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John J. Mescall (1899–1962)


Had a penchant for off-beat tilted camera angles and eccentric tracking movements. After winding down his career as a cinematographer in the 1940's, he free-lanced as a trick photography consultant. See more trivia »

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Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of Frankenstein Cinematographer
Show Boat
Show Boat Cinematographer
Take a Letter, Darling
Take a Letter, Darling Cinematographer


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 1958 Hi, Grandma! (TV Movie)
 1957 Not of This Earth (as John Mescall, photographed by)
 1957 The Quiet Gun (as John Mescall)
 1956 The Desperados Are in Town (as John Mescall)
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950 Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (as John Mescall)
 1945 Bedside Manner (as John Mescall)
 1944 Dark Waters (as John Mescall)
 1944 Youth Runs Wild (director of photography)
 1944 Sensations of 1945 (as John Mescall)
 1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey (uncredited)
 1943 Three Russian Girls (as John Mescall)
 1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life (director of photography - as John Mescal)
 1942 Sweater Girl
 1942 Take a Letter, Darling (director of photography - as John Mescall)
 1941 New Wine
 1940 Kit Carson (as John Mescall, photography)
 1939 Exile Express (as John Mescall)
 1938 My Lucky Star
 1938 Josette (as John Mescall, photography)
 1938 Happy Landing
 1937 Make a Wish
 1937 The Road Back
 1936 Follow Your Heart (as John Mescall)
 1936 Show Boat
 1935 Smart Girl
 1935 Bride of Frankenstein (photographer)
 1934 The Poor Rich (uncredited)
 1933 The Return of Casey Jones (as John Mescall)
 1932 New Morals for Old (as John Mescal, photographed by)
 1931 Ambassador Bill (as John Mescall, photographed by)
 1931 Skyline
 1931 Born to Love (as John Mescall, photographer)
 1931 The Easiest Way (as John Mescall, photographed by)
 1930 Sin Takes a Holiday (as John Mescall, photographer)
 1930/I Big Money
 1930 Night Work (as John Mescall)
 1929 Big News (as J. Joseph Mescall)
 1929 The Sophomore
 1929 High Voltage (as J. Joseph Mescall, photography)
 1928 Man-Made Women (as John Mescall)
 1928 Walking Back (as J. Joseph Mescall)
 1928 The Leopard Lady (as John Mescall)
 1927 The Wreck of the Hesperus (as John Mescall)
 1927 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (as John Mescall, photographed by)
 1927 The Yankee Clipper (as John Mescall)
 1926 So This Is Paris (as John Mescall)
 1926 The Social Highwayman (as John Mescall)
 1926 Silken Shackles (as John Mescall)
 1926 Oh What a Nurse! (as John Mescall)
 1926 The Love Toy
 1925 Satan in Sables (as John Mescall)
 1925 Below the Line (as John Mescall)
 1925 The Wife Who Wasn't Wanted (as John Mescall)
 1925 The Woman Hater (as John Mescall)
 1925 The Bridge of Sighs (as John Mescall)
 1924 His Hour (as John Mescall)
 1924 The Tenth Woman (as John Mescall)
 1924 Wine of Youth
 1924 True As Steel
 1924 Three Weeks
 1923 Reno
 1923 Six Days
 1923 Souls for Sale (photographed by)
 1923 Gimme
 1921 Hold Your Horses (as John Mescall)
 1920 Edgar, the Explorer (Short)
 1920 It's a Great Life (as John Mescall)
 1920 Edgar's Hamlet (Short)
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Left Universal Pictures after the failure of James Whale's adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel "The Road Back" due to the studio's demands that the picture be re-edited. They were afraid the picture would be boycotted in Europe because of its strong anti-Nazi content. The film had subsequently been "watered down" by the new heads of Universal so as not to upset the Nazi regime. See more »

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