I can't know what it was like to grow up in
space-mad early 50's, being born during height of it, and years away from
exposure to movies borne of the craze. Sad truth is, I missed best of fun, based
on evidence of Gog and ones like it. Well, so did others, basedon fact this modest show
barely played 3-D in its opener year, and then did a vanish other than pallid
TV sans color and square-shaped besides (the original being 1.66). 3-D Archive
(see detailed accountthere) has rescued Gog in true-depth, and Blu-Ray result is again testament to the team
behind past The Mask, Dragonfly Squadron, and 3-D Rarities. Had Bob Furmanek and
Greg Kintz took quality control during 1953-54's craze, we'd have kept 3-D a lot
longer, I suspect. They've not put a foot wrong on any of titles so far tackled
by the Archive. I did a same close-on-the-screen sit as with Cinerama and got
great effect from Gog's outreach. Many a foreground object fairly fell in my
lap, at times it was like sitting smack inside a diorama.
Did star-gaze and rocket-obsess inspire youth to
work harder at school-science? It might have goosed me, what with 50's dollop
of other-world mags, comic books (many of these 3-D), ray guns and other
gimcracks (remember "Space-O-Rains" they tied in with This Island Earth?) Gog
doesn't gloss over science either. Maybe it's all hooey, as the heaven knows I couldn't fathom data spouted by Richard Egan and others of lab expertise,
but it sure sounded like the McCoy tech-wise.
But Gog is no lecture; on contrary, it's livelier than I would have anticipated,
the pic come to rebirth on heels of faint rep after sixty years in Coventry. Had we seen Gog
properly over the gulf, there'd be status-a-plenty, which this one surely merits. Looks
like they sold it with emphasis on robots, wise marketing to be sure, as what
50's kid wouldn't choose mechanical men at home rather than brother/sister, or
even parents. 3-D as spent gimmick by mid-'54 put Gog in rentals shade, a
bare $278,388K in domestic till, plus $190K foreign. There were 7,284 bookings.
Let's hope fresh thousands will book Gog for home viewing --- it's areal
treat, and freshest fruit off vintage vine in many a sci-fi moon.