Frank F. Planer


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Frank F Planer, Frank Planer, Franz F. Planer, Franz Planer
Born
March 29, 1894
Died
January 18, 1963

Biography

Began photographing films in Germany in 1919 and worked throughout Europe before arriving in Hollywood in 1937. Planer's mobile, sinuous style chimed perfectly with that of director Max Ophuls, with whom he collaborated on "Liebelei" (1932), "The Exile" (1947) and "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948). He was also responsible for some fine color cinematography, notably on William Wyler's...

Biography

Began photographing films in Germany in 1919 and worked throughout Europe before arriving in Hollywood in 1937. Planer's mobile, sinuous style chimed perfectly with that of director Max Ophuls, with whom he collaborated on "Liebelei" (1932), "The Exile" (1947) and "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948). He was also responsible for some fine color cinematography, notably on William Wyler's "The Big Country" (1958) and Blake Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

King of Kings (1961)
Director of Photography
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Director of Photography
The Children's Hour (1961)
Cinematographer
The Unforgiven (1960)
Director of Photography
The Nun's Story (1959)
Director of Photography
The Big Country (1958)
Director of Photography
Stage Struck (1958)
Director of Photography
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
Photography
The Mountain (1956)
Director of Photography
The Left Hand of God (1955)
Director of Photography
Not As a Stranger (1955)
Photography
A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
Director of Photography
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Director of Photography
Bad for Each Other (1954)
Director of Photography
The Long Wait (1954)
Photography
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Photography
Roman Holiday (1953)
Director of Photography
The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
Director of Photography
99 River Street (1953)
Director of Photography
Death of a Salesman (1952)
Director of Photography
The Blue Veil (1951)
Director of Photography
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Director of Photography
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951)
Director of cine
The Scarf (1951)
Director of Photography
711 Ocean Drive (1950)
Director of Photography
Vendetta (1950)
Director of Photography
Three Husbands (1950)
Director of Photography
Once More, My Darling (1949)
Director of Photography
Criss Cross (1949)
Director of Photography
Take One False Step (1949)
Director of Photography
Champion (1949)
Director of Photography
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Director of Photography
One Touch of Venus (1948)
Director of Photography
The Exile (1947)
Director of Photography
The Chase (1946)
Director of Photography
Her Sister's Secret (1946)
Director of Photography
Leave It to Blondie (1945)
Director of Photography
I Love a Bandleader (1945)
Director of Photography
Strange Affair (1944)
Director of Photography
Secret Command (1944)
Director of Photography
Carolina Blues (1944)
Director of Photography
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Director of Photography
The Heat's On (1943)
Director of Photography
Destroyer (1943)
Director of Photography
Something to Shout About (1943)
Director of Photography
My Kingdom for a Cook (1943)
Director of Photography
Appointment in Berlin (1943)
Director of Photography
The Spirit of Stanford (1942)
Director of Photography
Submarine Raider (1942)
Director of Photography
The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942)
Director of Photography
Sabotage Squad (1942)
Director of Photography
Canal Zone (1942)
Director of Photography
Daring Young Man (1942)
Director of Photography
Flight Lieutenant (1942)
Director of Photography
The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)
Director of Photography
Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)
Director of Photography
Harvard, Here I Come (1941)
Director of Photography
Sing for Your Supper (1941)
Director of Photography
Our Wife (1941)
Director of Photography
They Dare Not Love (1941)
Director of Photography
Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
Director of Photography
Honolulu Lu (1941)
Director of Photography
Penny Serenade (1941)
Director of Photography
Meet Boston Blackie (1941)
Director of Photography
Three Girls About Town (1941)
Director of Photography
The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
Director of Photography
Escape to Glory (1940)
Director of Photography
Glamour for Sale (1940)
Photography
North of Shanghai (1939)
Photography
Holiday (1938)
Photography
Girls' School (1938)
Photography
Adventure in Sahara (1938)
Photography
The Unfinished Symphony (1935)
Photography

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Beloved Vagabond (1936)
Photography
Liebelei (1932)
Photography
Nie Wieder Liebe (1931)
Photography

Cinematography (Special)

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001)
Director Of Photography

Life Events

1919

Entered German film with "Der Ochsenkrieg"

1924

Assistant cinematographer on Murnau's "Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs"

1931

Directed photography for feature "Nie Wier Liebe"

1932

First time as D.P. With Max Ophuls directing, "Liebelei"

1938

First American film directed photography, George Cukor's "Holiday"

1948

Cinematographer of Ophuls' "Letter From an Unknown Woman"

1961

Last films for which he directed photography: "The Children's Hour", "Breakfast At Tiffany's" and "King of Kings"

Videos

Movie Clip

Roman Holiday (1953) - Open, No Sign Of The Strain Following credits confirming the all-location shooting in Rome, Audrey Hepburn in her de-facto debut, the princess of a pointedly not-named country, beginning her Academy Award-winning performance, opening William Wyler's Roman Holiday, 1953, co-starring Gregory Peck.
Roman Holiday (1953) - Care To Make A Statement? The ending of the escape from official guest quarters by visiting Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), only beginning to feel the effect of a sleep medication, and the introduction of reporter Joe (Gregory Peck) and buds, especially cameraman Irving (Eddie Albert), in William Wyler's Roman Holiday. 1953.
Roman Holiday (1953) - Did You Bring Me Here By Force? American reporter Joe (Gregory Peck) awakens Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), whose minders consider missing, but whom he in fact rescued, roaming the city while on sleep medication, not revealing that he knows who she is, in Roman Holiday, 1953.
5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T - Go Back To Your Cell! Mom (Mary Healy) and the plumber (Peter Lind Hayes) chat as Bart (Tommy Rettig) dreams his way into the world run by his evil piano teacher (Hans Conried) in the "Dr. Seuss" movie, The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T, 1953.
5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T (1953) - Not My Instrument Strangeness right from the top, the opening to the only movie ever written by "Dr. Seuss" (Ted Geisel), The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T, 1953, starring Hans Conried and Tommy Rettig, directed by Roy Rowland.
5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T - Beat The Bushes! Dr. T (Hans Conried) panics as Bart (Tommy Rettig) has escaped, his enslaved mother (Mary Healy) helping search, thugs chasing, in the only movie written by "Dr. Seuss" (Ted Geisel), The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T. 1953.
5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T - Dungeon For Scratchy Violins Fleeing Bart (Tommy Rettig) has come upon the "Dungeon For Scratchy Violins" (etc.) and a big musical number as staged by Eugene Loring, in director Roy Rowland's "Dr. Seuss" movie, The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T, 1953.
5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T - One Extra Boom Busted by the singing guards, Bart (Tommy Rettig) and August (Peter Lind Hayes) are ushered to the elevator by Dr. T (Hans Conried), where the attendant (Alan Aric) does a strange song, in The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - -- Nothing But Television Ex-fighter New York cabbie Eddie (John Payne) with buddy Stan (Frank Faylen) discussing marriage, when actress pal Linda (Evelyn Keyes) arrives, early in Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - I Could Have Been The Champion Ex-fighter Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) watching himself on TV, then with ex-showgirl wife Pauline (Peggie Castle), opening director Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - -- Police Dogs Are Dangerous Thief Victor (Brad Dexter), boyfriend of married Pauline (Peggie Castle) showing off, thwarted by Mickey (Jack Lambert) and Christopher (Jay Adler) in their bogus pet store, in Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - I Killed A Man Big plot event as struggling actress Linda (Evelyn Keyes) asks Chuck the counter man (Gene Reynolds) where she can find our hero, ex-fighter turned cabbie Ernie (John Payne), who’s keeping cool after running into his wife on the town with another guy, because she had a problem at her audition, in Phil Karlson’s 99 River Street, 1953.

Trailer

Stage Struck (1958) -- (Original Trailer) A young actress makes all the wrong moves trying to break in on Broadway in STAGE STRUCK (1958) starring Susan Strasberg and Henry Fonda, directed by Sidney Lumet.
Pride and The Passion, The - (Original Trailer) A British naval officer (Cary Grant) helps Spanish peasants haul a large cannon cross-country to battle Napoleon in The Pride and The Passion (1957).
Destroyer - (Re-issueTrailer) The crew of a torpedoed ship fights to take out an enemy sub in Destroyer (1943) starring Edward G. Robinson and Glenn Ford.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951) - (Original Trailer) The Best Actor award went to Jose Ferrer for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac (1951).
Bullet Is Waiting, A - (Original Trailer) A plane crash strands a policeman and his prisoner in the wilderness in A Bullet Is Waiting (1954) starring Jean Simmons and Rory Calhoun.
Big Country, The - (Original Trailer) Feuding families vie for water rights in the old West in William Wyler's epic drama, The Big Country, starring Gregory Peck. Charlton Heston, Burl Ives and Jean Simmons (Telluride Film Festival honoree 2008).
Unforgiven, The - (Original Trailer) Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster star in John Huston's western The Unforgiven (1960) about a rancher's adopted daughter torn between two worlds.
Breakfast at Tiffany's - (Original Trailer) Audrey Hepburn is Truman Capote's Holly Golightly, the New York sophisticate who spends Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
Roman Holiday - (Original Trailer) A runaway princess (Audrey Hepburn) in Rome finds love with a reporter (Gregory Peck) who knows her true identity in Roman Holiday (1953).
Criss Cross - (Re-issue Trailer) Burt Lancaster is an armored-car driver pulled into a bank heist in the film noir classic Criss Cross (1949).
King of Kings (1961) - (Original Trailer) Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) tells the life of Jesus Christ in King of Kings (1961).
5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, The - (Teaser Trailer) A young boy dreams that his piano teacher (Hans Conreid) is a super-villain out to rule the world. The first movie based on the wild imagination of Dr. Seuss.

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