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Irmin Roberts (1904–1978)


Invented the dolly in/zoom out shot used in Hitchcock's Vertigo.

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 1964 Bonanza (TV Series) (process photography - 1 episode)
- A Dime's Worth of Glory (1964) ... (process photography)
 1955 The Court Jester (special photographic effects)
 1955 Conquest of Space (special photographic effects)
 1954 Rear Window (special visual effects - uncredited)
 1953 The War of the Worlds (special photographic effects)
 1953 The Girls of Pleasure Island (special photographic effects)
 1951 Thunder in the East (special photographic effects)
 1951 Ace in the Hole (transparency camera - uncredited)
 1949 The Great Gatsby (special photographic effects)
 1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (special photographic effects)
 1947 Unconquered (special effects camera - uncredited)
 1946 Monsieur Beaucaire (special photographic effects assistant: matte paintings - uncredited)
 1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (matte painting assistant - uncredited)
 1946 O.S.S. (special photographic effects assistant: mattes - uncredited)
 1946 The Virginian (special photographic effects assistant - uncredited)
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast (special photographic effects assistant: matte paintings - uncredited)
 1945 Road to Utopia (matte paintings - uncredited)
 1945 Kitty (special photographic effects assistant - uncredited)
 1945 Duffy's Tavern (matte painting assistant - uncredited)
 1945 Out of This World (matte paintings - uncredited)
 1945 A Medal for Benny (assistant special photographic effects - uncredited)
 1945 Salty O'Rourke (special photographic effects assistant - uncredited)
 1945 Bring on the Girls (camera: matte paintings - uncredited)
 1944 Here Come the Waves (special photographic effects assistant - uncredited)
 1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls (special photographic effects)
 1938 Spawn of the North (special photographic effects assistant - uncredited)
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Irman Roberts

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Invented the dolly in/zoom out shot used in Hitchcock's Vertigo.

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