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Alledgedly the movie that inspired Bob Kane to create Batman.
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The special effects were shot in 35mm. Process photography techniques, not optical printing, was used to make the 65mm negatives of this footage.
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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Saturday 4 May 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946.
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Because the 65mm film required more light for a proper exposure, the actors worked under much hotter than usual conditions due to all the extra lights used.
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One of only a handful of films to be shot in the widescreen Magnifilm 65mm format. (Other studios were also experimenting with other wide formats at the time.) The expense of upgrading theaters with new screens and projectors - after just having to install sound equipment - coupled with the Depression and the December, 1930 edict from the MPPDA that the film industry not cause "the public's curiosity to be aroused about any new innovations for at least two years" effectively killed the new format. Widescreen formats did not return until the middle of the 1950's out of the necessity to compete with television.
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Long thought to be lost, a nitrate print of the film was discovered in the Mary Pickford Estate in 1987 and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 1988.
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The Magnifilm 65mm version was screened in about 18 large cities and was a financial disaster.
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Roland West, the director, mainly shot at night because he did not want any studio or other outside interference while he was working.
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Mary Pickford purchased the rights to this film hoping to produce a remake starring Humphrey Bogart and Lillian Gish.
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The first film to implore the audience at the end to not reveal its secrets to others who have not seen it.
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