Deluge, Happy Anniversary? Well, Almost. Inundating Movie Mayhem!

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Once considered lost, but eventually found; don’t get all excited and think that because Deluge survives as a dubbed Italian version, that you can hop online and order a DVD at your leisure. No, it will take some time and most probably $200.00 to get your copy (most likely VHS); now, on to the movie…

While August 18, 1933, is our modern perspective of the official release date of Deluge, a March, 1934 issue of Variety, had the premier date as September 16, 1933,[1] which agrees with newspaper ads that began to show up in the middle to the last days of September, that is when theater-goers first saw New York destroyed and other world-wide bedlem, but the majority of audiences did not get a glimpse of this total destruction ‘when worlds collide’ until October; late October saw a more widespread release of this granddaddy of the modern ‘ending of society as we know it’ flick. Deluge was years ahead of all other world-wide cataclysmic disaster movies; many of these catastrophic films were decades behind this story told in 1933.

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The budget for the miniature sequences was as much as the average picture budget; Ned Mann was given unprecedented control over the special effects, with the authority to spend money where and when he thought it absolutely necessary. The producers did not interfere with Mann, with regards to finances, during the project; that is not to say that producing-trio, Samuel Bischoff, Burt Kelly and William Saal, did not give suggestions, but Mann was allowed to work out any of these ideas from B. K. S. without restriction.[2]

Deluge Miniature International Photographer August 1933

 

Working with Cinematographers Norbert Brodine and William B. Williams, was Harry Davis as operative cameraman, the assistant cameramen were Johnny Eckart (Eckhard, Echert) (uncredited and unlisted), Bert Eason and Carl E. Guthrie. Roman Freulick (uncredited and unlisted) did the stills; film editors, Rose Loewinger and Martin Jackson, the assistant film-editor was Stanley Kolbert (uncredited and unlisted).[3]

F. U. Herbert (uncredited and unlisted) also helped John F. Goodrich and Warren Duff with the adaptation of the novel for the screen.[4]

Eddie Tiffany (uncredited and unlisted) head of the K. B. S. Studio camera department was absolutely necessary to the project, as he adjusted the movement of the cameras to operate at ten times normal speed. Norbert Brodine supervised the dramatic action and sequences of Deluge.[5]

The score for Deluge was composed by Val Burton (uncredited) and Will Jason (uncredited and unlisted).[6]

The following is a more complete roll of the cameramen and technical assistants who worked on Deluge; the majority of the following names on these two lists are not included in the Internet Movie Data Base catalog record or any other modern index of those who were employed for this ‘end of the world’ picture.[7]

 

Second Cameramen:

Jeff Gibbons

Vic Schueurich

Carl Wester

Art Reed

Ernie Smith

Ernie Crockett

Harry Parsons

Reggie Lyons

Pierre Moles

Harry Davis

Fred Kaifer

 

Assistants:

Carle Guthrie

Leo Hughes

Rod Tolmie

John Echert

Bob Bessette

Bob Gough

Leo Ward

Dave Smith

 

 

By C. S. Williams

 

[1] Variety (New York, New York) March 6, 1934 (I believe this was a misprint, and should have read “September 15,”

Because, Deluge was seen in Sheldon, Iowa, on Friday, September 15, 1933 (Boyden Reporter, Boyden, Iowa,

September 14, 1933

[2] International Photographer, August, 1933

[3] International Photographer, June, July, 1933

[4] Hollywood Filmograph, April 1, 1933

[5] International Photographer, August, 1933

[6] Film Daily, May 1, 1933

[7] International Photographer, August, 1933

Daily, May 1, 1933

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