus.Selznick changed all that when he kicked her off the set of GWTW because she wanted to do the same effect all over again.
David wanted 'rich colors'..he won the day.

Thanks to him,Technicolor changed,thats why we see rich colors in movies like Betty Grable,Rita Hayworth etc.The rest is history.

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I forget the name of the movie, but there was at least 1 color silent film in the early 1920s.

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You're probably thinking of "The Black Pirate" (1926) with Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. It was a two-strip Technicolor feature.

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The first full Technicolor film is "Becky Sharp "starring Miriam Hopkins made in 1935 .....

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In response to the OP's question "Was this the first color movie?", no. Movies shot in color (as opposed to being hand-colored) date from around 1902-1908. Technicolor was first used in 1917.
The reply by andyvanm is correct:

The first full Technicolor film is "Becky Sharp" starring Miriam Hopkins made in 1935 .....

There are several good articles in Wikipedia discussing this:
--https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_color_film_systems
--https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_early_color_feature_films
--https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technicolor (history of Technicolor and the different processes used by them.)

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Becky Sharp (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026104/) is also the film that pepperdoggie was pointing to in the initial reply to the question.

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