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James Wong Howe (I) (1899–1976)

Master cinematographer James Wong Howe, whose career stretched from silent pictures through the mid-'70s, was born Wong Tung Jim in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, on August 28, 1899, the son of Wong How. His father emigrated to America the year James was born, settling in Pasco, Washington, where he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad. Wong ... See full bio »

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The Thin Man
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Hud Cinematographer
Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success Cinematographer
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 1975 Funny Lady (director of photography)
 1971 The Horsemen (uncredited)
 1970 The Molly Maguires (director of photography)
 1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (director of photography)
 1967 Hombre (director of photography)
 1966 This Property Is Condemned (director of photography)
 1966 Seconds (director of photography)
 1964 The Outrage (director of photography)
 1963 Biography of a Rookie: The Willie Davis Story (TV Movie documentary)
 1963 Hud (director of photography)
 1959 The Story on Page One (director of photography)
 1959 The Last Angry Man (director of photography)
 1958 Bell Book and Candle (director of photography)
 1957 A Farewell to Arms (uncredited)
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (photographed by)
 1957 Drango
 1956 Death of a Scoundrel (director of photography)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 The Rose Tattoo (director of photography)
 1955 Picnic (director of photography)
 1954 Light's Diamond Jubilee (TV Movie documentary)
 1954 Autumn in Rome (Short)
 1953 The World of Dong Kingman (Short)
 1953 Jennifer (director of photography)
 1952 Come Back, Little Sheba (director of photography)
 1952 The Fighter
 1951 Behave Yourself! (director of photography)
 1951 He Ran All the Way (director of photography)
 1950 Tripoli
 1950 The Baron of Arizona (director of photography)
 1948 The Time of Your Life (director of photography)
 1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (director of photography)
 1947 Body and Soul
 1947 Pursued
 1947 Nora Prentiss
 1946 My Reputation (director of photography)
 1945 Danger Signal
 1945 Objective, Burma! (director of photography)
 1943 The North Star (photography)
 1943 Air Force (director of photography)
 1943 The Hard Way (director of photography)
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy (director of photography)
 1942 Kings Row (director of photography)
 1941 Navy Blues (dance sequences: photographed by)
 1941 Out of the Fog (director of photography)
 1941 Shining Victory (director of photography)
 1941 The Strawberry Blonde (director of photography)
 1940 Fantasia (live-action, uncredited)
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's (director of photography)
 1940 City for Conquest (director of photography)
 1940 My Love Came Back (uncredited)
 1940 Torrid Zone (director of photography)
 1940 Saturday's Children (director of photography)
 1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (director of photography)
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois (director of photography)
 1939 Four Wives (uncredited)
 1939 On Your Toes (director of photography)
 1939 The Oklahoma Kid (photography)
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal (photography)
 1938 It Might Be You (Short)
 1938 Comet Over Broadway (photography)
 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (photography)
 1938 Algiers (director of photography)
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda (photography)
 1937 Troopship
 1937 Hollywood Party (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 Whipsaw (photographed by)
 1935 Rendezvous (uncredited)
 1935 Mark of the Vampire (photographed by)
 1935 The Night Is Young (photographed by)
 1934 Have a Heart
 1934 The Thin Man (photographed by)
 1934 Hollywood Party (photographed by)
 1934 Viva Villa! (photographed by)
 1934 The Show-Off
 1933 Beauty for Sale (as James Howe)
 1933 The Power and the Glory (as James Howe)
 1932 Chandu the Magician (as James Howe, photography)
 1932 Amateur Daddy
 1932 After Tomorrow (as James Howe)
 1932 Shanghai Express (uncredited)
 1932 Dance Team
 1931 Surrender
 1931 The Yellow Ticket (as James Howe)
 1931 The Spider (as James Howe)
 1931 Transatlantic
 1931 The Criminal Code (as James How, photography by)
 1930 Today (as James Howe)
 1929 Desert Nights (as James Howe, photographed by)
 1929 The Rescue (uncredited)
 1928 Four Walls
 1928 The Perfect Crime (as James Howe)
 1927 The Rough Riders (as James Howe)
 1926 Padlocked (as James Howe)
 1926 Mantrap
 1926 Sea Horses (as James Howe)
 1926 The Song and Dance Man (as James Howe)
 1925 The Best People (as James Howe)
 1925 The Charmer (as James Howe)
 1924 Peter Pan (as James Howe)
 1924 The Alaskan (as James Howe)
 1924 The Side Show of Life (as James Howe)
 1924 The Breaking Point (as James Howe)
 1923 The Spanish Dancer (as James Howe)
 1923 To the Last Man (as James Howe)
 1923 The Woman with Four Faces (as Jimmie Howe)
 1923 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (as James Howe)
 1923 Drums of Fate (as James Howe)
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Alternate Names:

James How | James Howe | Jimmie Howe

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[on John Frankenheimer] I don't think John really understands dramatic values; he's more or less mechanically inclined: lenses and camera and that. All that's my job; he ought to worry about the story and the actors. See more »


Wong-Howe's widow waited 65 years in the shadow of a literary giant for her first completed novel to be published. Upstaged in 1939 by John Steinbeck's best-selling "The Grapes of Wrath" Babb's tale about the travails of a Depression era farm family was shelved by Random House. At 97, Babb earned long overdue praise for the novel "Whose Names Are Unknown" when it was rescued by the University of ... See more »



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