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Old October 1 2012, 03:13 PM   #376
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Otherwise for the week, we've got Fail Safe (1964) at noon Monday...
They aired that one a few weeks ago. After seeing that I decided to get the 2000 remake with George Clooney and an all-star cast. That too was shot in black & white and had pretty much the same sets and dialogue.
And, most significantly, was performed live, the first live play for television in decades (though a few half-hour or hour shows dabbled in the occasional live episode, including an ER episode that was also done at Clooney's behest). It was Clooney's tribute to the golden age of live TV and an experiment to see if it could still work. Unfortunately it didn't catch on.


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I'm trying to remember something I read about the original Mummy movie-- maybe that it originally wasn't even a Mummy, but more of an immortal being, like Richard Anderson in Night Strangler. I'll have to research when I get a minute....
I did read on Wikipedia that the original treatment for the film was called Cagliostro and was about "a 3000-year-old magician who survives by injecting nitrates." But when it was assigned to screenwriter John Balderston, who had covered the opening of King Tut's tomb as a journalist and contributed to the Dracula and Frankenstein scripts, he reworked it into the form we know.
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Old October 1 2012, 03:30 PM   #377
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Oooh, Mystery of The Wax Museum, I had a colorized version of that I enjoyed greatly, a few years back that someone borrowed and never returned. Msut try to remember to record that.

Anyone know if they're playing a colorized/remastered version?

ETA: Hmmm...After looking into it further, seems it was actually filmed in Early two-color Technicolor. I had no idea, nice to know
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Old October 1 2012, 10:54 PM   #378
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

^^ Yeah, there's a handful of color films from the 30s. The color palette is very interesting.

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I'm trying to remember something I read about the original Mummy movie-- maybe that it originally wasn't even a Mummy, but more of an immortal being, like Richard Anderson in Night Strangler. I'll have to research when I get a minute....
I did read on Wikipedia that the original treatment for the film was called Cagliostro and was about "a 3000-year-old magician who survives by injecting nitrates." But when it was assigned to screenwriter John Balderston, who had covered the opening of King Tut's tomb as a journalist and contributed to the Dracula and Frankenstein scripts, he reworked it into the form we know.
That's exactly what I was thinking of. Thanks.
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Old October 1 2012, 11:11 PM   #379
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^^
Wikipedia lists more color films from the 1930s than I would have thought, although slightly more than a third of them are lost. "Color" films were numerous before then, but mostly through one-color tinting and (in fewer cases) hand-tinting the film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._feature_films
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Old October 2 2012, 12:24 AM   #380
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I was watching The Sea Hawk with Errol Flynn the other day and was surprised when the tint of the movie changed partway through.

When the movie is set in and around England and the England Channel, the b/w images are in shades of gray. But when the plot shifts to scorching jungles of South American and a quest for Aztec gold, the scenes take on a bright yellow tint--and then reverts to gray tones when the plot returns to England.

An interesting effect.
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Old October 2 2012, 12:41 AM   #381
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I think I noticed last week that Them! had its title in green even though the rest of the film was B&W. At least I think it was that movie.
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Old October 2 2012, 01:05 AM   #382
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^^I think so, I only saw few moments of that before work... I thought it was odd.
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Old October 2 2012, 01:15 AM   #383
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I think I noticed last week that Them! had its title in green even though the rest of the film was B&W. At least I think it was that movie.
The Vincent Price movie The Tingler is mostly in b/w, except for a LSD-induced dream sequence in the middle--with bright red blood.

And, bizarrely, War of the Colossal Beast (the sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man) is b/w until the final minutes of the movie--when it inexplicably turns into color.

As I recall, there's also a brief color sequence near the end of Portrait of Jennie--during the climatic storm scene.
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Old October 2 2012, 04:08 PM   #384
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I think I noticed last week that Them! had its title in green even though the rest of the film was B&W. At least I think it was that movie.
The Vincent Price movie The Tingler is mostly in b/w, except for a LSD-induced dream sequence in the middle--with bright red blood.

And, bizarrely, War of the Colossal Beast (the sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man) is b/w until the final minutes of the movie--when it inexplicably turns into color.

As I recall, there's also a brief color sequence near the end of Portrait of Jennie--during the climatic storm scene.
I believe I remember the color in Portrait of Jennie
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Old October 3 2012, 08:37 PM   #385
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As I recall, there's also a brief color sequence near the end of Portrait of Jennie--during the climatic storm scene.
Early color was not that different from early 3D* in that respect. Witness the inexplicable use of 3D in one reel of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and a couple of scenes in Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt.

*Early, of course, in the latest cycle of 3D movies. Of course, it also took a few technical innovations before color was widely adopted.
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And, bizarrely, War of the Colossal Beast (the sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man) is b/w until the final minutes of the movie--when it inexplicably turns into color.
Not quite inexplicable as it was done quite literally for the "shock value". After the sister of the titular character convinces him to gently lower a bus of school kids he was going to crush, the Colossal Beast has one last flash of humanity that leads him to conclude it would be better for everyone if he were to 'end it all". Thus he seizes the power lines draping from a tower. The second he does this and the sparks fly, the film switches to color, thus enhancing the sequence.

(IFC recently aired it, so that's why I remember it.)

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Old October 3 2012, 11:58 PM   #387
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Could I request that this thread be pinned? It seems to have become a pretty regular feature, and it's a bit hard to track down when it falls off the main page (since the natural search term would be "TCM" but the board's search engine can't handle anything shorter than four characters).
I PMed Neroon about it, we'll see if he concurs...

ETA: No, he decided not to pin it... we'll survive. Try seaching on "genre", that seems to work well enough.
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Old October 7 2012, 09:30 PM   #388
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^^ Perhaps Neroon would edit the initial post to read "Turner Classic" instead of "TCM."

Tonight, or early tomorrow, we have a movie called Not Against The Flesh-- the original title of which appears to be Vampyr. It's from 1932 and involves shenanigans at a sinister castle, so I'm gonna be all over that one. It's on at 2:30am.
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Old October 7 2012, 11:00 PM   #389
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And remember, the two versions of Jekyll & Hyde are on tomorrow at 6 AM and Tuesday at 9:30 AM.

(And after I went to all that trouble to make the list, I forgot all about the Sinbad movie on Friday.)
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And remember, the two versions of Jekyll & Hyde are on tomorrow at 6 AM and Tuesday at 9:30 AM.

(And after I went to all that trouble to make the list, I forgot all about the Sinbad movie on Friday.)

And the good Jekyll & Hyde is the Fredric March version!
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