Charles G. Clarke

Charles G. Clarke

Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California, USA
Death 1 Jul 1983 (aged 84)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Lincoln Terrace section, Lot 4384, Lawn Crypt 1
Memorial ID 74354715 · View Source
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Cinematographer. Charles Galloway Clarke received notoriety as an American cinematographer, beginning his forty-five-year Hollywood career as an assistant cameraman at Universal Films in 1915 with black-and-white silent movies. He was an uncredited assistant cameraman to Allen Siegler for the 1916 movie “Shoes.” Deserving preservation, “Shoes” was added to the National Film Registry in 2014. He had started as a portrait photographer before venturing into filming. Following active service in the 143 rd Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, he was promoted to first cameraman at the National Film Company, where he filmed the 15-episodes of the series "Son of Tarzan" in 1920, which was re-released in 1923. From then on he worked as director of photography for various studios including MGM Studios. In 1937 he was responsible for all the China location footage and much of the studio work for MGM's “The Good Earth,” yet his name was not in the credits. In 1938 he joined 20th Century Fox where he stayed until health problems forced his semi-retirement in 1962. He and Allan Davey were nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar in 1943 for “Hello, Frisco, Hello,” a high-grossing musical filmed in Technicolor. His other Academy Award nominations were "Moontide" in 1942, "Green Grass of Wyoming" in 1948 and "Sand" in 1949. His credits include "So This is London" in 1930, "Viva Villa!" in 1934, "Miracle on 34th Street" in 1947, "Red Skies of Montana" in 1952, "Night People" in 1954, "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" in 1956 and his last major movie, "Return to Peyton Place" in 1961. After his heart attack in Japan during the production of "Marines Let Go," he concentrated on random episodes of various television series such as "Lost in Space" in 1966, "Peyton Place" in 1967 and "Arnie" in 1971; teaching advanced cinematography at UCLA; and writing two books about the experiences in his profession. His 1969 book, “Professional Cinematography” is considered a rare book for a collector and priced at over $900 for a hardback edition. In 1976 he published “ Early Film Making in Los Angeles .” His autobiography, “Highlights and Shadows: The Memoirs of a Hollywood Cameraman” was published posthumously in 1989. He was President of the American Society of Cinematographers from 1948 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1953, along with serving on the board of directors as treasurer and other positions for over a 30-year period. His papers can be found at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California.

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