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Russell Harlan (1903–1974)

Born Russell September 16, 1903 in Los Angeles, California to Frank and Bertha Harlan, who hailed from Iowa and Missouri. Russell was raised in Los Angeles along with his younger brother Richard (b. 1911). His paternal grandmother Sarah J. Harlan also lived with the family. Harlan started in the film industry as an actor and stuntman, and by the ... See full bio »

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To Kill a Mockingbird Cinematographer
Witness for the Prosecution Cinematographer
Hatari! Cinematographer
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 2017 The Forsaken Westerns (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Knave of Hearts (2017)
 1970 Darling Lili (director of photography)
 1967 Tobruk (director of photography)
 1966 Hawaii
 1965 The Great Race (director of photography)
 1964 Dear Heart
 1963 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 A Gathering of Eagles (director of photography)
 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird (director of photography)
 1962 The Spiral Road (director of photography)
 1962 Hatari! (director of photography)
 1960 Pollyanna (director of photography)
 1959 Operation Petticoat (director of photography)
 1959 Day of the Outlaw (director of photography)
 1959 Rio Bravo (director of photography)
 1958 King Creole (director of photography)
 1958 Run Silent Run Deep (photographed by)
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series) (director of photography - 2 episodes)
- Double Jeopardy (1958) ... (director of photography)
- The Payoff (1958) ... (director of photography)
 1957 Witness for the Prosecution (director of photography)
 1957 This Could Be the Night (director of photography)
 1957 Something of Value (director of photography)
 1956 General Electric Summer Originals (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Jungle Trap (1956) ... (as Russ Harlan)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Great Lady (1956) ... (as Russ Harlan)
 1956 Lust for Life (director of photography)
 1956 The Last Hunt
 1955 Land of the Pharaohs (photographed by)
 1955 Blackboard Jungle (director of photography)
  Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (57 episodes, 1952 - 1954) (director of photography - 6 episodes, 1953)
- Decision at Sea (1954)
- Tapu (1954) ... (as Russ Harlan)
- Groundloop (1954)
- The Great Lady (1954)
 1954 Riot in Cell Block 11 (photographed by)
 1952 Ruby Gentry (photographed by)
 1952 The Ring (director of photography)
 1952 The Big Sky (director of photography)
 1951 The Thing from Another World (director of photography)
 1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself (photography)
 1950 The Kangaroo Kid (director of photography)
 1950 Tarzan and the Slave Girl (photography)
 1950 Gun Crazy (director of photography)
 1949 Bad Men of Tombstone (director of photography)
 1948 Red River (photographed by)
 1947 Ramrod (director of photography)
 1945 A Walk in the Sun (director of photography)
 1944 Forty Thieves (director of photography)
 1944 Mystery Man
 1944 Lumberjack (director of photography)
 1943 Tarzan's Desert Mystery (as Russ Harlan, photography)
 1943 False Colors
 1943 Bar 20
 1943 The Kansan (director of photography)
 1943 Colt Comrades (photographed by)
 1943 Border Patrol (photography)
 1942 Lost Canyon
 1942 American Empire (director of photography)
 1942 Silver Queen (director of photography)
 1942 Undercover Man (director of photography)
 1941 Twilight on the Trail (photography)
 1941 Stick to Your Guns (photographed by, uncredited)
 1941 Pirates on Horseback (photography)
 1941 The Roundup (director of photography)
 1940 Stagecoach War (photography)
 1940 Hidden Gold
 1940 The Showdown
 1939 The Llano Kid
 1939 Law of the Pampas (photographed by)
 1939 Range War
 1939 Renegade Trail (photographed by)
 1938 The Frontiersmen (director of photography)
 1938 The Mysterious Rider (photography by)
 1938 In Old Mexico (photographed by)
 1938 Sunset Trail
 1938 Heart of Arizona (photography)
 1938 Cassidy of Bar 20 (photographed by)
 1937 Texas Trail
 1937 Hopalong Rides Again (photographed by)
 1937 North of the Rio Grande (as Russel Harlan)
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Alternate Names:

Russell B. Harlan | Russel Harlan | Russ Harlan

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Russell Harlan was known for his choice of majestic backdrops of snow-capped mountains, meandering streams and rivers, cliff dwellings, and expansive skies. He turned "b westerns" like the many feature-length "Hopalong Cassidy" movies, into cinematic masterpieces. See more »


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