Edwin B. DuPar

Edwin B. DuPar was an American cinematographer, special effects technician, and film director who worked on hundreds of projects during his lengthy career in Hollywood, beginning in the early 1920s.[1][2][3]

Edwin B. DuPar
Edwin Balch DuPar

November 24, 1885
Plum Creek, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedJune 4, 1961
Spouse(s)Helen Monehan (m. 1923)


Edwin was born in Plum, Creek, Nebraska, to Francis DuPar and Luella Scarff. The family soon relocated to Salida, Colorado, where Francis DuPar was elected mayor, before settling permanently in Monrovia, California.[4][5] As a young man, Edwin forged a career in vaudeville in Chicago.[6][7]

At the dawn of the sound era, he was the chief Vitaphone cameraman in Hollywood, and he was the person who is credited with devising the means for synchronizing action and sound.[8][9][10] He relocated from Hollywood to Brooklyn in the late 1920s, returning to Burbank in 1935.[11] At Warner Brothers, he helped pioneer Warnercolor.[12] He was an early member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

Selected filmography


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  5. "Welcome Mat Out". Battle Creek Enquirer. 19 Dec 1954. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  6. "The City in Brief". Monrovia Daily News. 21 Aug 1911. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  7. "Entertainment". Monrovia Daily News. 12 Nov 1914. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  8. "The City in Brief". The Monrovia Daily News. 2 Jul 1923. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  9. "Monrovian Credited in Big Task". Monrovia Daily News. 15 Nov 1926. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  10. Fleeger, Jennifer (2014). Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-936649-1.
  11. "Edwin B. DuPar Family Returned to Coast Studio". Monrovia News-Post. 16 Mar 1935. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  12. "Veteran Cameraman 33 Years in Studio". The Los Angeles Times. 22 Jun 1952. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
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