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John L. Russell

John L. Russell



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Cinematography (feature film)

Backtrack (1969) as Director of Photography
Trampas, a cowhand from Medicine Bow, Wyoming, is sent to Mexico to buy a bull for his employer. The ranch foreman warns him to watch out for himself in Laredo, a tough town on the Texas/Mexican border. Despite the warning, in a western version of the Dumas classic, "The Three Musketeers", Trampas manages to get himself engaged to fight three separate Texas Rangers within an hour of his arrival. Unlike D'Artagnan, he has no notion of actually fighting the Rangers: all he wants is out of Laredo. He's on his way out of town when he runs into the three Rangers--who turn out to be partners--on their way to track down a missing train carrying a payroll. The Rangers, learning Trampas is headed in the same direction they are, suggest they all ride together--that way, they can fight him after they have fulfilled their mission. Without much choice, Trampas wryly agrees. When they find the train, however, they quickly forget their quarrels--the train was robbed and everyone aboard killed, except for one infant covered by his mother's body. Concerned the baby won't survive long without care, they proceed across the Rio Grande to the nearest town, where they know of a cantina owner with innumerable children. They get the baby to Mama Dolores, but not without run-ins with Mexican Urales and marauding Yaquis. Somewhere along the way, the Rangers begin to suspect it was the Yaquis who robbed the train--but Yaquis don't rob trains and they have no use for money...and where did they get those fancy new rifles?
Jigsaw (1968) as Director of Photography
An amnesiac tries to recover his memory and begins to find out he was involved in a murder plot.
Out of Sight (1966) as Director of Photography
Billie (1965) as Director of Photography
A high school girl''''s athletic prowess scandalizes a conservative small town.
The Cabinet of Caligari (1962) as Director of Photography
Jane's car breaks down and she makes her way to a nearby estate, owned by a mysterious man named Caligari. Soon she finds that she has become a virtual prisoner, and none of the strange inhabitants of the estate are willing or capable of helping her escape. Caligari reveals himself as a passive pervert, showing her filthy pictures, spying on her, and trying to make her talk about intimate details of her life. She attempts to free herself by the only means at her disposal.
Psycho (1960) as Director of Photography
A woman on the run gets mixed up with a repressed young man and his violent mother.
Girls Town (1959) as Director of Photography
Chip is killed accidentally while trying to rape a blonde girl, who runs. Silver becomes the number one suspect even though she has an alibi, but due to previous brushes with the law she's sent to Girls Town, a home for young women in trouble with the law which is run by nuns. Silver is rebellious and causes trouble at the school, and her friend Sarafina totters near the brink of self-destruction because of an infatuation with a young singer. Meanwhile Chip's father hires a detective to find out the truth, and Chip's friend Fred gets Silver's sister in trouble at a drag race. Silver has a lot of problems all right.
Hell's Crossroads (1957) as Director of Photography
Star in the Dust (1956) as Director of Photography
In this western, a lawman tries to mediate between irate farmers and angry ranchers who are trying to decide the fate of a captured killer. The killer was hired by the ranchers who want him freed. The farmers, egged on by a schoolteacher, want to see the gunman swing. Meanwhile the real troublemaker
When Gangland Strikes (1956) as Director of Photography
Indestructible Man (1956) as Photography
Scientific experiments accidentally revive an executed criminal and make him impervious to harm, prompting him to seek revenge on his former partners.
The Vanishing American (1955) as Director of Photography
Lay That Rifle Down (1955) as Director of Photography
The Eternal Sea (1955) as Director of Photography
Headline Hunters (1955) as Director of Photography
Double Jeopardy (1955) as Director of Photography
Make Haste to Live (1954) as Director of Photography
Crystal 'Chris' Benson, a single mother in a small New Mexico town, senses a shadowy menace stalking her in the night. She acquires a gun and makes arrangements anticipating her own death, tape-recording a message for her teenage daughter which (in flashback) tells of her involvement with Steve Blackford, who has very good reason to hate her. Chris is determined and resourceful, but Steve has had 18 years to plan revenge. Doom closes in...
The Atomic Kid (1954) as Director of Photography
A uranium prospector is eating a peanut butter sandwich in the desert where atom bomb tests are being done. He becomes radioactive, and helps the FBI break up an enemy spy ring.
Tobor the Great (1954) as Director of Photography
As projected here, a thinly-disguised NASA, working with nuclear rockets, is ready for manned flights in the mid-fifties...but Dr. Ralph Harrison doesn't think so, and resigns in protest. Colleague Prof. Nordstrom promptly enlists his aid in developing an alternative robot Spaceman! Naturally, foreign spies are keenly interested... Uses documentary footage of early space research.
Hell's Half Acre (1954) as Director of Photography
Geraldine (1954) as Director of Photography
City That Never Sleeps (1953) as Director of Photography
Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress...
Sword of Venus (1953) as Director of Photography
Problem Girls (1953) as Director of Photography
A reform school doctor uncovers a murder plot.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) as Director of Photography
Nuclear tests set a dormant prehistoric monster on a path of destruction.
Champ for a Day (1953) as Director of Photography
Arctic Flight (1952) as Photography
Park Row (1952) as Director of Photography
A crusading newspaperman fights to save his paper from a hostile takeover.
Invasion U.S.A. (1952) as Director of Photography
Five people are sitting in a New York bar with a mysterious Mr. Ohman, when they hear the news that the godless Communists are invading the good ol' U.S. of A. The five rush off to various sections of the country to do their part to stop the invasion, when an A-bomb crashes down upon Manhattan.
The Man from Planet X (1951) as Director of Photography
A space visitor uses hypnotic powers to enslave a Scottish island.
Government Agents Vs. Phantom Legion (1951) as Director Of Photography
Life of St. Paul (1951) as Photography
The Golden Gloves Story (1950) as Director of Photography
Guilty of Treason (1950) as Director of Photography
The Green Promise (1949) as Photography
A farmer's daughter is torn between love and her obligation to work the family's land.
Arch of Triumph (1948) as Camera Operator
In winter of 1938, Paris is crowded with refugees from the Nazis, who live in the black shadows of night, trying to evade deportation. One such is Dr. Ravic, who practices medicine illegally and stalks his old Nazi enemy Haake with murder in mind. One rainy night, Ravic meets Joan Madou, a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death. Against Ravic's better judgement, they become involved in a doomed affair; matters come to a crisis on the day war is declared.
So This Is New York (1948) as Director of Photography
Moonrise (1948) as Director of Photography
When a murderer''''s son accidentally kills someone, he takes it on the lam.
Macbeth (1948) as Director of Photography
A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.
The Stranger (1946) as 2nd Camera
A small-town schoolteacher suspects her new husband may be an escaped Nazi war criminal.
The Party's Over (1934) as Assistant Camera
Whom the Gods Destroy (1934) as Assistant Camera
Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester (Walter Connolly, character actor who was first-billed in six films in the mid-1930s), is deeply in love with his wife Margaret (Doris Kenyon)and dreams of the future when his son Jack (played in age order by Scotty Beckett, Macon Jones and Robert Young) will step into his shoes. He sails to England to produce a show but the ship strikes a derelict wreckage and is sinking rapidly. In the ensuing wild panic, Forrester saves many lives, until finally, panic stricken by sudden fear, he dons a woman's clothes and is among the rescued. On the coast of Newfouldland, the villagers, not aware of his true identity, curse him but he is befriended by Alec (Hobart Bosworth)who helps him conceal his identity. With a planned story of his survival, he returns to New York but cannot face his family or friends after he sees the plaque to his heroism on his New York theatre. Deciding to remain thought of as dead, he becomes a derelict himself, surviving on odd jobs as he watches from afar his now-grown son (Robert Young)begin his career as a producer. The son meets with failure and Forrester, claiming to be an old friend of his father, goes to him and renders assistance as Jack works on a new play. It is a success and Jack brings his mother to meet his mentor. She recognizes him as her husband and, after Jack has left the room, the two of them decide they still have happiness ahead of them, without Jack having to know the truth.
Among the Missing (1934) as Assistant Camera
Feeling unloved, a dowager runs away and gets mixed up with jewel thieves.
Girl in Danger (1934) as Assistant Camera
Whirlpool (1934) as Assistant Camera
An ex-convict tries to connect with the daughter who doesn't even know he exists.
Dangerous Crossroads (1933) as Assistant Camera
The Wrecker (1933) as Assistant Camera

Writer (feature film)

Surfside Sex (1967) as Writer

Film Production - Main (feature film)

An Angle of Love (1968) as Production Assistant

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