Ira H. Morgan
|Ira H. Morgan|
2 April 1889|
Fort Ross, California USA
|Died||10 April 1959
San Rafael, California
|Known for||Work with Frank Buck|
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.
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.
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.
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