Turner Classic Movies Celebration of Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: Shot for 3D
TCM, beginning at 12:15am (late-night)
Turner Classic Movies’ celebration of Warner Bros.’ centennial enters a new dimension late this evening with three titles that the studio produced during the short-lived 3D movie craze that hit Hollywood in the early 1950s. Unfortunately, these titles won’t actually be airing in 3D on TCM, but they are fun, nonetheless. Airing first is not a schlocky, low-budget horror movie, but rather a high-quality film with major star power directed by a major filmmaker — not necessarily the type of movie one might expect to have been shot in a gimmicky format. But it shows just how prevalent the trend was at the time that the Hitchcock suspense classic Dial M for Murder (1954), starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland, was filmed in this manner. Or, at least the trend was prevalent when shooting began; by the time of Murder’s release, interest in 3D had waned enough that Warner released the thriller in 2D. The next film might be more in line with what may be expected as the type of story fit for a 3D feature: the mystery/horror flick House of Wax (1953). Led by Vincent Price, it is a remake of Warner’s 1933 title Mystery of the Wax Museum and directed by André De Toth, who also helmed the final feature in this lineup: The Bounty Hunter (1954). Randolph Scott headlines this Western that was shot in 3D but released in standard format, perhaps for the same reason Dial M for Murder was.