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The Ladykillers is showing on TV in color I know the original was in B&W but cannot find any info on the  internet I cannot watch it in color I feel that the took away all intrigue.  Anyone have any info.

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24 minutes ago, KatsView said:

The Ladykillers is showing on TV in color I know the original was in B&W but cannot find any info on the  internet I cannot watch it in color I feel that the took away all intrigue.  Anyone have any info.

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Welcome to the boards.

According to the film's technical specifications on the IMDb, it was produced in Technicolor.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048281/technical?ref_=tt_dt_spec

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A TV set can be made to run a color film in b&w. Just open the panel, find the RGB controls, and dial them all back down to zero.

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I agree with the underlying point made by the op above, too. There is something inherently more dramatic and tense about black n white photography. They don't call it Gestalt Theory for nuttin'.

I've also heard tell that b&w camerawork is powerful as well not just for the shapes (Gestalt) but because our subconscious mind usually dreams in b&w. Woody Allen believes in this, as did the German Expressionists.

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Thank you both for replying I wish I had enough confidence to try that Sgt_Markoff that would solve a multitude of issues.  I tried searching the internet and it was showing that it was in Technicolor but I swear the previous times I watched it it was in B&W.  Maybe I should try searching Studio Canal??

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You're welcome! Don't worry about my tip harming your TV, its perfectly safe. Don't be a-skeered!   ;) You might even be able to do it through your set's "menu" via the remote control.

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I wasn't worried about your tip harming my TV I was worried about what I might do to the TV .. Thank you for the menu tip I think I will try that.

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I've never seen a black-and-white print of this film. It's always been in color on TCM, and on Starz where it was recently available for streaming.

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54 minutes ago, KatsView said:

Sgt_Markoff you were right watched The Ladykillers in B&W throuhg menu.  Thank you!

Did that make the movie "better"...?

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I was able to enjoy the movie with the distraction of too much color which I think happens sometimes when it is colorized.  I was able to enjoy the script which I think is brilliant and the understated character of Alec Guiness and a very early Peter Sellers.

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Info from IMDb

The Ladykillers (1955)

Details
Country: UK
Language: English
Release Date: 24 February 1956 (Belgium) See more »
Also Known As: The Lady Killers See more »
Filming Locations: Argyle Street, St. Pancras, London, England, UK See more »
Company Credits
Production Co: Ealing Studios, Michael Balcon Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »
Technical Specs
Runtime: 91 min
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

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