Len Powers


name: Leonard S. Powers
born Dec. 12, 1894, in Rodney, IA
died Jan. 25, 1965, in Hollywood, CA, of a heart attack


The non-Roach information in this filmography comes mostly from the Internet Movie Database, but I was also able to find a few details in the 1920 Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual. The Roach info derives from various publications, Rob Stone's lists, the studio datebooks and payroll summaries, and the films themselves. Powers' Our Gang involvement was sparse, with only three official credits, four unofficial credits, plus the probability of additional involvement during the first year. Powers apparently entered the film industry as a cameraman for the Reliance company.


1916

By the beginning of 1916, Powers was employed as a cameraman at the Fox studio, an arrangement that appears to have lasted for a year or two.

Blue Blood And Red (co-photographer)
Apr. 2, 1916 - Fox - 5 reels
Credited as Leonard S. Powers. ©Apr. 16, 1916.

1917

It appears that Powers left Fox sometime during 1917 and went through a period of freelancing until 1922.

The Honor System (co-photographer)
Feb. 12, 1917 - Fox - 10 reels
Premiered Feb. 6, 1917. ©Dec. 4, 1916.

1918

During this year, Powers took a job at the Sennett studio. Annette D'Agostino Lloyd's The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia lists Powers among the cast of the Lloyd short "On The Jump." It's probable that she meant Lew Powers, who sometimes turned up in the Lloyd series during this period.

Headin' South (co-photographer)
Feb. 25, 1918 - Fairbanks/Artcraft - 5 reels - Douglas Fairbanks feature
©Feb. 22, 1918.
Beware Of Boarders (uncredited co-photographer)
Oct. 6, 1918 - Keystone/Paramount - 2 reels - Ford Sterling series
©Sep. 30, 1918.

1919

During this period, Powers worked for Fox.

Virtuous Husbands (photographer)
1919 - Fox - 2 reels
©May 25, 1919.
The Yellow Dog-Catcher (photographer)
1919 - Fox - 2 reels
©Aug. 19, 1919.
Back To Nature Girls (photographer)
1919 - Fox - 2 reels - Bartine Burkett series
©Dec. 7, 1919.

1920

The Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual of 1920 reveals Powers to be the regular cameraman on the Hank Mann series during this period.

Broken Bubbles (photographer)
Mar. 1920 - Arrow - 2 reels - Hank Mann series

1921

A Knight Of The West (photographer)
Nov. 5, 1921 - 5 reels - WBM/COD Blanchfield

1922

Powers was put on the Roach payroll on Apr. 19th of this year. The earliest credits I've found for him are "The Big Show" (no. 7) and "The Champeen!" (no. 9). These two films are the only Our Gang films from these earliest months with known photography credits. However, the weekly payroll summaries of the Roach studio verify Powers' status as the Our Gang photographer from the beginning of August 1922 to mid-January 1923. Prior to August, there are no names mentioned in the summaries at all, so Powers had probably already been with the series. If his earliest involvement with Roach was as an Our Gang cameraman, then "Young Sherlocks" (no. 3) would have been his earliest film in the series.


1923

Powers' last week as the Our Gang cameraman ended on Jan. 13th, after which Harry Gerstad took over the post. At this point, Powers became the director of the Dippy Doo Dads series.

9. The Champeen! (photographer)
Jan. 28, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August/September 1922. ©Dec. 16, 1922.
8. The Cobbler (photographer)
Feb. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August, and perhaps September, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923. This credit is based on Powers' payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
7. The Big Show! (photographer)
Feb. 25, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 28 to Aug. 15, 1922, with added scenes Sep. 11 to 16, and Sep. 20 to 28, 1922, and retakes Jan. 10 to 11, 1923. ©Feb. 26, 1923. Powers is listed as the Our Gang cameraman in the weekly payroll summaries starting the week ending Aug. 5th, and ending the week ending Jan. 13th, which covers all but the first two days of shooting for this film. Camera magazine corroborates his involvement for the week starting Jan. 8th.
11. A Pleasant Journey (co-photographer)
Mar. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-11 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Mar. 25, 1923. Filmed Oct. 22 to 27, and Nov. 2 to 16, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923. This credit is based on Powers' payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period. Harry Gerstad is known to have shot incidental scenes for this film, without the main cast or crew.
10. Boys To Board (photographer)
Apr. 8, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-10 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 2 to Nov. 2, 1922. ©Mar. 30, 1923. This credit is based on Powers' payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
12. Giants Vs. Yanks (co-photographer)
May 13, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-12 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 1922, and Feb. 15, 1923. ©Apr. 27, 1923. This credit is based on Powers' payroll status as the Our Gang camerman up until the week ending Jan. 13th. The cameraman on the February date was probably Harry Gerstad.
Don't Flirt (director)
May 20, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-84 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Filmed Jan. 13 to Feb. 1, 1923. ©Apr. 27, 1923. Also listed as CA-84.
13. Back Stage (photographer)
June 3, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 15, 1922, to Jan. 9, 1923. ©June 6, 1923. This credit is based on Powers' payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period, as well as a credit in Camera magazine for the week starting Jan. 8th.
The Watch Dog (director)
June 10, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-88 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Filmed Feb. 10 to 24, 1923. ©June 6, 1923. Also listed as CA-88.
14. Dogs Of War! (co-photographer)
July 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-14 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1923. Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 10, 1923, with retakes Feb. 20 to 23, and Apr. 11, 1923. ©July 19, 1923. This credit is based on Powers' status as the Our Gang cameraman up until the week ending Jan. 13th, which means he may have worked on this short on the first two shooting dates. After that, Harry Gerstad became the cameraman and received sole credit. Camera magazine indicates that Powers was the cameraman during the weeks starting Jan. 8th and 15th.
Be Honest (co-director)
Aug. 19, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-94 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Premiered Aug. 5, 1923. Filmed Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, Mar. 15 to Apr. 2, 1923, with retakes Apr. 7, Apr. 9, Apr. 16, 1923, and added scenes May 14, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923. Also listed as AC-94. Powers directed the retakes, but appears to have taken sole credit.
undetermined title (director)
possibly unreleased - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-105 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Filmed Apr. 10 to 30, 1923, with added scenes May 3, 5, 7 to 9, 1923. Also listed as AC-105.
Stepping Out (director)
Sep. 30, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-110 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Filmed May 15 to June 2, 1923. ©Aug. 11, 1923.
Winner Take All (co-director)
Oct. 21, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-42 - Paul Parrott series
Filmed Mar. 15 to 24, 1922, with retakes Mar. 10, and June 12, 1923. ©Nov. 23, 1923. Powers directed on Mar. 10th.
The Knockout (director)
Oct. 28, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-20 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
This was probably originally prod. C-113, which was filmed June 7 to 29, 1923, with retakes July 24, 1923. ©Sep. 24, 1923. Also listed as AC-113.
Dear Old Pal (director)
Nov. 11, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-24 - Snub Pollard series
Also credited as a Paul Parrott film. This is apparently the film that originally carried the production number C-118, which was filmed July 28 to Aug. 13, 1923, or perhaps Aug. 2 to 25, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.
Go West (director)
Nov. 25, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-23 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Also listed for 1925. This was probably originally prod. C-116, which was filmed July 5 to 21, 1923. ©Nov. 23, 1923.
Lovey-Dovey (director)
Dec. 23, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-25 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
This may have originally been prod. C-117, which was filmed July 23 to 28, 1923. ©Dec. 14, 1923.

1924

The Dippy Doo Dads series came to an end at the beginning of January. At this point, Powers went back to being a cameraman, concentrating mainly on the Charley Chase series.

unspecified release (director)
early 1924 - Roach/Pathé - prod. M-1 - Fite series
Filmed Dec. 15 to 21, 1923.
The Bar-Fly (director)
Jan. 20, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-30 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Premiered Dec. 31, 1923. This was probably originally prod. C-124, which was filmed Sep. 4 to 14, 1923. ©Jan. 9, 1924. Also listed as AC-124.
The Man Pays (director)
Feb. 17, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-34 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
This was probably originally prod. C-128, which was filmed Sep. 24 to Oct. 9, 1923. ©Jan. 9, 1924. Also listed as AC-128.
Love's Reward (director)
Mar. 9, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-38 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Also listed for Mar. 16, 1924. This was probably originally prod. C-132, which was filmed Oct. 13 to 22, 1923. ©Feb. 20, 1924.
Our Little Nell (director)
Apr. 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-41 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 1923. ©Apr. 18, 1924. Originally prod. C-135.
North Of 50-50 (director)
May 11, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-43 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Filmed Nov. 13 to Dec. 4, 1923, and Jan. 4, 1924. ©May 12, 1924. Originally prod. C-137.
Up And At 'Em aka Handle 'Em Rough (presumed director)
June 8, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-46 - The Dippy Doo Dads series
Also listed for June 3, 1924. Filmed Dec. 6 to 18, 1923. Also known as Handle 'Em Rough, which is listed separately by Richard Lewis Ward as a Jan. 6, 1924, release. ©May 28, 1924. The daily datebooks indicate that somebody named Currigan directed this film. IMDb credits Powers.
Stolen Goods (photographer)
June 29, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-54 - Charley Chase series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Feb. 25 to 28, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
Jeffries Jnr. (photographer)
July 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-58 - Charley Chase series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Mar. 24 to 29, with retakes Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, and Apr. 29, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Mar. 24 to Apr. 1, 1924, with retakes Apr. 29, 1924. ©May 29, 1924.
Sittin' Pretty (photographer)
Sep. 28, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-70 - Charley Chase series
Filmed July 9 to 12, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924.
All Wet (photographer)
Nov. 23, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-73 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Sep. 10 to 15, 1924. ©Dec. 11, 1924.

1925

With his previous experience with the Dippy Doo Dads, Powers was often called upon to direct scenes involving miniatures, but otherwise usually stuck with cinematography. Powers' involvement in the Charley Chase series seems to have largely come to an end in May, after which he was assigned to various other units as needed, sometimes as a cameraman, sometimes as a director. Briefly in July, he directed Our Gang in collaboration with Robert McGowan. The datebook for July 16th notes a 'test of blimp. by Powers.' He was also the one to shoot the opening Pathé rooster footage, which he did on July 31st and Aug. 1st, essentially giving him a roundabout involvement with most of the remaining Roach/Pathé releases.

Hello Baby (photographer)
Jan. 18, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-77 - Charley Chase series
Premiered Jan. 11, 1925. Filmed Oct. 22 to 23, 1924, with retakes Nov. 25, 1924. ©Dec. 26, 1924.
Fighting Fluid (photographer)
Feb. 1, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-78 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 1924. ©Dec. 26, 1924.
Should Husbands Be Watched? (photographer)
Mar. 15, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-80 - Charley Chase series
Also listed for Mar. 14, 1925. Filmed Nov. 19 to 22, 1924, with added scenes Dec. 5, 1924. ©Feb. 13, 1925. Also listed as M-2.
Is Marriage The Bunk? (photographer)
Mar. 29, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-82 - Charley Chase series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed entirely on Dec. 11, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Dec. 11 to 16, 1924. ©Feb. 13, 1925.
Big Red Riding Hood (photographer)
Apr. 26, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-66 - Charley Chase series
Filmed May 16 to 24, 1924, with retakes May 26 to 27, 1924. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
Looking For Sally (photographer)
May 10, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-15 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Feb. 11 to 21, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
Isn't Life Terrible? (co-photographer)
July 5, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-17 - Charley Chase series
Premiered June 17, 1925. Filmed Apr. 6 to 16, 1925. Copyrighted May 29, 1925. ©May 29, 1925.
Innocent Husbands (photographer)
Aug. 2, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-18 - Charley Chase series
Filmed May 4 to 14, and May 18 to 22, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925.
44. Your Own Back Yard (uncredited co-director)
Sep. 27, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-2 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 30 to July 16, and July 20 to 29, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925. According to Rob Stone's list, Powers co-directed with Robert McGowan July 10th to 13th.
There Goes The Bride (co-director)
Oct. 25, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-4 - All Star series
Filmed June 18 to July 9, and miniatures shot on July 14, 18, 20, 21, 24, and 29, 1925. ©Sep. 28, 1925. Powers co-directed with James Horne on June 18th, and solely directed the miniatures footage.
The Uneasy Three (photographer/co-director)
Nov. 15, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-2 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Aug. 5 to 15, 1925, with miniatures filmed Aug. 12 to 15, 1925. ©Nov. 6, 1925. Powers directed the miniatures sequence.
Papa, Be Good! (co-director)
Nov. 22, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. G-12 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed May 21 to June 9, 1925, with retakes June 23, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925. Powers co-directed with Fred Guiol on June 2 to 4, and June 8, and directed on his own on the 9th.
Laughing Ladies (co-director)
Nov. 29, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-5 - All Star series
According to Rob Stone's notes, this was filmed July 21 to Aug. 4, 1925, and miniatures on Aug. 12 and 15, 1925. According to his book, Laurel Or Hardy, it was filmed June 21 to 31, Aug. 1 to 4, and Aug. 13 and 15, 1925. ©Nov. 6, 1925. Featuring Lucien Littlefield, Katherine Grant and Gertrude Astor. Powers directed the miniatures footage.
Starvation Blues (photographer)
Dec. 13, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-5 - Clyde Cook series
Filmed Sep. 14 to 29, 1925. ©Dec. 30, 1925.
Flaming Flappers (co-director)
Dec. 27, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-1 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed June 29 to July 17, 1925, with miniatures on Aug. 12, 1925. ©Dec. 30, 1925. Powers directed the miniatures.

1926

Powers' duties as a director largely evaporated during this year. IMDb indicates that he started writing for the Sennett studio at this time in addition to his work for Roach. In December, he returned to the Our Gang unit, but only for a few days.

Your Husband's Past (photographer)
Feb. 7, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-6 - All Star series
Filmed Oct. 5 to 17, 1925. ©Feb. 6, 1926.
Wandering Papas (co-photographer/uncredited co-director)
Feb. 21, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-4 - Clyde Cook series
Also listed as Dec. 13, 1925. Filmed July 13 to Aug. 1, 1925, with retakes Sep. 5, 1925, and miniatures July 17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 29, 30, Aug. 1 to 5, 13, and 14, 1925. In his book, Rob Stone revises the final date to Aug. 15th. ©Feb. 6, 1926. Title of UK abridged version: Enough To Do. Powers directed the miniatures.
Wife Tamers (co-photographer)
Mar. 28, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-8 - Clyde Cook series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Dec. 2 to 10, 1925 with added scenes Jan. 4 and 6, 1926. In his book, he revises it to Dec. 2 to 9, 1925, without mentioning added scenes. ©Mar. 15, 1926. Powers received sole credit.
Ukulele Sheiks (photographer)
Apr. 11, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-5 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed Dec. 23, 1925, to Jan. 13, 1926. ©Mar. 15, 1926.
Madame Mystery (uncredited co-photographer)
Apr. 18, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - All Star series with Theda Bara
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Dec. 1 to 24, 1925, but according to his book, filming began on the 10th. ©Mar. 15, 1926. Foreign version released in 5 reels.
Say It With Babies (co-photographer)
May 16, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-6 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed Jan. 21 to Feb. 16, 1926, with retakes Feb. 21, 1926. ©May 17, 1926. Powers received sole credit as photographer.
Don Key (Son Of Burro) (co-photographer)
May 23, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-1 - All Star series
Filmed Mar. 2 to 19, 1925, with retakes Sep. 21 to Oct. 5, and Dec. 28 to 30, 1925. ©Mar. 15, 1926. Originally prod. F-25.
He Forgot To Remember (co-director)
June 6, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-1 - Clyde Cook series
Filmed Mar. 27 to Apr. 19, 1925, with retakes May 25 to 29, 1925, and Jan. 28 to 29, 1926. ©May 26, 1926. Powers directed on May 29th.
The Cow's Kimono (uncredited co-photographer)
June 20, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-7 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed Mar. 2 to 19, 1926, with added scenes Apr. 5 and 18, 1926. ©July 26, 1926. Powers photographed on Apr. 10th.
Never Too Old (co-photographer)
June 27, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-9 - All Star series with Claude Gillingwater.
Filmed Jan. 11 to 27, 1926. ©Apr. 28, 1926.
Mighty Like A Moose (photographer)
July 18, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-9 - Charley Chase series
Premiered June 21, 1926. Filmed Mar. 20 to Apr. 2, 1926. ©May 26, 1926. Added to the National Film Registry on Dec. 27, 2007.
Along Came Auntie (uncredited co-photographer)
July 25, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-8 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed Apr. 9 to 24, 1926. ©July 26, 1926.
The Merry Widower (photographer)
Aug. 1, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-10 - All Star series with Ethel Clayton
Filmed Feb. 19 to Mar. 9, 1926. ©July 26, 1926. Originally written as prod. C-9 with Clyde Cook in the lead, but as of Feb. 18th, it became an All Star comedy.
Crazy Like A Fox (photographer)
Aug. 22, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-10 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Apr. 14 to 22, 1926, with retakes May 28 to June 1, 1926. This is according to Rob Stone's list. His book states that the retakes were all done on the 28th. ©July 26, 1926.
Bromo And Juliet (photographer)
Sep. 19, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-11 - Charley Chase series
Filmed May 11 to 25, 1926, with added scenes June 8, 1926. ©July 26, 1926.
Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes (uncredited co-photographer)
Oct. 3, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-12 - All Star series
Filmed May 14 to June 2, 1926, with added scenes June 7, 1926. ©Sep. 17, 1926.
Get 'Em Young (co-director)
Oct. 31, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-13 - All Star series with Harry Myers
Filmed June 19 to July 2, 1926, and miniatures on Aug. 5, 1926. ©Oct. 26, 1926. Powers directed the miniatures footage.
Be Your Age (photographer)
Nov. 14, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-13 - Charley Chase series
According to Rob Stone, this was filmed Aug. 13 to 24, 1926. According to Anthony & Edmonds, the filming lasted all the way to Sep. 24, 1936. Surely the year is an error. ©Oct. 26, 1926.
The Nickel Hopper (uncredited co-photographer)
Dec. 5, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. H-11 - Mabel Normand series
Also listed as prod. H-13. Filmed Aug. 19 to Sep. 3, 1926. ©Nov. 11, 1926. Powers photographed on Oct. 11th.
There Ain't No Santa Claus (photographer)
Dec. 12, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-15 - Charley Chase series
Also listed for Jan. 9, 1927. Filmed Sep. 27 to Oct. 7, 1926. ©Dec. 31, 1926.
A Blonde's Revenge (co-writer)
Dec. 19, 1926 - Sennett/Pathé - 2 reels - Ben Turpin series
Credited as Leonard Powers. ©Dec. 13, 1926.
45 Minutes From Hollywood (uncredited co-photographer)
Dec. 26, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - prod. H-3 - Glenn Tryon series
Also featuring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Theda Bara and Our Gang. Filmed Oct. 27 to Nov. 8, 1925, with added scenes Nov. 16, 1925, and retakes Mar. 27, and Apr. 5 and 6, 1926. ©Dec. 13, 1926. Powers photographed on Apr. 6th.

1927

In June, it appears that Powers went back to being Charley Chase's main cameraman, after two years of roving from one unit to another (including Chase's). His association with Sennett seems to have ended during this period.

Many Scrappy Returns (photographer)
Jan. 9, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-14 - Charley Chase series
Also listed for Dec. 12, 1926. Filmed Sep. 7 to 14, 1926. ©Nov. 11, 1926.
Should Men Walk Home? (uncredited co-photographer)
Jan. 30, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. H-15 - All Star series with Mabel Normand and Creighton Hale
Also listed as a two reeler, and also listed for Feb. 6, 1927. Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 11, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927.
Are Brunettes Safe? (co-photographer)
Feb. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-16 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 4, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927. Powers received sole credit.
Why Girls Say No (uncredited co-photographer)
Feb. 20, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-16 - All Star series with Marjorie Daw
Filmed Sep. 9 to 21, 1926, with retakes Sep. 25, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927. Also featuring Max Davidson. Powers co-photographed on the 20th.
A One Mama Man (co-photographer)
Mar. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-17 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Nov. 26, Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, and Dec. 29, 1926. ©Feb. 14, 1927. Powers received sole credit.
Honorable Mr. Buggs (uncredited co-photographer)
Mar. 27, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - prod. S-17 - All Star series with Matt Moore
Also listed for Apr. 24, 1927. Filmed Oct. 6 to 20, 1926. ©Jan. 17, 1927 as Hon. Mr. Buggs.
Forgotten Sweeties (uncredited co-photographer)
Apr. 3, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-18 - Charley Chase series
Also listed for Apr. 10, 1927. Filmed Dec. 20 to 29, 1926. ©Apr. 11, 1927.
59. Love My Dog (uncredited co-photographer)
Apr. 10, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-17 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Apr. 17, 1927. Filmed Dec. 21, 1926, to Jan. 4, 1927. ©Apr. 11, 1927. Powers shared photographic duties with William A. Collins, after which Art Lloyd took over beginning Dec. 27th.
Smith's Kindergarten (scenario)
May 1, 1927 - Sennett/Pathé - 2 reels - The Smith Family series
Credited as Leonard Powers. ©Jan. 17, 1927.
Jewish Prudence (co-photographer)
May 8, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-16 - Max Davidson series
Also listed as a 3 reel All Star film. Filmed Dec. 9 to 17, 1926. ©Apr. 11, 1927.
The Sting Of Stings (photographer)
Sep. 3, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-2 - Charley Chase series
Filmed June 3 to 13, 1927. ©Sep. 14, 1927. UK title: A Treat For The Boys.
The Lighter That Failed (photographer)
Oct. 1, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-1 - Charley Chase series
Filmed June 17 to 24, 1927. ©Oct. 12, 1927.
The Way Of All Pants (photographer)
Oct. 29, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-3 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Aug. 12 to 22, 1927. ©Oct. 17, 1927. UK title: The Way Of All Dress.
Us (photographer)
Nov. 26, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-4 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Sep. 6 to 21, 1927. ©Nov. 22, 1927.
Assistant Wives (photographer)
Dec. 4, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-23 - Charley Chase series
Also listed as Dec. 12, 1927. Filmed May 4 to 17, 1927. ©Sep. 2, 1927.
Fighting Fathers (photographer)
Dec. 10, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-4 - Max Davidson series
Filmed Aug. 24 to Sep. 2, 1927. ©Nov. 22, 1927.
Never The Dames Shall Meet (photographer)
Dec. 24, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-5 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Oct. 5 to 13, 1927. ©Dec. 24, 1927.

1928

In June, Powers went back to roving between units, depending on where he was needed.

The Family Group (photographer)
Feb. 18, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-8 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Dec. 12 to 23, 1927. ©Feb. 18, 1928.
Galloping Ghosts (photographer)
Mar. 11, 1928 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-9 - All Star series
Filmed June 1 to 14, 1926. ©July 22, 1927. Also listed as both a 1926 and a 1927 film, and as a Clyde Cook film, even though he wasn't in it. Two other films were also temporarily given the C-9 production number, one of which was a Cook film, but were reassigned as S-10 and S-11.
Aching Youth (photographer)
Mar. 17, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-9 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Jan. 9 to 23, 1928. ©Mar. 17, 1928.
From Soup To Nuts (photographer)
Mar. 24, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy
Filmed Dec. 27, 1927, to Jan. 5, 1928. ©Mar. 24, 1928. Previewed as Let George Do It.
Limousine Love (photographer)
Apr. 14, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-10 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Feb. 2 to 14, 1928. ©Apr. 14, 1928.
The Fight Pest (photographer)
May 12, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-11 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Feb. 28 to Mar. 8, 1928. ©May 12, 1928.
Is Everybody Happy? (photographer)
Sep. 29, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-13 - Charley Chase series
Also listed for Sep. 28, 1928. Filmed June 5 to 13, 1928, with retakes June 29, 1928. ©Sep. 29, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.
Early to Bed (uncredited co-photographer)
Oct. 6, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-12 - Laurel & Hardy series series
According to Rob Stone, this was filmed June 19 to 20, 1928, with retakes June 25 to 26, 1928. Randy Skretvedt instead gives the shooting dates for "Do Gentlemen Snore." ©Oct. 6, 1928.
The Boy Friend (photographer)
Nov. 10, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-13 - All Star series
Filmed June 18 to 25, 1928, with retakes June 27, 1928. ©Oct. 15, 1928. Featuring Edgar Kennedy, Marion Byron. Also listed as part of Max Davidson series.
The Booster (photographer)
Nov. 24, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-14 - Charley Chase series
Filmed July 9 to 14, 1928, with retakes Sep. 18, 1928. ©Nov. 24, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack. Apparently, the ASC extension appeared in Powers' credit, indicating his membership in the American Society of Cinematographers.
Habeas Corpus (co-photographer)
Dec. 1, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-14 - Laurel & Hardy series
Filmed July 16 to 21, and July 30 to 31, 1928. ©June 27, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack. Powers received sole photography credit.

1929

In December, Powers was back with the Our Gang unit, but only for one film, which wrapped in the first week of 1930.

Thin Twins (photographer)
Apr. 13, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-20 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Dec. 11 to 17, 1928. ©Mar. 11, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.
Unaccustomed As We Are (co-photographer)
May 4, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-23 - Laurel & Hardy series
Filmed Mar. 25 to 30, 1929, with retakes Apr. 1, 1929. ©Dec. 10, 1929.
Movie Night (photographer)
May 11, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. C-7 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, 1927, with retakes Dec. 18 to 22, 1928. ©Apr. 1, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.
The Big Squawk (photographer)
May 25, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. C-21 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Apr. 8 to 13, 1929. ©July 29, 1929.
Berth Marks (photographer)
June 1, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-24 - Laurel & Hardy series
Filmed Apr. 15 to 18, Apr. 22, and Apr. 24, 1929. ©Dec. 9, 1929. Also released as a silent film. Reissued in 1936 with new soundtrack music.
The Hoose-Gow (co-photographer)
Nov. 16, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-28 - Laurel & Hardy series
Filmed Aug. 30 to Sep. 10, 1929. ©Nov. 11, 1929.

1930

"Bear Shooters" was the third and final official Our Gang credit in Powers' filmography. It isn't clear why Powers' credits dried up the way they did over the next couple of years.

Whispering Whoopee (photographer)
Mar. 8, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-29 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Jan. 17 to 24, 1930.
98. Bear Shooters (photographer)
May 17, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-32 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 19, 1929, to Jan. 4, 1930, and Jan. 21, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish as Los cazadores de osos.
Girl Shock (photographer)
Aug. 23, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-32-E - Charley Chase series
Filmed May 5 to 19, 1930. ©Aug. 25, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish as Huye, Faldas!, which was prod. C-32-S. Released in La Habana, Cuba, on Oct. 6, 1930, and in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 3, 1930. Also filmed in French as Timide Malgré Lui, which was prod. C-32-F. Both foreign versions were filmed May 9 to 19, 1930. The Spanish version was two reels in length and the French version may have been as well.
Doctor's Orders (photographer)
Sep. 13, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-32 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Apr. 15 to May 2, May 11 and 12, and June 28, 1930. ©July 7, 1930. Also made as Spanish version entitled Lo ordeno el doctor, which used the English original with full-frame cut-in titles, but wasn't accepted by MGM for release in this format.

1931

On The Loose (photographer)
Dec. 26, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-4 - Thelma Todd & ZaSu Pitts series
Filmed Oct. 5 to 9, 1931. ©Feb. 15, 1932.

1932

The Tabasco Kid (photographer)
Jan. 30, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-5 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Oct. 26 to Nov. 5, 1931. ©Jan. 20, 1932.
Sealskins (photographer)
Feb. 6, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-5 - Thelma Todd & ZaSu Pitts series
Filmed Nov. 10 to 18, 1931. ©Jan. 20, 1932.
The Nickel Nurser (unconfirmed photographer)
Mar. 12, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-6 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, and Dec. 18, 1931. ©Feb. 17, 1932. More than likely, the photographer on this film was Art Lloyd.
The Music Box (co-photographer)
Apr. 16, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 3 reels - prod. L-6 - Laurel & Hardy series
Filmed Dec. 7 to 17, 1931. ©Mar. 14, 1932. Oscar winner for Best Comedy Short Subject. Added to the National Film Registry on Nov. 18, 1997. Powers received sole onscreen credit.
You're Telling Me (photographer)
Apr. 16, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-6 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Jan. 11 to 16, 1932. ©Apr. 18, 1932.
Strictly Unreliable (photographer)
Apr. 30, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-7 - Thelma Todd & ZaSu Pitts series
Filmed Feb. 22 to 29, 1932. ©Apr. 28, 1932.
Too Many Women (photographer)
May 14, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-7 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Feb. 1 to 6, and Mar. 1 to 8, 1932. ©Oct. 3, 1932.
First In War (photographer)
May 28, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-8 - Charley Chase series
Filmed Jan. 14 to 21, 1932. ©May 31, 1932.
Strange Innertube (photographer)
Sep. 17, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. T-3 - All Star series with The Taxi Boys
Filmed July 28 to Aug. 3, 1932. ©Oct. 6, 1932.

1933

Powers left the Roach studio early in the year, after which he found work at various other studios over the next decade and beyond.

The Cohens And Kellys In Trouble (photographer)
Apr. 15, 1933 - Universal - 68 min. - Cohens & Kellys feature
©Mar. 16, 1933.
Arabian Tights (photographer)
June 3, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-16 - Charley Chase series
©May 8, 1933.
Flirting In The Park (co-photographer)
Aug. 18, 1933 - RKO-Radio - 2 reels - The Blondes and The Redheads series
©Aug. 18, 1933.

1935

Valley Of Wanted Men (production manager)
Oct. 20, 1935 - Conn - 62 min.

1944

By this time, Powers' status as a cinematographer was reduced to that of a second camera operator. Because of this, his name would not have appeared in onscreen credits, which would explain why his filmography is so sparse for these later years.

Enter Arsene Lupin (uncredited second camera operator)
Nov. 24, 1944 - Universal - 72 min.
©Nov. 27, 1944.

1948

Early in the year, Powers turned up at Monogram, working on the Johnny Mack Brown westerns. By the end of the year, he was back to freelancing.

Triggerman (uncredited camera operator)
June 20, 1948 - Monogram - 56 min. - Johnny Mack Brown feature
©June 20, 1948.
Back Trail (uncredited camera operator)
July 18, 1948 - Great Western/Monogram - 57 min. - Johnny Mack Brown feature
©July 18, 1948.
The Fighting Ranger (uncredited camera operator)
Aug. 15, 1948 - Monogram - 57 min. - Johnny Mack Brown feature
©Aug. 15, 1948.
The Sheriff Of Medicine Bow (uncredited camera operator)
Oct. 3, 1948 - Monogram - 55 min. - Johnny Mack Brown feature
©Sep. 19, 1948.
Gunning For Justice (uncredited camera operator)
Nov. 7, 1948 - Monogram - 55 min. - Johnny Mack Brown feature
©Nov. 7, 1948.

1949

Stampede (uncredited camera operator)
May 1, 1949 - Allied Artists - 76 min.
©May 1, 1949.
Hollywood Burlesque (photographer)
Aug. 12, 1949 - Continental

1956

By this time, it appears that Powers had given up cinematography in favor of still photography, another field that doesn't result in onscreen credits.

Around The World In 80 Days (still photographer)
Oct. 17, 1956 - Todd/UA - 183 min.
©Oct. 17, 1956.

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (archival)
1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Champeen!" and "The Big Show."

1994

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King Of Laughter (archival)
Apr. 7, 1994 - RHI/Disney Channel - 49 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Knockout," "The Hoose-Gow," "Whispering Whoopee," "Bear Shooters," "On The Loose" and "You're Telling Me."
The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "The Champeen!" "Giants Vs. Yanks," "Dogs Of War!" "Innocent Husbands," and "Bear Shooters."

1998

Hal Roach: The Lot Of Fun (archival)
June 27, 1998 - Film Preservation Associates/Kino Lorber - 133 min. - video documentary
Released on "Slapstick Encyclopedia Vol. 6." Includes footage from "On The Loose" and "The Music Box."

2002

Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (appearance)
Feb. 5, 2002 - Jones/TCM - 89 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Music Box."

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© Robert Demoss.


My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing production numbers and shooting dates)
Matthew Lydick (for details about the "King Of Laughter," "Lot Of Fun" and "Added Attractions" documentaries and pointing out "Innocent Husbands" in "The Our Gang Story") and for the correct spelling of "Sealskins"


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