Favorite films made in Glorious Technicolor

by jrsl88 | created - 05 May 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Films shot in 3-strip Technicolor before the mid-50s that are my personal favorites. Arranged in ABC order. This list is my own opinion. Films shot in black and white but includes a scene or few more in Technicolor: The Cat & The Fiddle (1934) Hollywood Party (1934) The Little Colonel (1935) The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945) The Secret Garden (1949) The Women (1939)

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1. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, John McLeish

Votes: 10,565

2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 43,241 | Gross: $3.98M

3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson

Votes: 1,502

4. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

68 Metascore

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 113,543

5. An American in Paris (1951)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 26,775 | Gross: $4.50M

6. Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Passed | 140 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, José Iturbi

Votes: 7,081

7. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

77 Metascore

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 3,891 | Gross: $8.00M

8. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

91 Metascore

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 114,552 | Gross: $102.80M

9. The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray

Votes: 8,825

10. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Passed | 109 min | Comedy, Musical

A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke

Votes: 2,426

11. Bathing Beauty (1944)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

A contrived misunderstanding leads to the breakup of a songwriter and his fiancée. She returns to work as a gym teacher at an all-girls school, but a legal loophole allows the man to enroll as one of her students.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone, Bill Goodwin

Votes: 1,302

12. Because You're Mine (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical

A famous opera singer falls for his sergeant's sister at boot camp.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Mario Lanza, Doretta Morrow, James Whitmore, Dean Miller

Votes: 261

13. Becky Sharp (1935)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" ... See full summary »

Directors: Rouben Mamoulian, Lowell Sherman | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke

Votes: 722

14. The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 3,502 | Gross: $1.01M

15. Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Approved | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

After losing her young son, Edna Gladney opposes the unfair laws discriminating against children whose parents are unknown, and opens an orphanage for those children.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Marsha Hunt

Votes: 1,512

16. The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 1,333

Part Black & White

17. Blue Skies (1946)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe

Votes: 1,114

18. The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 2,243

19. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,725

20. Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Votes: 7,357

21. Call Me Madam (1953)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, George Sanders

Votes: 1,031

Part Black & White

22. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 127,858 | Gross: $85.00M

23. Dangerous When Wet (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

A young woman enters a contest to be the first to swim the English Channel.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 739

24. A Date with Judy (1948)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Hyperactive teenager Judy challenges and is challenged by her overly proper parents, pesky brother Randolph, and boyfriend Oogie.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda

Votes: 959

25. The Desert Song (1953)

Passed | 110 min | Musical, Romance

Shiek Yousseff, poses as a friend of the French while secretly plotting to overthrow them. Apposing Yousseff are the Riffs, whose secret leader, The Red Shadow, is Paul Bonnard, a professor... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey

Votes: 394

26. Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

Approved | 104 min | Musical

A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Phil Silvers, William Gaxton

Votes: 212

27. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 1,090

28. Dodge City (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Western

A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 4,006

29. The Dolly Sisters (1945)

Approved | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall

Votes: 660

30. Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 842

31. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 4,933 | Gross: $1.00M

32. Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

A night club's coatroom attendant who's in-love with the club's singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he's French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 1,057

33. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

98 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing

Votes: 104,060 | Gross: $1.60M

34. Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | 107 min | Musical, Romance

A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller

Votes: 7,509 | Gross: $9.03M

35. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 80,698 | Gross: $76.41M

36. Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: "Bongo," about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk," a take on the famous fairy tale.

Stars: Edgar Bergen, Dinah Shore, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd

Votes: 5,596

37. The Gang's All Here (1943)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman

Votes: 1,363

38. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Votes: 27,468 | Gross: $12.00M

39. The Girl Next Door (1953)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Musical

Stage-and-night club star Jeannie Laird (June Haver) buys her first home, and everyone who is anyone comes to her first garden party only to be blinded by smoke from next door. Jeannie ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Dan Dailey, June Haver, Dennis Day, Billy Gray

Votes: 173

40. Give a Girl a Break (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds, Dolly Sharp

Votes: 478

41. Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, History, Romance

Hydraulic Mining versus Sacramento Valley Farming.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 366

42. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 259,067 | Gross: $198.68M

43. Good News (1947)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Patricia Marshall, Joan McCracken

Votes: 2,146

44. The Great Caruso (1951)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This highly fictionalized film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna

Votes: 1,081

45. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Passed | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde

Votes: 11,295 | Gross: $36.00M

46. Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Passed | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In 1726, Lemuel Gulliver arrives to Lilliput, He wonder to lied down on the beach to sacrifice looks a great royal court to save the world.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig, Cal Howard

Votes: 3,309 | Gross: $0.55M

47. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,047