Carl Berger (cinematographer)

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Carl Berger
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Berger, ready to leave for the Far East to film Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932)
Born(1901-06-29)June 29, 1901
DiedDecember 18, 1983(1983-12-18) (aged 82)
Occupation Cinematographer

Carl George Berger (June 29, 1901 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma – December 18, 1983 in Los Angeles, California) was a cinematographer who photographed Frank Buck’s film Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932). [1]


Early years

Berger was born in Oklahoma, had two years of high school according to the 1940 US Census, lived in New York, and went to work for Hollywood in the late 1920s. Van Beuren Studios hired him to photograph Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932) with Frank Buck. [2]

Later career

Berger photographed another jungle picture, Booloo, for director Clyde E. Elliott. [3] [4]

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  1. Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. x–xi. ISBN   0-89672-582-0.
  2. "BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE" New York Times June 12, 1932
  3. Ameche Rebels at Kissing in His Film Roles. Chicago Tribune Apr 21, 1937
  4. SHIPPING NEWS And Activities at LOS ANGELES HARBOR. Los Angeles Times. Jun 22, 1937