Colin B wrote:Follow that Dream - Lobby Card.jpgPDVD_147.JPG
It always strikes me as odd that when they make the lobby cards for a colour film, they use a black & white photo & colourise it !
And not always with the right colours, either !
Often, they aren't even stills from the actual film !
See above how the colours are different on the lobby card & George [played by Howard McNear] seems to have lost his jacket !
One of the bank guards [played by Red West] has his shirt unbuttoned & not tucked in !
It's my guess the lobby card is from a rehearsal !
I did a little search, but unfortunately I haven't found much info that deals with the production process of lobby cards in detail.
On this site they talk about b/w, hand-tinted and full-color lobby cards:
"Lobby Cards made their first appearance in the early 1910s around the same time that Charlie Chaplin was breaking into motion pictures. The earliest Silent-era lobby cards were often nothing more than black and white or duotone stills. These were eventually replaced by hand-tinted scenes, and by the 1920s most studios were producing full-color lobby cards."
The e-bay guide to lobby cards mentions b/w and colorised lobby cards:
"Lobby cards were originally a black and white print of one specific shot from a film, with the title somewhere to be found on the card, much like movie poster. Lobby cards were printed on a thicker card stock than posters, as they needed to be more durable. While a poster would be enclosed in a display case, a lobby card would often be moved around a theater lobby on an easel, or handed out to visiting moviegoers. Later lobby cards were colorized (...) different versions of lobby cards were made to encourage the collecting of a whole set of cards associated with one film. Generally, studios would release a set of four, eight, or 16 lobby cards, each providing a different shot from the film or the actors, and with different information on it."
http://www.ebay.com/gds/Lobby-Cards-Buy ... 446/g.html
In case of Elvis movies, I've seen b/w lobby cards, colorised lobby cards (like Love Me Tender, King Creole, and many other movies), and full-color lobby cards or at least lobby cards labeled as full-color lobby cards - though the color of those full-color lobby cards don't always look 'natural' to me.
Several sites mention that lobby cards were 'made' of a film shot or a still, but as you have spotted, that doesn't seem to have always been the case with Elvis lobby cards. But so far, I haven't found any info that gives us details on the production process of Elvis lobby cards, viz. whether they were ocasionally taken from rehearsal scenes and/or whether that was intended or not.