Biography of Paul K. Lerpae (1900-1989)

Technical special effects us, born on April 7, 1900, and died on October 5, 1989. Despite being one of the most qualified specialists in their field of work, his name was relegated to a second discrete flat by the fact of having worked alongside one of the most important truquistas in the history of the cinema, Gordon Jennings, under whose orders intervened in several films of the director Cecil B. Mille (1881-1959), as Samson and Delilah (1949) and the inconquistables (1947). Thanks to the work carried out in the latter movie was awarded Lerpae with a Hollywood Oscar to the best special effects (1947).

Another of his most celebrated works by the public and critics was which was created, also under the supervision of Gordon Jennings, in the filming of the war of the worlds (1953), Byron Haski, where he was able to simulate, using highly innovative in its time, a terrible invasion of Earth by alien spacecraft. The spectacular attack of these flying saucers, as well as their powerful destructive power was designed by Lerpae; but their effectiveness would have been embodied in the film had not been by the brilliant work of two collaborators his, Chet Pate and Albert Nozaki, responsible for the design and construction of models of ships.

The spectacular nature of the work done by Lerpae and colleagues encouraged Byron Haski to undertake the filming of another famous sci-fi movie, the conquest of space (1955), whose producer, George Pal, commissioned again to Paul K. Lerpae and his team of collaborators the simulation of these aerial and Galactic effects that seemed to have been specialized since they triumphed, in 1936, with star hunters.

Little by little, new generations of technicians and engineers that were incorporated in the Hollywood industry were painting itself dreary development Lerpae and co-workers. But the old master, far from abandoning, recycled their knowledge and put all his art to the service of comedy, where he tricks less spectacular than those of his previous works "space", but just as effective and, no doubt, much more endearing. Thus, it powerfully caught the attention of the more benevolent public with fun transformations of Jerry Lewis (1926)-in the Nutty Professor - directed by the aforementioned actor; and it put a flourish to his long career with a few simple but unforgettable effects which asked Gene Saks to the odd couple (1968).

Basic filmography

1936: Estrellas.1947 hunters: River Road; The inconquistables.1949: Samson and Delilah; The greatest show of the mundo.1953: the mundos.1955 war: the conquest of the espacio.1963: the irlandes.1963 Tavern: Professor chiflado.1967: the Dorado.1968: the odd couple.

Complete filmography

So Proudly We Hail! (1943). lady in the Dark (1944). Here Come the Waves (1944). The Woman in the Window (1945). Salty O'Rourke (1945). Murder, He Says (1945). Incendiary Blonde (1945). The Stork Club (1945). Blue Skies (1946). The Dark Mirror (1946). Ladies' Man (1947). Unconquered (1947). Road to Rio (1947). Samson and Delilah (1949). Here Comes the Groom (1951). The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). Son of Paleface (1952). Scared Stiff (1953). Sangaree (1953). The Caddy (1953). The War of the Worlds (1953). Those Redheads from Seattle (1953). Here Come the Girls (1953). Money from Home (1953). Elephant Walk (1954). Conquest of Space (1955). Papa's Delicate Condition (1963). HUD (1963). The Nutty Professor (1963). Come Blow Your Horn (1963). Donovan completo Reef (1963). Wives and Lovers (1963). Fun in Acapulco (1963). A QuiƩn completo Minding the Store? (1963). Who completo Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963). Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Law of the Lawless (1964). Paris - When It Sizzles (1964). The Carpetbaggers (1964). The Patsy (1964). Where Love Has Gone (1964). Roustabout (1964). The Disorderly Orderly (1964). Sylvia (1965). Tickle Me (1965). The Family Jewels (1965). Town Tamer (1965). Red Line 7000 (1965). Boeing 707 (1965). The Oscar (1966). Johnny Reno (1966). The Night of the Grizzly (1966). The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966). nevada Smith (1966). This Property Is Condemned (1966). Waco (1966). The Swinger (1966). El Dorado (1966). Red Tomahawk (1967). Easy Come, Easy Go (1967). Barefoot in the Park (1967). Gunn (1967). The Spirit Is Willing (1967). Hostile Guns (1967). Fort Utah (1967). Waterhole 3 (1967). Will Penny (1968). Arizona Bushwhackers (1968). The Odd Couple (1968). Project X (1968).


CULHANE, John. Special effects in the movies. New York: Ballantine Books, 1981.

DUNN, Linwood G. The ASC treasury of visual effects. Los Angeles: George E. Turner, American Society of Cinematographers, 1983.

FIELDING, Raymond. The techniques of special effects photography. London: Focal Press, 1965.