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Charles Van Enger

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Cinematography (feature film)

Gun Fever (1958) as Director of Photography
Mark Stevens, John Lupton, Larry Storch, Jana Davi, Clegg Hoyt, Iron Eyes Cody. Actor Mark Stevens co-wrote and directed this oater about a miner who tracks down his father''s murderer. Love interest Jana Davi helped to usher in the age of sexy westerns with this film, whose European version exposed still more of her talents.
Magnificent Roughnecks (1956) as Director of Photography
Timetable (1956) as Director of Photography
An insurance investigator turns to robbery, then has to solve one of his own crimes.
The Brass Legend (1956) as Director of Photography
A young westerner''''s life is on the line when he stumbles on a notorious gunman''''s hideout.
City Story (1954) as Director of Photography
Sitting Bull (1954) as Director of Photography
After defeating Custer at the Little Big Horn, the famed chief tries to save an Indian sympathizer from court-martial.
Khyber Patrol (1954) as Director of Photography
Richard Egan, Dawn Addams, Raymond Burr, Patric Knowles, Paul Cavanagh. Richard Egan, leader of the British Lancers romances the commander''s daughter in between skirmishes with the Russian-backed border tribesmen in India.
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954) as Director of Photography
Anthony Dexter, Eva Gabor, Alan Hale, Jr., James Seay, Richard Karlan, Lyle Talbot, John Crawford. When Captain Kidd is reprieved from the gallows by a greedy nobelman who wants to know the location of his buried treasure, he sets off across the seven seas with faithful slave girl Eva Gabor in tow.
Combat Squad (1953) as Director of Photography
A plotless shot-on-the-lot and sound-stage Korean War entry that is even below the standard of house producer Sam Katzman, which is understandable when the name of Jerry Thomas, the producer of Lash LaRue PRC westerns, shows up as the producer. A small platoon of American infrantry, led by Sergeant Fletcher (John Ireland), captures a cave and smashes a roadblock and then heads back for some "R n' R" with some U.S.O hostesses. Then they clean some snipers out of a thicket, accomplished with the aid of a raw recruit, Martin (Lon McCallister.)
The Magnetic Monster (1953) as Director of Photography
A new radio-active element could destroy the world by absorbing the planet's energy.
Sabre Jet (1953) as Camera
A reporter covering the lives of Air Force wives during the Korean War runs into her estranged husband, an Air Force colonel.
And Now Tomorrow (1952) as Director of Photography
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) as Director of Photography
Two performers get lost on a tropical island and are rescued by the local natives. They are advised by the chief's daughter that a scientist - who just happens to remsemble legendary film icon Bela Lugosi - can help them off the Island.
Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952) as Director of Photography
Kid Monk Baroni (1952) as Director of Photography
Wyoming Roundup (1952) as Director of Photography
When newcomers Whip and Bob break up a saloon fight they are made town Marshals. This puts then in the middle of the range war between large ranch owner Howard and the small ranchers. Everyone thinks Howard is the culprit but Whip believes otherwise.
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951) as Director of Photography
The hillbilly farmers take off in search of uranium.
Tales of the West 4 (1951) as Director of Photography
Lorna Doone (1951) as Director of Photography
Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid, William Bishop, Ron Randell, Sean McClory, Onslow Stevens, John Dehner, Queenie Leonard. English farmer Richard Greene leads a village uprising against their corrupt landlords in this second screen adaptation (The first version was filmed in 1935) of the popular Richard D. Blackmore novel.
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) as Director of Photography
Deep in the South American jungle plantation manager Barney Chavez (Raymond Burr) kills his elderly employer in order to get to his beautiful wife (Barbara Payton). However, an old native witch witnesses the crime and puts a curse on Barney, who soon after finds himself turning nightly into a rampaging gorilla. But is his transformation real or is it all in his head?
Two Dollar Bettor (1951) as Director of Photography
The Kid from Texas (1950) as Director of Photography
Billy the Kid (Murphy) becomes embroiled in Lincoln County, NM, land wars. When rancher who gave him a break is killed by rival henchman, Billy vows revenge. New employer takes advantage of his naivete to kill rivals, lets the Kid take rap. Kid takes to the hills with friends until caught. Escapes hanging but remains in area to be near employer's young wife (Storm) with whom he's infatuated. Falls into trap by Pat Garrett and is shot down while gazing at woman thru window.
Tales of the West 1 (1950) as Director of Photography
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950) as Director of Photography
The hillbilly farmers win a contest and take off for New York City.
Tales of the West 2 (1950) as Dir of photog ["Coyote Canyon"]
Tales of the West 3 (1950) as Dir of photog ["Rustlers' Ransom"]
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer: Boris Karloff (1949) as Director of Photography
Lost Caverns Hotel bellhop Freddie Phillips is suspected of murder. Swami Talpur tries to hypnotize Freddie into confessing, but Freddie is too stupid for the plot to work. Inspector Wellman uses Freddie to get the killer (and it isn't the Swami).
Africa Screams (1949) as Director of Photography
Abbott and Costello search for an African diamond mine.
Mexican Hayride (1948) as Director of Photography
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) as Director of Photography
Count Dracula plots to put a simpleton''s brain into the body of the Frankenstein monster.
The Noose Hangs High (1948) as Director of Photography
Two nitwits working for a crooked bookie accidentally lose the boss''''s winnings.
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) as Director of Photography
Buck Privates Come Home (1947) as Director of Photography
Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.
The Road to Hollywood (1947) as Director of Photography
The Time of Their Lives (1946) as Director of Photography
Two ghosts from the Revolutionary War haunt a house until they can clear their names of treason charges.
White Tie and Tails (1946) as Director of Photography
Strange Conquest (1946) as Photography
In this remake of Universal's 1938 "The Crime of Dr. Hallet", two scientists, Dr. Paul Harris (Lowell Gilmore) and Dr. William Sommers (Peter Cookson), are seeking a cure for a jungle fever. Sommers dies after inoculating himself with a new serium. Gilmore, in order to continue to receive the financial backing that Sommers had, assumes his identity and carrys on the work with newly-arrived Dr. Mary Harris (Jane Wyatt.) Sommers widow Virginia (Julie Bishop) also drops in and accuses Harris of murdering her husband. To prove his innocence, Mary, who is in love with him, inoculates herself with the Harris serium.
Little Giant (1946) as Director of Photography
Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot.
Smooth as Silk (1946) as Director of Photography
The Daltons Ride Again (1945) as Director of Photography
That's the Spirit (1945) as Director of Photography
Frisco Sal (1945) as Director of Photography
Sal comes to the Barbary Coast from New England to find out who murdered her brother. She gets a job signing in Dude's saloon, falls in love with Dude, then wonders if he might be involved in the murder.
The Jungle Captive (1945) as Photography
Once again Paula ape woman (Vicky Lane) is brought back to life, this time by a mad doctor (Otto Kruger) and his disfigured assistant (Rondo Hatton), who also kidnaps a nurse in order to have a female blood donor. By this time, Paula's been brain damaged by experiences in the last film, so there's not much for her to do except wander around.
Night Club Girl (1945) as Director of Photography
Under Western Skies (1945) as Director of Photography
In a film that was closer to being a "sanitized" version of and contained more elements akin to Mae West's and W.C. Fields' "My Little Chickadee" than it did from anything John Ford had done, or was to do, a traveling show arrives in a small Arizona town and finds much opposition from local townspeople. They plan to stage the show in the saloon and the leading lady, Katie (Martha O'Driscoll), gets involved with the local school teacher, Tod (Noah Beery, Jr). and a mysterious masked bandit, King Randall (Leo Carrillo).
That Night with You (1945) as Director of Photography
Honeymoon Ahead (1945) as Director of Photography
On Stage Everybody (1945) as Director of Photography
The Singing Sheriff (1944) as Director of Photography
Her Primitive Man (1944) as Director of Photography
Ghost Catchers (1944) as Director of Photography
Follow the Boys (1944) as Dir of photog of addl scenes
The Merry Monahans (1944) as Director of Photography
Bowery to Broadway (1944) as Director of Photography
Chip Off the Old Block (1944) as Director of Photography
The Spider Woman (1944) as Director of Photography
Sherlock Holmes fakes his own death to expose a killer.
Crazy House (1943) as Director of Photography
Never a Dull Moment (1943) as Director of Photography
Hi' Ya, Chum (1943) as Director of Photography
Hit the Ice (1943) as Director of Photography
Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Weejie McCoy (Lou Costello) take pictures of a bank robbery. Lured to the mountain resort hideout of the robbers and accompanied by Dr. Bill Elliott (Patric Knowles) and Peggy Osborn (Elyse Knox), they also meet old friend Johnny Long (Himself) and his band and singer Marcia Manning (Ginny Simms). Dr. Elliott and Peggy are being held in a remote cabin by the robbers, but Weejie rescues them by turning himself into a human snowball that becomes an avalanche that engulfs the crooks.
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) as Director of Photography
Sherlock Holmes investigates murders at a rest home where Watson volunteers.
It Ain't Hay (1943) as Director of Photography
'Frisco Lil (1942) as Director of Photography
Night Monster (1942) as Director of Photography
Dr. Lynn Harper, psychologist, has been called out to the old Ingston Mansion, a dark and mysterious place with a very bad reputation, in order to make an assessment of the sanity of Margaret Ingston, daughter of patriarch Kurt Ingston. She claims to be sane, but she is clearly very disturbed; we can't be certain, although the doctor gives her a clean bill of health. But then Dick Baldwin shows up on the scene, just when Dr. Lynne has been receiving thinly veiled threats from the inhabitants of the house. He's our hero. Three medical doctors have been invited out to the mansion as well, Dr. Timmons, Dr. Phipps and the sleazy Dr. King (Lionel Atwill). One by one the doctors are mysteriously murdered. Dick Baldwin must figure out who is doing the killings, and he must do so before whoever it is can kill his new love interest, Dr. Lynne Harper. But the only one he can trust is Kurt Ingston himself, since Ingston has no legs and can't have perpetrated these murders. Is it sinister Rolf, the butler, or Laurie, the sex crazed and sociopathic chauffeur, or Agor Singh, the Hindu Yogi with his strange ways? And of course, Lynne might be wrong, Margaret may be very insane, and she might be the culprit.
Fighting Bill Fargo (1942) as Director of Photography
Bill Fargo returns from prison to find Scanlon controlling the town including the Sheriff and the editor. First Scanlon has the Sheriff's opposition in the upcoming election murdered. Then when the editor confesses to Bill, he has him killed with Bill's gun. But the editor set off Scoops' camera just as he was shot and then left a dying note. Scoop finds the note and the inept photographer tries to develop the picture.
Saboteur (1942) as 2d unit photog, Los Angeles
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
North to the Klondike (1942) as Director of Photography
The Silver Bullet (1942) as Director of Photography
Wild Bill Jones (Fuzzy Knight) is saved from three toughs by "Silver Jim" Donovan (Johnny Mack Brown), a newcomer to Winchester. They team up to campaign for Thad Morgan (William Farnum) for state senate running against crooked incumbent Walter Kincaid (LeRoy Mason.) Morgan's campaign is headed by saloon owner Queenie Canfield (Grace Leonard.) Jim visits Doc Winslow (Harry Holman) and asks him to keep on the lookout for a man with a jagged scar on his left arm, as a man so-marked had shot Jim's father in the back with a silver bullet which Jim now wears as a watch fob, with full intentions of returning it to the former owner. Kincaid has Morgan killed, and Jim, Nancy Lee (Jennifer Holt)and others now campaign for Morgan's widow, Emily (Claire Whitney.)
Who Done It? (1942) as Director of Photography
Two would-be radio mystery writers find themselves in a real life murder mystery.
Boss of Hangtown Mesa (1942) as Director of Photography
After her uncle is murdered by outlaws, Betty Wilkins takes over his the telegraph-line business with the help of Steve Collins--who ucovers the higher motive behind the murder.
Moonlight in Havana (1942) as Director of Photography
Singing Johnny Norton (Allan Jones) is the star catcher of the Blue Sox baseball team but he is suspended because of insubordination. Producer Barney Crane (William Frawley) hears Johnny singing and signs him to appear with Gloria Jackson (Jane Frazee), with the promise their first engagement will be in Havana. Johnny, hoping to get his baseball job back, is anxious to get to Cuba where the Blue Sox are having spring training. Patsy Clark (Marjorie Lord), daughter of Blue Sox owner, Joe Clark (Wade Boteler), helps Johnny get another chance with the team. But Johnny has fallen in love with Gloria and hates to walk out on his singing contract. Johnny's troubles are solved when rain prevents the important All-Star exhibition game which was scheduled for the same evening.
Hello Sucker (1941) as Director of Photography
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) as Director of Photography
A filmmaker tries to sell a script about con artists taking on the Russian millionaires of Mexico.
Arizona Cyclone (1941) as Director of Photography
Cracked Nuts (1941) as Director of Photography
A young man in a small town wins $5000 in a radio contest. He goes to New York City to propose to his girlfriend, but gets mixed up with a crooked attorney and two con men who are trying to sell a fake "robot."
Law of the Range (1941) as Director of Photography
The Masked Rider (1941) as Director of Photography
Lucky Devils (1941) as Director of Photography
San Francisco Docks (1941) as Director of Photography
Longshoreman Johnny Barnes is in love with Kitty Tracy, barmaid at her father's waterfront saloon. Johnny is arrested for murder. Kitty and Father Cameron locate Frances March, wife of the real murderer (Alcatraz escapee Monte March) which leads to a fight between the two women and then between the priest and the murderer.
Rawhide Rangers (1941) as Director of Photography
Man from Montana (1941) as Director of Photography
The sheriff (Johnny Mack Brown) - a cattleman at heart, but pledged to follow the law - is caught in the crossfire between the resident ranchers and the incoming homesteaders, made even worse when instigator Dunham (James Blaine) has his henchmen kill the homesteader leader Preston (Murdock MacQuarrie), wound the head of the cattlemen, Winchester Thompson (William Gould), and leaves the sheriff, whom both sides mistrust by now, to settle the escalated conflict.
Slightly Tempted (1940) as Director of Photography
Confidence man Professor Ross (Hugh Herbert) is released from prison and goes to Knoxton where his daughter Judy (Peggy Moran) lives. She has told everyone, including her fiancee Jimmy Duncan (Johnny Downs), that her father has been exploring in South America. Civic leaders ask him to lecture at a gala reception. Because Jimmy needs money to finance a toy train factory, Ross ends his lecture with a sales talk about the valuable Iridium mines he found in South America. Ethelreda Knox (Elisabeth Risdon), big-time toy manufacturer, wants to get a monopoly on the Iridium stock, while Gentleman Jack (Robert Emmett Keane) and The Duchess (Gertrude Michael), a pair of slick crooks, also want to chisel in on the deal. Ross gets the swindlers and civic leaders to deposit $60,000 in the bank and he finances Jimmy's factory with the funds. Feeling somewhat "taken", Gentleman Jack and The Duchess rob the bank, but with the help of his crony Peter (George E. Stone), Ross sees to it that the pair leave town holding an empty bag. Ross reimburses the locals and suggests a merger of the factories owned by his bride-to-be Eltelreda and his future son-in-law Jimmy.
Half a Sinner (1940) as Photography
Miracle on Main Street (1939) as Photography
On Christmas Eve in the Spanish quarter of L.A. police try and arrest a couple running a shady floor show. Hiding in a church, the girl finds an abandoned baby and uses it as cover to escape capture. Thus she finds herself with a baby she is becoming ever more fond of, a helpful doctor himself too fond of the bottle, and a husband who has disappeared. Dare she try and change her ways and keep the child?
El milagro de la Calle Mayor (1939) as Photography
The Two of Us (1937) as Camera
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937) as Photography
Boys Will Be Boys (1936) as Photography
Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story based on Dr Smart-Alec, the character created by John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Michael Morton (J.B. Morton, "Beachcomber")
My Song for You (1935) as Photography
Along Came Sally (1934) as Camera
I Was a Spy (1933) as Photography
The Avenger (1931) as Camera
Goss, Mason, and Kelly force Joaquin Murieta to watch as they hang his brother Juan for a crime he did not commit. To exact his revenge on the three, Joaquin becomes the notorious Black Shadow.
Meet the Wife (1931) as Photography
The Mad Parade (1931) as Photography
High Society Blues (1930) as Director of Photography
One Mad Kiss (1930) as Director of Photography
Words and Music (1929) as Director of Photography
Phil and Pete compete for Mary's love and also in a contest for best song written by a college student. Notable as the first movie in which John Wayne gets billing (as Duke Morrison).
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929) as Director of Photography
Married in Hollywood (1929) as Director of Photography
Hot for Paris (1929) as Director of Photography
The Chorus Kid (1928) as Director of Photography
Domestic Troubles (1928) as Director of Photography
The Port of Missing Girls (1928) as Director of Photography
The Head of the Family (1928) as Director of Photography
None But the Brave (1928) as Director of Photography
Homesick (1928) as Director of Photography
Give and Take (1928) as Director of Photography
The Life of Riley (1927) as Director of Photography
Smile, Brother, Smile (1927) as Camera
Easy Pickings (1927) as Director of Photography
Framed (1927) as Director of Photography
The Sea Tiger (1927) as Director of Photography
Footloose Widows (1926) as Assistant Camera
Paradise (1926) as Director of Photography
Puppets (1926) as Director of Photography
Other Women's Husbands (1926) as Director of Photography
Why Girls Go Back Home (1926) as Director of Photography
The Limited Mail (1925) as Director of Photography
Hogan's Alley (1925) as Camera
Red Hot Tires (1925) as Director of Photography
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) as Camera
In this silent film, a mother tries to prevent her daughter''''s ruin at the hands of a man who is not her husband.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) as Addl photog
In this silent film, a hideously deformed man haunts the sewers beneath the Paris Opera.
Kiss Me Again (1925) as Director of Photography
How To Educate a Wife (1924) as Director of Photography
Broadway After Dark (1924) as Director of Photography
Daughters of Pleasure (1924) as Director of Photography
The Marriage Circle (1924) as Director of Photography
Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun's colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had his eye on Charlotte, sees this as his opportunity, even though the Braun's are very happily married. Through a misunderstanding, Charlotte thinks that her husband is interested in Miss Hofer, and asks Mizzi to keep him occupied. Meanwhile Professor Stock becomes suspicious of his wife, and hires a detective to spy on her with the hope of obtaining a divorce.
Lovers' Lane (1924) as Director of Photography
Name the Man (1924) as Director of Photography
Daring Youth (1924) as Director of Photography
Three Women (1924) as Director of Photography
Forbidden Paradise (1924) as Director of Photography
Three Wise Fools (1923) as Director of Photography
The Christian (1923) as Director of Photography
Salome (1923) as Director of Photography
The Famous Mrs. Fair (1923) as Director of Photography
An heroic World War I nurse returns home to find her family falling apart.
A Doll's House (1922) as Director of Photography
Nora Helmer has years earlier committed a forgery in order to save the life of her authoritarian husband Torvald. Now she is being blackmailed lives in fear of her husband's finding out and of the shame such a revelation would bring to his career. But when the truth comes out, Nora is shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband's esteem.
Kindred of the Dust (1922) as Director of Photography
Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) as Director of Photography
In this silent film, a man''''s attempts to avoid bad luck after he breaks a mirror lead straight to it.
Be My Wife (1921) as Director of Photography
Max and Mary are in love, but Mary's Aunt Agatha dislikes Max, and instead prefers the unappealing Simon. So Max has to resort to a series of ruses to try to get Simon out of the way, and to be able to spend time with Mary. Finally, Max comes up with a scheme that might allow him to prove to Aunt Agatha that he is more worthy than Simon.
The Foolish Matrons (1921) as Director of Photography
The Great Redeemer (1920) as Camera
A murderer and a thief, imprisoned together, find their lives changed forever when the thief's drawing of Christ's crucifixion on the cell wall comes to life.
The Last of the Mohicans (1920) as Camera
In this silent film, an Indian guide tries to help two sisters caught up in the French and Indian War.
The County Fair (1920) as Camera

Editing (feature film)

Murdock's Gang (1973) as Editor
A flamboyant, disbarred attorney and his staff of ex-cons are hired by a multimillionaire to find an embezzling bookkeeper, uncovering a trail of murder, suicide, blackmail and double-dealing in this unsuccessful series pilot.
It Grows on Trees (1952) as Asst film ed
The Baxters are a typical happy American family trying to live on too little money. Mrs. Polly Baxter acquires two mysterious trees that got into a nursery shipment by mistake. Guess what: they turn out to be money trees! After initial problems, Polly decides to spend the money. But there's one logical consequence of money grown on trees that no one's considered.

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