Hal Mohr


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
August 02, 1894
Died
May 10, 1974

Biography

Innovative cinematographer best known for the sophisticated crane shots in "Broadway" (1929) and as one of the first cameramen to regularly and fluently use dolly and boom shots. Mohr demonstrated his technical proficiency on a number of highly regarded films (including the Oscar-winning "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 1935 and "The Phantom of the Opera" 1940), but from the mid-1950s did the...

Family & Companions

Evelyn Venable
Wife
Professor, actor. Third wife; eloped c. 1934; retired to raise Mohr's children; survived him.

Biography

Innovative cinematographer best known for the sophisticated crane shots in "Broadway" (1929) and as one of the first cameramen to regularly and fluently use dolly and boom shots. Mohr demonstrated his technical proficiency on a number of highly regarded films (including the Oscar-winning "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 1935 and "The Phantom of the Opera" 1940), but from the mid-1950s did the bulk of his work in TV. His third wife was actress Evelyn Venable.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

When Love Is Young (1937)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Man You Loved To Hate (1979)

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Topaz (1969)
Photographer cons
The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
Director of Photography
The Man From the Diners' Club (1963)
Director of Photography
The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)
Director of Photography
Underworld U. S. A. (1961)
Director of Photography
The Last Voyage (1960)
Director of Photography
The Gun Runners (1958)
Director of Photography
The Lineup (1958)
Director of Photography
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
Director of Photography
The Boss (1956)
Director of Photography
The Wild One (1954)
Director of Photography
Jamboree (1954)
Camera
The Member of the Wedding (1953)
Director of Photography
The Four Poster (1953)
Director of Photography
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Director of Photography
Of Men and Music (1951)
Cinematographer
The Big Night (1951)
Director of Photography
Woman on the Run (1950)
Director of Photography
The Second Woman (1950)
Director of Photography
Johnny Holiday (1950)
Director of Photography
An Act of Murder (1948)
Director of Photography
Another Part of the Forest (1948)
Director of Photography
Song of Scheherazade (1947)
Director of Photography
Pirates of Monterey (1947)
Director of Photography
The Lost Moment (1947)
Director of Photography
I'll Be Yours (1947)
Director of Photography
A Night in Paradise (1946)
Director of Photography
Because of Him (1946)
Director of Photography
Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
Director of Photography
Her Lucky Night (1945)
Director of Photography
Shady Lady (1945)
Director of Photography
This Is the Life (1944)
Director of Photography
Follow the Boys (1944)
Director of Photographer of Delta Rhythm Boys seq
Enter Arsene Lupin (1944)
Director of Photography
The Climax (1944)
Director of Photography
Ladies Courageous (1944)
Director of Photography
My Gal Loves Music (1944)
Director of Photography
San Diego, I Love You (1944)
Director of Photography
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Director of Photography
Top Man (1943)
Director of Photography
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
Director of Photography
Lady in a Jam (1942)
Director of Photography
Twin Beds (1942)
Director of Photography
International Lady (1941)
Director of Photography
Pot O' Gold (1941)
Director of Photography
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
Director of Photography
When the Daltons Rode (1940)
Photography
Rio (1939)
Director of Photography
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Director of Photography
The Underpup (1939)
Director of Photography
Back Door to Heaven (1939)
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I Met My Love Again (1938)
Director of Photography
Top of the Town (1937)
Director of Photography
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Photography
The Walking Dead (1936)
Photography
Ladies in Love (1936)
Photography
The Green Pastures (1936)
Photography
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Photography
The County Chairman (1935)
Photography
Under Pressure (1935)
Photography
Captain Blood (1935)
Photography
Charlie Chan's Courage (1934)
Photography
Change of Heart (1934)
Photography
Servants' Entrance (1934)
Photography
David Harum (1934)
Photography
Carolina (1934)
Photography
The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933)
Photography
As Husbands Go (1933)
Photography
I Loved You Wednesday (1933)
Camera
The Warrior's Husband (1933)
Photography
State Fair (1933)
Photography
The Devil's in Love (1933)
Photography
Week Ends Only (1932)
Photography
The First Year (1932)
Photography
A Woman Commands (1932)
Photography
Lady with a Past (1932)
Photography
Tess of the Storm Country (1932)
Photography
The Cohens and Kellys in Africa (1931)
Cinematographer
A Woman of Experience (1931)
Photography
The Big Gamble (1931)
Photography
The Common Law (1931)
Photography
Free Love (1931)
Camera
Devotion (1931)
Photography
King of Jazz (1930)
Cinematographer
Captain of the Guard (1930)
Director of Photography
Big Boy (1930)
Director of Photography
Outward Bound (1930)
Director of Photography
The Czar of Broadway (1930)
Director of Photography
The Cat Creeps (1930)
Director of Photography
Broadway (1929)
Director of Photography
Shanghai Lady (1929)
Director of Photography
Noah's Ark (1929)
Director of Photography
The Last Warning (1929)
Director of Photography
The Last Performance (1929)
Director of Photography
Glorious Betsy (1928)
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The Wedding March (1928)
Director of Photography
Tenderloin (1928)
Director of Photography
Bitter Apples (1927)
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Slightly Used (1927)
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A Million Bid (1927)
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The Heart of Maryland (1927)
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Old San Francisco (1927)
Director of Photography
The Girl From Chicago (1927)
Director of Photography
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Director of Photography
Sparrows (1926)
Director of Photography
The Marriage Clause (1926)
Director of Photography
The Third Degree (1926)
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The High Hand (1926)
Director of Photography
Little Annie Rooney (1925)
Director of Photography
The Monster (1925)
Director of Photography
Playing With Souls (1925)
Director of Photography
He Who Laughs Last (1925)
Director of Photography
Vanity's Price (1924)
Director of Photography
A Woman Who Sinned (1924)
Director of Photography
Bag and Baggage (1923)
Director of Photography
Watch Him Step (1922)
Director of Photography
The Unfoldment (1922)
Director of Photography
The Deceiver (1920)
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The Golden Trail (1920)
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Restitution (1918)
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Director (Short)

The Big Idea (1918)
Director

Cinematography (Short)

The Big Idea (1918)
Cinematographer

Writer (Short)

The Big Idea (1918)
Writer

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Walking Dead (1936) - Lindbergh Heart Pretty much all tech as aides Nancy and Jimmy (Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hull) assist Dr. Beaumont (Edmund Gwenn) trying to revive wrongly executed Elman (Boris Karloff), using a device modeled on an actual (though failed) invention by aviator Charles Lindbergh, in The Walking Dead, 1936.
Destry Rides Again (1939) — (Movie Clip) Trouble Is My Business Now properly on the job and armed, the deputy sheriff and title character Tom (James Stewart) follows up on his initial brawling encounter with the singer-hustler-celebrity of Bottleneck, Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Yarbo her servant) in director George Marshall’s Destry Rides Again, 1939.
Underworld U.S.A. - The Girl Backed Down Newly-paroled Tolly (Cliff Robertson), burgling in his quest for revenge, encounters Gus (Richard Rust) with failed drug-mule Cuddles (Dolores Dorn), in Samuel Fuller's Underworld U.S.A., 1961.
Underworld U.S.A. (1961) - Meet Your Maker Tolly, now grown up to be Cliff Robertson, and in jail for 13 years since the murder of his career criminal father, donates blood in order to meet the prison doctor (Henry Norell), just to get at one of his dad's killers, Farrar (Peter Brocco), in writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller's Underworld U.S.A., 1961.
Underworld U.S.A. - Stick Close To Him First syndicate boss Connors (Robert Emhardt) chairing a council, then on the phone with colleague Gela (Paul Dubov) with aide Gus (Richard Rust) and secret infiltrator Tolly (Cliff Robertson), in Samuel Fuller's Underworld U.S.A., 1961.
Big Night, The (1951) - Make A Wish Downtrodden from the opening frame, still-teenaged John Barrymore Jr. as Georgie, bullied then consoled by bartender Flanagan (Howland Chamberlin) and his dad, Preston Foster, in The Big Night, 1951, screenplay by director Joseph Losey and Stanley Ellin, from his novel, with uncredited contributions from Ring Lardner Jr. and Hugo Butler.
Big Night, The (1951) - Not Fighting Back Fuming after watching his bartender dad, whom he idolizes, willingly take a beating from a newspaper columnist named Judge, teen Georgie (John Barrymore Jr.) visits the store next door, hearing from a cop (Myron Healey), the uncredited shopkeeper and wife, also juggling a baby and a revolver, in director Joseph Losey’s The Big Night, 1951.
Big Night, The (1951) - Not That Kind Of Doctor Joseph Losey directs John Barrymore Jr. as teen Georgie, at a prize-fight, who doesn’t realize he got conned out of the money he got for his father’s ticket, counseled by Cooper (Philip Bourneuf), who bought the ticket, aiming to chase columnist Judge (Howard St. John) who beat up the father earlier that night, in The Big Night, 1951.
Member Of The Wedding, The (1952) - That Green And Crazy Summer Julie Harris (as "Frankie") with Ethel Waters (as "Berenice") and the rest of the cast, introduced in the opening scene of Fred Zinnemann's The Member of the Wedding, 1952, from Carson McCullers' novel and play.
Member Of The Wedding, The (1952) - It Don't Do! Frankie (Julie Harris) and Berenice (Ethel Waters) disagree about her new dress, John Henry (Brandon de Wilde) observing, in The Member of the Wedding, 1952, from Carson McCullers' novel and play.
Member Of The Wedding, The (1952) - His Eye Is On The Sparrow The evening before the wedding, Frankie (Julie Harris) having a crisis, the three central characters (Ethel Waters as Berenice, Brandon De Wilde as John Henry) and the gospel standard credited to Charles H. Gabriel and Civilla D. Martin, in Daniel Mann’s movie from the Carson McCullers novel, The Member Of The Wedding, 1952.
Wild One, The (1954) - Whadda Ya Got? Scene which maybe over-emphasizes the famous line in which Johnny (Marlon Brando) is asked what he and the Black Rebels are rebelling against, in The Wild One, 1954, Brando more interested in waitress Kathie (Mary Murphy).

Trailer

Underworld U.S.A. - (Original Trailer) Cliff Robertson plays the police against the mob to bust open Underworld U.S.A. (1961) directed by Samuel Fuller.
Green Pastures, The - (Original Trailer) God tests the human race in a reenactment of Bible stories set in the world of black American folklore in The Green Pastures (1936), starring Rex Ingram.
Man From the Diners' Club, The - (Original Trailer) A gangster tries to use a Diners' Club clerk (Danny Kaye) as the fall guy in a scheme to fake his own death in The Man From the Diners' Club (1963).
Rancho Notorious - (Original Trailer) A cowboy (Arthur Kennedy) infiltrates a bandit hideaway - the Chuck-a-Luck - in search of his girlfriend's killer in Rancho Notorious (1952), Fritz Lang's cult Western featuring Marlene Dietrich in one of her definitive screen portrayals.
Bullets or Ballots - (Original Trailer) A cop (Edward G. Robinson) goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring in Bullets or Ballots (1936) co-starring Humphrey Bogart.
Midsummer Night's Dream, A - (Wide Release Trailer) James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland star in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), based on the William Shakespeare play.
Last Voyage, The - (Original Trailer) The actual ocean liner Ile de France took The Last Voyage (1960) in this sinking-ship drama starring Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone.
Outward Bound - (Original Trailer) Passengers on a cruise ship find they are on their way to the afterlife in Outward Bound (1930).
Captain Blood -- (Original Trailer) After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate in Captain Blood (1935) starring Errol Flynn.
Noah's Ark (1929) -- (Re-issue Trailer) Noah's Ark (1929), an expensive Biblical epic made at the dawn of talkies.
Watch on the Rhine - (Original Trailer) Nazi agents pursue a German freedom-fighter and his family to Washington in Watch on the Rhine (1943), with Paul Lukas & Bette Davis, from Lillian Hellman's play.

Family

Delores Mohr
Daughter
Tour guide. Born on November 26, 1935.
Rosalia Mohr
Daughter
Born on March 26, 1937; named after Mohr's mother.

Companions

Evelyn Venable
Wife
Professor, actor. Third wife; eloped c. 1934; retired to raise Mohr's children; survived him.

Bibliography