Sunday, June 18, 2017

Born Today June 18: Alfred H. Moses Jr.


Silent film cinematographer Alfred H. Moses Jr. was born on this day in Louisville, Kentucky.  Though mostly known as an early cinematographer of some considerable merit at the Thanhouser Co., and on IMDb only his work at Thanhouser is listed under his name as his earliest jobs on the set; other sources credibly cite that his film career actually started in 1907, though the nature of this work remains unclear.  It is thought that The Arab's Bride (1912) was his first film for Thanhouser.  While there, he earned a reputation for being a very capable general cinematographer with practical early innovations on how to properly shoot a motion picture.  He stayed at the production studio until 1916.  The first film that he made after his contract was up was The Social Secretary (1916) [see poster above] at the Fine Arts Film Co.  He would go on to work at several studios until the end of his career in 1919.  He worked with big and small; everyone from Columbia (Life's Shadows (1916)) to the U.S. Amusement Co. (Whoso Findeth A Wife (1916)).  Interesting, one of the films he made during this time was a Norma Talmadge's Production Co. with By Right Of Purchase (1918)--which, of course, starred Norma Talmadge.  The last film that he shot was The Quickening Flame (1919), produced by World Film.  Strangely, there is no information on his death at all.  No year, no date.

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