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Murder in 3-D (1941)
"Third Dimensional Murder" (original title)

 -  Short | Comedy | Crime  -  1 March 1941 (USA)
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A man tells his harrowing story of one evening at midnight being alerted by a telephone call from his Aunt Tilly in distress at the old deserted Smith mansion. The man drove the two hours ... See full summary »

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A man tells his harrowing story of one evening at midnight being alerted by a telephone call from his Aunt Tilly in distress at the old deserted Smith mansion. The man drove the two hours to the isolated mansion to find that it was haunted by various creatures after him. As the movie viewers are wearing metroscopic glasses watching it in 3D, the man, as he relives the story, and thus the viewers by association, are bombarded by weapons coming right at them wielded by these various creatures. The question becomes how the man escapes and saves his aunt... if he does indeed. Written by Huggo

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Without 3D glasses this is an utter waste of time. Why is TCM showing it?...
15 October 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Exploitational short is aimed purely at showing how 3D looked in 1941 via a Pete Smith Specialty short from MGM. Without the necessary glasses, it looks terrible.

Showing it on a cable channel like TCM and forcing a viewer to watch it without 3D glasses is more of an insult than anything else. It's an utter waste of time.

The thin plot has the narrator beckoned to a haunted house by his Aunt Tilly, and what follows is a series of typical happenings aimed at demonstrating how things look when they're tossed at the camera--namely, spiders, broomsticks, cauldrons of boiling water, wooden planks, etc., all while the narrator is telling us what to expect. We even get a couple of things tossed at us by the Frankenstein monster.

I would imagine that even with 3D glasses, this is a silly exercise in demonstrating the fascination with dimensional images. Today, it's a gimmick that is being given new life by current films and not likely to last unless the scripts themselves are a big improvement with substance over schlock and gimmicks.


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