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Hal Mohr (1894–1974)

Distinguished pioneering cinematographer who had a career in motion pictures lasting six-decades. As a teenager, Hal built his own camera while still at school and took photos of local interest which he then developed and printed. He sent a number of these pictures to the New York Herald-Tribune and they were deemed good enough to invite interest ... See full bio »

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Cinematographer
Phantom of the Opera Cinematographer
Pan's Mountain Cinematographer
The Four Poster Cinematographer


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 1967 Jack and the Beanstalk (TV Movie) (live action sequences)
 1965 If an Elephant Answers (Documentary short)
 1965 Invisible Diplomats (Short) (director of photography)
 1963 The Story of Dr. Lister (Short)
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 The Man from the Diners' Club (director of photography)
 1961 Father of the Bride (TV Series)
  The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series) (7 episodes, 1961) (director of photography - 2 episodes, 1961)
- The Hitch-Hiker (1961)
- The Assassin (1961) ... (director of photography)
- Yanqui Go Home (1961)
- Frightened Doll (1961) ... (director of photography)
- The Choice (1961)
 1961 Underworld U.S.A. (director of photography)
 1960 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Tune in for Murder (1960) ... (director of photography)
 1960 The Last Voyage (director of photography)
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958 The Lineup (director of photography)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- No Time at All (1958)
  The George Sanders Mystery Theater (TV Series) (3 episodes, 1957) (director of photography - 1 episode, 1957)
- The Night I Died (1957)
- Broker's Special (1957)
- You Don't Live Here (1957) ... (director of photography)
 1957 Panic! (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Boy (1957)
 1956 The Boss
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Deadline (1956)
  Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode, 1955) (director of photography - 2 episodes, 1955 - 1956)
- Hot Cargo (1956) ... (director of photography)
- Day Is Done (1955) ... (director of photography)
 1955 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 Professional Father (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1955) ... (director of photography)
 1954-1955 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1955)
- Episode #1.5 (1954)
- The Eyes Have It (1954)
- Sunday World (1954)
- Episode #1.2 (1954)
 1954 Life with Father (TV Series) (1 episode)
  I Married Joan (TV Series) (11 episodes, 1953 - 1954) (director of photography - 2 episodes, 1953)
- Confidence (1954)
- Predictions (1954)
- Anniversary Memo (1954)
 1953 Jamboree (Documentary)
 1953 The Wild One (director of photography)
 1952 Rancho Notorious (director of photography)
 1951 The Big Night
 1951 Of Men and Music (Documentary) (Jan Peerce-Nadine Conner sequence)
 1950 Woman on the Run (director of photography)
 1950 The Second Woman (director of photography)
 1948 An Act of Murder (director of photography)
 1947 The Lost Moment (director of photography)
 1947 The Exile (uncredited)
 1947 I'll Be Yours (director of photography)
 1946 Because of Him (director of photography)
 1945 Shady Lady (director of photography)
 1944 Enter Arsene Lupin (director of photography)
 1944 The Climax (director of photography)
 1944 This Is the Life (director of photography)
 1943 Top Man
 1943 Watch on the Rhine (director of photography)
 1943 Phantom of the Opera (director of photography)
 1942 Lady in a Jam (director of photography)
 1942 Twin Beds
 1941 Pot o' Gold (director of photography)
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop (director of photography)
 1940 When the Daltons Rode (director of photography)
 1939 Destry Rides Again (director of photography)
 1939 Rio
 1939 The Under-Pup
 1939 Back Door to Heaven (photographed by)
 1937 Top of the Town (uncredited)
 1936 Ladies in Love (photography)
 1936 The Green Pastures (photography)
 1936 Bullets or Ballots (photography)
 1936 The Walking Dead (photography)
 1935 Captain Blood (photography)
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream (photography)
 1934 Servants' Entrance (director of photography)
 1934 Change of Heart (photography)
 1934 David Harum (director of photography)
 1934 Carolina
 1933 The Devil's in Love (photographed by)
 1933 State Fair (photographed by)
 1932 Lady with a Past (photography)
 1931 Devotion (photography)
 1931 The Big Gamble (photography)
 1931 The Common Law (photography)
 1931 A Woman of Experience (photography)
 1931 The Front Page (uncredited)
 1930 Free Love
 1930 The Honeymoon
 1930 Outward Bound (photography)
 1930 Big Boy (photography)
 1930 King of Jazz
 1930 Captain of the Guard (uncredited)
 1929 Shanghai Lady
 1929 Broadway
 1928 Noah's Ark (photography)
 1928 The Wedding March (uncredited)
 1928 Tenderloin
 1927 The Jazz Singer (photography)
 1927 Slightly Used
 1927 Old San Francisco (photography)
 1927 A Million Bid
 1927 Bitter Apples
 1926 The High Hand
 1926 Sparrows (photography)
 1925 Little Annie Rooney (photography)
 1925 The Monster (photography)
 1923 The Unsuspecting Stranger (Short)
 1920 The Deceiver
 1918 Restitution
 1917 The Big Idea (Short)
 1914 Pan's Mountain (Short)
 1914 Salomy Jane
 1913 Last Night of the Barbary Coast (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

(interview) Bernard Rosenberg and Harry Silverstein. _The Real Tinsel._ New York: The Macmillan Company, 1970. "Hal Mohr," pp. 351-370.

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[on working with director Fritz Lang on Rancho Notorious (1952)] Fritz had the faculty of riding the camera dolly. He had to watch through the finder; he'd hold the operator to one side while he'd be looking through. Hell, an operator has to have complete control of the camera while a scene is being shot. In rehearsal it's all right, but when you're shooting the scene, you have to leave that man ... See more »


Hal Mohr and his third wife, Evelyn Venable, were introduced by Will Rogers on the set of David Harum (1934). Rogers was also the best man at their wedding -- not long before Rogers died in a plane crash. See more »

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