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 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   Bob Furmanek   (Member)

My new article about the production history and restoration of this lost 3-D film is now on your website. I hope that you enjoy it.

The film features a good score by Paul Dunlap. He was hired for the project on September 14, 1953.

Does anybody know if his scores survive?

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

He didn't keep them and they were thrown ina landfill; vinylscrubber reported these specifically as no longer existing in one thread:


 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   Bob Furmanek   (Member)

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Such a shame.

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Such a shame.

It always is. Alas.

OTOH, from the looks of your page it appears you've done movie lovers a great service in what you've done with / for the overall film, so there's always that. I think I would like to check out that Blu-ray, if circumstance ever permits...

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Bob Furmanek   (Member)

Thanks, Joe. The restoration was truly a labor of love.

Sadly, the M&E tracks do not survive either.

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

But the film survives, and in 3-D thanks to your efforts Bob. That's the important thing.

Can't wait to see the blu-ray.

 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Yes, thanks Bob for your work on this restoration. My pre-order is in. DRAGONFLY SQUADRON was an "early show" favorite from my childhood days watching a chopped up print on Chicago's WMAQ Channel 5.

In fact, it wasn't until I caught up with that rare VHS release mentioned in your article that I actually got to see the first 8-10 minutes of the film, as Channel 5 would often fit it's early show offerings into a four-to-five-thirty spot with commercials by just lopping off the first 10 minutes of the film, dropping a viewer into the middle of a scene with little or no establishment of the characters. Luckily, it's a film of quickly sketched characters, populated by so many familiar faces from the 50's, including an early unbilled turn by Fess Parker.

SQUADRON's one big shortcoming is that despite being about U.S. pilots training South Korean pilots on the P-51, the script never bothers to turn any of the Korean pilots into a major character in the story--poor Benson Fong's officer is virtually a cameo role and the rest are relegated to background extras.

And, yes, Dunlap's typically epic score gives the film a much larger feel that belies the films limited budget.

It'll be great fun to see this in 3-D.

 Posted:   Oct 11, 2014 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

frame captures:

 Posted:   Oct 13, 2014 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Bob Furmanek   (Member)

Here are the first reviews of our inaugural 3-D blu-ray release:

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2014 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Check out this interview with stereoscopic technologist Greg Kintz on the restoration of Dragonfly Squadron (1954). Dr. Kintz is much too modest. Having seen the original surviving elements projected in authentic double-interlock I can testify that every word he says about the poor condition of this film is an understatement. His restoration is nothing short of a minor miracle.

Dragonfly Squadron has deeper depth than most stereo films of the period. It's a low-budget monochrome B movie, with an average story given above-average direction and performances, but the stereo photography is astonishing. Serious 3-D enthusiasts will find it hypnotic to watch. At the very least it is competitive with House of Wax and Kiss Me Kate. I'm very impressed.

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