Ira H. Morgan

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Ira H. Morgan
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Born(1889-04-02)2 April 1889
Fort Ross, California, United States
Died10 April 1959(1959-04-10) (aged 70)
Known forWork with Frank Buck
SpouseRena Carlton

Ira Harry Morgan (2 April 1889 – 10 April 1959) was an American cinematographer. He successfully transitioned from silent movies to sound films. He filmed famed animal-trainer Frank Buck’s film Tiger Fangs (1943).[1]

Early years[edit]

Morgan broke in as a cameraman with Gaumont News, a pioneer of newsreels. 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 (1926) with Lon Chaney, James Cruze's Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932) with Lee Tracy, Michael Curtiz's Jimmy the Gent (1934) with James Cagney, Frank Buck’s Tiger Fangs (1943), Johnny Doesn't Live Here Any More (1944), Jungle Jim (1948), The Lost Tribe (1949), Chain Gang (1950), and Revenue Agent (1950).

Partial 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 (1 March 1950), The Mutineers, retrieved 7 November 2016

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