Interesting case Mr May.
The last reel of Nothing Sacred have the oposite problem, the câmera negative of the magenta channel is missing.
Would Warner consider a digital restoration of WHAT, NO MEN to try recombine the surviving magenta câmera negative, aligning the shape and geometry, to match with the cyan and the yellow channels from the technicolor print ?
It would reinforce details and definition more than just a standart digital restoration of the technicolr print alone.
As we know the technicolor câmera have in the magenta channel the sharper image of the three channels.
In theory, for the future, when digital tools advance even more, would be possible to recover the details for all 3 channels.
It may be possible or almost even today, but with a high cost I suppose. Once you have one channel from câmera negative, and the other channels from a original print, it's possible to translate the details of the câmera negative single channels to the other channels from the print.
Richard P. May wrote:WHAT, NO MEN is a particular problem. It is the only one of the WB shorts of the first couple of years of 3-strip where the negative, so far, can't be found. All the others are in the Library of Congress collection.
They have the magenta negative only on MEN. It's possible that was used for B&W prints for a reissue. The Academy Film Archive has a B&W print, and UCLA has the original Technicolor studio print.
I have been able to view this print on a flatbed at the Academy. The print is in excellent condition, and the short is a lot of fun.
A duplicate internegative can be made from the print. The Academy needs WB's permission to do this, and that's in the works.