My Dad's first day at Technicolor, 1940

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My Dad's first day at Technicolor, 1940

Unread post by filmdoctor » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:51 pm

I suspect it was a big deal. He eventually rose to Executive Vice President. He left Technicolor after 28 years.
My Dad is my idol and my hero, he was a mentor and friend, as well.
I miss him daily and wonder what he would think of the modern technology that felled the giant, Technicolor. I suspect he would blame it on the demise of Dye Transfer in 1975. Making Technicolor just another film lab.
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Technicolor, 1940

Unread post by JFK » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:29 pm

A very nice photo.
1. Do you have any good Natalie Kalmus era Technicolor stories?
2. I have a copy of Image
What do you think is the best company history?

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Re: Technicolor, 1940

Unread post by filmdoctor » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:40 pm

JFK wrote:A very nice photo.
1. Do you have any good Natalie Kalmus era Technicolor stories?
2. I have a copy of Image
What do you think is the best company history?

Yep, here's one. The stories I know are personal to my Father. Like the time in the late 1940's, early 1950's when he was helping to create a budget for a David O'Selznick movie and was scheduling the Technicolor camera crews and color consultant necessary to shoot it. At that time, that was my Father's position at Technicolor. My mother was Irish Cathloic and prudish. One night, a sultry woman called our house and asked "Is Paul there". My Mother, being extremely jealous,insecure and had a tendancy for violence, asked who was calling. "It's Hedy", was the reply. It was Hedy Lamarr, who was apparently going to star in this film. "No! he's not here!" My Mother exclaimed and hung up. She then proceeded to rip my Father apart.
The next day, at the office, My father, black eye and all, called Hedy and asked her to please not call him at home. I am not sure the film was ever made.
More to come. By the way, is he mentioned in that book? Also the file is too small for me to read the title.

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Technicolor, 1940

Unread post by JFK » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:23 pm

filmdoctor wrote:
1. The next day, at the office, My father, black eye and all,
called Hedy and asked her to please not call him at home.
2. More to come.
3. By the way, is he mentioned in that book?
4. Also the file is too small for me to read the title.

1. Shouldn't, in future tellings, your father's black eye be Technicolor purple?
2. If they are as good as your Hedy story, maybe save them for your memoir.
3. I'll check tomorrow after my cats wake up.
4. Glorious Technicolor : The Movies' Magic Rainbow

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Re: Technicolor, 1940

Unread post by Paul Penna » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:37 pm

filmdoctor wrote:By the way, is he mentioned in that book? Also the file is too small for me to read the title.

Thanks,
Paul Rutan Jr.
His name doesn't appear in the index. Thanks for the photo and the stories!

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