Gene Kornman


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name: Eugene N. Kornman
nickname: Gene
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.


1920

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.


1921

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.


1922

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."


1923

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.


1924

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.


1926

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.


1927

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.


1932

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.


1933

By this time, Kornman was associate 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.


1934

The Cat's Paw (uncredited still photographer)
Aug. 7, 1934 - Lloyd/Fox - 102 min. - Harold Lloyd feature

©Aug. 17, 1934.


1935

During this year, Fox became 20th Century-Fox.

Lottery Lover (uncredited still photographer)
Feb. 5, 1935 - Fox - 82 min. - feature

©Jan. 4, 1935.

Under The Pampas Moon (uncredited still photographer)
June 1, 1935 - Fox - 78 min. - feature

©May 31, 1935.


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 - 103 min. - Fredric March & Warner Baxter feature

©Sep. 4, 1936.

Can This Be Dixie? (uncredited still photographer)
1936 - 20th-Fox - 70 min. - Jane Withers feature

©Nov. 13, 1936.

Poor Little Rich Girl (uncredited still photographer)
July 24, 1936 - 20th-Fox - 72 min. - Shirley Temple feature

©July 24, 1936.


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.


1947

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (uncredited still photographer)
Jan. 4, 1947 - 20th-Fox - 85 min. - Technicolor - Betty Grable feature

©Dec. 31, 1946.


1948

Yellow Sky (uncredited still photographer)
Dec. 1948 - 20th-Fox - 10 reels - Gregory Peck feature

New York premiere: Feb. 1, 1949. ©Dec. 21, 1948.


1950

Love That Brute (uncredited still photographer)
June 6, 1950 - 20th-Fox - 9 reels

New York premiere: May 26, 1950. ©May 26, 1950.


1952

What Price Glory? (uncredited still photographer)
prem. Aug. 22, 1952 - 20th-Fox - 111 min. - Technicolor - James Cagney feature

©Aug. 15, 1952.


1953

The last reference I've found (so far) regarding Kornman at Fox is from this year. Within the 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.


1955

The Man With The Golden Arm (uncredited still photographer)
prem. Dec. 14, 1955 - Carlyle/UA - 121 min. - Frank Sinatra feature

©Dec. 15, 1955.


1959

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


©Oct. 25, 2007, by Robert Demoss.
2008 updates: 1/7. 1/19, 2/21, 3/18, 7/6, 7/12, 7/23, 8/8.


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