In 1953 The Robe was released by 20th Century Fox as the first film released in the widescreen process called CinemaScope

CinemaScope an anamorphic lens series was used from 1953 to 1967, and less often later, for shooting widescreen films that could be screened in theaters with existing equipment and a lens adapter.

The anamorphic format shot a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.  Although the system became obsolete with later developments (e.g.,Panavision), CinemaScope’s anamorphic format continues today.

Telling the story of a Roman military tribune who commanded the unit responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus, The Robe starred Richard BurtonJean SimmonsVictor Mature, and Michael Rennie with co-stars Dean JaggerJay RobinsonRichard Boone, and Jeff Morrow.