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The Criminal Code and Ten Cents a Dance (1931): The torch lady is shown, but text is absent. The practice of showing the Columbia logo sans company name predates the variations seen on CowboyUnder the Yum Yum TreeGood Neighbor Sam, and Flight of the Doves.

Gun Fury (1953): It is tinted in greenish-brown, and the Torch Lady's pedestal doesn't extend to the bottom of the screen, making it look like she's floating!

Columbia Pictures - Gun Fury (1953)

Cowboy (1958, Opening): it is similar to The Criminal Code and Ten Cents a Dance variants, but with a different logo.

Columbia Pictures - Cowboy (1958)

The Mouse That Roared (1959):

  • At the beginning, the logo is realistic. After a while, The Torch Lady looks down and sees a mouse at her feet on the pedestal, which cuts to her feet. After that, the lady leaves her pedestal, leaving her torch behind spinning, which cuts to the mouse.agian.
  • At the end, the Torch Lady enters from the left and grabs the torch to get back the position from the beginning.
Columbia Pictures - The Mouse That Roared (1959)

The Three Stooges Meets Hercules (1962): On the black background, the 1936 Torch Lady is on the left side, and the text "COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS" is on the right side. The text fades to a statue of Norman Maurer, the son-in-law of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges holding a stick of dynamite with the Sparks flowing. The Torch Lady fades to the text "A NORMANDY PRODUCTION". The dynamite later explodes, leaving the lower legs and the pedestal on the statue. The text "FILMED IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE" fades in above. 

Zotz! (1962):

  • At the beginning, the logo is realistic with William Castle sitting on a director's chair in the bottom-right corner of the screen. William gets out of his chair and says "Zotz!" The Torch Lady replies by asking "Zotz? What's Zotz?" After that, we fade to the opening credits of the movie.
  • At the end of the movie, the black & white version of the 1950s logo is shown, but the Torch Lady says "Zotz all!"
Columbia Pictures - Zotz

Lawrence of Arabia (1962): It is still, and the clouds aren't as billowy. This was created especially for the film because there was no 70mm version of the logo in existence, and this variation was, at one point, plastered with the standard version for years until the film was restored in 1989. 

Columbia Pictures (1962)

Bye Bye Birdie (1963): The Columbia Torch Lady's flame leaps from the torch to form the title of the film.

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963): The Torch Lady is on an orange background. Like the Cowboy variant, the company name does not appear over the logo, but does appear on a title card that fades in a few seconds later as part of the main titles. 

Strait-Jacket (1964, Closing): The Torch Lady's head has been chopped off and is sitting at her feet.

Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

Similar to the Under the Yum Yum Tree variant, except the Torch Lady is on a light blue background. Incidentally, both films starred Jack Lemmon and used the same director, so this was no coincidence.

Cat Ballou (1965)

The Columbia Torch Lady transforms into an animated version of Jane Fonda as a cowgirl who is holding two guns and firing them.

The Trouble with Angels (1966)

A halo appears above the "A" in COLUMBIA, and wings sprout behind it. This reveals to be an traditionally animated angel hiding behind it, who flies around the Torch Lady and blows out the torch.

The Man Called Flintstone (1966): It is in a prehistoric style (Like in the ABC TV show) with Wilma Flintstone as the Torch Lady.

Torture Garden (1967)

The 1953 logo has the company name appearing darker than usual, and "PICTURES CORPORATION PRESENTS" fades in below in yellow.

Head (1968)

After the end of the credits, we see a psychedelic, almost Art Nouveau looking Torch Lady; slowly the film disintegrates.

Oliver! (1968)

The logo is in sepia tone, and after the giant "COLUMBIA" text fades in, the words "PICTURES CORPORATION PRESENTS" fade in below.

'The Looking Glass War (1969) and 'There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)​: It has the words "PICTURES" and "PRESENTS" appear below the "COLUMBIA" name and on either side of the Torch Lady. The font for those words varies on both films.

Flight of the Doves (1971): Almost the same as the Cowboy variant, but the clouds appear to be more blue.

The Last Picture Show (1971): It is grayscaled.

Thank God It's Friday (1978)

The opening song starts playing before the logo fades in. The first half is redone. The Torch Lady then turns animated and gets into a few seconds of dancing. Then she resumes in torch pose, it cuts to the second half of the normal logo.

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988):

  • Instead of fading to black, it fades into the white background with a illustration of Pippi Longstocking's eyes & hair.
  • When viewed in fullscreen, it is seen at a much farther distance than any other 4:3 version. Here, the pedestal is cut off at the very bottom of the frame made more apparent.

Little Nikita (1988): The 1981 logo fades into the sky.

City Slickers (1991, Hub airings): It is still, unlike the Lawrence of Arabia variant.

A League of Their Own (1992, 1943 Newsreel): At the end of that within the beginning, it has the words "COLUMBIA MOVIESCOPE NEWS" with the 80s Columbia print logo on top of the marquee styling between the words.

Last Action Hero (1993):

  • During the beginning, the 1989 version of the 1981 logo is integrated into the film-within-a-film, Jack Slater IV. It is briefly shown, then disintegrates like an old film would do, into the opening titles.
  • At the end, the closing logo is tinted in orange, like the following closing credits scroll.

The Age of Innocence (1993)

At the beginning, the logo is fade-slightly-shorter. When the music is almost over, the logo changes to a sepia tint and turns into a still picture and the company name fades out.

Wolf (1994)

At the beginning, the logo is already formed with the clouds tinted navy blue. Then, navy blue clouds move from left to right, covering the logo.

The Cable Guy (1996): Before fading out, the television static effect occurred surging into the opening.

Men in Black (1997): It fades into a black starry sky, surging into the opening credits. 

Go (1999)

The logo sequence at the end is abruptly interrupted by jarring clips from a rave scene that segues into the opening credits.

Charlie's Angels (2000)

The logo pans to the right, as the movie starts off in the sky on a plane. 

Finding Forrester (2000): The guitar version of the music is heard.

What Planet Are You From? (2000): The Torch Lady's face is replaced with that of star Annette Bening, in a nod to the oft-noted resemblance between Bening & Jenny Joseph, the Torch Lady. It fades into the night sky. 

Ali (2001): It plays in reverse.

Men in Black II (2002)

The Torch Lady's torch flashes at the end of the logo, much like a neuralyzer.

Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

The Torch Lady is replaced with Eleanore Duvall, who later melts into the Torch Lady. 

Trapped (2002): The logo is in a shade of cerulean. 

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003): After the logo is done, it goes back to the start point where the movie begins.

Big Fish (2003): It was very similiar to Ali variant, but the torch lady's light flashes to white (ala the 1976 "Sunburst" logo) to start the feature.

Open Season (2006) and Surf's Up (2007); Arthur Christmas (2011) and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): Instead of fading out, the torch lady's light glows to fill the screen and fades into the Sony Pictures Animation logo.

Casino Royale (2006): In order to accommodate the prologue, the preceding MGM logo and this logo is grayscaled.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): The music is in a high pitched version. "Columbia" is slightly smaller. When the music is nearly over, a banana flies down from the top-right and hits the Torch Lady sending her & the light spinning away to the right, making the "U" in "COLUMBIA" visable. The clouds transition from this to the SPA logo.

The Smurfs (2011): The music is slightly abridged and ends earlier as it surges into the opening stinger (Which carries into the following SPA and The K Entertainment Company logos). At the same time, it is the same as Open Season and Surf's Up variants.

Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015): When the music is nearly finished, the Torch Lady transforms into the bat, causing her light to die down making the "U" visable as in the Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs variant. The bat flies to the right of the background, makes the circle loop and flies to the bottom-left corner of the logo. Grabbing the corner, she flies forward towards us and, like a page in the book, transitions into the white background making room for the SPA logo.

The Smurfs 2 (2013):​ The opening theme starts a second before the Torch Lady's light glows in. The Torch Lady's dress is white to represent the Smurf's clothing and her robe is light blue to represent their skin color. After the byline fades in, the hat of a Smurf flies in a far distance behind the Torch Lady and it flies past the "BIA" in "COLUMBIA" and toward in front of the logo  transitioning into the white background for the following SPA logo.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013): When the music nears to the end, the byline fades out. Just like the first movie, the banana hits the Torch Lady. The banana then transforms into a Banaostrich (One of the Foodimals seen in the following movie). Berry the Strawberry (Another Foodimal) who is carrying the smallest torch with low light walks in from the bottom-left corner, and he jumps into the banana which makes a dolphin sound. The banana then gives Barry a blast to give his torch more light, as the latter exclaims "A-ha!" The banana immediately jumps out from the pedestral and runs as Barry's torch light fills the screen with white making room for the following SPA logo.

American Hustle (2013): The 1976 logo is used with the "a Sony Company" byline in the same font as the logo. The opening stinger starts from this variant and it continues into the following Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures logo variants.

The Interview (2014) 

  • At the beginning, the 1953 logo is used with the 1928 logo theme.
  • At the end, the print logo is bylineless with the closing stinger is heard with vocal "Ohhhhhhh. Noooo no-no-nooooo." leading into the memorial screen of the dog seen in the following movie.

The Night Before (2015): The Sony logo transitions to the 1981 logo, but it is shortened beginning with the burst. The byline fades in after "Columbia Pictures" fades in.

Miracles from Haven (2016): The Sony logo animates as usual with a "ding" A bit of Columbia's logo music is heard, before it cuts out. When the opening theme starts, it fades to the bright light of the lady's torch, and then fades to the rest of the zooming.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017): The Torch Lady standing in the pedestal is cardboarded. When the music gets to the flute ending, it falls down revealing, yet again, the "U" in "COLUMBIA" (Like in the Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs variants and Hotel Transylvania movies variants), as well as Smurfette and an orange mushroom with white spots standing next to her at the left on the pedestal. She looks left & right at the audience, then, she sees the mushroom. She picks it up and poses. Then, unlike the Open SeasonSurf's UpArthur Christmas and The Pirates! Band of Misfits variants, the white light glows from the mushroom and fills the whole screen making room for the Sony Pictures Animation logo.

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