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us: Ries, Irving G., 1890-1963


  • [Silent-era cinematographer who went on to do special effects. Cinematographer for Laurel and Hardy's first film together, The lucky dog, in 1921. According to the article "The Kaiser and the cameraman: W.H. Durborough on the Eastern Front, 1915" by C. Graham, while Ries was in Germany filming for the 1915 film, On the firing line with the Germans, his passport was copied and given to a German agent. The false Ries was arrested, convicted and executed in England on October 27, 1915. Upon Ries's return from Germany, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation, which was eventually dropped. Ries was nominated for an Oscar for special effects for the 1956 film, Forbidden planet. Paul, Park, Ray and Irving founded the company, Ries Tripod] http://www.riestripod.com.

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    • us: Ries, Irving, 1890-1963
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    • found: Fast and fearless [MP] 1924 (name not given)
    • found: AFI cat.: feature films 1921-1930, 1971: p. 231 (photography, Irving Ries)
    • found: Variety obituaries, 1988: v. 5, 8/28/62 (Irving G. Ries; d. Aug. 20, 1963 in Hollywood, CA; head special effects, M-G-M)
    • found: IMDb, Mar. 2, 2006 (Irving G. Ries; b. Jan. 15, 1890, Akron, Ohio; d. Aug. 20, 1963, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.; sometimes credited as Irving Ries)
    • found: U.S. World War I draft registration cards 1917-1918, viewed January 12, 2015 via Ancestry.com (Irving Guy Ries; born January 15, 1890, Akron, Ohio)
    • found: Journal (Photographic Historical Society of New England), viewed online March 6, 2015 via Magcloud WWW site p. 14-33 (The Ries Brothers and their place in Hollywood history; one of five brothers (Irving, Ray, Park, Paul and Frank) active in early motion picture industry)
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    • [Silent-era cinematographer who went on to do special effects. Cinematographer for Laurel and Hardy's first film together, The lucky dog, in 1921. According to the article "The Kaiser and the cameraman: W.H. Durborough on the Eastern Front, 1915" by C. Graham, while Ries was in Germany filming for the 1915 film, On the firing line with the Germans, his passport was copied and given to a German agent. The false Ries was arrested, convicted and executed in England on October 27, 1915. Upon Ries's return from Germany, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation, which was eventually dropped. Ries was nominated for an Oscar for special effects for the 1956 film, Forbidden planet. Paul, Park, Ray and Irving founded the company, Ries Tripod] http://www.riestripod.com.
  • Editorial Notes

    • [Do not confuse with director Irving Reis, 1906-1953, or with Irving G. Ries, -1915.]
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    • 1993-09-08: new
    • 2015-03-06: revised
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