Benjamin H. Kline

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Benjamin Harrison Kline (July 11, 1894 - January 7, 1974) was an American cinematographer and film director.


Kline was born in Birmingham, Alabama and started his career as a cinematographer in 1920 with Universal Pictures' Red Lane. Over his career he shot about 350 films and television shows, a number that includes many serials and a large number of Three Stooges short subjects for Columbia Pictures. He worked up through about 1972. His son Richard H. Kline was also a noted cinematographer. Kline also directed eight films during the period of 1931-1945.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Kline directed seven films, one Rin Tin Tin serial and six westerns:

  • The Lightning Warrior (1931)
  • Cowboy in the Clouds (1943)
  • Sundown Valley (1944)
  • Cowboy from Lonesome River (1944)
  • Cyclone Prairie Rangers (1944)
  • Saddle Leather Law (1944)
  • Sagebrush Heroes (1945)

Sources also suggest that Kline replaced B. Reeves Eason as uncredited director of the serial The Galloping Ghost in 1931.

As cinematographer[edit]


  1. ^ Reid, John Howard (31 October 2006). Great Hollywood Westerns: Classic Pictures, Must-See Movies and 'b' Films. pp. 137–. ISBN 978-1-4303-0968-0. Retrieved 25 November 2012.

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