Before it was Times Square theatre marquees from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Now I’m on the hunt for high quality color publicity stills (or color film footage) of actors during the shooting of black-and-white films. Except for color production shots of Some Like It Hot during filming — I have plenty of those.

Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra during Oahu filming of From Here To Eternity.
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  • Manitoba

    George Stevens Jr. has color on set film from his father’s 1939 black and white classic,” Gunga Din.”

    I’ve also seen color film of the shooting of John Huston’s 1953 “Beat The Devil” in I think the Lauren Bacall-hosted PBS documentary on Bogart. Huston made the film in black and white despite pleas from Bogart to use color.

    I can remember Life magazine of my youth, running color stills of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits” before the film’s 1961 release. One reason why many were disappointed to find out the actual film was in black and white.

  • Dan Revill

    That pic looks incredibly awkward. Probably because the colours of the costumes are for B&W shooting…still. Yeeesh!

  • CinemaPhreak

    I guess now is the time to be trolling for Xmas gifts…. 🙂

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  • Probably because the colours of the costumes are for B&W shooting…still. Yeeesh!

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