Charles G. Clarke


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Charles Galloway Clarke, Charles Clarke, Charles [G.] Clarke
Birth Place
Potter Valley, California, USA
Born
March 19, 1899
Died
July 01, 1983

Biography

Began his career as a portrait photographer in 1912. Clarke designed a battery-run camera motor which became the industry standard during the silent era, was a pioneer of matte photography techniques, and developed a reputation for location work under difficult conditions. He was nominated four times for an Academy Award....

Bibliography

"Professional Cinematography"
Charles Clarke

Biography

Began his career as a portrait photographer in 1912. Clarke designed a battery-run camera motor which became the industry standard during the silent era, was a pioneer of matte photography techniques, and developed a reputation for location work under difficult conditions. He was nominated four times for an Academy Award.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Madison Avenue (1962)
Director of Photography
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Director of Photography
Flaming Star (1960)
Director of Photography
Holiday for Lovers (1959)
Director of Photography
The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Director of Photography
Hound-Dog Man (1959)
Director of Photography
These Thousand Hills (1959)
Director of Photography
A Private's Affair (1959)
Director of Photography
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Photographer, Carlsbad Caverns seq
The Hunters (1958)
Director of Photography
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
Director of Photography
Stopover Tokyo (1957)
Director of Photography
The Wayward Bus (1957)
Director of Photography
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957)
Director of Photography
Three Brave Men (1957)
Director of Photography
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Photographer Spanish backgrounds
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Director of Photography
Carousel (1956)
Director of Photography
Bus Stop (1956)
Addl Photographer
The Last Wagon (1956)
Addl Photographer
Violent Saturday (1955)
Director of Photography
Prince of Players (1955)
Director of Photography
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)
Aerial Photographer
The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)
Loc Director of Photographer
The Virgin Queen (1955)
Director of Photography
Prince Valiant (1954)
Loc Director of Photographer
Night People (1954)
Director of Photography
Black Widow (1954)
Director of Photography
Suddenly (1954)
Director of cine
City of Bad Men (1953)
Director of Photography
Destination Gobi (1953)
Director of Photography
White Witch Doctor (1953)
Loc Director of Photographer
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
Director of Photography
Red Skies of Montana (1952)
Director of Photography
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
2d unit Director of Photographer
Kangaroo (1952)
Director of Photography
Golden Girl (1951)
Director of Photography
I'll Get By (1950)
Director of Photography
Three Came Home (1950)
2d unit Director of Photographer
The Big Lift (1950)
Director of Photography
That Wonderful Urge (1949)
Director of Photography
Sand (1949)
Director of Photography
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
Director of Photography
Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)
Director of Photography
The Iron Curtain (1948)
Director of Photography
Captain from Castile (1948)
Director of Photography
Bob, Son of Battle (1947)
Director of Photography
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Director of Photography
Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
Director of Photography
Smoky (1946)
Director of Photography
Margie (1946)
Director of Photography
Junior Miss (1945)
Director of Photography
Molly and Me (1945)
Director of Photography
Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)
Director of Photography
Greenwich Village (1944)
Fill-in Director of Photographer
Ladies of Washington (1944)
Director of Photography
Tampico (1944)
Director of Photography
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Director of Photography
Time to Kill (1943)
Director of Photography
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Director of Photography
Wintertime (1943)
Director of Photography
It Happened in Flatbush (1942)
Director of Photography
Thru Different Eyes (1942)
Director of Photography
Careful Soft Shoulder (1942)
Director of Photography
A Gentleman at Heart (1942)
Director of Photography
Girl Trouble (1942)
Fill-in Camera
Moontide (1942)
Director of Photography
Last of the Duanes (1941)
Director of Photography
Murder Among Friends (1941)
Director of Photography
For Beauty's Sake (1941)
Director of Photography
The Perfect Snob (1941)
Director of Photography
The Bride Wore Crutches (1941)
Director of Photography
Accent on Love (1941)
Director of Photography
Dead Men Tell (1941)
Director of Photography
Cadet Girl (1941)
Director of Photography
Romance of the Rio Grande (1941)
Director of Photography
Marry the Bo$$'$ Daughter (1941)
Director of Photography
The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941)
Director of Photography
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
2nd unit Photographer
Young As You Feel (1940)
Director of Photography
Yesterday's Heroes (1940)
Director of Photography
Viva Cisco Kid (1940)
Director of Photography
Street of Memories (1940)
Director of Photography
Frontier Marshal (1939)
Director of Photography
The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)
Photography
Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1939)
Photography
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Photography
Pardon Our Nerve (1939)
Photography
Safety in Numbers (1938)
Photography
The Good Earth (1937)
Chinese Photographer
Stand-In (1937)
Director of Photography
Espionage (1937)
Photography
Man of the People (1937)
Photography
Under Cover of Night (1937)
Photography
The Thirteenth Chair (1937)
Photography
Moonlight Murder (1936)
Photography
Trouble for Two (1936)
Photography
The Garden Murder Case (1936)
Photography
All American Chump (1936)
Photography
The All-American Chump (1936)
Cinematographer
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Photography
The Winning Ticket (1935)
Photography
Shadow of Doubt (1935)
Photography
Pursuit (1935)
Photography
Woman Wanted (1935)
Photography
The Casino Murder Case (1935)
Photography
The Perfect Gentleman (1935)
Photography
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Photography
Viva Villa (1934)
Photography
Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Photography
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
Photography
Second Hand Wife (1933)
Photography
Hot Pepper (1933)
Photography
The Woman in Room 13 (1932)
Camera Operator
Too Busy to Work (1932)
Photography
Girls Demand Excitement (1931)
Photography
Annabelle's Affairs (1931)
Photography
Men on Call (1931)
Photography
Good Sport (1931)
Photography
Temple Tower (1930)
Director of Photography
So This Is London (1930)
Camera
Oh, For a Man (1930)
Director of Photography
Nix on Dames (1929)
Director of Photography
A Song of Kentucky (1929)
Director of Photography
Words and Music (1929)
Director of Photography
Masquerade (1929)
Director of Photography
The Exalted Flapper (1929)
Director of Photography
Not Quite Decent (1929)
Director of Photography
The Veiled Woman (1929)
Director of Photography
The Sin Sister (1929)
Camera
Four Sons (1928)
Director of Photography
The Red Dance (1928)
Director of Photography
Sharp Shooters (1928)
Director of Photography
Riley the Cop (1928)
Director of Photography
Plastered in Paris (1928)
Director of Photography
A Racing Romeo (1927)
Camera
Upstream (1927)
Director of Photography
Singed (1927)
Director of Photography
Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927)
Director of Photography
Whispering Smith (1926)
Cinematog Camera
Rocking Moon (1926)
Director of Photography
Going Crooked (1926)
Director of Photography
One Minute to Play (1926)
Camera
The Top of the World (1925)
Director of Photography
Without Mercy (1925)
Director of Photography
Friendly Enemies (1925)
Director of Photography
Flaming Barriers (1924)
Director of Photography
The Dawn of a Tomorrow (1924)
Director of Photography
Tiger Love (1924)
Director of Photography
The Light That Failed (1923)
Director of Photography
The Half Breed (1922)
Director of Photography

Life Events

1919

First made lab assistant

1922

First film as co-director of photography (also editor), "The Half Breed"

1937

Directed short film "Pigskin Heroes"

1951

Co-shot (with John Boyle) Oscar ceremonies

Videos

Movie Clip

Viva Villa! (1934) - Fiction Woven Out Of Truth Commanding prologue and screenplay by Ben Hecht, directed by either ultimately-dismissed Howard Hawks or credited Jack Conway, with Phillip Cooper as the young title character and Frank Puglia his dad, from MGM’s hit Viva Villa!, 1934, starring Wallace Beery.
Viva Villa! (1934) - This Is Your Country! Writer Ben Hecht never thought much of Hollywood or screenplays in general, but had few peers for this kind of scene, with Wallace Beery as the bandit title character meeting the scholarly revolutionary Madero (Henry B. Walthall), in MGM’s Viva Villa!, 1934.
Viva Villa! (1934) - Pancho Villa Sent For Me Some scale as the revolution gathers pace, Wallace Beery (title character) rallies volunteers, visits sympathetic aristocrat Teresa (Fay Wray) and reporter Sykes (Stuart Erwin), then a montage, with writer Ben Hecht more successful than the rear-screen process shots, David Durand the bugle boy, inViva Villa! , 1934.
Viva Villa! (1934) - The Law Of Pancho Villa's Court First appearance for Wallace Beery in the title role, his mob seizing a town after several peasants were convicted and hanged, with aide Sierra (Leo Carrillo), flipping the script on the ruling class (Nigel De Brulier the magistrate), in MGM’s Viva Villa!, 1934.
Suddenly (1954) - Nothing Wrong Yet At this point, as far as we know Baron (Frank Sinatra) and posse (Paul Frees, Christopher Dark) might be legitimate, as they visit Ellen (Nancy Gates), son Pidge (Kim Carney) and Pops (James Gleason) before a still-secret presidential visit to a California town called Suddenly, 1954.
Suddenly (1954) - She Doesn't Like Guns Opening scene, Sterling Hayden is Tod, the sheriff, Pidge (Kim Charney) the son of widowed Ellen (Nancy Gates) of whom, we learn, the sheriff is enamored, in a small California town for which the movie is named, Suddenly, the 1954 assassination drama co-starring Frank Sinatra.
Black Widow (1954) - Let Her Give Better Parties Writer, producer and director Nunnally Johnson goes big city opening his big melodrama, introducing Van Heflin as Broadway producer Peter, Gene Tierney his wife, Ginger Rogers his party-throwing star, Reginald Gardiner her doormat husband, in Black Widow, 1954.
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, The (1956) - Mystery Picnic In a WWII flashback, married American Captain Rath (Gregory Peck) in Rome with buddy Caesar (Keenan Wynn) then with Italian girlfriend Maria (Marisa Pavan), just before shipping out for the Pacific theatre, in The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, 1956, from the Sloan Wilson novel.
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, The (1956) - It's A Graveyard WWII vet Tom (Gregory Peck), who works for a non-profit, at home with wife Betsy (Jennifer Jones), after learning that grandma has squandered his inheritance, in Nunnally Johnson's The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, 1956.
Black Widow (1954) - Silly Imitation Of Dragnet Cop George Raft is questioning Broadway producer Peter (Van Heflin) and wife Iris (Gene Tierney) after the apparent suicide of a young woman who had been living in their apartment, when his star, their friend and neighbor Carlotta (Ginger Rogers) makes her entrance, in Black Widow, 1954.
Black Widow (1954) - I Want A Bloody Mary Having flashed back to the arrival of impetuous Nanny (Peggy Ann Garner) in New York, she surprises her uncle (Otto Kruger) at home, then Claire and John (Virginia Leith, Skip Hoemeier) on the job, in writer-producer-director Nunnally Johnson's Black Widow, 1954.
Black Widow (1954) - Secret Of Death Partial spoiler here, as Broadway producer Peter (Van Heflin) collects acrtress wife Iris (Gene Tierney) at the airport, not quite having mentioned that the ambitious young woman writer he's been helping is living in their apartment, in writer, producer and director Nunnally Johnson's Black Widow, 1954.

Trailer

Snows of Kilimanjaro, The - (Original Trailer) Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward star in the Henry King's adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's story The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952).
Tarzan And His Mate - (Original Trailer) Jane gives up friends, home...and most of her clothes in the sexy jungle adventure Tarzan and His Mate, 1934, with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Man of the People - (Original Trailer) After years playing villains, Joseph Calleia gets to be the hero as an immigrant studying law in Man of the People (1937).
Woman Wanted - (Original Trailer) An innocent woman (Maureen O'Sullivan) is chased by both gangsters and the police.
Bus Stop - (Original Trailer) An innocent cowboy kidnaps a small-time singer (Marilyn Monroe) with whom he's infatuated in Joshua Logan's Bus Stop (1956).
All-American Chump - (Original Trailer) A small-town math whiz is exploited by card sharks and hustlers in All-American Chump (1936).
Trouble For Two - (Original Trailer) Before he can marry, a European prince (Robert Montgomery) gets mixed up with a suicide club. Based on short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Evelyn Prentice - (Original Trailer) MGM playing up The Thin Man angle with Myrna Loy and William Powell, in the original trailer for the melodrama Evelyn Prentice, 1934, co-starring Rosalind Russell.
Green Grass of Wyoming - (Original Trailer) A roving stallion causes problems for Wyoming ranchers when he leads their blue-blooded racing mares off to join his wild horse herd in Green Grass of Wyoming (1948).
Viva Villa! - (Original Trailer) Wallace Beery stars in Viva Villa! (1934), the story of the bandit chief who led the battle for Mexican independence.
Carousel - (Original Trailer) A dramatic love story unfolds between a rough-talking, macho carousel barker, and a young, innocent mill worker in Carousel (1956).
Black Widow (1954) - (Original Trailer) A young stage hopeful (Peggy Ann Gardner), is murdered and suspicion falls on her mentor, a Broadway producer (Van Heflin) in Black Widow (1954).

Bibliography

"Professional Cinematography"
Charles Clarke