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[Deathwatch] Sidney Pink, 3-D Movie Producer, 86

Father of full-length 3-D movie dead
Thursday, October 17, 2002 Posted: 10:23 AM EDT (1423 GMT)


LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Sidney Pink, the film producer who is
considered the father of the feature-length 3-D movie, has died. He was

Pink, who is also known for giving Dustin Hoffman his first big break,
died Saturday at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, after a long

He produced more than 50 films, including the groundbreaking 1952
three-dimensional feature "Bwana Devil." 

"Bwana Devil," on which Pink served as associate producer with the
movie's producer-writer-director Arch Oboler, was a surprise hit. 

The story of British railway workers in Kenya falling prey to two
man-eating lions, "Bwana Devil" starred Robert Stack as Bob Hayward,
the head engineer bent on killing the lions before they feast on his
entire crew. 

Pink's wife, Marian, told the Los Angeles Times that the cardboard 3-D
glasses that viewers were given at the box office did good job of
capturing the action of the film. "Lions were jumping into your laps,
spears were flying and people were coming toward you in hordes." 

The film was shot in Hollywood with two large cameras with polarized
lenses, one for the left eye and one for the right. 

Stack recalled that everyone had their fingers crossed at the first

"Over the titles, they had a train that made a long, circling turn and
then came directly to the camera," he said. "When it came directly to
the camera, people began to scream and jumped out of their seats and
ran out of the theater. I remember one of the guys saying, 'Son of a
gun, it really works.' " 

Stack said "Bwana Devil" was "enough of an eye catcher" to prompt Jack
Warner to come out with his own 3-D production -- the 1953 film "The
House of Wax," starring Vincent Price. 

Dozens of 3-D films followed in the ensuing decades. 

Pink also discovered Hoffman in an off-Broadway production and cast him
in "Madigan's Millions" as a U.S. Treasury agent sent to Italy to
recover money stolen by a murdered gangster played by Cesar Romero. 

His other credits include "The Angry Red Planet," and "Finger on the