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History The Cool Hot Rod (1953)... Now in COLOR!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, May 24, 2016.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,445


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Cool Hot Rod (1953)... Now in COLOR!


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  2. I'm sure Jimmy did a great job but I love black & white movies,they just seem more vivid and the images look sharper. HRP
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  3. Crazy Teenagers in color!:cool: Thanks I needed that.:rolleyes:
  4. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Jimmy did a great job,it doesn't have that colorized look to it.

  5. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,717


    It looks great. The paint job on the cop car is crazy.
  6. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,708

    from Locust NC

    Great job JimmyB so cool!
  7. Ruben Duran
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 602

    Ruben Duran

    As an artist who primarily works in color, I can definitely say that I appreciate this version. Well done Jimmy B.
  8. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    The colorized part is ok but there's just something special about the original B/W format.
  9. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 270

    Jungle Jalopy

    Hoo-wee, the "Ghost Greaser" really has some serious unibrow action going on!
  10. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 270

    Jungle Jalopy

    It's good to see some girl type hot rodders getting screen time. A suprisingly pro-woman movie for that time period, I think.
  11. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 955

    from So. Cal.

    I've seen this film a bunch of times. It's so much better in color...looks totally natural. Good job Jimmy!
  12. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 710


    That turned out neat! I've have seen this film a few times before, but very cool in color and really well done. Thanks
  13. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 8,033


    I own a copy of this film and the color really brings it to life. It's not a cheesy colorized version, he did a great job with the different hues and shadows......makes me really feel there.
  14. Looks a whole lot better than anything Ted Turner churned out with a way bigger budget!

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  15. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,519


    The colorization turned out very well. It seems to bring out many more of the details in the film. Whenever I watch one of these films, I wonder if any of the Hot Rods have survived??? What ones were well known rods??? How many films did each Hot Rod appear in???

    In the case of "The Cool Hot Rod".....What happened to the 32 3 window? Is it still around? Is it stored away somewhere?
  16. Thanks for featuring the vid on the main page :cool: made my day.

    The film has not been colourised that is the original colour footage from when it was filmed. I found the raw footage on the Prelinger archives with no sound and unedited so I spent the time editing the footage to the B&W edit. I can't say why the original was released in B&W most likely to keep cost down for educational boards. It could also be the second part was not filmed in colour. Raw footage -->

    I really like this film in Black and White but so much detail is washed out in the monochromatic world of B&W. It gets to the point you start to believe there was no rich vibrant colour back then, which is probably why so many traditional hot rod builds are black, dark hue or a plain neutral colour. The colour also makes it more real & alive which has been mentioned.

    With the colour footage I was able to see the details that were washed out in B&W. That detail revealed Bill's roadster is a car that I have a photo of in my collection taken at Saugus drag strip in 1951-52. Also Walt's '32 3w coupe looks to have an Auto Butchers E.L.A. plaque which was the Ayala bros club so I wonder if they chopped the top.


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  17. @Jive-Bomber Jay -

    @Jimmy B is constantly contributing to this community (by sharing his vintage images & vast knowledge of Hot Rodding history) ... but rarely receives the recognition he deserves ... So thanks for featuring his version of the video in your Tuesday TJJ Blog!
  18. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    ^You said it Todd.
  19. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    Great job, Jimmy. I'd wondered why the change to B&W part-way through - I couldn't believe someone had gone to that much effort and apparently given up before the end! Any volunteers to colourise the remaining footage to match? Shouldn't take long :)
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  20. Gabe Fernando
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 309

    Gabe Fernando

    To me, it looks like it was originally shot in color. Good job.
  21. That's because it was ... See @Jimmy B's post (#17) above.
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  22. dw123
    Joined: Nov 23, 2005
    Posts: 194


    Absolutely superb!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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