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Joseph Walker (I) (1892–1985)

Frank Capra's favourite cinematographer began his working life as an electrical engineer who collaborated with Lee De Forest on building the first wireless transmitter. However, it was his interest in moving picture photography which led him to work in film laboratories, where his numerous pioneering inventions included the first lens adjustment ... See full bio »


(age 92) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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 1952 Affair in Trinidad (director of photography)
 1951 The Mob (director of photography)
 1950 Born Yesterday (director of photography)
 1950 Harriet Craig (director of photography)
 1950 Never a Dull Moment (director of photography)
 1950 No Sad Songs for Me (director of photography)
 1950 A Woman of Distinction (director of photography)
 1949 Tell It to the Judge (director of photography)
 1949 Mr. Soft Touch (director of photography)
 1948 The Dark Past (director of photography)
 1948 The Velvet Touch (director of photography)
 1947 The Lady from Shanghai (uncredited)
 1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames (director of photography)
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life (director of photography)
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes (director of photography)
 1944 Together Again (director of photography)
 1943 What a Woman!
 1942 My Sister Eileen (director of photography)
 1942 They All Kissed the Bride (director of photography)
 1941 Bedtime Story (director of photography)
 1941 You Belong to Me (director of photography)
 1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (director of photography)
 1941 Penny Serenade (director of photography)
 1940 This Thing Called Love (director of photography)
 1940 Arizona (director of photography: interiors)
 1940 Too Many Husbands (director of photography)
 1940 His Girl Friday (director of photography)
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (director of photography)
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings (photography)
 1939 There's That Woman Again (photography)
 1938 You Can't Take It With You (photography)
 1938 Joy of Living (photographed by)
 1938 Start Cheering (photography)
 1937 The Awful Truth (photography)
 1937 Lost Horizon (photography)
 1936 Theodora Goes Wild (photography)
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (photography)
 1935 Eight Bells
 1935 Let's Live Tonight (director of photography)
 1934 Broadway Bill (photography)
 1934 One Night of Love (photography)
 1934 It Happened One Night (photography)
 1933 Lady for a Day (photography)
 1933 Below the Sea (photography)
 1933 Air Hostess
 1933 The Bitter Tea of General Yen (photography)
 1932 Virtue (photography)
 1932 American Madness (photography)
 1932 By Whose Hand? (photographed by, uncredited)
 1932 Shopworn (photography)
 1932 The Final Edition (photography)
 1932 Forbidden (photography)
 1931 The Deceiver
 1931 Platinum Blonde (photography)
 1931 The Miracle Woman (photography)
 1931 Dirigible (photography)
 1930 Rain or Shine (as Joe Walker, photography)
 1930 Ladies of Leisure (photography)
 1929 Song of Love
 1929 Flight (photography)
 1929 The Quitter
 1929 Trial Marriage (as Joe Walker)
 1928 The Sideshow
 1928 Driftwood (as Joe Walker)
 1928 Submarine
 1928 Court-Martial
 1928 Virgin Lips (as Joe Walker)
 1928 Lady Raffles
 1928 Say It with Sables (as Joe Walker)
 1928 Ransom
 1927 Aflame in the Sky (as Joe Walker)
 1927 Stage Kisses
 1927 The Tigress
 1927 Shanghaied
 1927 The Flying U Ranch (as Joe Walker)
 1927 Death Valley
 1927 The Outlaw Dog (as Joe Walker)
 1927 Tarzan and the Golden Lion (as Joe Walker)
 1926 Flaming Fury (as Joe Walker)
 1926 Officer '444' (as Joe Walker)
 1925 North Star
 1925 Clash of the Wolves (photography, uncredited)
 1924 Chalk Marks
 1923 Danger
 1921 A Bear, a Boy and a Dog (Short)
 1920 Something New (as Joe Walker, photographed by)
 1919 Back to God's Country (as J.M. Walker, photographer)
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