Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Honor Roll

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Honor Roll

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Frank Zucker started in camera work in 19t6 for World Films at the Peerless Studios. Here he made two serials with Helen Homes in 1920 and also "The Silver Lining". In 1922 he made two pictures with Harry Houdini, "Holdane, of the Secret Service" and "The Man from Beyond"; no doubt he learned a few tricks from Houdini.

Nineteen Twenty-two also saw Zucker in Russia to shoot the interior of Siberia for W. K. Zeigfeld. While there he shot about one hundred thousand feet of film.

Upon returning, he decided to change his image and, judging from the titles of his pictures he became a women's photographer. He did "Meddling Woman", "The Midnight Girl", "Camille" (this Camille was of the Barbary Coast), "Broken Hearts", and "The Mad Marriage" (featuring Lila Lee, Mae Bush, Clara K. Young), followed by two pictures with Wes Ruggles and six pictures with Benny Leonard's "Flying Fists".

In 1929 he filmed "Lucky Boy", Norm Taurog directing and starring George Jessell. In 1931 "His Wife's Lover" in Jewish language and "Cosi E La Vita" in Italian were two achievements.

In 1933 Zucker photographed "Mr. Broadway", starring Johnny Walker and Ed Sullivan, and finished his career as a cinematographer.

Frank wasn't finished with the motion picture industry, however. A few years earlier he had gotten an idea and he began to implement it. He bought a couple of cameras, plus the one he used in his work, and began to rent them out. Then he began to build tripods and add them to his rental stock and the business began to grow. By 1933, he had enough of a rental business that he could retire from photographing and concentrate on renting.

As the business flourished Burgi Contner became a partner and the company continued to grow. Zucker and Contner later went their separate ways and Frank again became sole owner.

In the early sixties, Frank Zucker sold his company which is now Ceco. He retired to Florida.


In 1912 when Eddie was 20 years old and was looking for a job, his brother-in-law had been working at the Pathe Studios in Jersey City and managing their baseball team. He called Eddie and told him he thought he could get a job for him at Pathe. So Eddie rushed out and was hired as a property man for $15.00 a week.

In 1913 Eddie had a little camera and was playing around with it on the lot when Louis Gasnier, who was head of the Studio, noticed him and called him over and told him, "Boy, if you like photography, I'll make a cameraman out of you. …

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