Magazine article American Cinematographer


Magazine article American Cinematographer


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Votes for Classics

I'd like to compliment you and your magazine on the monthly retrospective articles. As a student of Universal Pictures I've thoroughly enjoyed the closeups on the Universal Classics and the people who made them.

I'd like to call attention to the production still (April, page 47). It shows Freund and his crew gathered around his cameras. Both cameras are "bumped," and one has a modeling light fitted. This would seem to indicate the possibility of multiple camera filming. If this were so, it might be a case of Freund developing his live-on-film technique 20 years before he used it on I Love Lucy.

It's interesting to note that, later in 1932, Carl Laemmle would promote Karl Freund to director and his first film would be another moody chiller, The Mummy. This film borrowed all of its storyline as well as most of its cast from Dracula and retained Noble Johnson from Murders', again as a "mad assistant."

Let me cast my vote for more articles on Universal classics such as: Bride of Frankenstein, Show Boat and the very Germanic Son of Frankenstein.

-Yours truly,

Larry casey

Los Angeles


Thank you for your article on Creation. I found it so very interesting that I could hardly put it down. It is also interesting to see how much of Creation did show up in King Kong and Son of Kong. After Snooky the chimp went on his rampage, it is easy to see why they decided on a "giant terror gorilla" instead. Still the original story was just as fantastic. …

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