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James A. Crabe

James A. Crabe


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Also Known As: Died: May 2, 1989
Born: August 19, 1931 Cause of Death: complications resulting from AIDS
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cinematography ...


Cinematography (feature film)

For Keeps (1988) as Director Of Photography
Darcy Elliot and Stan Bobrucz are young, smart, ambitious high school seniors focused on college and their future professional careers. However, when the couple discover that Darcy is pregnant, their plans get thrown out the window. Deciding against abortion or adoption, Darcy and Stan decide to c
Code Name: Dancer (1987) as Director Of Photography
An ex-secret agent who leads a one-woman invasion of Cuba to rescue an old colleague.
Happy New Year (1987) as Director Of Photography
Two crooks don a variety of disguises to rob a jewelry store.
Deadly Care (1987) as Director Of Photography
A television movie about a dedicated critical-care nurse and her descent into drug and alcohol abuse which she hides from her colleagues.
Long Time Gone (1986) as Director Of Photography
A movie about Nick Sandusky, a down-and-out, debt-ridden detective living in the fast lane, who stumbles through a bizarre missing persons case while also trying to establish a relationship with his eleven-year-old son, Mitchell, whom he hasn't seen in nine years.
When the Bough Breaks (1986) as Director Of Photography
Ted Danson was both star and co-executive producer of this adaptation of Jonathan Kellerman's Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning mystery novel about a child psychologist's obsessive investigation into a series of murders that leads to a group of wealthy and powerful men. Danson plays the doctor, Richard
Karate Kid Part II, The (1986) as Director Of Photography
Covenant (1985) as Director Of Photography
A television movie about the Nobles, a powerful, wealthy, and mysterious San Francisco banking family who use the Covenant, a family pledge to evil, to control family members and others for personal gain.
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) as Director Of Photography
After graduating from the Police Academy, Mahoney and his friends are ready to deal with true crime. Their initial assignment is to stop a gang of tough graffiti artists, but the new lieutenant at the station does not want them to succeed. So the lieutenant does everything he can to see them fail, and the former cadets repond by planning revenge on him.
The Karate Kid (1984) as Director Of Photography
A boy learns karate from a retired master to deal with school bullies.
Concrete Beat (1984) as Director Of Photography
Newspaper columnist John Getz tries to juggle the hectic schedule of his job, trying to clear a woman blamed for her child's death, and romancing his ex-wife who happens to be his gruff boss' daughter in this prospective series pilot.
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: More Than Murder (1984) as Director Of Photography
The third pilot film for the series "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" (see also "Mickey Spillane's Margin for Murder" and "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: Murder Me, Murder You"). Mike Hammer, a tough private detective working out of New York City, attempts to clear his friend, Captain Pat Chambers of
Family Secrets (1984) as Director Of Photography
A recently widowed mother, her advertising executive daughter, and her teenage granddaughter, reunite for an emotion charged weekend to close up the recently-sold family home, relive painful memories and resolve long-standing tensions. For this film, initially called "Mother's Day" (after the day on
Two Kinds of Love (1983) as Director Of Photography
The coming of age of young Ricky Schroder. His doting mother, Lindsay Wagner, dies suddenly, his workaholic dad, Peter Weller, hardly knows him and girls are beginning to attract him.
Night Shift (1982) as Director Of Photography
Chuck Lumley is a soft-spoken man who has the terrible job of being a morgue attendant during the night shift. Anxious to help a friendly prostitute named Belinda and influenced by his enthusiastic assistant Bill, who always has an angle, Chuck attempts to help Belinda, and make some fast money by t
Letter, The (1982) as Director Of Photography
In this sumptuous remake of the 1940 Bette Davis/Herbert Marshall version of Somerset Maugham's tale of smoldering passions on a rubber plantation in the Malayan jungles, Lee Remick and Australian actor Jack Thompson star as the restless wife and her rubber planter husband behind whose back she had
Baltimore Bullet, The (1980) as Director Of Photography
How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980) as Director Of Photography
The Formula (1980) as Director Of Photography
A detective is in jeopardy after discovering a synthetic formula for gasoline.
The China Syndrome (1979) as Director Of Photography
A television newswoman stumbles onto deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant.
Players (1979) as Director Of Photography
Chris, a young, rising star in the world of professonal tennis falls in love with Nicole, who is twice his age and is involved with a wealthy man. Nicole is also attracted to Chris, but not sure if she is willing to give up her life of luxury for him.
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979) as Director Of Photography
A drama about a dying woman who returns to the home of her widowed mother after an absence of twenty years and how their bitter estrangement slowly turns to love. This double tour-de-force for Bette Davis and Gena Rowlands was a heralded first effort for writer Michael de Guzman, and premiered right
Sextette (1978) as Director Of Photography
Marlo Manners is enjoying her honeymoon with Sir Michael Barrington, husband number 6. As luck would have it, an international conference is taking place in the same hotel and the Russian delegate (one of Marlo's former husbands) is threatening to derail the negotiations unless he can have one more fling with his ex. Adding to the complications is a tape Marlo has made detailing all of her affairs and scandals, which her manager is desperately trying (and failing) to destroy.
Thank God It's Friday (1978) as Director Of Photography
Show biz hopefuls flock to the local disco in pursuit of their dreams.
Death In Canaan (1978) as Director Of Photography
A dramatization of the nonfictional account of Connecticut townspeople, rising to the defense of a local teenager charged with the mutilation murder of his mother in September 1973. Clemens, son of actress Eleanor Parker, made his film acting debut here. This movie also marked the American TV directing debut of Tony Richardson and was Emmy Award-nominated as Outstanding Special of the 1977-78 season.
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) as Director Of Photography
A further look into the lives of F.D.R. and Eleanor Roosevelt during their twelve-year residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, reuniting most of the cast and technical crew responsible for the multiple-award-winning first film (1976). Equally as honored (with seventeen Emmy nominations), this film wa
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1976) as Director Of Photography
A drama dealing with the famed novelist's two markedly contrasting stays in the film capital: first in 1927, at the height of his popularity with the widespread acclaim for "The Great Gatsby", when he and Zelda dazzled Hollywood; then in 1937, with Zelda in a sanitarium and expenses mounting, when a
Entertainer, The (1976) as Director Of Photography
A semi-musical adaptation of the stage and screen drama (both of which starred Laurence Olivier) about a second-rate vaudevillian, still struggling at middle age for success and stardom. The setting is changed from the original British to an American seaside resort and has Emmy Award-nominated perfo
Disappearance of Aimee, The (1976) as Director Of Photography
A dramatization of the unexplained six-week disappearance in 1926 of evangelist Aimee Semple McPhearson after which a court hearing had to decide whether she had been kidnapped to Mexico as she claimed or had been trysting with a married man as the police and her mother (played by Bette Davis) suspe
Dead Don't Die, The (1975) as Director Of Photography
This supernatural period piece set in the mid-1930s has a sailor becoming drawn into the netherworld while trying to prove that his brother was wrongly executed for murder.
Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman, The (1974) as Director Of Photography
Winner of nine Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama of the 1973-74 season, this was one of the most acclaimed TV movies ever, highlighted by Cicely Tyson's Emmy-winning performance as the (fictional) woman who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lived to see the Civil Rights movement a centur
W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1974) as Director Of Photography
W.W. is a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing banks through the drive-up windows. The Dixie Dancekings are a country music band trying to get their first big break. W.W. crosses paths with the Dixie Dancekings when he hijacks their car (and them) to help him rob a bank. At first, the band resists. However, when they discover how much money they make, they begin helping out voluntarily in order to finance their big break. At the same time, W.W. takes a liking to them and uses his natural charm and smooth-talking ways to help them start down the road to stardom.
Great American Beauty Contest, The (1973) as Director Of Photography
The pursuit by America's loveliest girls for a coveted beauty crown is threatened by a scandal which implicates a judge, a former winner, and one of the five finalists.
Save the Tiger (1973) as Director Of Photography
A clothing manufacturer faces a midlife crisis and a failing business.
Rhinoceros (1972) as Director Of Photography
Originally an absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses. These are not ordinary rhinoceroses, but people who have been victims of "rhinoceritis." Or is it something else entirely? But, why are they turning into rhinoceroses and what is Ionesco trying to tell us about society?
Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971) as Director Of Photography
An ESP expert (played by former news commentator Alex Dreier) uses his powers to search for a psychic employing telepathy to commit murder. The series "The Sixth Sense" (1972) spun off from this movie -- without Dreier.
The Honkers (1971) as Director Of Photography
A temperamental rodeo star tries to win back his family.
Zigzag (1970) as Director of Photography
A dying man frames himself for murder so his widow can collect the reward.
Lost Flight (1970) as Director of Photography
Agent for H. A. R. M. (1966) as Cinematographer
Wimpy secret agent who looks like Dr. Smith from "Lost In Space" helps protect a scientist from a generic Iron Curtain country who has developed a gun that shoots boogers at people from a evil guy who looks like Pee-Wee Herman.
The Young Sinner (1965) as Photog (see note)
The Touchables (1961) as Camera Operator

Cinematography (special)

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: More Than Murder (1983) as Director Of Photography
The third pilot film for the series "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" (see also "Mickey Spillane's Margin for Murder" and "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: Murder Me, Murder You"). Mike Hammer, a tough private detective working out of New York City, attempts to clear his friend, Captain Pat Chambers of

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

Baby M (1988) as Director Of Photography
A two-part miniseries dramatizing the story of Mary Beth Whitehead, the surrogate mother who bore a child for William and Elizabeth Stern, but decided to keep "Baby M" rather than give it up at birth. The drama depicts the world-famous court battle that resulted from her action.
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986) as Director Of Photography
In this four-hour continuation of the greatly admired 1984 eight-hour miniseries about the Father of Our Country, Barry Bostwick and Patty Duke (she was Patty Duke Astin in the earlier historical drama but since had divorced actor John Astin and reverted to her original acting name) reprised their r

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