Robert Stack - long before the days he was Elliot Ness in The Untouchables, he was in the first known 3-D movie.
Robert Stack – long before the days as Elliot Ness in The Untouchables, he was in the first known 3-D movie.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Robert Stack – George Fisher interview – October 5, 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

A bit of film history this weekend. An interview with film start Robert Stack. Most people will remember him for his portrayal of Elliot Ness in the 1950s TV series The Untouchables, or his role in the 1970s comedy Airplane! or as the host of the TV series Unsolved Mysteries.

In 1952, Robert Stack was an up-and-coming actor and was starring in the first American Technicolor 3-D movie, Bwana Devil, opposite two other Hollywood veterans Barbara Britton and Nigel Bruce – the film was directed by Orch Oboler, who was a legendary figure in radio Science Fiction and Horror in the 1930s.

Stack is asked, in this interview conducted by George Fisher, if 3-D had a future. At the time, no audiences had really seen it, so it was hard to say whether 3-D was a format of the future or a short-lived gimmick. But at the time, Television was quickly overtaking audiences and people were staying home in droves, and not going to movies in the numbers they once did. So anything to lure audiences into the theater was up for consideration, and 3-D had a lot riding on it.

A interesting slice of film history, during a pivotal time in Hollywood. Here is that interview with Robert Stack, with George Fisher, as it was broadcast over CBS Radio-Pacific Network, on October 5, 1952.

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