American cinematographer Norbert Brodine learned the basics of his craft by working in a camera shop, building on that experience while with the Army Signal Corp during WW1. After studying at Columbia University, Brodine became a Hollywood still photographer. His first moving picture credits were in collaboration with several established cameramen in 1919; before the year was out Brodine had soloed with the feature film Toby's Bow. Kept busy at several studios throughout the 1930s, Brodine settled at Hal Roach Studios in 1937, then moved to 20th Century Fox in 1943. His extensive experience as an "outdoor" cameraman in the 1920s came in handy for Brodine's location-shot Fox docu-dramas of the 1940s, notably Kiss of Death (1947). Norbert Brodine moved to television in 1953, back again at Hal Roach Studios for the filmed sitcom Amos 'N' Andy.