The First Color Movies

A list of the first color movies, 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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  • A Blind Bargain
    1
    Lon Chaney, Wallace Beery, Raymond McKee
    • Released: 1922
    • Directed by: Wallace Worsley
    Coloring Process: Handschiegl Color Process
    A Blind Bargain was a 1922 American silent horror film starring Lon Chaney and Raymond McKee, released through Goldwyn Pictures. The film was directed by Wallace Worsley and is based on Barry Pain's ...more
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    Adventure Girl

    Coloring Process: Hand colored
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    John Wayne, Lillian Gish, Norman Kerry
    • Released: 1927
    • Directed by: John S. Robertson
    Coloring Process: Technicolor
    Annie Laurie is a 1927 silent film directed by John S. Robertson, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and starring Lillian Gish and Norman Kerry. This was the third film of Lillian Gish at MGM, and its ...more
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    4

    Bali the Unknown

    Coloring Process: Prizma