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Harold Rosson (1895–1988)

Harold G. "Hal" Rosson, a cinematographer known for his subtle and imaginative lighting, was born in Genaseo, New York, on August 24, 1895, although some sources cite his birthday as April 6, 1895, or in 1889. Rosson entered the movie industry in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn, New York. Eventually, he quit acting to become an... See full bio »

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The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz Cinematographer
Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain Cinematographer
The Asphalt Jungle
The Asphalt Jungle Cinematographer
El Dorado
El Dorado Cinematographer


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 1967 El Dorado (director of photography)
 1958 Onionhead (director of photography)
 1957 The Enemy Below (director of photography)
 1956 Conflict (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Magic Brew (1956)
 1956 Cheyenne (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1956 Toward the Unknown (director of photography - as Hal Rosson)
 1956 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Magic Brew (1956)
- Strange World (1956)
 1956 The Bad Seed (as Hal Rosson)
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (as Hal Rosson)
 1954 Ulysses
 1954 Mambo
 1953 The Actress (director of photography)
 1953 I Love Melvin
 1952 Singin' in the Rain (director of photography)
 1952 Lone Star
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage (director of photography)
 1950 To Please a Lady (director of photography)
 1950 The Asphalt Jungle (director of photography)
 1949 On the Town (director of photography)
 1948 Command Decision (director of photography)
 1948 Homecoming
 1947 The Hucksters
 1946 Duel in the Sun (director of photography - as Hal Rosson)
 1945 Between Two Women (director of photography)
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (director of photography)
 1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair (uncredited)
 1942 Tortilla Flat (uncredited)
 1941 Johnny Eager (director of photography)
 1941 The Chocolate Soldier (uncredited)
 1941 Honky Tonk (director of photography)
 1941 Washington Melodrama (director of photography)
 1941 Men of Boys Town (director of photography)
 1941 The Penalty (director of photography)
 1940 Flight Command (director of photography)
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home (director of photography)
 1940 Boom Town (director of photography)
 1940 Edison, the Man (director of photography)
 1940 A Door Will Open (Short)
 1940 I Take This Woman (director of photography)
 1939 Forgotten Victory (Short)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (photographed by: in Technicolor)
 1938 Too Hot to Handle (photographed by)
 1938 That Mothers Might Live (Short)
 1938 A Yank at Oxford (photographed by)
 1937 Double Wedding (uncredited)
 1937 Captains Courageous (photographed by)
 1936 The Garden of Allah (uncredited)
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles (photography by)
 1934 Treasure Island (photographed by)
 1934 The Girl from Missouri (uncredited)
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle (photographed by)
 1934 This Side of Heaven (photographed by)
 1933 Bombshell (photographed by)
 1933 Penthouse (photographed by)
 1933 Turn Back the Clock (photographed by)
 1933 Hold Your Man (photographed by)
 1933 The Barbarian (photographed by)
 1933 Hell Below (photographed by)
 1932 Red Dust (photographed by)
 1932 Kongo (photographed by)
 1932 Downstairs
 1932 Tarzan the Ape Man (photographed by)
 1932 Are You Listening? (photographed by)
 1931 The Cuban Love Song (photographed by)
 1931 The Squaw Man (photographed by)
 1931 Son of India (photographed by)
 1931 Men Call It Love (photographed by)
 1931 The Prodigal
 1930 Passion Flower (as Hal Rosson, photographed by)
 1930 Madam Satan (photographed by)
 1930 This Mad World (as Hal Rosson)
 1930 Hello Sister (as Hal Rosson)
 1929 The Far Call
 1928 The Dragnet
 1928 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (as Hal Rosson)
 1927 Open Range (as Hal Rosson)
 1927 Rough House Rosie (as Hal Rosson)
 1927 Evening Clothes (as Hal Rosson)
 1927 Getting Gertie's Garter (as Hal Rosson)
 1927 Man Bait
 1926 For Wives Only (as Hal Rosson)
 1926 Almost a Lady
 1926 Up in Mabel's Room (as Hal Rosson)
 1925 Infatuation (as Hal Rosson)
 1925 Classified (as Hal Rosson)
 1925 The Street of Forgotten Men (as Hal Rosson)
 1925 Too Many Kisses (as Hal Rosson)
 1924 Manhattan (as Hal Rosson)
 1924 The Story Without a Name (as Hal Rosson)
 1924 Manhandled
 1923 Zaza (as Hal Rosson)
 1923 Lawful Larceny (as Hal Rosson)
 1923 Quicksands
 1923 Dark Secrets
 1922 For the Defense (as Hal Rosson)
 1922 Through a Glass Window (as Hal Rosson)
 1922 The Cradle (as Hal Rosson)
 1922 A Homespun Vamp (as Hal Rosson)
 1921 A Virginia Courtship (as Hal Rosson)
 1921 Everything for Sale (as Hal Rosson)
 1921 Buried Treasure (as Hal Rosson)
 1920 Heliotrope (as Hal Rosson)
 1920 Polly of the Storm Country (as Hal Rosson)
 1919 The Cinema Murder (as Hal Rosson)
 1917 Panthea
 1916 Oliver Twist
 1915 David Harum
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