American Film

SCREEN TEST: What Color Is It?

This month's Screen Test may have you seeing red - or blue or green. Those are the three types of cone cells in the human retina responsible for trichromatic color vision. But, rest assured, we'll have the entire visual spectrum at our disposal for the answers.

As Muriel (Myrna Loy) so famously said in MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAMHOUSE (1948), "I want it to be a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin's egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow, but don't let whoever does it go to the other extreme and get it too blue. It should just be a sort of grayish-yellow-green."


From 1922 to 1953 "Technicolor," the trademark for a series of color motion picture processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, now a division of Technicolor SA, was the most widely used color process in Hollywood. The black and white images below are from five different classic color films. See if you can identify the correct hue of specific items in each one. When you've made your selection, click to see the image "In Glorious Technicolor."


Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) was a man in green tights, but what color was the sash on the dress worn by Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland)?

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#2 THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

You know about the ruby slippers and the yellow brick road. Can you recall the color of the dress worn by Dorothy (Judy Garland)?

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#3 FANTASIA (1940)

Presto! What color is Mickey's sorcerer's robe?

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#4 NIAGARA (1953)

From the genre known as "Color Noir," what color is Rose Loomis' (Marilyn Monroe) dress in this dramatic thriller?

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#5 BULLITT (1968)

Bullitt (Steve McQueen) drove all over San Francisco in a Ford Mustang. You knew the make of the car, but do you remember its color?

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