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Byron Haskin (1899–1984)

After graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Byron Haskin worked for a time as a newspaper cartoonist. He began his career in the film industry in 1920 as a commercial-industrial movie photographer, and then as a cameraman for Pathe and International Newsreel. Later he became an assistant director at Selznick Pictures. He was a ... See full bio »

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The War of the Worlds
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace Special Effects
Treasure Island
Treasure Island Director
Robinson Crusoe on Mars


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 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace (special effects)
 1944 Passage to Marseille (special effects - uncredited)
 1943 Truck Busters (special effects)
 1942 Desperate Journey (special effects - uncredited)
 1942 Across the Pacific (special effects)
 1942 Wings for the Eagle (special effects)
 1942 In This Our Life (special effects)
 1942 Always in My Heart (special effects)
 1942 Bullet Scars (special effects)
 1942 Captains of the Clouds (special effects)
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides (special effects - as Byron Haskins)
 1941 Dive Bomber (special effects)
 1941 Manpower (special effects)
 1941 The Bride Came C.O.D. (special effects)
 1941 The Wagons Roll at Night (special effects)
 1941 The Great Lie (special effects)
 1941 The Sea Wolf (special effects)
 1941 High Sierra (special effects)
 1940 Santa Fe Trail (special effects)
 1940 South of Suez (special effects)
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's (special effects)
 1940 Knute Rockne All American (special effects)
 1940 City for Conquest (special effects)
 1940 Flowing Gold (special effects)
 1940 They Drive by Night (special effects)
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too (special effects)
 1940 The Sea Hawk (special effects)
 1940 Brother Orchid (special effects)
 1940 Flight Angels (special effects)
 1940 Torrid Zone (special effects)
 1940 'Til We Meet Again (special effects)
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks (special effects)
 1940 It All Came True (special effects - uncredited)
 1940 Virginia City (special effects - uncredited)
 1940 Castle on the Hudson (special effects)
 1940 The Fighting 69th (special effects)
 1940 Brother Rat and a Baby (special effects)
 1939 Invisible Stripes (special effects)
 1939 We Are Not Alone (special effects)
 1939 The Roaring Twenties (special effects)
 1939 On Your Toes (special effects)
 1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (special effects)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny (special effects)
 1939 Dodge City (special effects)
 1939 Wings of the Navy (special effects - uncredited)
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It (special effects - as Byron Haskins)
 1937 Submarine D-1 (special effects - as Byron Haskins)
 1937 The Perfect Specimen (special effects - uncredited)
 1937 Slim (special photographic effects)
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream (special photographic effects)
 1925 Clothes Make the Pirate (special photographic effects - uncredited)
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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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[on his last film, The Power (1968), produced by George Pal] The personal friction between MGM and George Pal--the hatreds between them, you just wouldn't believe!--were allowed to operate on that film's economy. It wasn't released with any fanfare. It was grudgingly allowed to escape, with everyone at MGM hoping it would flop, because they were trying to get rid of Pal.


In the 1960s Haskin directed several episodes of The Outer Limits (1963) science-fiction series, including The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand (1964), a favorite among the show's fans, written by Harlan Ellison. The long-awaited sequel, "Demon on the Run", was scheduled to have been shown on the television series, Babylon 5 (1994), sometime in 1997 or 1998, but sadly it was never filmed.


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