Alfred Gilks
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Gilks (center) on the set of the 1922 film Beyond the Rocks with (left to right) novelist Elinor Glyn, director Sam Wood, and cameraman Osmond Borradaile
Born(1891-12-29)December 29, 1891
Los Angeles, California, USA
DiedSeptember 6, 1970(1970-09-06) (aged 78)
Hollywood, California, USA
Years active1920–1958

Alfred Gilks (29 December 1891 – 6 September 1970), sometimes credited as Alf Gilks, was an American cinematographer from 1920 through to 1956.


Gilks worked on many silent films in the 1920s, such as Red Hair (1928) with Clara Bow and the historical epic Old Ironsides (1926) starring Esther Ralston. In the latter film, he used some of the first motorized camera equipment on a production.

He also worked on well-known sound films such as Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), several of the Dr. Kildare movies, and his Oscar-winning work on An American in Paris (1951). His last credit was for second unit photography on John Ford's seminal The Searchers (1956).[1]

Selected filmography