Yes, it did.

Some of the more durable specimens of Fifties 3D are in the sci-fi genre.

Universal paired the format with science fiction into hits, 1953’s It Came From Outer Space and 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon. Both of these pictures starred Richard Carlson, a serious actor forever linked to these two titles.

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Here (above) is Carlson (above) taking some pleasure in comforting a nubile Julie Adams in Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Yes, Carlson did appear in his share of sci-fi/horror outings (both in 2 and 3D) in the early Fifties. He made, in fact, five such features rushed through production in 1953-1954.

Carlson lent some gravitas to such projects since he was often cast in serious, introspective roles although he did, occasionally step out as a romantic lead.  But somehow, he never made it big as an A-list movie star.

Less durable over time in the Fifties 3D sci-fi genre is a low-budget independently made 1953 quickie, Robot Monster. The title has been heralded as “one of the worst movies ever made.”  The hapless star of this effort is (below) George Nader.  Remember him?

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There aren’t a ton of titles of Fifties sci-fi in 3D since some of the big studios held back in favor of their brands of wide screen formats ala Cinemascope. But for a time, sci-fi (often of the schlock variety) and the fasty gimmick of old-fashion 3D seemed a perfect match.

Perhaps it was.



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