List of early color feature films

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Excerpt from the surviving fragment of With Our King and Queen Through India (1912), the first feature-length film in natural color, filmed in Kinemacolor

This is a list of early feature-length color films (including primarily black-and-white films that have one or more color sequences) made up to about 1936, when the Technicolor three-strip process firmly established itself as the major-studio favorite. In the list below, all films prior to On with the Show (1929) are no-dialog "silents". About a third of the films are thought to be lost films, with no prints surviving. Some have survived incompletely or only in black-and-white copies made for TV broadcast use in the 1950s.Raj bikram

Background

The earliest attempts to produce color films involved either tinting the film broadly with washes or baths of dyes, or painstakingly hand-painting certain areas of each frame of the film with transparent dyes. Stencil-based techniques such as Pathéchrome were a labor-saving alternative if many copies of a film had to be colored: each dye was rolled over the whole print using an appropriate stencil to restrict the dye to selected areas of each frame. The Handschiegl color process was a comparable technique. Because transparent dyes did not impact the clarity or detail of the image seen on the screen, the result could look rather naturalistic, but the choice of what colors to use and where was made by a person, so they could be very arbitrary and unlike the actual colors.

Edward Raymond Turner's process, tested in 1902, was the first to capture full natural color on motion picture film, but it proved to be mechanically impractical. A simplified two-color version, introduced as Kinemacolor in 1908, was marginally successful for a few years, but the special projector it required and its inherent major technical defects contributed to its demise in 1914. Technicolor, originally also a two-color process capable of only a limited range of hues, was commercialized in 1922 and soon became the most widely used of the several two-color processes available in the 1920s.

Beginning in 1932, Technicolor introduced a new full-color process, "Process 4", now commonly called "three-strip Technicolor" because the special camera used for live-action filming yielded separate black-and-white negatives for each of the three primary colors. The final print, however, was a single full-color strip of film that did not need any special handling. This became the standard process used by the major Hollywood studios until the mid-1950s.

List of films

Year Title Country Color process Length Production company
1903 La Vie et la passion de Jésus Christ France France Pathéchrome Pathé Frères
Extant. Also known as The Passion Play and Vie et Passion du Christ. Not released as a single feature, but as 32 individual shorts in three different groupings and shot at different times. Some scenes are partially hand coloured (e.g. 52 min. copy on Youtube). The later scenes feature different actors and costumes from the earlier scenes.[1] On DVD.
1912 With Our King and Queen Through India United Kingdom United Kingdom Kinemacolor Natural Color Kinematograph Company
First feature-length documentary capturing natural color rather than colorization techniques. The original footage ran for 2½ hours (16,000 ft.), presented in two different programmes. The main film of the Delhi Durbar itself was shot on 12 December 1911. The rest of the film was made in other locations in India up to 30 December 1911, of which only a ten-minute extract still exists. Released in UK on 2 February 1912.[2]
1912 The Miracle United Kingdom United Kingdom Pathéchrome Joseph Menchen (personal project)
First stencil-colored feature-length narrative film. Filmed in Austria in October 1912; hand-colored in Paris by seventy people;[3] UK release on 21 December 1912. Original UK length 7,000 feet;[3] censored versions showed at 5,000 and 5,500 feet. Designed to be accompanied by score for full symphony orchestra and chorus by Engelbert Humperdinck. A B&W print of a cut version is extant, held at the CNC Archives, France. Available on Youtube and final scene only, with extracts of the original music.
1914 The World, the Flesh and the Devil United Kingdom United Kingdom Kinemacolor Natural Color Kinematograph Company
First feature-length narrative film in natural color. Lost.
1914 Little Lord Fauntleroy United Kingdom United Kingdom Kinemacolor Natural Color Kinematograph Company
Status Unknown.
1915 Britain Prepared United Kingdom United Kingdom Kinemacolor inserts Jury's Imperial Pictures
First British propaganda film. Extant.
1916 Joan the Woman United States United States Handschiegl Color Process inserts Famous Players-Lasky
Survives complete with color sequences. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. (Color was billed as the "DeMille-Wyckoff Process")
1917 The Gulf Between United States United States Technicolor feature Technicolor Corporation
First American film shot in color. Lost film. Only a few frames from test prints, showing star Grace Darmond, have survived.
1917 The Devil-Stone United States United States Handschiegl Color Process inserts Famous Players-Lasky
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Only two reels survive in AFI collection at Library of Congress.
1918 Cupid Angling United States United States Douglass Natural Color feature Douglass Natural Color Film Inc.
Lost film. Only feature film made in this process.
1918 Our Navy United States United States Prizma feature Prizma
First feature film shot in Prizmacolor.
1920 Treasure Island United States United States Hand coloring (Handschiegl?) Paramount Pictures
Lost film.
1920 Roman Candles United States United States Handschiegl Color Process inserts Cineart
Lost film.
1921 Bali the Unknown United States United States Prizma feature Prizma Inc.
Five-reel documentary opened 27 February 1921 at Capitol Theatre in NYC. On DVD.
1921 The Three Musketeers United States United States Handschiegl Color Process inserts United Artists
Film survives in black-and-white only.
1922 The Toll of the Sea United States United States Technicolor feature 3190 ft. Technicolor / Metro Pictures
The first natural-color feature film made in Hollywood. The final two reels are apparently lost. Available on DVD.
1922 A Blind Bargain United States United States Handschiegl Color Process inserts 188 ft. Goldwyn Pictures
Lost film.
1922 The Glorious Adventure United States United States/
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Prizma feature United Artists
Directed by J. Stuart Blackton. Extant at the British Film Institute. On DVD.
1922 Flames of Passion United Kingdom United Kingdom Prizma insert Astra Film
Directed by Graham Cutts. Lost film.
1922 Foolish Wives United States United States Hand coloring inserts Universal Pictures
Hand coloring by Gustav Brock.
1923 Red Lights United States United States Handschiegl Color inserts Goldwyn Pictures
Extant in black-and-white only.
1923 The Ten Commandments United States United States Technicolor inserts, Handschiegl Color inserts Paramount Pictures
Survives complete. Is on DVD.
1923 Vanity Fair United States United States Prizma insert Goldwyn Pictures
Directed by Hugo Ballin. Lost film.
1923 The Virgin Queen United Kingdom United Kingdom Prizma insert J. Stuart Blackton Productions
Directed by J. Stuart Blackton. Status unknown.
1923 I Pagliacci United Kingdom United Kingdom Prizma insert Napoleon Films
Starring Lillian Hall-Davis. Status unknown.
1924 The Uninvited Guest United States United States Technicolor insert Metro Pictures
Preservation status unknown.
1924 Cytherea United States United States Technicolor inserts 230 ft. Technicolor / Goldwyn Pictures
Lost film. First Technicolor film shot under artificial light.
1924 Wanderer of the Wasteland United States United States Technicolor feature 3854 ft. Paramount
First western in color. Lost film.
1924 Venus of the South Seas United States United States Prizma Insert Lee-Bradford Corp.
Extant. Restored by the Library of Congress in 2004. Final reel is in Prizma.
1924 Heritage of the Desert United States United States Technicolor inserts 34 ft. Paramount
Starring Bebe Daniels. Unknown status.
1924 Greed United States United States Handschiegl Color Process inserts Metro-Goldwyn Pictures
Short version of film extant, coloring lost (a few specimen frames may survive). On DVD.
1924 The Dance of the Moods United Kingdom United Kingdom Friese-Greene Natural Color (formerly Biocolour) Friese-Greene Productions
Unknown if a feature or short film.
1924 Moonbeam Magic United Kingdom United Kingdom Friese-Greene Natural Color (formerly Biocolour) Spectrum Films
Produced by Claude Friese-Greene. Status unknown, possibly at BFI.
1925 Ben-Hur United States United States Technicolor inserts 1029 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant. On DVD.
1925 Cyrano de Bergerac Italy Italy/
France France
Pathéchrome feature 9501 ft. Unione Cinematografica Italiana
Starring Pierre Magnier. Extant.
1925 The Phantom of the Opera United States United States Technicolor inserts, Kelley Color /Handschiegl Color 497 ft. Universal Pictures
One color segment survives. On DVD.
1925 The Merry Widow United States United States Technicolor insert 136 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Film survives, but two-minute color sequence is lost.
1925 Stage Struck United States United States Technicolor inserts Paramount
Extant with color sequences. Restored by George Eastman House. Starring Gloria Swanson.
1925 Pretty Ladies United States United States Technicolor insert 597 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant only in black-and-white.
1925 His Supreme Moment United States United States Technicolor inserts 517 ft. First National Pictures
Lost film.
1925 The Big Parade United States United States Applied color by Technicolor 154 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Feature and color exists. On DVD.
1925 So This Is Marriage? United States United States Technicolor insert 729 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Lost film.
1925 The Splendid Road United States United States Handschiegl Color inserts First National Pictures
Status unknown.
1925 Seven Chances United States United States Technicolor insert 275 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant with color. On DVD.
1925 The King on Main Street United States United States Technicolor inserts 105 ft. Famous Players-Lasky
Survives complete.
1925 Lights of Old Broadway United States United States Technicolor inserts, Handschiegl Color Process inserts Cosmopolitan Productions
Extant in Library of Congress.
1926 Fig Leaves United States United States Technicolor insert 969 ft. Fox Film Corporation
Extant only in black-and-white.
1926 Beverly of Graustark United States United States Technicolor insert 354 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant.
1926 The Open Road United Kingdom United Kingdom Friese-Greene Natural Color (formerly Biocolour) Friese-Greene Productions
Series of documentary films shot between 1924 and 1926. A print was restored and shown on the BBC in 2006. On DVD.
1926 Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii Italy Italy Pathéchrome feature 12083 ft. Società Italiana Grandi Films
Extant. US Title: The Last Days of Pompeii On DVD.
1926 Irene United States United States Technicolor inserts 972 ft. First National Pictures
Survives complete with color sequences.
1926 Beau Geste United States United States Technicolor inserts Paramount Pictures
Extant.
1926 The Flaming Forest United States United States Technicolor inserts 203 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant at Library of Congress.
1926 The American Venus United States United States Technicolor insert 1574 ft. Paramount
Lost film. Two trailers, and brief clip of color insert, survive at the Library Of Congress.
1926 Volcano United States United States Handschiegl Color inserts Paramount Pictures
Extant at Library of Congress. Preserved by UCLA and Television and The Museum of Modernr Art.
1926 Mike United States United States Handschiegl Color inserts Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant at Library Of Congress. Complete print of 70 minutes found at Library Of Congress in December 2015.
1926 The Black Pirate United States United States Technicolor feature 8124 ft. United Artists
Original Technicolor Process 2 print survives at the BFI. Commonly seen version was created from surviving negatives. Outtakes survive in black-and-white. On DVD.
1926 The Fire Brigade United States United States Technicolor inserts, Handschiegl Color inserts 692 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Film extant, but color may be lost.
1926 The Joy Girl United States United States Technicolor insert 285 ft. Fox
A copy may survive in the Museum of Modern Art film archive.
1926 Flames United States United States Handschiegl Color inserts Associated Exhibitors
One reel exists in the Library of Congress.
1926 The Girl from Montmartre United States United States Handschiegl Color inserts First National Pictures
Preserved by Warner Bros. from original negative and nitrate handschiegl print.
1927 The King of Kings United States United States Technicolor inserts DeMille Productions / Pathé Exchange
Survives complete. Is on DVD.
1927 Winners of the Wilderness United States United States Technicolor insert Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
16mm print extant. Starring Joan Crawford. On DVD.
1927 Annie Laurie United States United States Technicolor insert 204 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant with color at the Library of Congress.
1927 The Wizard United States United States Hand coloring Fox
Lost film.
1927 Napoléon France France Keller-Dorian process sequences Abel Gance / Gaumont
Extant. Keller-Dorian process proved to be impractical.
1927 La revue des revues France France Pathéchrome inserts
Extant.
1928 La Femme et le pantin France France Keller-Dorian process
Extant. Directed by Jacques de Baroncelli
1928 None but the Brave United States United States Technicolor insert 549 ft. Fox
Unknown
1928 The Wedding March United States United States Technicolor insert, hand coloring. 294 ft. Paramount
Extant. Directed by Erich von Stroheim
1928 Red Hair United States United States Technicolor insert 57 ft. Paramount
Lost film. Color tests survive at UCLA Film and Television Archive.
1928 Casanova Germany Germany Pathéchrome insert Ciné-Alliance / Pathé
Extant. Based on operetta by Ralph Benatzky.
1928 The Viking United States United States Technicolor feature 8398 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant. The first Technicolor feature with sound (synchronized music score and sound effects only, no dialog or "live" sound). On DVD.
1928 The Water Hole United States United States Technicolor inserts 332 ft. Paramount
Status unknown.
1928 Court-Martial United States United States Technicolor insert 473 ft. Columbia Pictures
Status unknown.
1929 Redskin United States United States Mostly Technicolor with sepia-toned sequences 4463 ft. Paramount
Synchronized music score and sound effects but no dialog or "live" sound. Survives complete. On DVD.
1929 On With the Show United States United States Technicolor 9592 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant in black-and-white. 20-second color clip exists in private collection. The first all-talking color feature. On DVD.
1929 Harmony Heaven United Kingdom United Kingdom Pathéchrome sequences British International Pictures
Extant at British Film Institute
1929 A Romance of Seville United Kingdom United Kingdom Pathéchrome feature British International Pictures
Sound version released July 1930. First British sound film released in color, using the Pathéchrome stencil-coloring process. On DVD.
1929 Devil-May-Care United States United States Technicolor insert Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Prints survive.
1929 The Show of Shows United States United States Technicolor feature 9987 ft. Warner Bros.
Only survives in black-and-white except "Chinese Fantasy" number with Myrna Loy and Nick Lucas and part or all of "Meet My Sister" number. On DVD with latter number in black-and-white (color footage only recently discovered).
1929 Pointed Heels United States United States Technicolor inserts 270 ft. Paramount
Extant complete at UCLA. Broadcast master is in black-and-white.
1929 Paris United States United States Technicolor inserts 3645 ft. Warner Bros.
Picture lost. Soundtrack extant.
1929 Gold Diggers of Broadway United States United States Technicolor feature 9122 ft. Warner Bros.
Two incomplete reels and some short fragments extant. Complete disc soundtrack extant. Surviving reels on DVD.
1929 Sally United States United States Technicolor feature 9280 ft. First National-Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white. Two-minute color sequence also extant. On DVD.
1929 Glorifying the American Girl United States United States Technicolor insert 897 ft. Paramount
Extant complete at UCLA. On DVD.
1929 The Broadway Melody United States United States Technicolor insert 307 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant in black-and-white only. On DVD.
1929 The Desert Song United States United States Technicolor insert 306 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant in black-and-white only.
1929 Sunny Side Up United States United States Multicolor inserts Fox
Extant in black-and-white only.
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 United States United States Technicolor inserts 1360 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant
1929 Broadway United States United States Technicolor insert 198 ft. Universal
Survives in a talking version and a silent version made for theaters without sound equipment. The talking version is missing the final reel, the color sequence, which does survive in the silent version.
1929 Married in Hollywood United States United States Multicolor insert Fox
Only final reel in Multicolor survives at UCLA Film and Television Archive.
1929 Red Hot Rhythm United States United States Multicolor insert Pathé Exchange
Only one number in color, the title song, survives.
1929 This Thing Called Love United States United States Multicolor insert Pathé Exchange
Lost film except for color sequence.
1929 The Dance of Life United States United States Technicolor insert 779 ft. Paramount
Survives in black and White. Part of the Technicolor sequence survives at the Library of Congress.
1929 Footlights and Fools United States United States Technicolor inserts 1183 ft. First National-Warner Bros.
Lost film.
1929 His First Command United States United States Multicolor inserts Pathé Exchange
Extant in black-and-white. Status of Multicolor sequences unknown.
1929 It's a Great Life United States United States Technicolor inserts 1391 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant. On DVD from Warner Archive Collection.
1929 The Mysterious Island United States United States Technicolor feature 8569 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant at UCLA. Complete Technicolor print was discovered in Prague, December 2013 and premiered at the 33rd Pordenone Silent Film Festival in October 2014. On DVD.[4]
1929 Rio Rita United States United States Technicolor insert 2680 ft. RKO Radio Pictures
Survives in a cut re-release copy with all color sequences. On DVD.
1929 William Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 United States United States Multicolor inserts Fox
Lost film.
1929 The Great Gabbo United States United States Multicolor inserts Sono Art-World Wide Pictures
Survives in black-and-white except for missing color musical number "The Ga-Ga Bird". On DVD.
1929 Smiling Irish Eyes United States United States Technicolor inserts First National Pictures
Lost film. Soundtrack discs survive at UCLA.
1930 The Rogue Song United States United States Technicolor feature 9565 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Lost film. Complete soundtrack extant on discs. Trailer and fragments preserved at UCLA.
1930 The Life of the Party United States United States Technicolor feature 7202 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Hold Everything United States United States Technicolor feature 7280 ft. Warner Bros.
Lost film. Soundtrack extant.
1930 The Vagabond King United States United States Technicolor feature 9413 ft. Paramount
Only complete copy restored by UCLA
1930 Just for a Song United Kingdom United Kingdom Pathécolor sequences Gainsborough Pictures
Lost film
1930 Alf's Button United Kingdom United Kingdom Pathécolor sequences British Gaumont
Lost film
1930 Paramount on Parade United States United States Technicolor inserts 2517 ft. Paramount
Plotless all-star revue. Most survives, but one black-and-white and one color sequence are missing, the color finale with Maurice Chevalier survives only in black-and-white, and the sound for two of the color sequences is missing. Restored by UCLA Film and Television Archive
1930 Under a Texas Moon United States United States Technicolor feature 7501 ft. Warner Bros.
First all-talking western shot entirely in color. Survives in a complete color copy.
1930 Whoopee! United States United States Technicolor feature 8681 ft. United Artists
Survives in at least one complete color copy.
1930 The School for Scandal United Kingdom United Kingdom Raycolor feature Albion Films
Only feature film photographed in this process. Lost film.
1930 Elstree Calling United Kingdom United Kingdom Pathéchrome Inserts British International Pictures
Extant at the British Film Institute. Co-directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
1930 Hell's Angels United States United States Multicolor insert 866 ft. United Artists
Color sequence and film survive complete. Scene filmed in Multicolor, printed by Technicolor
1930 Knowing Men United Kingdom United Kingdom Talkicolor feature United Artists Corporation
Second British sound feature in color. Lost film.
1930 King of Jazz United States United States Technicolor feature 9320 ft. Universal
Extant.
1930 Chasing Rainbows United States United States Technicolor insert 1249 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Black-and-white parts survive, color sequences are completely lost.
1930 They Learned About Women United States United States Technicolor insert Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Survives in black and white only.
1930 Good News United States United States Multicolor insert Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Color was used for the finale, which is now completely lost. The rest survives.
1930 Show Girl in Hollywood United States United States Technicolor insert 832 ft. First National-Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Kismet United States United States N/A First National-Warner Bros.
Lost film.
1930 Bride of the Regiment United States United States Technicolor feature 7418 ft. First National-Warner Bros.
Picture lost. Soundtrack extant.
1930 Puttin' on the Ritz United States United States Technicolor Insert 953 ft. United Artists
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Mammy United States United States Technicolor Inserts 1497 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant. The first Al Jolson film with color.
1930 Call of the Flesh United States United States Technicolor insert 721 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Bright Lights United States United States Technicolor feature 6416 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Children of Pleasure United States United States Technicolor insert ~700 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Survives complete in black-and-white. Color sequences extant in sections.
1930 General Crack United States United States Technicolor insert 532 ft. Warner Bros.
Survives in a silent copy with no color sequences made for theaters without sound equipment.
1930 Melody Man United States United States Technicolor insert 826 ft. Columbia Pictures
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Follow Thru United States United States Technicolor feature 8383 ft. Paramount
Extant.
1930 The March of Time United States United States Technicolor inserts Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production never completed. Several musical sequences extant.
1930 New Movietone Follies of 1930 United States United States Multicolor inserts Fox
Extant. Only copy at UCLA.
1930 The Florodora Girl United States United States Technicolor insert 608 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant.
1930 Mamba United States United States Technicolor feature 6998 ft. Tiffany Pictures
Extant complete. First all-color all-talking feature which was not a musical. On DVD.
1930 Sweet Kitty Bellairs United States United States Technicolor feature 5846 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white. On DVD.
1930 Son of the Gods United States United States Technicolor insert 442 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white.
1930 Song of the Flame United States United States Technicolor feature 6501 ft. Warner Bros.
Lost film. Soundtrack extant.
1930 Song of the West United States United States Technicolor feature 7189 ft. Warner Bros.
Lost film. Vitaphone discs extant.
1930 Viennese Nights United States United States Technicolor feature 9191 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant, preserved at UCLA.
1930 Golden Dawn United States United States Technicolor feature 7546 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant in black-and-white only. Color fragment found circa 2015.
1930 Peacock Alley United States United States Technicolor insert 651 ft. Tiffany
Extant; color sequence is at the Library of Congress.
1930 No, No, Nanette United States United States Technicolor Sequences 3895 ft. First National-Warner Bros.
Lost film.
1930 The Lottery Bride United States United States Technicolor insert 358 ft. United Artists
Color sequence survives at the George Eastman House. On DVD.
1930 Lord Byron of Broadway United States United States Technicolor insert 878 ft. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extant.
1930 Leathernecking United States United States Technicolor insert 1474 ft. RKO
Lost film.
1930 Hit the Deck United States United States Technicolor insert 3772 ft. RKO
Lost film.
1930 Dixiana United States United States Technicolor insert 2006 ft. RKO
Extant.
1930 The Cuckoos United States United States Technicolor insert 833 ft. RKO
Extant.
1931 Delicious United States United States Multicolor inserts Fox
Extant only in black-and-white.
1931 Woman Hungry United States United States Technicolor feature 6119 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant. On DVD.
1931 Manhattan Parade United States United States Technicolor feature 6692 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white. On DVD.
1931 Fifty Million Frenchmen United States United States Technicolor feature 6480 ft. Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white. On DVD.
1931 Kiss Me Again United States United States Technicolor feature Warner Bros.
Extant only in black-and-white. On DVD.
1931 The Hawk United States United States Multicolor feature Romantic Productions
Shot as the first feature entirely in Multicolor, it had a very limited release. Five years later using the new process Cinecolor it was re-edited and re-recorded as "Phantom of Santa Fe". On DVD.
1931 The Runaround United States United States Technicolor feature 5714 ft. RKO
Extant only in black-and-white, except for color first reel at Museum of Modern Art. On DVD.
1931 Fanny Foley Herself United States United States Technicolor feature 6699 ft. RKO
Lost film. Technicolor trailer extant at George Eastman House.
1932 Tex Takes a Holiday United States United States Multicolor feature Argosy Productions Corporation
Final feature-length film shot entirely in Multicolor. Extant. On DVD.
1932 Doctor X United States United States Technicolor feature 7048 ft Warner Bros.
Extant. On DVD.
1932 The Girl from Calgary United States United States Magnacolor insert Chardwick Productions
First reel was shot in color. Extant, status of color sequence is unknown.
1932 The Death Kiss United States United States Hand-colored inserts Sono Art-World Wide Pictures
Extant. Hand color by Gustav Brock.
1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum United States United States Technicolor feature 7184 ft Warner Bros.
Extant. On DVD.
1933 Sairandhri India India UFacolor feature Prabhat Film Company
First color film shot in India, but processed and printed in Germany. Extant. On DVD.
1934 Radio Parade of 1935 United Kingdom United Kingdom Dufaycolor inserts British International Pictures
Two sequences were filmed in Dufaycolor. Extant.
1934 Adventure Girl United States United States Hand-colored inserts Van Beuren Studios
Extant. Hand color by Gustav Brock.
1934 Sweden, Land of the Vikings United States United States Cinecolor feature
First feature-length film in Cinecolor. On DVD.
1934 The Cat and the Fiddle United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 insert Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Black-and-white with final reel in color. First use of three-strip Technicolor in a feature-length film. On DVD.
1934 The House of Rothschild United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 insert 20th Century Pictures / United Artist
Black-and-white with final sequence in color.
1934 Hollywood Party United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 insert Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Black-and-white with animated cartoon sequence in color.
1934 Kid Millions United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 insert Samuel Goldwyn / United Artists
Black-and-white with "Ice Cream Factory" musical finale in color.
1935 Karnaval cvetov Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian two-color process feature Mezhrabpomfilm
First Russian color film. Extant complete. On DVD.
1935 Jeunies filles à marier France France Franciacolor feature Paris Color Films
First French feature in natural color. Extant. On DVD.
1935 Legong: Dance of the Virgins United States United States Technicolor Process 3 (two-color) feature 5054 ft DuWorld Pictures (US) / Paramount (intl)
Produced by Constance Bennett and Henri de la Falaise. Feature-length documentary filmed entirely in two-color Technicolor, one of the last uses of the older process. Restored in 1999 by UCLA Film and Television Archive. On DVD.
1935 The Little Colonel United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 insert Fox
Black-and-white with one Technicolor sequence
1935 Becky Sharp United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 feature Pioneer Pictures / RKO
First feature-length film entirely in three-strip Technicolor. On DVD.
1936 Kliou the Killer United States United States Technicolor, Process 3 (two-color) feature 4917 ft Bennett Pictures / DuWorld Pictures (US)
Final two-color Technicolor feature. Extant only in black and white. On DVD.
1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine United States United States Technicolor, Process 4 feature Walter Wanger Productions / Paramount Pictures
First three-strip Technicolor feature filmed outdoors by natural light.
1936 We're in the Legion Now! United States United States Magnacolor feature George A. Hirliman Productions
Also known as The Rest Cure. Extant. On DVD.
1936 Phantom of Santa Fe United States United States Cinecolor feature Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises
Filmed in Multicolor five years earlier as "The Hawk", re-edited version released in Cinecolor as "Phantom of Santa Fe". Extant. On DVD.
1936 La terre qui meurt France France Franciacolor feature Paris Color Films
Also known as "The Land That Dies". Restored in 1992. On DVD.
1936 Pagliacci Italy Italy/
United Kingdom United Kingdom
UFAcolor inserts Trafalgar Film Productions
Extant with color. On DVD.
1936 Grunya Kornakova Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian two-color Process feature Mezhrabpomfilm
First Russian feature-length narrative film in color. Extant.
1936 Bajo el sol de Loret Peru Peru Unknown color process feature
Also known as "Under Loreto's Sun". First Peruvian color feature film. Extant.
1936 The Devil on Horseback United States United States Hirlicolor feature George A. Hirliman Productions
Long presumed lost until found in private collection in the 1980s. Complete in UCLA Film and Television Archive. On DVD.
1936 The Bold Caballero United States United States Magnacolor feature Republic Pictures
First "Zorro" film shot in color. Extant complete. On DVD.
1936 Captain Calamity United States United States Hirlicolor feature George A. Hirliman Productions
Extant complete. Released on DVD.
1937 Kisan Kanya India India Cinecolor feature Imperial Pictures
First Hindi color film made entirely in India. Extant. On DVD.

See also

References

  1. ^ Abel, Richard (1998) The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914. University of California Press ISBN 9780520912915, p.576
  2. ^ McKernan, Luke (2009). ‘The modern Elixir of Life’: Kinemacolor, royalty and the Delhi Durbar, in Film History, Vol. 21, pp. 122–136, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Film show in Covent Garden". New York Times, 9 December 1912
  4. ^ http://www.cinetecadelfriuli.org/gcm/allegati/2014_CalendarioGCM_w3.pdf

External links

  • Timeline of Historical Film Colors
  • Color Cinematography of the Silent Era
  • Early color features filmography (1917-1935) from Wayback Machine
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