Monday, June 13, 2016

Gordon Parks on set of Ulmer’s St Benny the Dip

for LIFE Magazine, Lower Manhattan, May 1950

The photo directly above shows Dick Haymes, Nina Foch and Gordon Parks, who appears to be shooting this one with a long cable release.  Haymes is seen holding a medium format camera, possibly one belonging to Gordon Parks.   The last photo down shows the film’s director, Edgar Ulmer, scratching his head as a crowd watches the filming.  The other pictures, above and in between, depict the shooting of this little comedy on location near the mouth of the East River in a Lower Manhattan neighborhood that has since been largely cleared away and otherwise altered beyond recognition.  (Dip is forties street slang for pickpocket.)

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