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A list of early Technicolor Films, with pictures where possible. Color movies first appeared as early as 1903. Today, most films use virtually the same processes for color. In the early days, however, various systems were used, including different film stocks, techniques, cameras, etc. The rules of cinematography and film development had yet to be written as no standards had yet been set. In 1935 the Technicolor 3 step process (Process 4) was introduced and the major studios set it as the standard. Since then, even more advanced color techniques have been invented.

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The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. ...more

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The King of Kings Joseph Schildkraut, H.B. Warner, Ernest Torrence The King of Kings is a 1927 American silent epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It depicts the last weeks of Jesus before his crucifixion and stars H. B. Warner in the lead ...more

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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny The Hollywood Revue of 1929 is a 1929 American musical-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was the studio's second feature-length musical, and one of the earliest ventures into the ...more

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Mystery of the Wax Museum Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell Mystery of the Wax Museum is a 1933 American mystery horror-thriller film released by Warner Bros. in two-color Technicolor and directed by Michael Curtiz. The film stars Lionel Atwill, Fay ...more

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Ben-Hur Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 American epic silent film directed by Fred Niblo. It stars Ramón Novarro and Francis X. Bushman, and is based on the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of ...more

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Pretty Ladies Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel Pretty Ladies is a 1925 American silent comedy-drama film starring ZaSu Pitts and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is a fictional recreation of the famed Ziegfeld Follies. Directed by ...more

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Puttin' On the Ritz Joan Bennett, Bess Flowers, James Gleason Puttin' On the Ritz is a musical film, directed by Edward Sloman and starred Harry Richman, Joan Bennett, and James Gleason. The screenplay was written by James Gleason and William K. Wells, ...more

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Winners of the Wilderness Joan Crawford, Tim McCoy, Edward Connelly Winners of the Wilderness is a MGM silent film, directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring Tim McCoy and Joan Crawford. In this costume drama, set during the French-Indian War, Rene Contrecouer, ...more

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No, No, Nanette Eve Arden, Victor Mature, Billy Gilbert No, No, Nanette is a 1940 American film directed by Herbert Wilcox and based on the musical of the same name.

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Under a Texas Moon Myrna Loy, Noah Beery, Sr. Under A Texas Moon is a 1930 musical western film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was based on the novel Two-Gun Man which was written by Stewart Edward White. It was the second ...more

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Bright Lights Frank McHugh, Noah Beery, Sr. Bright Lights is an all-talking pre-code American musical comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor and produced and released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers. ...more

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Paramount on Parade Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Fay Wray Paramount on Parade is an all-star revue released by Paramount Pictures, directed by several directors including Edmund Goulding, Dorothy Arzner, Ernst Lubitsch, Rowland V. Lee, A. Edward ...more

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The Mysterious Island Lionel Barrymore, Montagu Love, Lloyd Hughes The Mysterious Island is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film directed by Lucien Hubbard, a film adaptation of Jules Verne's novel L'Île mystérieuse, published in 1874. The film was released ...more

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The Merry Widow Joan Crawford, John Gilbert, Mae Murray The Merry Widow is a 1925 American silent romantic drama/black comedy film directed and written by Erich von Stroheim. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film stars Mae Murray, John Gilbert ...more

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The Broadway Melody Bessie Love, William Demarest, James Burrows The Broadway Melody, also known as The Broadway Melody of 1929, is a 1929 American musical film and the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was one of the first ...more

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Seven Chances Buster Keaton, Snitz Edwards, T. Roy Barnes Seven Chances is a 1925 American comedy silent film directed by and starring Buster Keaton, based on a play written by Roi Cooper Megrue, produced in 1916 by David Belasco. Additional cast ...more

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Manhattan Parade Joe Smith, Charles Butterworth, Charles Dale Manhattan Parade is a 1931 musical comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was originally intended to be released, in the United States, early in 1931, but was shelved due to public ...more

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The Wedding March Fay Wray, Erich von Stroheim, ZaSu Pitts The Wedding March is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film written and directed by and starring Erich von Stroheim. It also stars Fay Wray and ZaSu Pitts. Paramount Pictures forced von ...more

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Kiss Me Again Walter Pidgeon, Edward Everett Horton, Frank McHugh Kiss Me Again is a musical operetta film filmed entirely in Technicolor. It was originally released in the United States as Toast of the Legion late in 1930, but was quickly withdrawn when ...more

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Court-Martial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Early Technicolor Films
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Song of the West Ann Sothern, Joe E. Brown, John Boles Song of the West is a musical operetta film produced by Warner Brothers, and photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was based on the 1928 Broadway musical Rainbow by Vincent Youmans, Oscar ...more

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The Big Parade Karl Dane, Renée Adorée, John Gilbert The Big Parade is a 1925 American silent film directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, and Claire McDowell. Adapted by Harry Behn from the ...more

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Stage Struck Christopher Plummer, Henry Fonda, Susan Strasberg Stage Struck is a 1958 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring Henry Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Christopher Plummer. The screenplay, by Augustus and Ruth Goetz, is based on ...more

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The Show of Shows John Barrymore, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks The Show of Shows is a 1929 American musical revue film directed by John G. Adolfi and distributed by Warner Bros. The all talking Vitaphone production cost $850,000 and was shot almost entirely ...more

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The Life of the Party Charles Butterworth, Charles Judels, Winnie Lightner The Life of the Party is a 1930 American musical comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. The musical numbers of this film were cut out before general release in the United States ...more

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On with the Show Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown, Arthur Lake On with the Show! is a 1929 American musical film released by Warner Bros. The film is noted as the first ever all-talking, all-color feature length movie, and the second color movie released by ...more

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Hold Everything Joe E. Brown, Georges Carpentier, Edmund Breese Hold Everything is a 1930 early all-talking film. It was the first musical comedy film to be released that was photographed entirely in early two-color Technicolor. It was adapted from the ...more

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Follow Thru Thelma Todd, Eugene Pallette, Buddy Rogers Follow Thru is a 1930 musical comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was the second all-color all-talking feature to be produced by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on the ...more

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Broadway Evelyn Brent, Glenn Tryon Broadway is a 1929 film directed by Pál Fejös from the play of the same name by George Abbott and Philip Dunning. It stars Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Paul Porcasi, Robert Ellis, ...more

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The Toll of the Sea Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley The Toll of the Sea is an American drama film, directed by Chester M. Franklin, produced by the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, released by Metro Pictures, and featuring Anna May Wong in ...more

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Smiling Irish Eyes Colleen Moore, Robert Homans, Claude Gillingwater Smiling Irish Eyes is a sound American musical film with Technicolor sequences.The film is now considered a lost film. However, the Vitaphone discs still exist.

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None but the Brave Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tony Bill None but the Brave, also known as Yūsha nomi in Japan, is a 1965 war film starring Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi, Tommy Sands and Brad Dexter. This is the only film directed by ...more

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The Uninvited Guest Agustí Villaronga, Francesc Garrido, Pablo Derqui The Uncertain Guest is a 2004 horror film written and directed by Guillem Morales.

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Hit the Deck Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Walter Pidgeon Hit the Deck is a 1955 American musical film directed by Roy Rowland and starring Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, and Russ ...more

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The Viking Donald Crisp, Pauline Starke, LeRoy Mason The Viking was the first feature-length Technicolor film that featured a soundtrack, and the first film made in Technicolor's Process 3. It stars Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp and LeRoy Mason. ...more

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It's a Great Life Penny Singleton It's a Great Life is a film directed by Frank R. Strayer released on May 27, 1943.

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His Supreme Moment Ronald Colman, Blanche Sweet His Supreme Moment was a 1925 American silent drama film with sequences filmed in Technicolor, starring Blanche Sweet and Ronald Colman, directed by George Fitzmaurice, and produced by Samuel ...more

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The Dance of Life Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier, Hal Skelly The Dance of Life is the first of three film adaptations of the popular Broadway play Burlesque, the others being Swing High, Swing Low and When My Baby Smiles at Me. The Dance of Life was shot ...more

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Red Hair Gary Cooper, Clara Bow, Lane Chandler Red Hair is a 1928 silent film starring Clara Bow and Lane Chandler, directed by Clarence G. Badger, based on a novel by Elinor Glyn, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film had one ...more

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The Lottery Bride Jeanette MacDonald, Joe E. Brown, ZaSu Pitts The Lottery Bride is a 1930 romantic film directed by Paul L. Stein.

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The King on Main Street Adolphe Menjou, Bessie Love The King on Main Street is a 1925 silent film romantic comedy directed by Monta Bell, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Adolphe Menjou and Bessie Love. Carlotta Monterey, later wife ...more

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The Desert Song Myrna Loy, John Boles, Louise Fazenda The Desert Song is a 1929 American operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Carlotta King and Myrna Loy. It was photographed partly in two-color Technicolor, the first ...more

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Gold Diggers of Broadway George Raft, Nick Lucas, Winnie Lightner Gold Diggers of Broadway is a 1929 Warner Bros. comedy/musical film which is historically important as the second two-strip Technicolor all-talking feature length movie. Gold Diggers of Broadway ...more

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Melody Man is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Early Technicolor Films
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The Flaming Forest Renée Adorée, Antonio Moreno The Flaming Forest is a 1926 American silent drama film directed by Reginald Barker and starring Antonio Moreno and Renée Adorée. The film is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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The Rogue Song Lawrence Tibbett, Catherine Dale Owen The Rogue Song is a 1930 romantic musical film which tells the story of a Russian bandit who falls in love with a princess, but takes his revenge on her when her brother rapes and kills his ...more

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Footlights and Fools Fredric March, Colleen Moore, nm0179247 Footlights and Fools is a sound film billed by Warner Brothers as an all-talking musical film, released in Vitaphone with Technicolor sequences.

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The Heritage of the Desert Bebe Daniels, Ernest Torrence, Noah Beery Heritage of the Desert is a Western film based on the novel by Zane Grey, and starring Bebe Daniels, Ernest Torrence, and Noah Beery. The film was released by Paramount Pictures with sequences ...more

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So This Is Marriage? Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Boardman So This Is Marriage? is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by Hobart Henley. The film was originally released with sequences filmed in Technicolor. The last known copy of this film was ...more