Three-dimensional film making had been tried in 1935 by MGM, but was scrapped when the throwaway paper glasses with one red and one green eyepiece proved too expensive and uncomfortable. The gimmick was revived in 1953, - with the glasses - in an effort to save the ailing film industry. BWANA DEVIL ("A LION IN YOUR LAP!") was the first major production in 3-D and was lambasted by critics and audiences in 1952. The first box office hit, using the process, was HOUSE OF WAX with Vincent Price (1953), offering an excellent script, better production values and a topnotch cast. The problem with most 3-D productions was the annoying habit of stopping the narrative action to hurl an object at the audience (For example: the paddle ball sequence in HOUSE OF WAX.) After the success of HOUSE OF WAX, all the studios began to make 3-D films (KISS ME KATE, DIAL M FOR MURDER, etc), but the novelty soon wore thin and most of these films were released "flat". The process had a mini-revival in the 1980s with COMIN'AT YA and JAWS 3-D.


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