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Was this originally shot in B & W???

I don't remember seeing a color version???

Could be I only saw it on B & W sets (The only kind my family had until the 70s)

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It was shot in Technicolor.


Too bad the colour green fades with age. The same with Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), featuring future rich man's plaything Pia Zadora in her first movie role as a Martian child: she looks distinctly khaki rather than green.


>>>Too bad the colour green fades with age

except it wasn't just green that was faded. Every color was only in black and white when it was shown on tv even though the very same tv stations showed all other color programs and color movies in color.

This was back in the 1970's decade. I doubt that the color on the film would fade to complete sharp black and white in that short of time.

Or that it would even be sharp if it faded.

The same stations also showed color movies made before 1948 in color. and after and up to including movies made in the 1970's just two years previously before being shown on the tv stations.


I saw it several times on a color tv set in the 1970's decade and it was always in black and white when shown.

I had always wondered why.

Then later, I find out it was supposedly filmed in color.

So why wasn't there any color when it was shown.

Other color shows and other color movies were shown in color on the very same tv stations that showed it.


I first saw this in the 70's when the Biograph Theatre in Richmond, VA, was running an RKO festival, and they had a black and white 35mm print. I wondered why a picture about green hair would be made in black and white. I later saw it on TCM and it was in Technicolor. Then I remembered that some studios made some reissue prints of color films in black and white. That must be what I saw at the Biograph. Another example is THE LONG LONG TRAILER. I saw it at Loew's Theatre in Richmond on a double feature with SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS in the 60's, and it was in black and white, but it was in color on TCM. That must be where the confusion lies.


Thanks for the explanation.


I saw this movie on TV when I was a kid in the 70s and if my memory serves me correctly it was in color.