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Filming the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" in 1953

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"One bright spot amid the deepening gloom was Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon, today recognized as a monster classic. Its director was Jack Arnold, who had made Universal's first 3-D movie, a science fiction chiller called It Came From Outer Space. For the creature feature, the cameraman Charles ("Scotty") Wlbourne designed a lightweight, water-proof camera unit for the lengthy underwater sequences. Even though it was released in March 1954, after the 3-D boom had already begun its decline, Creature did so well that Universal made its sequel Revenge of the Creature in 3-D as well. It came out in May 1955 and was the very last film of the 3-D boom, though most theaters showed it flat. Nevertheless, Revenge did well enough to spawn another sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us, which was shot in 2-D."

—Tom Huntington, "The Gimmick that Ate Hollywood: When Hollywood Added a New Dimension to the Movies, Customers Gasped—and Then Yawned" American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Spring 2003, Vol. 18, No. 4

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