Posted March 22 2012 - 02:44 PM
Somebody asked about these three titles on that Exhibitor list.
THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS was filmed August/September 1952.
CRIME WAVE was filmed in November/December 1952.
RIDING SHOTGUN was filmed in March 1953.
Warner Bros. switched to widescreen cinematography on May 7, 1953 so all three films were certainly composed for 1.37.
At another studio, THUNDER BAY was U-I's first film to be shown widescreen in theaters. It premiered in 1.85 on May 19, 1953 at Loew’s State in New York on a 24x46 screen. However it was filmed September to November 1952 and is composed for 1.37. The DVD release is 1.85 which is wrong.
This illustrates the importance of researching the date of production and what the studio policy was at that time.
By December 1953, 58% of all U.S. theaters had installed widescreens. That number would be much higher by the summer of 1954.
When faced with a back catalog of academy ratio titles, the studios screened each film on the lot to determine the best recommended ratio.