Ira H. Morgan

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Ira H. Morgan
Born (1889-04-02)2 April 1889
Fort Ross, California USA
Died 10 April 1959(1959-04-10) (aged 70)
San Rafael, California
Nationality American
Occupation Cinematographer
Known for Work with Frank Buck
Spouse(s) Rena Carlton

Ira Harry Morgan (2 April 1889 – 10 April 1959, age 70) was am American cinematographer. He successfully transitioned from the Silent era to the Age of talkies. He filmed famed animal-trainer Frank Buck’s film Tiger Fangs.[1]

Early years[edit]

Morgan broke in as a cameraman with Gaumont News, a pioneer newsreel. Later he was behind the camera when Essanay Films were made at Niles Canyon, Alameda County, where the old Bronco Billy series was produced. In 1919 he joined director King Vidor.[2]

Later career[edit]

During his long career, Morgan worked extensively for major studios such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as well as independent producers. Notably, he worked with former Essanay colleague Roland Totheroh on Charles Chaplin's Modern Times (1936). Morgan ended his career with a long series of films at Monogram Pictures. His last credit was The Cyclops (1957) released by Allied Artists, successor to Monogram.

Other credits included George W. Hill's Tell It to the Marines with Lon Chaney, James Cruze's Washington Merry-Go-Round with Lee Tracy, Michael Curtiz's Jimmy the Gent with James Cagney, Frank Buck’s film Tiger Fangs, Johnny Doesn't Live Here Any More, Revenue Agent, Jungle Jim, Chain Gang, and The Lost Tribe.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. x–xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0. 
  2. ^ Ira H. Morgan, Pioneer Screen Cameraman, Dies. Los Angeles Times, 11 April 1959
  3. ^ Yarbrough, Jean (1950-03-01), The Mutineers, retrieved 2016-11-07 

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