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Karl Struss

Karl Struss



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Also Known As: Died: December 16, 1981
Born: November 30, 1886 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cinematography ...


Cinematography (feature film)

Fatal Desire (1963) as Director of Photography
Two Nights With Cleopatra (1963) as Director of Photography
Here Come the Jets (1959) as Director of Photography
The Rebel Set (1959) as Director of Photography
The Sad Horse (1959) as Director of Photography
Counterplot (1959) as Director of Photography
While hiding in Puerto Rico, a man framed for murder dodges the police, his girlfriend and the real killer.
The Alligator People (1959) as Director of Photography
A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that¿s the last his wife sees of him. Years later after a long search she finally tracks him down on his family¿s southern estate where she discovers that a failed medical treatment has turned him into an alligator mutant.
The Fly (1958) as Director of Photography
A scientist's experiments with teleportation produce a deadly hybrid.
The Hot Angel (1958) as Director of Photography
The Rawhide Trail (1958) as Director of Photography
Jess Brady (Rex Reason) and Rupe Pardee (Richard Erdman) are in jail in Gunsight, Texas, blamed for leading a wagon train into a Comanche ambush, and about to be hanged. They protest their innocence and claim that the Indians want to kill them also. The Comanches attack the jail in an effort to capture the prisoners, but are driven off the soldiers of the garrison led by the Captain (Rusty Lane). Expecting another attack, the Captain and a small detail of men move the prisoners out of town in a wagon, but they are under constant surveillance by the Comanches. The detail arrives at a way station the same time as a stage coach carrying Marsha Collins (Nancy Gates), and her fiancee, Farley Durand (Robert Knapp), a government supply officer. All are trapped in the station which is under constant attack by the Indians. Brady and Durand resume a personal battle that dates back to the Civil War when they served together. The wounded Captain decides to gamble on Brady and Pardee, their expierence being the only hope for an escape. In the escape battle, it is revealed that Durand was responisble for the attack on the wagon train, and not Brady and Pardee.
Attila (1958) as Director Of Photography
Attila the Hun goes to Rome and wreaks all kinds of havoc. Fortunately, the Pope enlists a little Divine intervention to stop the barbaric invader before all is lost.
Machete (1958) as Director of Photography
Mari Blanchard, Albert Dekker, Juano Hernandez, Carlos Rivas, Lee Van Cleef. Shot on location in Puerto Rico, this hot-blooded melodrama focuses on the ill-fated relationship between a sugar cane plantation owner, his scheming wife, and his loyal foreman
She Devil (1957) as Director of Photography
The Deerslayer (1957) as Director of Photography
In the wilderness of early Colonial days, trapper Tom Hutter lives with his two daughters in an isolated floating fort. Tom's one-man vendetta against Indians has brought the wrath of the Hurons down on him...thereby garnering the reluctant aid of wilderness wanderer Deerslayer and his Mohican blood-brother, Chingachgook. Among adventures, violence and escapes, a batch of dirty secrets emerges...
Kronos (1957) as Director of Photography
Scientists investigate what appears to be a meteorite that crashes into the ocean. After a few days and nights of mysterious lights and noises, a giant machine comes out of the ocean. The machine is the creation of an alien race, that is trying to syphon energy from earth. A true classic, in that it is so different from anything in the time period. To this day, nothing else has come out like it.
Mohawk (1956) as Photography
When a Boston artist is commissioned to paint landscapes, he gets caught up in a land war between settlers and the Mohawks.
Mesa of Lost Women (1953) as Director of Photography
A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarves in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.
Limelight (1953) as Director of Photography
A broken-down comic sacrifices everything to give a young dancer a shot at the big time.
The Three-D Follies (1953) as Photog, "Carmenesque"
Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) as Photography
The king of the jungle fights off ivory poachers.
Lady Possessed (1952) as Director of Photography
Rose of Cimarron (1952) as Director of Photography
Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952) as Photography
The jungle king's cousin tries to get him to help find a diamond treasure.
Face to Face (1952) as Photog "The Secret Sharer"
Tarzan's Peril (1951) as Photography
The jungle king tries to catch gunrunners.
Father's Wild Game (1950) as Photography
Rocketship X-M (1950) as Director of Photography
Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon on. Because of craft malfunction and some fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. On Mars, evidence of a once powerful civilization is found. The scientists determinted that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians (Who suprsingly look like humans). Those that survived reverted to a caveman like existance. 2 of the Astrunauts are killed while on Mars. The remaining 3 Astronauts return to Earth. Unfortunatly, they are killed when lack of fuel causes them to crash on re-entry.
It's a Small World (1950) as Director of Photography
A little person becomes the dupe of a criminal gang.
The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950) as Director of Photography
The Return of Jesse James (1950) as Director of Photography
Johnny looks so much like the real Jesse, he is mistaken for him by a grizzled old member of the now deceased James gang. Johnny is talked into leading a new gang to rob banks using the same modus operandi as the famed outlaw. Jesse's brother Frank decides to put a stop to the defamation of his dead brother's name. Johnny and his gang run into trouble when they try to rob the same two banks, simultaneously, that proved to be the downfall of the original gang.
Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) as Photography
Explorers try to use the jungle king to find a fountain of youth.
Siren of Atlantis (1949) as Director of Photography
Bad Boy (1949) as Director of Photography
A lawman tries to find the source of a juvenile delinquent's bad behavior.
Call of the Forest (1949) as Director of Photography
The Dude Goes West (1948) as Director of Photography
A tenderfoot tries to help a miner's daughter protect her claim.
Heaven Only Knows (1947) as Director of Photography
An angel lands in the wild West to save a gambler''''s soul.
The Macomber Affair (1947) as Cinematographer
A wealthy playboy and his wife hire a great white hunter to guide them to the African hunting grounds.
Mr. Ace (1946) as Cinematographer
Margaret Wyndham Chase (Sylvia Sidney) wants to run for governor and approches Eddie Ace (George Raft), local political kingmaker/fringe gangster, to get his support. Ace's belief is that "beautiful women and politics do not mix" and he declines to help. She decides to play the game rough-and-tough without him, but he shows he is even rougher-and-tougher, and she gives up and withdraws from the race. But Ace has fallen in love with her at about the 45-minute mark and, with his new-found ardor for clean politics, he makes some (unclean) manipulations behind the scenes, and she is picked to run on an independent good-government ticket.
Suspense (1946) as Director of Photography
The new manager of an ice show plots to steal the owners business and his wife.
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) as Photography
Tarzan fights to keep a killer cult from attacking traders.
Wonder Man (1945) as Director of Photography
A murdered nightclub star possesses a mild-mannered look-alike to bring his killers to justice.
Bring on the Girls (1945) as Director of Photography
Frenchman's Creek (1944) as 1st cam, 3rd unit
A British noblewoman flees the life of the court to run off with a French pirate.
And the Angels Sing (1944) as Photography
The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc with the plans of Pop Angel (Raymond Walburn) to buy a soy bean farm. They do accept an offer of ten dollars to sing at a dubious night club on the edge of town where a band led by Happy Marshall (Fred MacMurray) is playing. Bobby takes the ten dollars and runs it up to $190 at the dice table. Happy hits on Nancy but she rebuffs him. He doesn't have the money to pay his band and borrows the gambling winnings from Bobby on the pretext that he will give her a job with his band. Bobby discovers the next day that Happy has hastily departed for New York. The girls follow to a night club where he is working and, after an audition, the manager is willing to give Happy a contract if the girls will sing with his band.
Rainbow Island (1944) as Director of Photography
A girl is raised as a native while living on a tropical island.
Happy Go Lucky (1943) as Director of Photography
To land a rich husband, golddigger Marjory Stuart goes to Trinidad posing as a debutante. Beach boy Pete promptly unmasks her, but offers to help her catch his enemy, yachtsman Alfred Monroe. Marjory's pal Bubbles turns out to be the old flame of Pete's pal Wally. All the well-planned efforts to land Monroe end in slapstick; then Wally's voodoo priestess landlady gives him a love potion that works...
Riding High (1943) as Director of Photography
Journey into Fear (1942) as Director of Photography
A munitions expert gets mixed up with gunrunners in Turkey.
Caught in the Draft (1941) as Director of Photography
Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and her father, but his military career is largely slapstick. Will he ever get his corporal's stripes?
The Great Dictator (1941) as Director of Photography
A Jewish barber takes the place of a war-hungry dictator.
Aloma of the South Seas (1941) as Director of Photography
A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.
Rhythm on the River (1940) as Fill-in photog
Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style.
Zenobia (1939) as Photography
When he cures a circus elephant, a country doctor gets an unwanted friend.
Paris Honeymoon (1939) as Photography
A Texas millionaire travels to Europe to meet his girlfriend, a European countess. He stops in a rustic mountain village and meets a beautiful peasant girl. He falls in love with her, then must decide if he wants her or the rich countess.
The Star Maker (1939) as Photography
Some Like It Hot (1939) as Photography
A carnival con artist tries to ride his girlfriend''''s singing talents to the big time.
Island of Lost Men (1939) as Photography
Every Day's a Holiday (1938) as Photography
Thanks for the Memory (1938) as Photography
A struggling novelist living well beyond his means refuses the financial support of his wife.
Dangerous to Know (1938) as Photography
Racketeer Steve Recka (Akim Tamiroff), art patron and political power-maker, rules his town and Madame Lan Ying (Anna May Wong), his beautiful Oriental friend and hostess (read:mistress), with an iron hand. He meets Margaret Van Kase (Gail Patrick), a socialite not impressed by his power nor his wealth, having no money herself, and Steve makes frantic efforts to win her and turns away from the loyal Lin Yang. Margaret ignores him as she plans to wed Philip Easton (Harvey Stephens), a penniless bond salesman. The furious Recka, poses as a friend to Easton, while planning to ruin him. His henchmen kidnap Easton when he is carrying a large assignment of bonds, and he is branded as a runaway thief. The only doubters are Margaret and Police Inspector Brandon (Lloyd Nolan), who knows Recka's methods and suspects foul play. Easton is found in an abandoned house and arrested as the gangsters have taken the bonds and tipped the police where to find him. Recka offers to clear Easton if Margaret will become his bride and, while her hatred for Recka is intense, her love for Easton is greater and she consents. Recka, however, has reckoned without Lan Ying.
Sing You Sinners (1938) as Photography
A brother act is broken up by one sibling''''s devotion to gambling.
Waikiki Wedding (1937) as Photography
A laid-back marketing man for a Hawaiian pineapple company enjoys his life in the tropical paradise until a beautiful woman arrives on the island and turns his life upside down.
Double or Nothing (1937) as Photography
A dying millionaire instructs his laywer to drop four purses on the streets of New York City. Four honest people find them and return them to the lawyer. Under the terms of the will, each of them is given $1,000,000, which they must double within 30 days in order to claim his entire estate. However, the greedy relative cut from the will are determined to thwart each one's plans.
Thunder Trail (1937) as Photography
Mountain Music (1937) as Photography
Go West Young Man (1936) as Photography
Movie star Mavis Arden, as amorous in private as she is pure in public, gets involved with a politician despite her watchdog publicist Morgan. Planning to meet her beau again at the next stop on her personal appearance tour, Mavis is stranded at a remote rural boarding house, with a pretentious landlady, sensible old maid, rabid film fan waitress...and strapping young mechanic Bud Norton, whom to Mavis is just the plaything of an idle hour...
The Preview Murder Mystery (1936) as Photography
Let's Make a Million (1936) as Photography
Hollywood Boulevard (1936) as Photography
Anything Goes (1936) as Photography
A young man falls in love with a beautiful blonde. When he sees her being forced onto a luxury liner, he decides to follow and rescue her. However, he discovers that she is an English heiress who ran away from home and is now being returned to England. He also discovers that his boss is on the ship. To avoid discovery, he disguises himself as the gangster accomplice of a minister, who is actually a gangster on the run from the law.
Rhythm on the Range (1936) as Photography
A cowboy falls for his boss, a beautiful lady ranch owner.
Too Many Parents (1936) as Photography
Mississippi (1935) as Orig photog
A young pacifist after refusing on principle to defend her sweetheart's honor and being banished in disgrace, joins a riverboat troupe as a singer, acquires a reputation as a crackshot after a saloon brawl in which the villain of the piece accidentally kills himself with his own gun, falls in love with his former fianceé's sister and finally bullies an apprehensive family into accepting him.
Goin' to Town (1935) as Photography
When her fiancée Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton...
Two for Tonight (1935) as Photography
Four Frightened People (1934) as Photography
Belle of the Nineties (1934) as Photography
A cabaret entertainer shifts her operations to New Orleans and becomes exceedingly popular with the local men.
Here Is My Heart (1934) as Photography
The Pursuit of Happiness (1934) as Photography
An innkeeper''''s daughter falls for a British deserter during the American revolution.
The Girl in 419 (1933) as Photography
One Sunday Afternoon (1933) as Photography
A small-town dentist longs to avenge an old friend who stole his love, but discovers there''''s no need.
Tonight Is Ours (1933) as Photography
Torch Singer (1933) as Photography
A night club singer hosts a children''''s radio show in hopes of finding the child she gave up years earlier.
Disgraced (1933) as Photography
The Woman Accused (1933) as Photography
Jeffrey and Glenda play two lovers about to embark on a three-day cruise to nowhere. Their plan is to be married on board by the ship's captain. As Glenda is packing to leave, she receives a threatening phone call from her obsessed, former lover who has taken residence just two floors above her apartment. Glenda sneaks upstairs to confront Leo and tell him that it's over. Leo, a high-powered attorney calls a hit-man to have Jeffrey eliminated. Glenda knocks Leo over the head before he can give the hitman a name. Leo is dead. Glenda sneaks back into her apartment, goes off on the cruise with Jeffrey and pretends that all is swell. Leo's partner, Stephen Bessemer, suspects Glenda and follows her to the ship. Bessemer stages a mock trial aboard the ship and cleverly draws a confession from Glenda. Jeffrey, also an attorney, represents Glenda when she is arrested upon arriving on shore. A skeptical district attorney, and the fact that Jeffrey horsewhips the star witness (the hit-man), combine to get Glenda completely off the hook.
The Story of Temple Drake (1933) as Photography
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers.
The Man from Yesterday (1932) as Photography
Two Kinds of Women (1932) as Photography
Guilty As Hell (1932) as Photography
The Sign of the Cross (1932) as Photography
After Nero burns the city, a Roman official falls for a Christian accused of setting the fire.
Forgotten Commandments (1932) as Photography
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) as Photography
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a scientist who unleashes the beast within.
The World and the Flesh (1932) as Photography
Dancers in the Dark (1932) as Photography
Island of Lost Souls (1932) as Cinematographer
On a remote island, a mad scientist turns wild animals into human monsters.
Murder by the Clock (1931) as Photography
Women Love Once (1931) as Photography
Up Pops the Devil (1931) as Photography
Kiki (1931) as Photography
The Road to Reno (1931) as Photography
Skippy (1931) as Photography
Boys from opposite sides of the track try to raise money for a dog license.
The Bad One (1930) as Director of Photography
Danger Lights (1930) as Director of Photography
A family railroad is threatened when the owner''''s girl falls for a conductor.
Abraham Lincoln (1930) as Director of Photography
In this biography the simple backwoods boy rises to become one of America''''s most beloved presidents.
Be Yourself! (1930) as Director of Photography
In the nightclub where entertainer Fannie Field sings, two rivals for her favors, Jerry Moore and Mac McCloskey, come to blows before either realizes the other is a boxer. Jerry loses the fight but wins Fannie, who becomes his trainer with the aid of her schlemiel brother. Aside from a slight tendency to lie down in the ring, Jerry is successful. But success brings the inevitable blonde; does this mean heartbreak for Fannie? Features the star's inimitable ethnic humor.
One Romantic Night (1930) as Director of Photography
A princess engaged to a prince falls for her brother's tutor.
Lummox (1930) as Director of Photography
Taming of the Shrew (1929) as Director of Photography
Lady of the Pavements (1929) as Camera
Karl, a German diplomat in Paris, discovers that his fiancee, Diane, has been cheating on him. He tells her that he would rather marry a "girl of the streets" than her. Outraged, Diane decides to grant hi his wish, and enlists the services of a Spanish singer/dancer from a disreputable nightclub to pose as a sophisticated, convent-educated singer, and surreptitiously arranges for her to meet Karl.
Coquette (1929) as Director of Photography
A Southern belle's flirtation with a working man leads to tragedy.
Drums of Love (1928) as Director of Photography
The Night Watch (1928) as Director of Photography
The Battle of the Sexes (1928) as Director of Photography
In this silent film, a gold digger and her boyfriend plot to fleece a respectable middle-aged businessman.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) as Photography
In this silent film, a farmer's affair with a city woman almost destroys his life.
Babe Comes Home (1927) as Director of Photography
Forever After (1926) as Director of Photography
Meet the Prince (1926) as Director of Photography
Sparrows (1926) as Director of Photography
In this silent film, the oldest of a band of orphans watches over them while they are being used as slaves.
Hell's 400 (1926) as Director of Photography
Ben-Hur (1925) as Photography
In this silent film, a rebellious Israelite prince out for vengeance crosses paths with the Messiah.
The Winding Stair (1925) as Director of Photography
The Legend of Hollywood (1924) as Director of Photography
Idle Tongues (1924) as Director of Photography
White Man (1924) as Director of Photography
Mothers-in-Law (1923) as Director of Photography
Maytime (1923) as Director of Photography
The Hero (1923) as Director of Photography
Daughters of the Rich (1923) as Director of Photography
Poor Men's Wives (1923) as Director of Photography
The Law and the Woman (1922) as Director of Photography
Rich Men's Wives (1922) as Director of Photography
Saturday Night (1922) as Director of Photography
Though betrothed to fellow socialite Richard, Iris weds her chauffeur Tom leaving Richard to marry the family laundress' daughter Shamrock. Class differences lead to divorces and remarriages.
Fool's Paradise (1922) as Director of Photography
In a Mexican border town Athur befriends cantina girl Poll. She falls for him but he still loves the dancer Rosa. When the cigar Poll gives him explodes and blinds him, Arthur is duped into thinking Poll is Rosa and marries her. When his vision is surgically restored, he leaves for Siam to find Rosa.
Minnie (1922) as Director of Photography
Thorns and Orange Blossoms (1922) as Director of Photography
Fools First (1922) as Director of Photography
The Affairs of Anatol (1921) as Director of Photography
In this silent film, a married man neglects his wife to search for the perfect mistress.
Something to Think About (1920) as Camera
Wealthy cripple Markley finances the education of blacksmith's daughter Ruth. When she returns to their small town he asks to marry her, but she runs off with city worker Jim Dirk who is then killed in a subway accident. Markley offers to marry her in name only to protect her new son.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Poisoned Paradise (1924) as Photography

Post Production (feature film)

Gone With the Wind (1939) as Technicolor tests
Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War.

Cinematography (special)

Chaplin Today: Limelight (2003) as Cinematographer
Director Bernardo Bertolucci shares his impressions of Charlie Chaplin''''s classic Limelight.

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