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    Mitchell BNC #232 35mm Camera used by Orson Welles to film Touch of Evil. (ca. 1950s-60s) Mitchell BNC #232 was purchased from Mitchell Camera Company on July 12, 1957 to be used principally as a studio camera to photograph Revue's burgeoning camera department, which was soon coupled with Universal Studios in 1958. Eight days after its purchase, the first use of the camera was on Francis in the Haunted House, and then on Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind in December. In June it photographed Tammy and the Bachelor. It's most prestigious work on a Universal feature was Touch of Evil with Orson Welles. In the midst of this busy feature schedule, the camera was used to photograph the original introductions with Hitchcock on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, McHale's Navy, Thriller with Boris Karloff and Wagon Train with Ward Bond before his death, and the Jack Benny Show (which was photographed on Stage 1). In the early 70's Universal converted their cameras from rack-over to reflex. BNC #232 is one of the very first conversions because it incudes lens shrouds to make the camera quieter. New productions were beginning to film in real locations using zoom lenses. This made all cameras noisier requiring shrouds (blimps) for the lenses. This 23 x 13 x 24 in. camera includes a prime lens shroud. BNC #232 as a reflex camera was a heavily used camera working on the television series McCloud, Kojak, Columbo, Adam 12, Quincy M.E. and The A-Team. Includes a fully operational, silver McAlister motorized hydraulic camera dolly with additional hydraulic riser, used on numerous productions such as Planet of the Apes (1968). Also includes a Worrall geared head. Measuring approx. 31 x 32 in. Special shipping arrangements will apply. Camera comes with a letter of provenance from Roy H. Wagner, ASC.

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    May, 2014
    17th Saturday
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