Man in the Dark
|Man in the Dark|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lew Landers|
|Produced by||Wallace MacDonald|
|Screenplay by||George Bricker
|Story by||Tom Van Dycke
Ted de Corsia
|Editing by||Viola Lawrence|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Box office||$1.45 million (US)|
Man in the Dark is a 1953 film noir drama 3-D film directed by Lew Landers and starring Edmond O'Brien, Audrey Totter and Ted de Corsia. It is a remake of the 1936 Ralph Bellamy film The Man Who Lived Twice.
It was the first Columbia Pictures film released in 3-D.
A prisoner is paroled from jail after experimental brain surgery removes his criminal instincts and his memory. Not long after, he is accosted by his old gang members.
- Edmond O'Brien as Steve Rawley
- Audrey Totter as Peg Benedict
- Ted de Corsia as Lefty
- Horace McMahon as Arnie
- Nick Dennis as Cookie
- Dayton Lummis as Dr. Marston
- Dan Riss as Jawald
The unexpected success of the previous year's Bwana Devil in 3-D sparked other studios to release their own 3-D films. Columbia Pictures rushed a current project into production and completed it in 11 days. Although Warner Brothers touted House of Wax as "the first feature produced by a major studio in 3-D," Man in the Dark actually premiered two days earlier.
When the film was released, Bosley Crowther, film critic for the New York Times, panned the film. He wrote, "Columbia's first stereoscopic film—a conspicuously low-grade melodrama ... called Man in the Dark, ... must be viewed through polaroid glasses to be seen for any effect whatsoever, is a thoroughly unspectacular affair."
More recently, critic Elliott Stein, writing for The Village Voice, discussed the effects used in the film: "This seems to be the 3-D flick that most exploits the short-lived medium. An endless array of stuff comes whiffling at your face—a lit cigar, a repulsive spider, scissors, forceps, fists, falling bodies, and a roller coaster. The prolific Landers may not have been a great director, but he was a pretty good pitcher."
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954.
- Man in the Dark at the Internet Movie Database.
- Man in the Dark at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- House of Wax. IMDB. Released: April 10, 1953. Accessed: July 21, 2013.
- Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, April 9, 1953. Accessed: July 21, 2013.
- Stein, Elliot. The Village Voice, film review, "Coming right at you: The gimmick that would not die", February 24 2004. Accessed: July 21, 2013.
- Man in the Dark at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Man in the Dark at the Internet Movie Database
- Man in the Dark at allmovie
- Man in the Dark at the TCM Movie Database