Wasn' there a flat version


I recall seeing The Mad Magician when it came out in 1954. My recollection is that it was shown in the regular flat version (2-D). I think they did that with a lot of films at that time, either because 3-D was going out and they wanted to make money on film rentals, or that particular theater was not set up to run 3 dimensional films, didn't have the right projectors. Can anybody set me straight on this. I recall there were comic books (Mighty Moose, 3 Stooges etc.) which had the 3-D glasses. Those would be collectors items now because the glasses usually got lost or broken. There were also Roy Rogers picture cards in Post Cereals of Roy, Trigger, Dale, etc. that were three dimensional. I recall Mad Magician very fondly particularly the buzz saw scene.

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A few films which had been shot in 3D and released at the end of 3D popularity were shown "flat" in many theaters. Although I saw The Maad Magician in 3D, I never got to see Kiss Me Kate or Dial M for Murder in 3D. There was another brief revival of 3D in the early '80's but I believe House of Wax was the only 3D re-release. (It may be that the original negatives for many 3D flicks from the '50's no longer exist.) I'm very pleased that 3D is grabbing a hold on audiences today. Loved Avatar and am going to see Alice in Wonderland this week!

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