This film was originally to be filmed in black and white, as was the standard practice with “artistic” films in the 1950s. However, once Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor were cast in the leads, director Richard Brooks insisted on shooting in color, in deference to the public’s well known enthusiasm for Taylor’s violet and Newman’s strikingly blue eyes.
“I wanted to get rid of Skipper. But not if it meant losing you. He blames me for Skipper’s death. Maybe I got rid of Skipper. Skipper won out anyway. I didn’t get rid of him at all. Isn’t it an awful joke, honey? I lost you anyway.”
Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you–gently, with love, and hand your life back to you, like something gold you let go of–and I can! I’m determined to do it–and nothing’s more determined than a cat on a tin roof–is there?
Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was to be filmed in black and white but director Richard Brooks insisted on shooting the film in color once Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor were cast. He was aware of the public’s enthusiasm for Elizabeth’s violet and Paul’s blue eyes.