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Date Posted: October 18, 2002 3:10:40 EDT
Sidney Pink, a film producer who helped give birth to the feature-length 3-D movie, died on Saturday at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla. He was 86.
He produced more than 50 films, including the groundbreaking 1952 3-D feature "Bwana Devil," for which he was the associate producer. The novelty was a surprise hit.
The story of British railway workers in Kenya falling prey to two man-eating lions, "Bwana Devil" starred Robert Stack as the head engineer bent on killing the lions.
Mr. Pink's wife, Marian, told The Los Angeles Times that the cardboard 3-D glasses worn by viewers captured the action. "Lions were jumping into your laps, spears were flying and people were coming toward you in hordes," she said.
The movie was filmed in Hollywood using two large cameras with polarized lenses, one for the left eye and one for the right.
Mr. Stack recalled that people who had worked on their film had their fingers crossed at the preview.
"Over the titles, they had a train that made a long, circling turn and then came directly to the camera," he said. "When it came directly to the camera, people began to scream and jumped out of their seats and ran out of the theater. I remember one of the guys saying, `Son of a gun, it really works.' "
Mr. Stack said that "Bwana Devil" was "enough of an eye-catcher" to prompt Jack Warner to release his own 3-D production a year later — "The House of Wax," starring Vincent Price. Dozens of 3-D films followed.
Mr. Pink graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He took a job as a projectionist in a theater owned by his wife's family and worked for Grand National Pictures and Columbia, as well as for his own film distribution and movie theater businesses.
In 1959 he co-wrote and produced "The Angry Red Planet," about an expedition to Mars. It was made using Cinemagic, a printing technique that gave the Mars scenes a pink glow. He also directed and helped write one of the earliest spaghetti westerns, "Finger on the Trigger" (1965). A few years later he discovered Dustin Hoffman in an Off Broadway production and cast him in "Madigan's Million" (1968).
Besides his wife, his survivors include a son, Philip, of Niceville, Fla.; a daughter, Helene Desloge of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and four grandchildren
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