Leroy G. Phelps

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Leroy G. Phelps
Leroy G. Phelps
Born April 27, 1892
New York City
Died February 16, 1964
Freeport, Long Island
Nationality US
Occupation cinematographer
Known for work with Frank Buck
Spouse(s) Minerva Phelps (divorced 1949), Elfrida Johnson Phelps

Leroy Garfield Phelps (April 27, 1892 in New York City – February 16, 1964 in Freeport, Long Island) was a cinematographer who filmed Frank Buck’s second movie, Wild Cargo.

Early career[edit]

Phelps was official photographer of Yale University from 1920 to 1932. A year later he accompanied Frank Buck to India, Ceylon, Sumatra and Malaya, where he filmed Wild Cargo.

Work with Frank Buck[edit]

While making Wild Cargo Phelps was nearly crippled by an infection he acquired after scratching himself on a poisonous renghus tree in the jungle. Buck and Phelps were almost trampled by a herd of stampeding water buffalo; they were spared only when the animals changed direction at the last moment.[1] Phelps was cinematographer for some of the sequences in Buck's 1941 film Jungle Cavalcade.[2]

Later career[edit]

Phelps joined the Armand Denis- Leila Roosevelt Expedition to Africa and the Far East and was associate producer of "Wheels Across Africa,” "Wheels Across India," "Dangerous Journey" and "Dark Rapture."

South Seas Documentary[edit]

While acting as a civilian pool photographer for the atomic bomb tests at Bikini, Phelps made a documentary film of natives on Likiep Atoll. The film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.


Phelps died at his home in Freeport, Long Island. He is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead, Long Island.[3]


  1. ^ Wesley S. Griswold. Stalking Asia's fiercest wildlife with a movie camera involved New Haven photographer in thrilling adventures. Hartford Courant April 8, 1934, p D1
  2. ^ Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. x–xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0. 
  3. ^ Leroy G. Phelps, 71, photographer, dies. New York Times. February 18, 1964

External links[edit]

Leroy G. Phelps on the Internet Movie Database [1]