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William H. Daniels (1901–1970)

Oscar-winning director of photography William Daniels was a master of black-and-white cinematographer most famous for the 21 films he shot that starred the immortal Greta Garbo between 1926 and 1939. Among the Gabro classics he lensed were The Torrent (1924), Flesh and the Devil (1926), Love (1927) (Garbo and home studio MGM's first crack at Leo ... See full bio »

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 1970 Move (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1969 Marlowe
 1968 The Impossible Years (director of photography)
 1967 Valley of the Dolls (director of photography)
 1967 In Like Flint (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1965 Von Ryan's Express (director of photography)
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods (director of photography)
 1963 The Prize (director of photography)
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo (director of photography)
 1962 How the West Was Won (director of photography)
 1961 Come September (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1960 Ocean's Eleven (director of photography)
 1960 Can-Can
 1959 Never So Few (director of photography)
 1959 A Hole in the Head (director of photography)
 1959 Frances Langford Presents (TV Series)
 1959 A Stranger in My Arms (as William Daniels)
 1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1958 Voice in the Mirror (as William Daniels)
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 Interlude (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1957 Night Passage (as William Daniels)
 1957 Istanbul
 1956 The Unguarded Moment (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1956 Away All Boats (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (as William Daniels)
 1955 The Girl Rush
 1955 Foxfire (as William Daniels)
 1955 The Shrike
 1955 Strategic Air Command (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1954 The Far Country (as William Daniels)
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story (as William Daniels)
 1953 War Arrow (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1953 Forbidden
 1953 Thunder Bay (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1952 Plymouth Adventure (as William Daniels)
 1952 Pat and Mike (as William Daniels)
 1952 Glory Alley
 1952 When in Rome
 1951 Thunder on the Hill (as William Daniels)
 1951 Bright Victory (as William Daniels)
 1950 Harvey (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1950 Deported (as William Daniels)
 1950 Winchester '73 (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1950 Woman in Hiding (as William Daniels)
 1950 Three Came Home (uncredited)
 1949 Abandoned (as William Daniels)
 1949 The Gal Who Took the West (as William Daniels)
 1949 Illegal Entry (as William Daniels)
 1949 The Life of Riley (as William Daniels)
 1948 Family Honeymoon (as William Daniels)
 1948 For the Love of Mary (as William Daniels)
 1948 The Naked City (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1947 Lured (as William Daniels)
 1947 Brute Force (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1947 Diamond Demon (Short) (as William Daniels)
 1946 Sure Cures (Short) (as William Daniels)
 1944 Maisie Goes to Reno (uncredited)
 1944 The Canterville Ghost (uncredited)
 1944 The Heavenly Body (uncredited)
 1943 Girl Crazy (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1942 Keeper of the Flame (as William Daniels)
 1942 For Me and My Gal (as William Daniels)
 1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory (as William Daniels)
 1941 Design for Scandal (as William Daniels)
 1941 Shadow of the Thin Man (as William Daniels)
 1941 Honky Tonk (uncredited)
 1941 They Met in Bombay (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1941 Love Crazy (uncredited)
 1941 Back Street (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1940 New Moon (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1940 The Mortal Storm (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1940 The Shop Around the Corner (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1939 Another Thin Man (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1939 Ninotchka (director of photography - as William Daniels)
 1939 Stronger Than Desire (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1939 Idiot's Delight (as William Daniels)
 1938 Dramatic School (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy (as William Daniels)
 1938 The Shopworn Angel (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1937 Beg, Borrow or Steal (as William Daniels)
 1937 The Last Gangster (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1937 Double Wedding (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1937 Broadway Melody of 1938 (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1937 Personal Property (as William Daniels)
 1936 Camille (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1936 Romeo and Juliet (as William Daniels)
 1936 Rose-Marie (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1935 Rendezvous (as William Daniels)
 1935 I Live My Life (uncredited)
 1935 Anna Karenina (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1935 Naughty Marietta (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1934 The Painted Veil (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1933 Queen Christina (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1933 Broadway to Hollywood (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1933 Dinner at Eight (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1933 The Stranger's Return (as William Daniels)
 1933 The White Sister (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1932 Skyscraper Souls (as William Daniels)
 1932 As You Desire Me (as William Daniels)
 1932/I Grand Hotel (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1932 Lovers Courageous (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1931 Anna Christie (as William Daniels)
 1931 Mata Hari (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1931 Susan Lenox (as William Daniels)
 1931 A Free Soul (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1931 Strangers May Kiss (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1931 Inspiration (as William Daniels)
 1930 Olympia (as William Daniels)
 1930 Romance (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1930 Strictly Unconventional (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1930 Montana Moon (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1930 Anna Christie (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1929 Their Own Desire (photographed by)
 1929 The Kiss (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1929 Wise Girls
 1929 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1929 The Trial of Mary Dugan (as William Daniels)
 1929 Wild Orchids (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1929 Queen Kelly (uncredited)
 1928 A Woman of Affairs (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1928 A Lady of Chance (uncredited)
 1928 Dream of Love
 1928 The Mysterious Lady (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1928 The Actress
 1927 Love (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1927 On Ze Boulevard (as William Daniels)
 1927 Tillie the Toiler (as William Daniels)
 1927 Captain Salvation (as William Daniels, photography)
 1926 Flesh and the Devil (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1926 The Temptress (as William Daniels, photographed by)
 1926 The Boob (as Wm. Daniels, photography)
 1926 Money Talks (as William Daniels)
 1926 Monte Carlo
 1926 Torrent (as William Daniels, photography)
 1926 Dance Madness
 1925 1925 Studio Tour (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1925 The Merry Widow (uncredited)
 1925 Women and Gold (as William Daniels)
 1924 Greed (as Wm. H. Daniels, photography)
 1923 Merry-Go-Round (as William Daniels)
 1922 Foolish Wives (as William Daniels, photography)
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We try to tell the story with light, and the director tells it with action. See more »

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In his biography of producer Mark Hellinger (who produced The Naked City (1948), which won Daniels an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White), Jim Bishop wrote: "In the old silent days, Daniels had been the best of them all. His camera work was so close to art that producers and directors and cameramen used to sit in private projection rooms, not to judge a picture, but to see ... See more »

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