by James Newman
Rarely will you encounter director Andre de Toth's name on lists of the great film directors. He put together an impressive resume in the '40s and '50s, but in retrospect his movies consistently slip back into the middle of the pack. "Routine actioners," says Leslie Halliwell in Filmgoer's Companion. However, De Toth has admirers who respect his gutsy Westerns, such as Man in the Saddle (1951) and Springfield Rifle (1952), and his low-key crime dramas, such as Pitfall (1948) and Crime Wave (1954). His most famous movie is unquestionably House of Wax (1953), filmed in 3D. Thanks to this movie, Hollywood considered him something of an expert on 3-D features--never mind the fact that he only had one eye and couldn't appreciate the 3-D process.
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