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Schoedsack, Ernest B., 1893-1979



  • Existence: 1893-1979

Ernest B. Schoedsack (June 8, 1893–December 23, 1979) was an American film director, producer, and cinematographer.

Schoedsack became a cameraman in 1914 and continued working as a cameraman throughout World War I, during which he also worked with the American Red Cross to liberate refugees. He began collaborating with Merian C. Cooper in 1925 on the documentary Grass and then on Chang two years later. Their best-known joint-venture was the 1933 acclaimed film King Kong. He actively worked on producing, directing and shooting films from 1924-1952.


Ernest B. Schoedsack. Wikipedia. Accessed 21 March 2017. (b. 1893, d. 1979. Cameraman in 1914 and shot footage and helped refugees in WWI. Collaborated with Merian C. Cooper starting in 1925, on documentaries Grass and then Chang. Worked on films from 1924-1952.)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper correspondence and interview

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2024
Scope and Contents Includes photocopies of correspondence between Behlmer, Merian C. Cooper, and others. Also includes recording and transcript of interview recorded by Behlmer with Cooper in 1965 concerning Cooper's service in World War I and the Russo-Polish War (1919-1920); and his films with Ernest B. Schoedsack: "Grass" and "Chang." Some correspondence relates to David O. Selznick and the film, "King Kong."

Merian C. Cooper photographs from Chang, 1925-1926

Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Photographs of Cooper and Schoedsack en route to and on location in Siam (Thailand). Includes images of the cast, house, and wildlife, dating from 1925 to 1926.

Merian C. Cooper photographs from Grass, 1923-1925

Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Photographs of Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison on the trail with the Bakhtiari, a river crossing, and Zardeh Kuh. Also includes a photostat of certification of trip. Materials date from between 1923 and 1925.

Merian C. Cooper photographs from The Four Feathers, 1928

Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series C Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Photographs of Cooper and Schoedsack on location. Also includes publicity skills and images of native soldiers and village life. Photographs taken in approximately 1928.

Ernest B. Schoedsack sound recordings

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5792
Scope and Contents Collection includes two compact discs with sound recordings made by Ernest B. Schoedsack during the 1960s. Includes a recorded letter to a Mr. Turner in Texas, and a narration of the wreck of the schooner Wisdom II.

Mark Cotta Vaz papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8036
Scope and Contents Collection contains research, notes, and drafts of Mark Cotta Vaz's biography of Merian C. Cooper, "Living Dangerously". There are also proof copies of the book, two paperback editions of "King Kong," and an audiobook of "Living Dangerously". Items were collected and/or created from approximately 2003-2010.