Charles Lang Jr.


Director Of Photography
Charles Lang Jr.

About

Also Known As
Charles Bryant Lang, Charles Lang, Charles Bryant Lang Jr., Charles E Lang, Charles B. Lang Jr., Charles B. Lang
Birth Place
Bluff, Utah, USA
Born
March 27, 1902
Died
April 03, 1998
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

During a career that spanned over half a century, cinematographer Charles Lang worked with directors ranging from Dorothy Arzner ("Anybody's Woman" 1930) to George Cukor ("Zaza" 1939) to Anthony Mann ("The Man from Laramie" 1955) and Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" 1969). One of the key talents responsible for the look of Paramount Studio's films during the 1930s and 40s, Lang...

Notes

During the course of his career Lang was nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar 18 times, the first for "The Right to Love" (1930/31) and the last for "Butterflies Are Free" (1972).

Over the course of his career Lang was variously credited as "Charles Lang", "Charles B. Lang", "Charles Lang, Jr." and "Charles B. Lang, Jr." He is not to be confused with character actor Charles Lang (born 1915), busiest in the 1940s; writer Charles Lang, who scripted "Captain Scarface" (1953) and several TV series of the 1950s; the Charles Lang who worked as an electrician on "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991) or even sound engineeer Charles B. Lang, long with Warner Brothers.

Biography

During a career that spanned over half a century, cinematographer Charles Lang worked with directors ranging from Dorothy Arzner ("Anybody's Woman" 1930) to George Cukor ("Zaza" 1939) to Anthony Mann ("The Man from Laramie" 1955) and Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" 1969). One of the key talents responsible for the look of Paramount Studio's films during the 1930s and 40s, Lang helped establish the softer, romanticized side of the studio's ornate, glossy, vaguely European visual style. Some of Lang's best work features a supple use of camera movement and an atmospheric, translucent lighting which washes gently through interiors, most notably in such tender love stories and wispy light comedies as Frank Borzage's "A Farewell to Arms" (1932) and "Desire" (1936), Mitchell Leisen's "Cradle Song" (1933), Ernst Lubitsch's "Angel" (1937), and Henry Hathaway's stunning romantic fantasy, "Peter Ibbetson" (1935). Like most Hollywood cinematographers of the classical period, however, Lang worked in all genres, and his work included action epics ("Lives of a Bengal Lancer" 1935) as well as the more brittle, stinging comedy of such classics as Mae West's first starrer, "She Done Him Wrong" (1933) and Leisen's delightful "Midnight" (1939).

The latter film seems an appropriate transition to Lang's 40s style, which saw a deeper use of contrasts between light and darkness and a slightly sharper edge to some of the lighting effects. The delicate sensibility was still there as well, though, and the combination added a great deal to two "haunting" ghost dramas, "The Uninvited" (1944) and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947), as well as to Billy Wilder's evocative portrait of postwar Berlin, "A Foreign Affair" (1948), with Marlene Dietrich crooning amidst blazes of light in smoky cafes.

Leaving Paramount in 1951, Lang showed that his talents could fit the moody, violent world of film noir when he collaborated with another Lang, Fritz, on the powerful crime classic, "The Big Heat" (1953). As color became increasingly prevalent in American film during the 50s Lang demonstrated a cool control of color tones in such films as "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957) and "Charade" (1963), while the muted color and deep focus cinematography were among the highlights of the offbeat, Marlon Brando-directed Western, "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961). Lang's work on Wilder's hilarious "Some Like It Hot" (1959) showed, however, that he had not forgotten how to evoke a bygone visual style in his work. He continued working until the early 70s ("Butterflies Are Free" 1972, "40 Carats" 1973), bequeathing to the cinema a rich, often poetic, legacy of visual artistry.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)
Himself
The Great Jewel Robber (1950)
Carlton
Killer Shark (1950)
McCann
The Wolf Hunters (1949)
J. L. McTavish
Easy Living (1949)
Whitey
Night Wind (1948)
John Steele
He Walked by Night (1948)
Policeman
Tampico (1944)
Gun crew naval officer
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Ensign Chuck White
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)
F.B.I. agent
Crime by Night (1944)
Paul Goff
The Last Ride (1944)
Mike Harrigan
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Marine
Air Force (1943)
Soldier
Truck Busters (1943)
Jimmy Dorgan
Gentleman Jim (1942)
Strictly in the Groove (1942)
Russ Monroe
Bombay Clipper (1942)
Tex
Secret Enemies (1942)
Jim Jackson
Hit the Road (1941)
Paul [Revere] Smith
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941)
Steve [Morrison]
San Antonio Rose (1941)
Ralph
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
The young engineer
Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
Jim Joyce
Where Did You Get That Girl? (1941)
Jeff [Brant]
One Crowded Night (1940)
[Frank] Matson
Wildcat Bus (1940)
Jerry Waters

Cinematography (Feature Film)

40 Carats (1973)
Director Of Photography
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
Director of Photography
The Love Machine (1971)
Director of Photography
Doctors' Wives (1971)
Director of Photography
A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970)
Director of Photography
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Director of Photography
How To Commit Marriage (1969)
Director of Photography
Cactus Flower (1969)
Director of Photography
The Stalking Moon (1968)
Director of Photography
A Flea in Her Ear (1968)
Director of Photography
Hotel (1967)
Director of Photography
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Director of Photography
The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
Director of Photography
Not With My Wife, You Don't! (1966)
Director of Photography
How to Steal a Million (1966)
Director of Photography
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Director of Photography
Father Goose (1964)
Director of Photography
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
Director of Photography
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
Director of Photography
Charade (1963)
Director of Photography
How the West Was Won (1963)
Director of Photography
Critic's Choice (1963)
Director of Photography
The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
Director of Photography
A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
Cinematographer
Summer and Smoke (1961)
Cinematographer
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Director of Photography
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Director of Photography
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Director of Photography
Song Without End (1960)
Director of Photography
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Director of Photography
The Facts of Life (1960)
Director of Photography
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Director of Photography
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Director of Photography
Separate Tables (1958)
Photography
Wild Is the Wind (1958)
Director of Photography
The Matchmaker (1958)
Director of Photography
Loving You (1957)
Director of Photography
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Director of Photography
The Rainmaker (1956)
Director of Photography
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
Director of Photography
Autumn Leaves (1956)
Director of Photography
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Director of Photography
Queen Bee (1955)
Director of Photography
Female on the Beach (1955)
Director of Photography
Sabrina (1954)
Director of Photography
It Should Happen to You (1954)
Director of Photography
Phffft (1954)
Director of Photography
The Big Heat (1953)
Director of Photography
Salome (1953)
Director of Photography
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952)
Director of Photography
The Atomic City (1952)
Director of Photography
Sudden Fear (1952)
Director of Photography
Red Mountain (1952)
Director of Photography
The Mating Season (1951)
Director of Photography
September Affair (1951)
Director of Photography
Branded (1951)
Director of Photography
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Director of Photography
Peking Express (1951)
Director of Photography
Copper Canyon (1950)
Director of Photography
Fancy Pants (1950)
Director of Photography
The Great Lover (1949)
Director of Photography
My Own True Love (1949)
Director of Photography
Rope of Sand (1949)
Director of Photography
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Director of Photography
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)
Director of Photography
Cross My Heart (1947)
Director of Photography
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Director of Photography
Where There's Life (1947)
Director of Photography
Desert Fury (1947)
Director of Photography
Blue Skies (1946)
Director of Photography
Miss Susie Slagle's (1946)
Director of Photography
The Stork Club (1945)
Director of Photography
Practically Yours (1944)
Director of Photography
Standing Room Only (1944)
Director of Photography
I Love a Soldier (1944)
Photography
Here Come the Waves (1944)
Director of Photography
The Uninvited (1944)
Director of Photography
True to Life (1943)
Director of Photography
No Time for Love (1943)
Director of Photography
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Director of Photography
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)
Director of Photography
The Forest Rangers (1942)
Director of Photography
The Lady Has Plans (1942)
Director of Photography
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Director of Photography
Skylark (1941)
Director of Photography
The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)
Director of Photography
Sundown (1941)
Director of Photography
Women Without Names (1940)
Director of Photography
Adventure in Diamonds (1940)
Director of Photography
Dancing on a Dime (1940)
Director of Photography
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Director of Photography
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
Director of Photography
Arise, My Love (1940)
Photography
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
Photography
Zaza (1939)
Photography
Midnight (1939)
Photography
Island of Lost Men (1939)
Photography
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Photography
You and Me (1938)
Photography
Spawn of the North (1938)
Photography
Doctor Rhythm (1938)
Photography
Angel (1937)
Photography
Souls at Sea (1937)
Photography
Tovarich (1937)
Photography
Desire (1936)
Photography
Mississippi (1935)
Photography
Peter Ibbetson (1935)
Photography
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
Photography
We're Not Dressing (1934)
Photography
She Loves Me Not (1934)
Photography
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Photography
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)
Photography
Cradle Song (1933)
Photography
Gambling Ship (1933)
Photography
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Photography
A Bedtime Story (1933)
Photography
L'amour guide (1933)
Photography
The Way to Love (1933)
Photography
Devil and the Deep (1932)
Photography
Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1932)
Photography
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Photography
He Learned About Women (1932)
Photography
Thunder Below (1932)
Photography
No One Man (1932)
Photography
Caught (1931)
Photography
The Vice Squad (1931)
Photography
Unfaithful (1931)
Photography
Once a Lady (1931)
Photography
Forbidden Adventure (1931)
Photography
The Magnificent Lie (1931)
Photography
Tom Sawyer (1930)
Director of Photography
For the Defense (1930)
Director of Photography
Anybody's Woman (1930)
Director of Photography
Seven Days Leave (1930)
Director of Photography
Shadow of the Law (1930)
Director of Photography
The Light of Western Stars (1930)
Director of Photography
Street of Chance (1930)
Director of Photography
The Right To Love (1930)
Director of Photography
Behind the Make-Up (1930)
Director of Photography
Sarah and Son (1930)
Camera
Half-way to Heaven (1929)
Director of Photography
Innocents of Paris (1929)
Director of Photography
The Shopworn Angel (1929)
Camera
Ritzy (1927)
Director of Photography
The Night Patrol (1926)
Director of Photography

Writer (Feature Film)

The Louisiana Hussy (1960)
Screenwriter
Desire in the Dust (1960)
Screenwriter
Tess of the Storm Country (1960)
Screenwriter
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Screenwriter
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Screenwriter
The Magnificent Matador (1955)
Screenwriter
Captain Scarface (1953)
Original story and Screenplay
Call of the Klondike (1950)
Screenwriter
Killer Shark (1950)
Screenwriter

Sound (Feature Film)

Serenade (1956)
Sound
Hell on Frisco Bay (1956)
Sound
Helen of Troy (1956)
Sound
Zarak (1956)
Sound
The McConnell Story (1955)
Sound
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
Sound
Sincerely Yours (1955)
Sound
A Star Is Born (1954)
Sound
The System (1953)
Sound
The Charge at Feather River (1953)
Sound
House of Wax (1953)
Sound
She's Back on Broadway (1953)
Sound
The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
Sound
Springfield Rifle (1952)
Sound
Room for One More (1952)
Sound
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
Sound
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
Sound
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
Sound
Raton Pass (1951)
Sound
Come Fill the Cup (1951)
Sound
The Tanks Are Coming (1951)
Sound
Three Secrets (1950)
Sound
South of St. Louis (1949)
Sound
A Kiss in the Dark (1949)
Sound
Task Force (1949)
Sound
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Sound
The Big Punch (1948)
Sound
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Sound
The Woman in White (1948)
Sound
Nora Prentiss (1947)
Sound
Cry Wolf (1947)
Sound
Shadow of a Woman (1946)
Sound
Janie Gets Married (1946)
Sound
Her Kind of Man (1946)
Sound
Hotel Berlin (1945)
Sound
Escape in the Desert (1945)
Sound
Pillow to Post (1945)
Sound
Make Your Own Bed (1944)
Sound
The Mysterious Doctor (1943)
Sound
The Gay Sisters (1942)
Sound
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Sound
Juke Girl (1942)
Sound
Underground (1941)
Sound
Flight from Destiny (1941)
Sound
Million Dollar Baby (1941)
Sound
Four Mothers (1941)
Sound
The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)
Sound
Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)
Sound
Bullets for O'Hara (1941)
Sound
Knute Rockne--All American (1940)
Sound
The Fighting 69th (1940)
Sound
Calling Philo Vance (1940)
Sound
An Angel from Texas (1940)
Sound
Money and the Woman (1940)
Sound
A Child Is Born (1940)
Sound
The Adventures of Jane Arden (1939)
Sound
Women in the Wind (1939)
Sound
The Return of Dr. X (1939)
Sound
The Kid from Kokomo (1939)
Sound
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939)
Sound
Swing Your Lady (1938)
Sound
Comet over Broadway (1938)
Sound
Accidents Will Happen (1938)
Sound
Secrets of an Actress (1938)
Sound
My Bill (1938)
Sound
Sergeant Murphy (1938)
Sound
Hard to Get (1938)
Sound
Back in Circulation (1937)
Recording Engineer
Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde (1937)
Sound
The Petrified Forest (1936)
Sound Recording
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Sound
Journal of a Crime (1934)
Sound
Female (1933)
Sound

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)
Other

Sound (Short)

So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)
Sound Department

Life Events

1919

Left law school to work as an assistant in the laboratories of Realart Studios, where he father was a technician

1922

Realart Studios closed; did freelance work, including a stint as a still photographer for the Preferred Picture Corporation

1923

Worked as an assistant cameraman for Preferred's productions of "Are You a Failure?" And "The Virginian"

1925

Was put under contract at Paramount as a second cameraman(date approximate)

1926

Served as second cameraman on "The Night Patrol"

1927

First credit as cinematographer, "Ritzy"; disliked being first cameraman and returned to second-string work for a year

1941

Made first film in color, "The Shepherd of the Hills"

1951

Left Paramount; began free-lancing

1973

Last feature film, "40 Carats"

1992

Appeared in the documentary feature, "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"

Videos

Movie Clip

Ace In The Hole (1951) - Pretty Albuquerque Hard-luck big city newsman Tatum (Kirk Douglas) has rolled into Albuquerque, because his car broke down, introducing himself to local editor Boot (Porter Hall) with a proposition, opening Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole, 1951.
Ace In The Hole (1951) - Mr. Federber Genuine New Mexico newsman Bob Bumpas reporting as director Billy Wilder's "everyman" Ferderber (Frank Cady) and wife (Geraldine Hall) are interviewed, circus atmosphere growing in Ace In The Hole, 1951, starring Kirk Douglas.
Ace In The Hole (1951) - Mountain Of The Seven Vultures Enterprising newsman Tatum (Kirk Douglas) emerging from the New Mexico cave where a tourist-trap operator is stuck, tangling with a deputy (Gene Evans) then the wife (Jan Sterling), and calling his editor, in Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole, 1951.
Ace In The Hole (1951) - We Had A Cave-In Jaded reporter Tatum (Kirk Douglas) and cub Herbie (Bob Arthur) have stumbled into a story headed west from Albuquerque, meeting Lorraine (Jan Sterling), her father-in-law (John Berkes) and a deputy sheriff (Gene Evans), early in Billy Wilder’s Ace In The Hole, 1951.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) - We Had Intercourse Home from a trip north, documentarian Bob (Robert Culp) in L-A with spouse Carol (Natalie Wood), shortly after their experience at the new age “institute,” having put their son to bed, feels a need to confess, Paul Mazursky directing from his screenplay written with Larry Tucker, in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1970.
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) - I Like Your Cut Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) finds his resolve weakening as he enters the barber shop to persuade Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas) to leave town, in Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, 1957, from a script by Leon Uris.
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) - No Women Gambling Still in Dodge City, Marshal Earp (Burt Lancaster) drops in to enforce his rule against women gambling on the north side, Laura Denbow (Rhonda Fleming) his target, in John Sturges' Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, 1957.
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) - Get Out Whlle You Can Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas) ducks his hotel bill and enters a saloon to settle a score with gambler Bailey (younger Lee Van Cleef), anticipating his own arrest, in John Sturges' Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, 1957.
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) - All Gunfighters Are Lonely Seizing an opportunity, just appointed U.S. Marshal, Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) delivers the soused youngest member of the Clanton family, Billy (Dennis Hopper) to his mom (Olive Carey) at the ranch, sharing a quick philosophical chat about gunfighting, in Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, 1957, from Leon Uris’ script.
Sudden Fear (1952) - Make Me The Heavy Tight opening from director David Miller, Jack Palance is actor Lester Blaine, impressing everyone in rehearsal except Joan Crawford, as playwright and financier Myra, persuading her lieutenants (Taylor Holmes, Lewis Martin) to let him go, from Sudden Fear, also starring Gloria Grahame.
Sudden Fear (1952) - Junior Is More Impressionable Actor Lester (Jack Palance), now happily married after some turmoil to San Francisco socialite playwright Myra (Joan Crawford), isn’t expecting Irene (Gloria Grahame), who’s not been mentioned as yet, to appear on the arm of one of their lawyers (Touch a.k.a “Mike” Connors), in Sudden Fear, 1952.
Sudden Fear (1952) - I'm Entitled To A Cut Wealthy acclaimed playwright Myra (Joan Crawford) on the train from New York is surprised to meet actor Lester (Jack Palance), whom she fired a month before from her now-hit play, by genuine chance, then impressed with his attitude and charm, in Sudden Fear, 1952, from a novel by Edna Sherry.

Trailer

Separate Tables - (Original Trailer) Producer (and co-star) Burt Lancaster himself pitches Separate Tables, 1958, featuring Academy Award winners David Niven and Wendy Hiller.
Uninvited, The - (Original Trailer) Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are siblings who discover their new house is visited by The Uninvited (1944), one of the first, and best, serious ghost stories from Hollywood.
Foreign Affair, A - (Original Trailer) A prim Congresswoman (Jean Arthur) gets caught up in the romantic decadence of post-war Germany. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Facts of Life, The - (Original Trailer) Suburban marrieds (Bob Hope, Lucille Ball) are tempted to dabble in adultery.
Charge at Feather River, The - (textless trailer) A platoon of army misfits tries to rescue two women kidnapped by Indians in The Charge at Feather River (1953).
Butterflies Are Free - (Original Trailer) A blind man trying to escape his protective mother (Eileen Heckart) falls for an aspiring actress (Goldie Hawn) in Butterflies Are Free (1972).
Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The - (Original Trailer) A spirited widow (Gene Tierney) rents a haunted cottage and builds an emotional bond with the resident ghost (Rex Harrison) in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Strangers When We Meet - (Original Trailer) A married architect (Kirk Douglas) and a neglected wife (Kim Novak) begin an affair in Strangers When We Meet (1960).
Wheeler Dealers, The - (Original Trailer) James Garner is a Texan oilman who shows the city slickers on Wall Street a thing or two about being one of The Wheeler Dealers (1963).
One-Eyed Jacks - (Original Trailer) An outlaw seeks revenge on the former friend who betrayed him to the law in One Eyed Jacks (1961), directed by and starring Marlon Brando.
Wild Is The Wind - (Original Trailer) Anna Magnani marries Anthony Quinn but finds love with his son from a previous marriage in George Cukor's Wild Is The Wind (1958).
Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The - (Re-issue trailer) Three British soldiers in India fight invaders when not fighting each other in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) starring Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone.

Family

Charles Bryant Lang
Father
Laboratory technician. Worked for Realart Studios in the 1920s.
Judith Lang
Daughter
Survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

During the course of his career Lang was nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar 18 times, the first for "The Right to Love" (1930/31) and the last for "Butterflies Are Free" (1972).

Over the course of his career Lang was variously credited as "Charles Lang", "Charles B. Lang", "Charles Lang, Jr." and "Charles B. Lang, Jr." He is not to be confused with character actor Charles Lang (born 1915), busiest in the 1940s; writer Charles Lang, who scripted "Captain Scarface" (1953) and several TV series of the 1950s; the Charles Lang who worked as an electrician on "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991) or even sound engineeer Charles B. Lang, long with Warner Brothers.