Richard E. Cunha

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Richard Earl Cunha (March 4, 1922, Honolulu, Hawaii - September 18, 2005, Oceanside, California) was an American cinematographer and film director.[1] Cunha's father was Albert "Sonny" Cunha, an American songwriter.

During World War II, Cunha served as an aerial photographer for the military, and then was transferred to Hal Roach Studios in Los Angeles, where he made military training films, newsreels and documentaries.[2]

After the war, Cunha worked as a TV photographer, eventually working his way to up director of photography for the TV shows Death Valley Days and Branded.

Cunha wrote and directed only a handful of films, with his four best-known ones all being low-budget, sci fi-horror B-movies released in 1958 by Astor Pictures -- Giant from the Unknown, She Demons, Missile to the Moon, and Frankenstein's Daughter.[3]

In an interview with The Astounding B Monster Archive, Cunha said his low-budget films were completed for around $65,000 apiece and took about six days each to shoot.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

As cinematographer[edit]

As director[edit]

As writer[edit]


  1. ^ Schallert, Edwin (Oct 8, 1957). "Teen-age Idol Feature Planned for Collins; Irish McCalla in Deal". LA Times. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "BUILT CULT FOLLOWING WITH '50S SCI-FI FILMS". Miami Herald. October 5, 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ Weaver, Tom (1999). Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes. McFarland. pp. 105–118. ISBN 0786407557.

External links[edit]