name: Eugene N. Kornman
nickname preferred by Harold Lloyd: Genkie
Gene Kornman worked as a still photographer for the Roach studio up until Harold Lloyd left to form his
own company in 1923. Since Kornman went with Lloyd, it could be speculated that his involvement at Roach was primarily
with the Lloyd unit. Because of this, he might not have photographed Our Gang very often, if at all, though Maltin &
Bann give him credit in their book. However, as noted below, he made a few other important contributions to the series.
Needless to say, Kornman virtually never received onscreen credit, so his filmography is pretty sparse. Over time,
I'll be adding films to Kornman's filmography as I come across still photos for which he's credited. It should
be assumed that he performed this duty for far more films than those listed below.
I haven't been able to determine just when Kornman started with the Roach studio, but his involvement
in the Lloyd film "Now Or Never" indicates that he had joined by October of 1920. He also took the 1920 staff
photos reproduced in The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd.
It was near the end of this year that the Our Gang series first went into pre-production, and it was
Kornman who recommended Mickey Daniels as a prospective member of the troupe. Mickey was the son of Richard Daniels, a
good friend of Kornman's, and made his series debut in the very first installment, "Our Gang" (no.
1), which started filming in early January of 1922
- Now Or Never (uncredited still photographer)
- May 5, 1921 - Roach/Associated/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. L-10 - Harold Lloyd series
- Also listed for Mar. 27, 1921. Filmed Sep. 27 to Oct. 2, Oct. 9, 12, 28, 30, Nov. 1 to Dec. 3, 6, 8 and 13, 1920.
©Feb. 12, 1921. Originally scheduled for released Mar. 13, 1921.
Kornman's second major contribution to Our Gang involved consenting to let his daughter Mary join the
troupe, which she did during the summer of 1922. On July 15th, an article written by Kornman appeared in Movie
Weekly entitled "Lying In Wait To Shoot Up Harold Lloyd."
Kornman remained with Roach until the week ending Aug. 4th of this year. Harold Lloyd started his own
company, and Kornman went with him (but undoubtedly kept in touch with the Roach studio since his daughter Mary
continued to be a member of Our Gang until 1926).
- Safety Last! (uncredited still photographer)
- Apr. 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 7 reels - prod. L-17 - Harold Lloyd feature
- Filmed July 15 to Oct. 18, 1922, with retakes Oct. 23, Nov. 29, and Dec. 1, 1922. ©Jan. 25, 1923. Added to
the National Film Registry on Nov. 14, 1994.
- Hot Water (use of name)
- Nov. 2, 1924 - Lloyd/Pathé - 5 reels - Harold Lloyd feature
- ©Sep. 24, 1924. Kornman's name appears on the two traffic tickets issued to Harold in this film. For some
reason, when the same footage appeared in the compilation film "Harold Lloyd's World Of Comedy" in 1962, the
name was changed to Glen Reed.
Kornman made his final contribution to Our Gang in March, by allowing his baby daughter Mildred to appear
in the series, which she did off and on until 1928.
In between Lloyd projects, Kornman was taking still photos for Paramount. One specific example I've
come across is a photo of Edward Everett Horton, who was making two-reelers during this period.
With the Lloyd company turning out features about once every two years, it was inevitable that
Kornman's name would be associated with films made elsewhere. Of course, since he was a still photographer, his
filmography doesn't get any less sparse at this point.
- Scarface (uncredited still photographer)
- Apr. 9, 1932 - Caddo/UA - 10 reels - Paul Muni feature
- ©Mar. 26, 1932. Added to the National Film Registry on Nov. 14, 1994.
By this time, Kornman was associated with Fox Film Corporation, a company that he seems to have stuck with
for at least fifteen years.
- Doctor Bull (uncredited still photographer)
- Sep. 22, 1933 - Fox - 77 min. - Will Rogers feature
- ©Aug. 31, 1933.
- The Cat's Paw (uncredited still photographer)
- Aug. 7, 1934 - Lloyd/Fox - 12 reels - Harold Lloyd feature
- ©Aug. 17, 1934.
During this year, Fox became 20th Century-Fox.
- Lottery Lover (uncredited still photographer)
- Feb. 5, 1935 - Fox - 82 min. - Lew Ayres & Pat Paterson feature
- ©Jan. 4, 1935.
- George White's 1935 Scandals (uncredited still photographer)
- Mar. 29, 1935 - Fox - 10 reels - Alice Faye feature
- ©Mar. 29, 1935.
- Under The Pampas Moon (uncredited still photographer)
- June 1, 1935 - Fox - 78 min. - feature - Warner Baxter & Ketti Galllian feature
- ©May 31, 1935.
- King Of Burlesque (uncredited still photographer)
- Jan. 3, 1936 - 20th-Fox - 10 reels - Warner Baxter & Alice Faye feature
- ©Jan. 3, 1936
- Everybody's Old Man (uncredited still photographer)
- Mar. 20, 1936 - 20th-Fox - 82 min. - Irvin S. Cobb feature
- ©Mar. 20, 1936.
- The Road To Glory (uncredited still photographer)
- Sep. 4, 1936 - 20th-Fox - 11 reels - Fredric March & Warner Baxter feature
- ©Sep. 4, 1936.
- Can This Be Dixie? (uncredited still photographer)
- 1936 - 20th-Fox - 8 reels - Jane Withers feature
- ©Nov. 13, 1936.
- Poor Little Rich Girl (uncredited still photographer)
- July 24, 1936 - 20th-Fox - 9 reels - Shirley Temple feature
- ©July 24, 1936.
- The Baroness And The Butler (uncredited still photographer)
- Feb. 18, 1938 - 20th-Fox - 8 reels - William Powell & Annabella feature
- ©Feb. 18, 1938.
- Sally, Irene And Mary (uncredited still photographer)
- Mar. 4, 1938 - 20th-Fox - 10 reels
- ©Mar. 4, 1938.
- Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm (uncredited still photographer)
- Mar. 18, 1938 - 20th-Fox - 9 reels - Shirley Temple feature
- ©Mar. 18, 1938.
- Kidnapped (uncredited still photographer)
- May 27, 1938 - 20th-Fox - 10 reels - Warner Baxter & Freddie Bartholomew feature
- ©May 27, 1938.
- Damon Runyon's Straight, Place, And Show (uncredited still photographer)
- Sep. 30, 1938 - 20th-Fox - 8 reels - The Ritz Brothers feature
- ©Sep. 30, 1938.
- Young People (uncredited still photographer)
- Aug. 23, 1940 - 20th Century-Fox - 9 reels
- ©Aug. 30, 1940. Starring Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie & Charlotte Greenwood.
- The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (uncredited still photographer)
- Jan. 4, 1947 - 20th-Fox - 85 min. - Technicolor - Betty Grable feature
- ©Dec. 31, 1946.
- Yellow Sky (uncredited still photographer)
- Dec. 1948 - 20th-Fox - 10 reels - Gregory Peck feature
- New York premiere: Feb. 1, 1949. ©Dec. 21, 1948.
- Love That Brute (uncredited still photographer)
- June 6, 1950 - 20th-Fox - 9 reels
- New York premiere: May 26, 1950. ©May 26, 1950.
- What Price Glory? (uncredited still photographer)
- prem. Aug. 22, 1952 - 20th-Fox - 111 min. - Technicolor - James Cagney feature
- ©Aug. 15, 1952.
The last reference I've found (so far) regarding Kornman at Fox is from this year. Within the next
couple of years, he left Fox and became associated with Otto Preminger.
- Man On A Tightrope (uncredited still photographer)
- prem. June 4, 1953 - 20th-Fox - 105 min. - Fredric March feature
- ©Apr. 1, 1953.
- The Man With The Golden Arm (uncredited still photographer)
- prem. Dec. 14, 1955 - Carlyle/UA - 121 min. - Frank Sinatra feature
- ©Dec. 15, 1955.
The most recent reference to Kornman that I've so far found is from this year, by which time he was
working for Warner.
- The FBI Story (uncredited still photographer)
- Oct. 1959 - Warner - Technicolor - 149 min. - James Stewart feature
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