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Sol Polito (1892–1960)

Sol Polito, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer who helped create the distinct visual character of Warner Bros. films in the 1930s and 1940s, was born Salvador Polito on November 12, 1892, in Palermo, Sicily. While still young he emigrated to the US with his family, which settled in New York City, where he attended public school. He started out as... See full bio »

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Known For

Arsenic and Old Lace Cinematographer
Sergeant York Cinematographer
Captains of the Clouds Cinematographer


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 1949 Anna Lucasta (director of photography)
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number (director of photography)
 1947 The Voice of the Turtle (director of photography)
 1947 Escape Me Never (director of photography)
 1947 The Long Night (director of photography)
 1946 Cloak and Dagger (director of photography)
 1946 A Stolen Life (director of photography)
 1946 Cinderella Jones (director of photography)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (director of photography)
 1945 The Corn Is Green (director of photography)
 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace (director of photography)
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain (director of photography)
 1943 Old Acquaintance (director of photography)
 1943 This Is the Army (director of photography)
 1942 Now, Voyager (director of photography)
 1942 The Gay Sisters (director of photography)
 1942 Captains of the Clouds (director of photography)
 1941 Navy Blues (dance sequences: photographed by)
 1941 Sergeant York (director of photography)
 1941 The Sea Wolf (director of photography)
 1941 The Dog in the Orchard (Short)
 1940 Santa Fe Trail (director of photography)
 1940 City for Conquest (director of photography)
 1940 The Sea Hawk (director of photography)
 1940 Virginia City (director of photography)
 1939 Four Wives (director of photography)
 1939 On Your Toes (color sequence: "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" photographed by)
 1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (director of photography)
 1939 Sons of Liberty (Short) (photographed by)
 1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy (photography by)
 1939 Dodge City (photographed in technicolor by)
 1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder (photography by)
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces (photography by)
 1938 Valley of the Giants (photography by)
 1938 Boy Meets Girl (photography by)
 1938 Gold Diggers in Paris (photography by)
 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood (photography)
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It (photography by)
 1937 Varsity Show (photography by)
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper (photography by)
 1937 Ready, Willing and Able (photography by)
 1936 Three Men on a Horse (photography by)
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade (photography by)
 1936 Sons o' Guns (photography by)
 1936 Colleen (photography by)
 1936 The Petrified Forest (photography by)
 1935 Frisco Kid (photography by)
 1935 Shipmates Forever (photography by)
 1935 In Caliente (photography by)
 1935 Go Into Your Dance (uncredited)
 1935 'G' Men (photography by)
 1935 The Woman in Red (photography by)
 1934 Sweet Adeline (photography by)
 1934 Flirtation Walk (photography by)
 1934 Dames (photography by)
 1934 Dr. Monica (photography)
 1934 Madame Du Barry (photography by)
 1934 Wonder Bar (photography by)
 1934 Dark Hazard (photography by)
 1934 Hi, Nellie (photography by)
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 (photography by)
 1933 Picture Snatcher (photography by)
 1933 The Working Man (photography by)
 1933 The Mind Reader (photography by)
 1933 42nd Street (photography)
 1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (photography by)
 1932 Three on a Match (photography by)
 1932 Blessed Event (photography by)
 1932 The Dark Horse (photography by)
 1932 Two Seconds (photography by)
 1932 It's Tough to Be Famous (photography)
 1932 Fireman, Save My Child! (photography by)
 1932 Union Depot (photography by)
 1931 Local Boy Makes Good (photography)
 1931 Suicide Fleet (photography)
 1931 Five Star Final (photography by)
 1931 The Ruling Voice (photography)
 1931 The Bargain
 1931 Big Business Girl (photography by)
 1931 Woman Hungry
 1931 The Hot Heiress (photographed by)
 1930 Going Wild (photography)
 1930 The Widow from Chicago (photography by)
 1930 Numbered Men (photography)
 1930 Show Girl in Hollywood (photography)
 1930 Playing Around (photography)
 1929 Paris
 1929 Twin Beds
 1929 Broadway Babies (photography)
 1928 Scarlet Seas
 1928 Show Girl
 1927 Gun Gospel
 1926 Satan Town
 1926 Driftin' Thru
 1925 The Bad Lands
 1925 Soft Shoes
 1924 Roaring Rails
 1923 The Bad Man
 1922 Trimmed
 1921 The Roof Tree
 1919 In Wrong
 1918 The Reckoning Day (uncredited)
 1918 Treason
 1917 The Runaway
 1916/I Paying the Price (as Salvador Polito)
 1915/I The Butterfly
 1915 M'Liss
 1915 Wildfire
 1914/I Rip Van Winkle
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Salvador Polito


Delaney Polito (great grandchild)

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Father of Gene Polito.

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