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Charles G. Clarke (I) (1899–1983)

Ace cinematographer Charles G. Clarke was born on March 19, 1899, in Potter Valley, CA. He got into the film business in 1915 as an assistant cameraman at Universal Pictures. He served in the army overseas during World War One, and when he returned home got a job with the National Film Co. as an assistant cameraman. He was promoted to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Miracle on 34th Street Cinematographer
Hello Frisco, Hello Cinematographer
Moontide Cinematographer
Sand Cinematographer


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 2010 Sigrid Holmquist (Short)
 1970-1971 Arnie (TV Series) (director of photography - 3 episodes)
- The Gift of the Majors (1971) ... (director of photography)
- Let Them Eat Cookies (1970) ... (director of photography)
- Trouble in the Air (1970) ... (director of photography)
 1968-1970 Land of the Giants (TV Series) (director of photography - 3 episodes)
- Panic (1970) ... (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
- Comeback (1969) ... (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
- Underground (1968) ... (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1967-1969 Peyton Place (TV Series) (director of photography - 3 episodes)
- Episode #5.47 (1969) ... (director of photography)
- Episode #3.59 (1967) ... (director of photography)
- Episode #3.58 (1967) ... (director of photography)
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Requiem for Craw Green (1966) ... (as Charles G. Clark)
 1966 The Green Hornet (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Eat, Drink, and Be Dead (1966) ... (director of photography)
 1966 Lost in Space (TV Series) (director of photography - 2 episodes)
- The Lost Civilization (1966) ... (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
- The Magic Mirror (1966) ... (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1961 Return to Peyton Place (director of photography)
 1961 Madison Avenue (director of photography)
 1960 Flaming Star (director of photography)
 1959 Hound-Dog Man
 1959 Holiday for Lovers (director of photography)
 1959 These Thousand Hills (director of photography)
 1959 The Sound and the Fury (director of photography)
 1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha (director of photography)
 1958 The Hunters (director of photography)
 1957 Stopover Tokyo (director of photography)
 1956 Three Brave Men (director of photography)
 1956 The Dark Wave (Documentary short)
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (director of photography)
 1956 Carousel (director of photography)
 1955 The Virgin Queen (director of photography)
 1955 Violent Saturday (director of photography)
 1954 Black Widow (director of photography)
 1954 Suddenly (director of cinematography)
 1954 Night People (director of photography)
 1953 Vesuvius Express (Documentary short)
 1953 City of Bad Men (director of photography)
 1953 Destination Gobi (director of photography)
 1952 Kangaroo (director of photography)
 1951 Golden Girl
 1950 I'll Get By
 1950 The Big Lift (director of photography)
 1949 Slattery's Hurricane (director of photography)
 1949 Sand
 1948 That Wonderful Urge (director of photography)
 1948 Green Grass of Wyoming (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1948 The Iron Curtain (director of photography)
 1947 Captain from Castile (director of photography)
 1947 Thunder in the Valley (as Charles Clarke)
 1947 Miracle on 34th Street (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1946 Margie (as Charles Clarke)
 1946 Three Little Girls in Blue (director of photography - uncredited)
 1946 Smoky (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1945 Junior Miss (as Charles Clarke)
 1945 Molly and Me (as Charles Clarke)
 1945 Thunderhead - Son of Flicka (as Charles Clarke)
 1944 Greenwich Village (uncredited)
 1944 Ladies of Washington (as Charles Clarke)
 1944 Tampico (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1943 Guadalcanal Diary (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1942 Time to Kill (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1942 Careful, Soft Shoulders (as Charles Clarke)
 1942 Thru Different Eyes (as Charles Clarke)
 1942 It Happened in Flatbush (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1942 Moontide (as Charles Clarke)
 1942 Sex Hygiene (Short)
 1942 A Gentleman at Heart (as Charles Clarke)
 1941 The Perfect Snob (as Charles Clarke)
 1941 Cadet Girl
 1941 Marry the Boss's Daughter (as Charles Clarke)
 1941 Last of the Duanes (as Charles Clarke)
 1941 For Beauty's Sake (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1941 Dead Men Tell
 1940 Romance of the Rio Grande (as Charles Clarke)
 1940 The Bride Wore Crutches (director of photography)
 1940 Viva Cisco Kid (as Charles Clarke)
 1939 Frontier Marshal (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (as Charles Clarke)
 1939 Pardon Our Nerve (as Charles Clarke)
 1938 Charlie Chan in Honolulu (as Charles Clarke, photography)
 1938 Safety in Numbers (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1937 Stand-In (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1937 The Thirteenth Chair (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1937 Man of the People (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1937 Under Cover of Night (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1936 Every Sunday (Short) (uncredited)
 1936 Annie Laurie (Short) (as Charles Clarke)
 1936 All American Chump (photographed by)
 1936 Trouble for Two (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1936 Moonlight Murder (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1936 The Garden Murder Case (as Charles Clark, photographed by)
 1935 The Perfect Gentleman (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited)
 1935 Pursuit (as Charles Clarke)
 1935 Woman Wanted (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1935 The Casino Murder Case (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1935 Shadow of Doubt (as Charles Clarke)
 1935 Windy (Short) (as Charles Clarke)
 1935 The Winning Ticket (as Charles Clarke)
 1934 Evelyn Prentice (photographed by)
 1934 Tarzan and His Mate (photographed by)
 1934 Viva Villa! (photographed by)
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle (as Charles Clarke, photographed by)
 1933 Hot Pepper (director of photography - as Charles Clarke)
 1932 Too Busy to Work (as Charles Clarke)
 1931 Good Sport (as Charles Clarke)
 1930 Men on Call
 1930 Temple Tower (as Charles Clarke)
 1929 Nix on Dames
 1929 Words and Music (photography)
 1929 Masquerade (as Charles Clarke)
 1929 Not Quite Decent (as Charles Clarke)
 1928 Riley the Cop (photographed by)
 1928 The Red Dance (as Charles Clarke)
 1928 Four Sons (photographed by)
 1928 Sharp Shooters (as Charles Clarke)
 1927 Singed
 1927 Upstream
 1926 Going Crooked (as Charles Clarke)
 1926 Rocking Moon
 1925 Without Mercy
 1924 Tiger Love
 1923 The Light That Failed (as Charles Clarke)
 1923 Salomy Jane
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (27 credits)
Show Show Editor (2 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
Show Show Self (1 credit)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Edison's Invention of the Kineto-Phonograph". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Charles G. Clark | Charles Clark | Charles Clarke | Charlie Clarke


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

[about Will Rogers, whom Clarke worked with on several pictures] He had no respect for the marks on the floor, which are placed there as guides to proper lighting and focusing. The cinematographer, when doing a scene with Rogers, just had to hope for the best, for we never knew where he would land. He never said the same lines or did the same bit of business from take to take to take. Some of the... See more »


President American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 1948-50. See more »

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