First up today, the observant Gary Teetzel forwards a fascinating link offered by ‘bigcatrik’ over at the Classic Horror Film Board: it’s an industrial video from 1983 instructing theater owners on how to project over/under 3D.
The main deal is mounting an image-splitting lens system on the front of the 35mm projector. For a couple of months back in 1972, I was an assistant manager at the Monica Theater on Wilshire, and got to see three men struggling for hours to set up a 3-D system pretty much just like this one. The projection booth was so tiny, they couldn’t fit the lens device in because the glass window was too close. They ended up unbolting the projector and pushing it back a few inches. It was a mess.
After all that work, the projection looked terrible anyway. The movie was Prison Girls. I took a peek at Kino’s recent Blu-ray 3-D of Prison Girls and was shocked to see a reasonable-looking image.
Install an expensive silver projection screen? I don’t think so. The link is to Over and Under 3D film Theater Set-Up, Bud Alger.
And by coincidence, just as we’re reviewing a ’50s western packed with favorite Hollywood Bad Guys, associate Mark Throop sends along a link to a fan site about old Westerns, that specializes in bios of exactly those favorite performers.
We think it’s a worthy effort because those dependable players almost never got the attention they deserved in the press. They were workaday actors, going from one show to another. Some began as stuntmen. Several that consistently played Bad Dude outlaws almost always got shot down before the movie finished.
The best way into the page is this link with an article on actor Warren Oates. A long list runs down the left-hand column: Characters and Heavies by Boyd Magers. Many of my favorites are there –Rayford Barnes, Robert J. Wilke, Michael Pate, Leo Gordon.
We also like to plug Mark’s own fun review page, Movies ala Mark.
Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson