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The Victims of Colorization

Written by Christopher Beaubien • August 15, 2009 • 7 Comments

Film Still from “It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

“Keep Ted Turner and his goddamned Crayolas away from my movies.”
— Orson Welles

Vandalized Black-and-White Films (141)

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
30 Seconds over Tokyo (1944) (Turner Colorized Classic)
36 Hours (1965) (Turner Colorized Classic)
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
An Ache in Every Stake (1941)
Across the Pacific (1942) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Action in the North Atlantic (1943) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Africa Screams (1949)
Air Force (1943) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Babes in Toyland (1934)
Baby Burlesks (1931)
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
Back to Bataan (1945)
Bataan (1943) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Beer Barrel Polecats (1946)
Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
The Big Steal (1949)
Blue Steel (1934)
Bride of the Monster (1956)
Brideless Groom (1947)
Bright Eyes (1934)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Calling All Curs (1939)
Captain January (1936)
Captain Blood (1935)
Carnival of Souls (1962) (Legend Films)
Casablanca (1942) (Turner Colorized Classic)
The Chimp (1932)
A Christmas Carol (AKA Scrooge) (1951)
A Chump at Oxford (1940)
Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
County Hospital (1932)
Dementia 13 (1963)
The Devil-Doll (1936)
Disorder in the Court (1936)
Dopey Dicks (1950)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
The Fighting 69th (1940) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Fort Apache (1948)
Flying Tigers (1942)
Gaslight (1944)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
The Great Rupert (1950)
Gunga Din (1939)
Helpmates (1932)
High Noon (1952)
High Sierra (1941)
Holiday Inn (1942) (Legend Films)
House on Haunted Hill (1959) (Legend Films)
I’ll Never Heil Again (1941)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
3 Versions:
1986 (Hal Roach Studios)
1989 (Republic Pictures)
2007 (Legend Films)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
How I Unleashed World War II(1970)
The Killer Shrews (1959)
King Kong (1933)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
The Little Colonel (1935)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Lucky Texan (1934)
Malice in the Palace (1949)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Men in Black (1934)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Missile to the Moon (1958)
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Movie Movie (1978)
Mughal-E-Azam (The Greatest of the Mughals) (1960)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) (Turner Colorized Classic)
The Music Box (1932)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Naya Daur (1957)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3 Versions:
1986 (Hal Roach Studios)
1997 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
2004 (Legend Films and Off Color Films)
Ninotchka (1939)
No Census, No Feeling (1940)
Objective Burma (1945)
Only “Old Men” Are Going to Battle (1973)
(Grading Dimension Pictures)
The Outlaw (1943)
Phantom from Space (1953)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom Planet (1961)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) (Legend Films)
Playing the Ponies (1937)
Pop Goes the Easel (1935)
Porky’s Railroad (1937)
Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Punch Drunks (1934)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932)
Reefer Madness (1936) (Legend Films)
Rio Grande (1950)
Room Service (1938)
Sagebrush Trail (1933)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
San Francisco (1936)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Sami Swoi (1967)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
Sergeant York (1941) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)
She (1935)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1935)
Sing a Song of Six Pants (1947)
The Sitter Downers (1937)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Son of Kong (1933)
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
Suspicion (1941)
Swing Parade of (1946 (1946)
Swiss Miss (1938)
Terror by Night (1946)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
They Were Expendable (1945)
The Thing from Another World (AKA The Thing) (1951)
Things to Come (1936)
Topper (1937) (Hal Roach Studios)
Topper Returns (1938) (Hal Roach Studios)
The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) (Turner Colorized Classic)
Treasure Island (1934)
Violent is the Word for Curly (1938)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Way Out West (1937)
White Heat (1949)
White Zombie (1932)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
You Nazty Spy! (1940)
Your Cheatin’ Heart (1964)

UPDATE: May 8, 2013


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  • David Rentzel

    Fuck you! Who gave you the right to decide what everybody can watch? Who gave you the right to force editors to stop coloring films? YOU can STILL watch B&W if you want. Do not infringe MY RIGHT to watch what I WANT!

  • Christopher Beaubien

    That’s colourful language you have there; however, my position on the issue remains black and white.

  • Bob Gassel

    Unlike the big fear when the process was introduced, there has not been a case where the colorized version of a film has replaced the original in a catalog…it’s always just an option. As long as that’s how it remains, I’m all for it.

  • Christopher Beaubien

    Well put!

  • Pedro Hache

    I like the colorized movies,

    Watching a colorized movie is not mandatory. It is optional.
    Let’s not remove that option from those who do want to watch them.I searched the internet for the colorized version of these three films:
    “Dementia 13”, “Some like it hot”, and “Rebecca” (1940), but it seems
    that nobody knows anything about them or how to get them.
    If someone has them, knows how to get them, or knows something
    about them, I would appreciate it if you could contact me (I’ll be on my Facebook page).

  • La Serpenta Canta

    you fuck off.

  • La Serpenta Canta

    I think colorization is bad and unnecessary but there are exceptions, I think She is one of the exceptions, the film was originally meant for color, and you can tell by the costumes because they have no contrast in black and white, I much prefer the colorized one.