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John Alton

John Alton



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Also Known As: Died: June 2, 1996
Born: October 5, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: Cinematography ...


Cinematography (feature film)

Twelve to the Moon (1960) as Director Of Photography
An international team boards a spaceship to the moon.
Elmer Gantry (1960) as Photography
A young drifter finds success as a traveling preacher until his past catches up with him.
12 to the Moon (1960) as Director of Photography
Lonelyhearts (1958) as Director of Photography
A sensitive young reporter assigned to write an advice column gets caught up in his readers' lives.
The Brothers Karamazov (1958) as Director of Photography
In this adaptation of the Dostoevsky classic, four brothers fight to adjust to the death of their domineering father.
Designing Woman (1957) as Director of Photography
A sportswriter and a fashion designer have a lot of adjusting to do when they marry in haste.
The Catered Affair (1956) as Director of Photography
A working-class mother fights to give her daughter a big wedding whether the girl wants it or not.
Tea and Sympathy (1956) as Director of Photography
A faculty wife risks her marriage to help a troubled teen tormented by his fellow students.
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) as Director of Photography
An Okinawan translator introduces U.S. occupation forces to the joys of local life.
Slightly Scarlet (1956) as Director of Photography
Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. But after falling out with Caspar, Ben tries to help June, who he begins to fall for. Sexy Dorothy also has a yen for Ben. June is reluctantly forced to go along with Ben's schemes, but there may be more to these than meets the eye...
The Big Combo (1955) as Director of Photography
A police detective tries to convict a mob boss by going to the man's girlfriend.
Escape to Burma (1955) as Director of Photography
A local prince in British Burma has been killed, apparently by his prospecting partner Jim Brecan. The bereaved father wants Brecan's head, no questions asked, but Captain Cardigan of the colonial police hopes to find him first for a fair trial. Meanwhile, Brecan finds refuge on the teak plantation of wealthy colonial Gwen Moore, where mutual attraction soon makes him indispensable...
Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) as Director of Photography
Two beachcombers with a yacht join woman-with-a-past Rita on a quest for black pearls on a secret island. Arrived, they find another white man has made himself high priest; but George, the latter's handome son, is fair game for Rita, who lands in the guise of a missionary! The inevitable conflict over the pearls brings violence and corruption to the quiet island.
Tennessee's Partner (1955) as Director of Photography
A tough, womanizing high-stakes gambler known only as Tennessee has an uneasy relationship with Duchess, madam of a thinly-disguised bordello, and no other friends at all. But he's saved from murder by a lonesome cowpoke ('My friends call me Cowpoke'), in town to meet his fiancée Goldie on the steamboat. When she arrives, there's a mysterious undercurrent between Goldie and Tennessee, whose newfound friendship with Cowpoke is destined to be severely tried...
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) as Director of Photography
The Jones family, about to prove claim to prime Montana land, is raided by renegade Indians in league with villainous neighbor McCord, who gets most of the stolen cattle. Two survivors are helped by college-educated chief's son Colorados. Now Sierra Nevada Jones must fight for her land against legal technicalities and assorted villains. Can she gain the help of McCord's hired gun, Farrell?
Duffy of San Quentin (1954) as Director of Photography
A biography of the experiences of San Quentin prison warden Clinton T. Duffy.
Passion (1954) as Director of Photography
In old Spanish California, dashing cattleman Juan Obregon returns to the rancho of his friend Gaspar Melo, to find he's fathered a son on Rosa, one of Gaspar's identical twin daughters. Overjoyed, he plans to formalize his "unofficial" marriage. But trouble brews; Melo's land is of unclear title and the new Don Domingo hopes to grab it for his own profit. Violence results. Without even knowing who survived, Juan (accompanied by Rosa's tomboy sister Tonya) rides for revenge, through spectacular pastoral and wilderness scenery.
The Steel Cage (1954) as Director of Photography
Silver Lode (1954) as Director of Photography
Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarthy, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall McCarthy while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence: but the townspeople's loyalty to him gradually begins to waver under McCarthy's accusations.
Witness to Murder (1954) as Director of Photography
A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder.
Battle Circus (1953) as Director of Photography
A doctor fights for his life during the Korean War.
Take the High Ground! (1953) as Director of Photography
A tough drill sergeant prepares green recruits for service in the Korean War.
I, the Jury (1953) as Photography
It's nearly Christmas, but Mike Hammer is on the vengeance trail when Jack, his wartime buddy, is murdered. Hotheaded Hammer sets out to find the killer, working his way through an increasingly large pile of suspects (and corpses). Along the way, he meets a new love interest, psychologist Charlotte Manning, a treacherous Santa, a gangster named Kalecki, and two weird sisters, the Bellamy twins.
Count the Hours (1953) as Director of Photography
A lawyer defends a migrant worker in a sensational murder trial.
Talk About a Stranger (1952) as Director of Photography
Small-town gossips rage over the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
Apache War Smoke (1952) as Director of Photography
A killer joins stagecoach passengers under attack by Indians.
Washington Story (1952) as Director of Photography
A reporter in search of government corruption falls for a congressman.
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952) as Director of Photography
Seven stories celebrate the glorious diversity of American life.
Father's Little Dividend (1951) as Director of Photography
In this sequel to Father of the Bride, a doting father faces a series of comic trials when his daughter has her first child.
An American in Paris (1951) as Ballet photog
An American artist finds love in Paris but almost loses it to conflicting loyalties.
The People Against O'Hara (1951) as Director of Photography
A defense attorney jeopardizes his career to save his client.
Grounds for Marriage (1951) as Director of Photography
An opera singer and her ex-husband find that their romance refuses to die with their marriage.
Father of the Bride (1950) as Director of Photography
A doting father faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter marries.
Mystery Street (1950) as Director of Photography
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim's bones to go on.
Devil's Doorway (1950) as Director of Photography
A Native American Civil War hero returns home to fight for his people.
Captain China (1950) as Photography
Stormy waves in the South China Sea wash a drunken captain, Charles Chinnough, off his ship just before it crashes on a reef. He's then rescued by a passing vessel. Two months later the former captain, now in disgrace, sails as a passenger on a ship commanded by Brendensen, the man who had been the first-mate on his last voyage. Tension quickly develops between these two, especially since both are now attracted to the same female passenger, Kim Mitchell. A typhoon forces Chinnough and Brendensen to work together to save the ship while, at the same time, new information comes to light about their previous voyage together.
Border Incident (1949) as Director of Photography
Police try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket.
The Crooked Way (1949) as Cinematographer
A war hero''''s amnesia keeps him from dealing with his criminal past.
The Black Book (1949) as Director of Photography
Opponents plot to bring down Robespierre during the French Revolution.
Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949) as Director of Photography
Raw Deal (1948) as Director of Photography
When the gangster for whom he took the rap welches, a convict breaks out of prison to get revenge.
Hollow Triumph (1948) as Director of Photography
A crook on the lam poses as a psychiatrist.
T-Men (1948) as Director of Photography
U.S. agents infiltrate a deadly counterfeiting ring.
The Spiritualist (1948) as Director of Photography
On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind...
Canon City (1948) as Director of Photography
A convict uses a fake gun to start a full-scale prison escape.
He Walked by Night (1948) as Director of Photography
After killing a cop, a burglar fights to evade the police.
The Ghost Goes Wild (1947) as Photography
Monty Crandall (James Ellison) is a commercial artist who ridicules a dowager (Ruth Donnelly) with a caricature of her on a magazine cover and she sues him. His troubles are multiplied when a pretty wife (Stephanie Bachelor) forces her attentions on him, and her gun-toting husband (Grant Withers) is somewhat incensed about it, blaming Monty. He fakes his death and returns as a ghost to frighten off the trouble-makers, but it is only when he enlists the aid of a real ghost, Eric (Edward Everett Horton), that his problems are solved.
Bury Me Dead (1947) as Director of Photography
Barbara Carlin (June Lockhart) attends her own funeral and returns home suspecting that her husband,Rod Carlin (Mark Daniels), had tried to do away with her, and is also (rightfully) curious as to just who was the woman buried under her name. She learns that the victim was glamour girl Helen Lawrence (Sonia Darren), with whom her husband had been having an affair. Complications come from her sister Rusty (Cathy O'Donnell), who, it turns out, is not her real sister and also doesn't like her a whole lot, and from a dim-witted prize fighter,George Mandley (Greg McClure). The family attorney, Michael Dunn (Hugh Beaumont), stands around and provides little in the way of help or reason for being there, until...
The Pretender (1947) as Photography
The Trespasser (1947) as Director of Photography
Driftwood (1947) as Director of Photography
Six-year-old Jenny (Natalie Wood) rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for spotted fever vaccine. Dr. Steven Webster (Dean Jagger) meets both Jenny and the dog and "adopts" them both. His fiancee Susan (Ruth Warrick) isn't too fond of either the girl or the dog. Webster wants to get a hospital for the town but he is suppressed by the town mayor (Jerome Cowan.) In the arguments that follow, Webster's lab is wrecked and ticks infected with spotted fever escape. The town is in a panic and all want to be vaccinated. Jenny is infected and is about to die.
Winter Wonderland (1947) as Photography
Robin Hood of Texas (1947) as Director of Photography
When the bank is robbed, Gene and the boys are singing nearby and the Chief arrests them as gang members diverting attention but lets them go thinking they will lead them to the others. Duke Mantel double-crosses the rest of the gang and with the money, accidently heads for the dude ranch where Gene is. The rest of the gang eventually show up to retrieve the money just as Gene and the boys find themselves locked in a building.
Wyoming (1947) as Director of Photography
Charles Alderson (Bill Elliott as William Elliott) and his wife settle in the Wyoming Territory, and form a lasting friendship with Thomas Jefferson "Windy" Gibson (George Hayes as George "Gabby" Hayes). Alderson's wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with an infant daughter, who he sends to Europe for an education. During the years in which she is abroad, Alderson becomes a wealthy cattle baron. The daughter, Karen (Vera Ralston), returns to Wyoming soon after it has been admitted to statehood. She finds that much of the land her father has considered as his own is now open to homesteaders, and that hostilities have broken out between the two factions. Alderson's foreman, Glenn Forrester (John Carroll), a former lawyer with whom Karen falls in love, warns Alderson against using violence in dealing with the homesteaders. Duke Lassister (Albert Dekker), a smooth operator dealing in cattle rustling, sets himself up as a spokesman for the homesteaders and uses their fight with Alderson to further his own interests. When Lassister murders Windy, Alderson hires a gang of outlaws to war on the homesteaders.
Hit Parade of 1947 (1947) as Director of Photography
The Magnificent Rogue (1946) as Photography
The Madonna's Secret (1946) as Photography
One Exciting Week (1946) as Photography
A Guy Could Change (1946) as Photography
Murder in the Music Hall (1946) as Ice seq photog
Affairs of Geraldine (1946) as Photography
Love, Honor and Goodbye (1945) as Photography
Song of Mexico (1945) as Photography
Mexicana (1945) as Loc cam
Girls of the Big House (1945) as Photography
Enemy of Women (1944) as Director of Photography
Young Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels (Paul Andor), an unsuccesful playright, is forced, in order to support himself, to take a position as tutor in the household of Herr Quandt (Ralph Morgan.) His first attempt to force himself upon women comes when he becomes interested in a young actress, Maria Brandt (Claudia Drake), daughter of Colonel Brandt (H.B. Warner)at whose home he is lodging. He is driven from the house by Colonel Brandt. That night, acting as an usher for a meeting of the new German Socialist Party, Goebbels hears Hitler speak, and becomes an ardent follower. He is made propaganda head, becomes known as the "Scoundrel of Berlin", and his machinations strike terror into the hearts of innocent girls. Maria Brandt, who is working as a bit player in a theatre in Hannover, again meets Goebbels. Through his efforts, although unknown to her, Maria is made an overnight star. He then procures a contract for her at the famous UFA studios of Berlin. Maria, who has become interested in a young doctor, Hans Traeger (Donald Woods), shuns Goebbels' attentions.
The Lady and the Monster (1944) as Photography
The Sultan's Daughter (1944) as Director of Photography
A sultan''s lovely daughter finds herself courted by a handsome American.
Atlantic City (1944) as Photography
In 1915, Atlantic City is a sleepy seaside resort, but Brad Taylor, son of a small hotel and vaudeville house proprietor, has big plans: he thinks it can be "the playground of the world." Brad's wheeling and dealing proves remarkably successful in attracting big enterprises and big shows, but brings him little success in personal relationships. Full of nostalgic songs and acts, some with the original artists.
Storm Over Lisbon (1944) as Photography
Deresco owner of a night club in neutral Portugal, works a free-lance spy for everybody who can afford his price. He tries to get information from US agent John Craig with help from immigrant dancer Maritza, but she falls in love with him. Craig becomes a special "guest" at Deresco's casino, but there you can't be sure of the occupation of everybody, as well as in their political intention...
Lake Placid Serenade (1944) as Photography
Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942) as Photography
Mike Jason (Dennis O'Keefe), idea man for the Bullard Advertising Agency, and Cleo Arden (Gloria Dickson), director of the Jimmy Valentine radio program, based on the exploits of the old-time safe cracker, fear their jobs are in jeopardy when the sponsor decides to switch his show to another agency. Mike suggests that a $10,000 prize be offered to anyone who can locate the real Jimmy Valentine. Mike and Mousey (George E. Stone), a little chiseler who has attached himself to Mike, follow a clue to a small town. Unknown to Mike, Mousey is out for revenge and kills two innocent men before they learn the identity of the real Jimmy Valentine (Roman Bohnen). Mousey tries to kill Valentine but he himself is killed in the scuffle. Mike refuses to identify Valentine, claiming that one of the murdered men was the real Jimmy Valentine.
Johnny Doughboy (1942) as Photography
Ice-Capades Revue (1942) as Photography
Moonlight Masquerade (1942) as Photography
Pardon My Stripes (1942) as Photography
Melody for Three (1941) as Director of Photography
Power Dive (1941) as Director of Photography
Forced Landing (1941) as Director of Photography
The Devil Pays Off (1941) as Photography
Chris Waring (William Wright) is a government investigator trying to gather the necessary evidence to convict a shipping magnate, DeBrock (J.Edward Bromberg), of selling his ships to the United States but is suspected of holding up and preventing their delivery because of bribes from foreign powers. DeBrock's conscience, nor his flirty wife, Valerie DeBrock (Osa Massen), give him any peace of mind.
The Captain of Koepenick (1941) as Director of Photography
The Courageous Dr. Christian (1940) as Photography
Three Faces West (1940) as Photography
A refugee must choose between the man she loves and the man who helped her father escape the Third Reich.
Remedy for Riches (1940) as Photography
Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940) as Director of Photography
La vida bohemia (1938) as Fotógrafo [Photog]

Cast (special)

Glorious Technicolor (1998) as Interviewee
Narrator Angela Lansbury shows how the rise of color film revolutionized Hollywood.

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