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David Abel (December 15, 1884 – November 12, 1973) was a cinematographer.

David Abel was born December 15, 1884 in Amsterdam to Russian parents.[1] He came to the United States as a child and worked as a portrait photographer before entering films with Flying A Studios in 1913. He filmed a total of 110 films, He filmed many filmes for RKO Pictures during the 1930s. He was a favorite collaborator of director Mark Sandrich and was responsible for the photography of five Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals

At RKO Radio studios during the 1930s, Abel was a favorite collaborator of director Mark Sandrich and was responsible for the photography of five Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals (The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, and Shall We Dance).

He retired in 1937 but Sandrich persuaded him to come back as cameraman for the classic Holiday Inn (1942). After two more films, Follow the Boys (1944) and The Affairs of Susan (1945), he left the Hollywood scene for good.

His other credits include The Awful Truth, Huckleberry Finn, Hips, Hips, Hooray!, Grumpy, The Virtuous Sin, and History Is Made at Night. He filmed a total of 110 films.

Abel died in Los Angeles and is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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