Milton Gunzburg

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Milton Lowell Gunzburg (1910 – April 6, 1991) was an American journalist and screenwriter. Gunzburg developed the Natural Vision stereoscopic 3-D system.


After pursuing his education at UCLA and Columbia University,[1] Gunzburg became a Hollywood scriptwriter at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio in the 1940s before abandoning the business to focus on the development of 3D filming in the 1950s.[2] While watching footage of home movies which he had filmed in 3D, he was inspired to pursue the development of a new 3D technique for the film industry.[3] Along with his brother Julian, a Beverly Hills ophthalmologist, and cinematographer Friend Baker, he developed the Natural Vision 3D film system in 1951,[3] attracting the attentions of Arch Oboler who used it in his film Bwana Devil.[2] Although the film was a critical disaster, it was an enormous commercial success.[3][4] Natural Vision was then used to film House of Wax with Vincent Price[2] and The Charge at Feather River. In 1972 Gunzburg sued Warner Bros. regarding both films claiming that he had not been paid according to his contract.[5] The success of Natural Vision led to a lucrative contract with Polaroid wherein Gunzburg maintained exclusive rights for a year to sell the special glasses required to view the 3D films.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gunzburg died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California in 1991.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Milton L. Gunzburg obituary". Los Angeles Times. April 15, 1991. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Gimmick that Ate Hollywood". American Heritage. Spring 2003. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Strictly for the Marbles". TIME. June 8, 1953. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "A Lion in Your Lap!". TIME. December 15, 1952. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Charge at Feather River (1953) - Notes". TCMUK. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 

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