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John Alton

John Alton

  • Designing Woman (1957) September 16 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Raw Deal (1948) September 25 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • T-Men (1948) September 25 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • It's A Big Country (1952) October 15 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Crooked Way, The (1949) October 29 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • American in Paris, An (1951) November 02 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: June 2, 1996
Born: October 5, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: Cinematography ...
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Began working in movies accidentally, as an extra on Marion Davies films
1923:
Moved from NYC to LA
1924:
Was lab technician with MGM
1928:
First film as cameraman at Paramount; worked on "Spoilers of the West" and "Wyoming", both produced by David O Selznick
1931:
Went to Paris as head of Paramount camera department
1931:
Went to Paris as head of Paramount camera department
1932:
Installed studios for Lumiton and Sono Film, Argentia
1933:
First film as director of photography, "Los tres Berretines" (Argentina)
1933:
Directorial debut with the Argentine film "El hijo de papa"
1937:
Returned to the USA
1940:
First US film as director of photography, "The Courageous Dr. Christian"
1947:
Had career breakthrough as cinematographer on "T-Men"
1949:
Wrote book, "Painting With Light"
1950:
First worked with Vincente Minnelli, "Father of the Bride"
1951:
Was director of photography on final ballet sequence for "An American in Paris", directed by Minnelli; shared Best Cinematography (Color) Oscar
1953:
First worked with Richard Brooks, "Battle Circus"
1960:
Shot "Elmer Gantry" for Richard Brooks
1962:
After being fired from "Birdman of Alcatraz"; left the film industry; decided to devote time to traveling and painting instead
1993:
Attended a tribute held for him at the Tellrude Film Festival

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