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Ernest B. Schoedsack is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director of Photography and Editor American born on 8 june 1893 at Council Bluffs (USA)

Ernest B. Schoedsack

Ernest B. Schoedsack
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Birth name Ernest Beaumont Schoedsack
Nationality USA
Birth 8 june 1893 at Council Bluffs (USA)
Death 23 december 1979 (at 86 years) at Los Angeles County (USA)

Ernest Beaumont Schoedsack (June 8, 1893 – December 23, 1979) was an American motion picture cinematographer, director, and producer.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Schoedsack is probably best remembered for being the co-director of the 1933 film, King Kong.

His eyesight was severely damaged in World War II, yet he continued to direct films afterwards. He directed Mighty Joe Young at RKO in 1949, which was a reunion film of the main King Kong creative team (Cooper and Rose).

He married screenwriter Ruth Rose. They are interred together at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Biography

Schoedsack a commencé sa carrière dans le cinéma en 1914, quand il est devenu cadreur pour Mack Sennett. Durant la première guerre mondiale, il servira dans le Signal Corps de l'United States Army en France, toujours en tant que cadreur. Après la guerre, il travaillera dans l'unité photographique de la Croix-Rouge américaine en Pologne durant la Guerre soviéto-polonaise puis en Turquie durant la Guerre gréco-turque. Il fut alors recruté par le New York Times en tant que cadreur pour une expédition autour du monde.


Chang et premiers films
Schoedsack commence en tant que co-directeur avec Merian C. Cooper. Ils se sont rencontrés pour la première fois à Vienne en 1918. Leur première collaboration est le film Grass, produit en 1925, filmé en Iran. La même année, Schoedsack rencontre la scénariste et ancienne Ruth Rose, qu'il épousera en 1926. Ils se sont rencontrés lors d'une expédition aux Îles Galápagos où il était cadreur et elle historienne de l'expédition.

En 1927, Cooper et Schoedsack produisent le film Chang, racontant la vie d'un paysan pauvre du Siam (l'ancienne Thaïlande) et sa lutte quotidienne pour la survie dans la jungle. Ils restèrent 18 mois dans la jungle pour le produire. Le film fut nommé à l'Oscar de la meilleure production artistique (Unique and Artistic Production) lors de la première cérémonie des Oscars du cinéma en 1929.

Cette année-là, Cooper et Schoedsack tournent Les Quatre Plumes blanches, leur première fiction et un des derniers films muet jamais filmé.


King Kong et les années 30
Cooper et Schoedsack ont fait de nombreux films ensemble, mais ils restent célèbres pour King Kong en 1933. Après la fin de la production desChasses du comte Zaroff, Schoedsack rejoint Cooper dans la production de King Kong. Schoedsack dirigea les scènes avec des acteurs humains tandis que Cooper se focalisait sur les effets spéciaux. Schoedsack, Cooper et Rose inspirèrent respectivement les caractères de John Driscoll, Carl Denham, et Ann Darrow. Le script a été co-écrit par la femme de Schoedsack, Ruth Rose. Ce film a marqué une transition dans la relation de travail entre Schoedsack et Cooper, Schoedsack se focalisant sur la réalisation et Cooper sur la production. Ils cessèrent de de travailler ensemble à la fin des années trente.


Seconde Guerre Mondiale
Engagé lors de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, il fut blessé en testant du matériel photographique et sa vue gravement atteinte. Il continua cependant, après la guerre, à diriger des films. Ainsi, en 1949, il réalisa pour RKO Mighty Joe Young (Monsieur Joe), production qui réunissait les principaux collaborateurs de King Kong (le réalisateur Merian C. Cooper, la scénariste Ruth Rose et le spécialiste des effets spéciaux Willis O'Brien).

Il épousa la scénariste . Il est enterré aux côtes de Ruth Rose au Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery à Los Angeles, en Californie (États-Unis d'Amérique).

Best films

Mighty Joe Young (1949)
(Director)

Usually with

Fay Wray
Fay Wray
(5 films)
Noble Johnson
Noble Johnson
(4 films)
Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ernest B. Schoedsack (17 films)

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Actor

King Kong
King Kong (1933)
, 1h40
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about films, Dinosaur films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about apes, King Kong films, Giant monster films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher, Steve Clemente, James Flavin
Roles Machine-Gunner on Plane that Kills Kong (uncredited)
Rating78% 3.9489053.9489053.9489053.9489053.948905
In New York Harbor, Carl Denham, famous for making wildlife films in remote and exotic locations, charters Captain Englehorn's ship Venture for his new project, but he is unable to secure an actress for a female role he reluctantly added. Denham searches the streets of New York for a suitable woman. He meets penniless Ann Darrow and convinces her to join him for the adventure of a lifetime. The Venture quickly gets underway. The surly first mate, Jack Driscoll, gradually falls in love with Ann. After weeks of secrecy, Denham finally tells Englehorn and Driscoll that their destination is Skull Island, an uncharted island shown on a map in Denham's possession. Denham speaks of something monstrous there, a legendary entity known only as "Kong".

Director

This Is Cinerama, 2h3
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch, Michael Todd, Mike Todd Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Rating70% 3.5260353.5260353.5260353.5260353.526035
The film begins in black-and-white and in standard 4:3 aspect ratio, as travel writer and newscaster Lowell Thomas appears on screen to discuss the evolution of motion picture entertainment, from the earliest cave paintings designed to suggest movement, up to the introduction of color and sound. At the conclusion of the 12-minute lecture, Thomas speaks the words "This is Cinerama" and the screen expands into the full Cinerama aspect ratio and colour as a series of vignettes, narrated by Thomas begin.
Mighty Joe Young, 1h34
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Nestor Paiva
Rating69% 3.4973653.4973653.4973653.4973653.497365
In 1937 Tanganyika Territory, Africa, eight-year-old Jill Young (Lora Lee Michel) is living with her father on his ranch. While in her yard, two Africans come by with an orphaned baby gorilla; Jill so wants a pet that she trades her toys and money for him, vowing to always care for the gorilla.
Dr. Cyclops, 1h15
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Horror
Actors Albert Dekker, Charles Halton, Janice Logan, Victor Kilian, Paul Fix, Frank Reicher
Rating64% 3.246953.246953.246953.246953.24695
Biologists Dr. Mary Robinson (Janice Logan) and Dr. Bullfinch (Charles Halton) are summoned by Dr. Alexander Thorkel (Albert Dekker) to his remote laboratory in the Peruvian jungle. They are accompanied by mineralogist Dr. Bill Stockton (Thomas Coley), a friend of Mary's and a last minute substitute for another scientist, and Steve Baker (Victor Kilian), who wants to make sure his hired mules are well cared for (and suspects Thorkel may have discovered a rich mine). When they arrive, Thorkel asks the scientists to describe a specimen in his microscope, since his eyesight is too poor for him to do so himself. Bill identifies iron crystal contamination, much to Thorkel's satisfaction. Then, to their astonishment, Thorkel thanks them for their services and wants them to leave.
The Last Days of Pompeii, 1h36
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, La fin du monde, Volcanisme, Films about volcanoes, Disaster films
Actors Preston Foster, Alan Hale, Basil Rathbone, David Jack Holt, Dorothy Wilson, John Wood
Rating63% 3.1961353.1961353.1961353.1961353.196135
In the time of Jesus Christ, blacksmith Marcus (Preston Foster) is content with his life, beautiful wife Julia (Gloria Shea) and six-month-old son. However, when Julia and their child are run down by a chariot in the streets of Pompeii, Marcus spends the little money he has to pay for a doctor and medicine. Needing more, in desperation, he becomes a gladiator. He wins his fight, but in vain; his wife and child die.
King Kong
King Kong (1933)
, 1h40
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about films, Dinosaur films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about apes, King Kong films, Giant monster films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher, Steve Clemente, James Flavin
Rating78% 3.9489053.9489053.9489053.9489053.948905
In New York Harbor, Carl Denham, famous for making wildlife films in remote and exotic locations, charters Captain Englehorn's ship Venture for his new project, but he is unable to secure an actress for a female role he reluctantly added. Denham searches the streets of New York for a suitable woman. He meets penniless Ann Darrow and convinces her to join him for the adventure of a lifetime. The Venture quickly gets underway. The surly first mate, Jack Driscoll, gradually falls in love with Ann. After weeks of secrecy, Denham finally tells Englehorn and Driscoll that their destination is Skull Island, an uncharted island shown on a map in Denham's possession. Denham speaks of something monstrous there, a legendary entity known only as "Kong".
The Son of Kong, 1h9
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about apes, King Kong films, Giant monster films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong, Clarence Wilson, Ralf Wolter
Rating57% 2.850862.850862.850862.850862.85086
The story picks up about a month after the dramatic finale of the previous film and follows the further adventures of filmmaker Carl Denham, now implicated in numerous lawsuits following the destruction wrought by Kong. Denham leaves New York with the captain of the Venture, Captain Englehorn, who is certain it is just a matter of time before he is similarly served. Their efforts to make money shipping cargo around the Orient are less than successful. In the Dutch port of Dakang, Denham is amused to see there's a "show" being presented, so he and Englehorn attend. It turns out to be a series of performing monkeys, capped by a song ("Runaway Blues") sung by a young woman named Hilda.
The Most Dangerous Game, 1h3
Directed by Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Serial killer films, Road movies, Chase films, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson, Hale Hamilton
Rating71% 3.5993.5993.5993.5993.599
In 1932, a luxury yacht is sailing through a channel off the western coast of South America. The captain is worried about the channel lights not matching the charts, but is quickly dissuaded from changing course by the wealthy passengers for the sake of time, including famous big game hunter and author Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea). It is a calm evening, with the cheerful passengers relaxing over drinks and a game of cards. Bob and his companions are debating about whether hunting is at all sporting for the animal being hunted after a friend asks if he would exchange places with a tiger he had recently hunted in Africa. Bob replies that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who hunt and those who are hunted.