THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE IN 3D (1953)

Beating MGM’s Kiss Me, Kate (1953) to the screen by a month, this holds the distinction of being the first musical shot in 3D. Both films went into release in that format, although the fad was fading at the time of their respective releases. This screening offers fans a rare chance to see it as originally intended in a world premiere restoration. However, what will really knock your socks off is the talent assembled for this tale of a redheaded mother and her four daughters, who travel to a small town in Alaska to help the family’s head run the local newspaper—only to discover he’s been murdered. Their attempts to raise money turn some into newspaperwomen and another into a dance-hall girl. Beyond stars Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry and Agnes Moorehead, Paramount recruited four recording stars, all in their feature debuts: Teresa Brewer, Guy Mitchell and The Bell Sisters. They also gave them songs by Oscar-winners Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. This screening includes the short film “Stardust in Your Eyes” (1953). (Lewis R. Foster, 90m)

In attendance: BOB FURMANEK, GREG KINTZ