“The Germans Wore Gray, You Wore Blue”: Frank Capra, Casablanca, and the Colorization Controversy of the 1980s

  title={“The Germans Wore Gray, You Wore Blue”: Frank Capra, Casablanca, and the Colorization Controversy of the 1980s},
  author={Gary R. Edgerton},
  journal={Journal of Popular Film and Television},
  pages={24 - 32}
  • Gary R. Edgerton
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television
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