The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953, USA)
The original Godzilla was American, animated by Ray Harryhausen. But you wouldn’t know from looking at the actors’ faces that they were part of something historic. The rampaging dinosaur outacts them all. Watched it all.
Inferno (1953, USA)
The color 3D in this movie is so painful it drowns out the boredom I would otherwise feel. Make it stop! Please, I’ll tell all! Watched: 6 minutes.
Cat-Women of the Moon (1953, USA)
More proof that 50s 3D only works with black and white movies. You don’t have to strain yourself to see the effect, it comes naturally. But it still hurts when too much happens at once. I think it’s time to send the boffins back into their laboratories. I don’t care if it takes them 50 years to get it right. This sucks. Watched: 8 minutes.
Man on a Tightrope (1953, USA, Kazan)
“Who, me, a Communist? Why, just look at how ridiculously evil I portray them in this important movie about Czechoslovakia. They’re so evil they’re not even human, just terrifying cardboards. Me, a Communist! Well, there was that one time in the entire 1930s, but that was ages ago – and, oh, I’ll tell you who else used to be a Communist: Those guys over there. For all I know they still are!” Watched: 16 minutes.