Kong Production crew photo ID needed!

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Kong Production crew photo ID needed!

WilPenn65
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June 24th, 2018, 7:36 am #1

This is my first post on my first day with this board. King Kong (1933) is my favorite film, and I have collected many stills from the movie. I am hoping someone can help me identify the men in this photo. I had one Kong researcher tell me that this photo was taken for a camera ad - although I have never seen the original ad. The man in front, far right, is Willis O'Brien (I think), and the man standing right behind him is Mario Larrinaga. The man in the center may be J.O. Taylor, and the man next to him (kneeling, far left) sort of looks like Murray Spivack, but I have never before seen a photo of him with glasses. Next to Mario Larrinaga is a man who may be Linwood Dunn, and then next to him is possibly either Mario's brother, Juan, or one of the Delgado brothers. The man standing, far left, is a mystery. Anyone have any thoughts on this?? Thanks!!  9 Kong production crew.jpg
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HalLane
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June 24th, 2018, 12:14 pm #2

WilPenn65 wrote: This is my first post on my first day with this board. King Kong (1933) is my favorite film ...
Join the club! And welcome aboard, Will.

About your question, my first response, without even looking at the picture, would be Orville Goldner. Didn't he use a Leica camera to take all those swell photos seen in THE MAKING OF KING KONG?

Here's a photo of Goldner in later years (posted on the fly from my phone):

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Looks a bit like him, perhaps. Maybe one of the other guys'll weigh in. Right or wrong, hope this helps.
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rvoyttbots
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June 24th, 2018, 3:01 pm #3

9 Kong production crew.jpg An interesting group photo taken on the effects stage of KONG for a Leica camera advertisement.  Top row (L to R) Clarence Slifer, Carroll Shepphird, Eddie Linden & Mario Larrinaga.  Bottom row (L to R) Bert Willis, Felix Schoedsack and Willis O'Brien

http://nzpetesmatteshot.blogspot.com/2013/07/
  
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Wich2
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June 24th, 2018, 3:12 pm #4

Welcome, Will!

Browse around the non-Kong threads, too.

Best,
- Craig
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HalLane
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June 24th, 2018, 3:13 pm #5

Well, I got the Leica part right. Thanx, rv .😜
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Wich2
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June 24th, 2018, 8:29 pm #6



(Laika.)
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HalLane
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June 24th, 2018, 8:54 pm #7

"Skipper, what's the word for friendly camera?"

"Bala-Leica".
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WilPenn65
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July 10th, 2018, 6:18 pm #8

I contacted the author of the website that identified the visual effects crew, but unfortunately, he could not remember the source of the information for the caption. I have attached a couple of photos of Clarence Slifer, which I think we could agree is certainly the same as identified in the photo. In the second photo, he is the one on the right, shown with Harold Grigg.

sliferteam1.jpg Harold Grigg and Clarence Slifer.jpg

I could not find any other photos of Carroll Shepphird or Bert Willis. Clearly Mario Larrinaga is correctly identified, and it makes sense that Willis O'Brien would be in the photo. As for the man identified as Felix Schoedsack?? Felix was Ernest's (Monty) brother, but I have not been able to find any other photos of him. Below are two production photos, in which the mustachioed man was identified to me as J.O. Taylor, by the person from whom I purchased the stills. Anyone know anything about Taylor or these two photos?? If the man in these two photos really is J.O. Taylor, I tend to think it is the same person as in the group photo I am trying to identify (or confirm the identities, as is now the case).

JO Taylor with King Kong extra.jpg Film crew of King Kong.jpg
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WilPenn65
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July 10th, 2018, 6:21 pm #9

I almost forgot... I found this from the March 1933 issue of International Photographer, which I think confirms the identity of Eddie Linden.
From Intl Photographer March 1933.jpg
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rvoyttbots
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July 11th, 2018, 3:18 am #10

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Ernest. "Felix" bears a striking resemblance to Ernest. 
  
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rvoyttbots
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July 11th, 2018, 3:27 am #11

Mistake.
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WilPenn65
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July 11th, 2018, 6:07 am #12

I may be mistaken, but I think the photo posted as Carroll Shepphird, is actually matte painter Matthew Yuricich. Can anyone else verify this?
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rvoyttbots
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July 11th, 2018, 1:05 pm #13

You are right. Site I found photo on had it mislabeled. Deleted.
  
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rvoyttbots
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Yesterday, 1:52 pm #14

magicimage-to-release-a-king-kong-volum ... -s160.html

Check out the link for info on JO Taylor, post #165 to the bottom.
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rvoyttbots
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Yesterday, 2:20 pm #15

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This is a confirmed photo of JO Taylor so definitely not the same as the man identified as Felix Schoedsack or misidentified as JO Taylor.
  
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WilPenn65
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Yesterday, 5:13 pm #16

Thanks so much for sharing this artifact from 1930. So, I think it is safe to say at this point that the man in the group photo and the man in the behind the scenes photos are the same man, and that man IS NOT J. O. Taylor. Even though the website author couldn't remember the source of the photo caption information, it looks to be correct. And obviously, the scenes I purchased were misidentified to me (it happens).Thanks again for helping with this mystery ..I am so glad I found this board!!
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