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Color Scales (1932)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 23 April 1932 (USA)
This "Fisherman's Paradise" entry shows various species of tropical fish at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, California.


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Pete Smith


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Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice)
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A passenger ship has just arrived in San Francisco from Hawaii. Aboard the ship are not only the passengers, but some native Hawaiians: some tropical fish, destined for aquariums. Several varieties of the fish are shown and described. They will ultimately be going into an environment more hospitable than from where they came since the aquariums will be controlled. The colorful fish are often inspiration for fashion designers who look to what nature provides in terms of color combinations and patterns. Written by Huggo

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Fisherman's Paradise
15 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Color Scales (1932)

** (out of 4)

Pete Smith narrates this "Fisherman's Paradise" entry from the MGM series. The short takes place at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco where we see a wide range of fish and sharks. Yeah, that's pretty much the entire story here as you probably aren't going to be overly entertained unless you have a real interest in fish. I think film buffs will mainly want to check this out for its early use of 2-strip Technicolor, which is certainly a major bonus since this is a film meant to show off the colors of fish. The print that was shown on TCM was a little dark but there was still plenty of detail in the colors and what really jumped off the screen were the orange and pink colors that really looked good. At least two dozen fish are highlighted here so if you're a fan of them then this here will be a must see. Smith, as you'd expect, gets a few jokes in but even his humor can't save this.

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Release Date:

23 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fisherman's Paradise Picture: Color Scales See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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