Ray Rennahan


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Raymond Rennahan
Birth Place
Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
Born
May 01, 1896
Died
May 30, 1980
Cause of Death
Heart Failure

Biography

Pioneer of color photography who began his career as a cameraman in 1917. Rennahan produced striking color images for films such as "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" (1933) and "Wings of the Morning" (1937)--the first British Technicolor film, co-shot with Jack Cardiff. He switched to working in TV in the late 1950s....

Family & Companions

Lilian Hunt
Wife
Married on May 11, 1916.

Biography

Pioneer of color photography who began his career as a cameraman in 1917. Rennahan produced striking color images for films such as "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" (1933) and "Wings of the Morning" (1937)--the first British Technicolor film, co-shot with Jack Cardiff. He switched to working in TV in the late 1950s.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

I Love a Mystery (1973)
Director Of Photography
Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
Director of Photography
The Halliday Brand (1957)
Director of Photography
The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
Director of Photography
7th Cavalry (1956)
Director of Photography
The Court Jester (1956)
Director of Photography
Rage at Dawn (1955)
Director of Photography
Texas Lady (1955)
Director of Photography
A Lawless Street (1955)
Director of Photography
Stranger on Horseback (1955)
Director of Photography
Pony Express (1953)
Director of Photography
Flight to Tangier (1953)
Director of Photography
Arrowhead (1953)
Director of Photography
Flaming Feather (1952)
Director of Photography
At Sword's Point (1952)
Director of Photography
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Director of Photography
Hurricane Smith (1952)
Director of Photography
Silver City (1951)
Director of Photography
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Director of Photography
Warpath (1951)
Director of Photography
The White Tower (1950)
Director of Photography
Fancy Pants (1950)
Fill-in Camera
Streets of Laredo (1949)
Director of Photography
Whispering Smith (1949)
Director of Photography
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
Director of Photography
The Paleface (1948)
Director of Photography
Duel in the Sun (1947)
Director of Photography
California (1947)
Director of Photography
The Perils of Pauline (1947)
Director of Photography
Unconquered (1947)
Director of Photography
The Three Caballeros (1945)
Live action seq Photographer
It's a Pleasure! (1945)
Director of Photography
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Director of Photography
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
Director of Photography
Lady in the Dark (1944)
Director of Photography
Belle of the Yukon (1944)
Director of Photography
Up in Arms (1944)
Director of Photography
Victory Through Air Power (1943)
Director of Photography
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Director of Photography
The Black Swan (1942)
Loc Photographer
Louisiana Purchase (1941)
Director of Photography
That Night in Rio (1941)
Director of Photography
Belle Starr (1941)
Director of Photography
Blood and Sand (1941)
Director of Photography
Maryland (1940)
Associate Photographer
Chad Hanna (1940)
Director of Photography
The Blue Bird (1940)
Technicolor Associate
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Photographer 1938 loc scenes
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Director of Photography
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Director of Photography
Dodge City (1939)
Associate Photographer
Kentucky (1938)
Photography
Her Jungle Love (1938)
Photography
Wings of the Morning (1937)
Technicolor Photographer
Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937)
Technicolor Photographer
Ebb Tide (1937)
Photography
Becky Sharp (1935)
Photography
Kid Millions (1934)
Col Photographer
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
Technicolor Photographer
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Director of Photography
Doctor X (1932)
Photography
Manhattan Parade (1931)
First Technicolor Camera
The Runaround (1931)
Photography
Fanny Foley Herself (1931)
Camera
The Vagabond King (1930)
Director of Photography
Whoopee! (1930)
Photography
King of Jazz (1930)
Cinematographer
Redskin (1929)
Technicolor seq
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)
Director of Photography
Blood Test (1923)
Director of Photography

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

It's a Pleasure! (1945)
Transparency projection shots

Post Production (Feature Film)

Gone With the Wind (1939)
Technicolor Associate
The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
Photographer adv

Cast (Short)

Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
Himself

Cinematography (Short)

La Gazza Ladra Overture (1954)
Cinematographer
Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)
Cinematographer
Campus Cinderella (1938)
Cinematographer
Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)
Cinematographer
The Romance of Robert Burns (1937)
Cinematographer
The Littlest Diplomat (1937)
Cinematographer
Romance of Louisiana (1937)
Cinematographer
A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
Cinematographer
Starlit Days at the Lido (1935)
Cinematographer
Memories and Melodies (1935)
Cinematographer
Gypsy Night (1935)
Cinematographer
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
Cinematographer
Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)
Cinematographer
Show Kids (1934)
Cinematographer
What, No Men? (1934)
Cinematographer
Service with a Smile (1934)
Cinematographer
Good Morning, Eve! (1934)
Cinematographer
La Cucaracha (1934)
Cinematographer
Run, Girl, Run (1928)
Cinematographer
His Unlucky Night (1928)
Cinematographer
The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross (1927)
Cinematographer

Film Production - Main (Short)

Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)
Photography
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)
Photography

Post Production (Short)

Matchmaking Mama (1929)
Color

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Blue Bird, The (1940) - It's Against The Law! Opening in black & white from a Maurice Maeterlinck fantasy (thus seen as similar to the previous year’s The Wizard Of Oz), Shirley Temple and little bro Johnny Russell are woodcutters’ kids seeking a precious bird, Sybil Jason their bothersome friend, in 20th Century-Fox’s The Blue Bird, 1940.
Blue Bird, The (1940) - I Always Knew You Were A Fool! Just now transformed from the family cat and dog, Gale Sondergaard and Eddie Collins don’t agree on whether to aid the children (Shirley Temple as Mytyl, Johnny Russell as Tyltyl), guided by the spirit “Light” (Helen Ericson), in their search, in The Blue Bird, 1940, from a Maurice Maeterlinck story.
Blue Bird, The (1940) - Lay-Dee-O Now in a dream in Technicolor having found their deceased grandparents (Cecilia Loftus, Al Shean) in their search for a certain bird of happiness, Shirley Temple as Mytyl (Johnny Russell as littler Tyltyl) offers her only song in the picture, a traditional, in 20th Century-Fox’s The Blue Bird, 1940.
Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) - At The Borst Home The first scene in director John Ford’s first color (Technicolor) film, Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert as colonials Gil and Lana are married in Albany, New York, 1776, cinematography credit shared by Bert Glennon and Ray Rennahan, Edwin Maxwell the celebrant, Robert Grieg and Clara Blandick her parents, opening Drums Along The Mohawk, 1939.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Chica Chica Boom Chic Opening with an original song, by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, for Carmen Miranda and then Don Ameche, whom we will learn are "Carmen" and American Larry, performers in a Rio night club, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941, also starring Alice Faye.
That Night In Rio (1941) - They Met In Rio Still on that first night in the Rio night club, Don Ameche as American singer Larry meets Alice Faye as Brazilian baroness Cecilia, whose prominent husband he impersonates as part of his act, song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Cai Cai Straight up number for Carmen Miranda, who plays an entertainer named Carmen, performing at a Brazilian society party, co-stars Don Ameche and Alice Faye in her audience, original song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Are You Quite Yourself Now? Brazilians Penna and Salles (S.Z. Sakall, Curt Bois) can't let Baroness Cecilia (Alice Faye) tell American Larry (Don Ameche) that she knows they've hired him to impersonate her husband, their boss, the less charming Baron Manuel, for business reasons, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
King Of Jazz (1930) - Meet Our Girls Now becoming clear that this is nothing but a revue/variety show, bandleader Paul Whiteman, for whom the picture is titled, introduces the Russell Markert Girls who, upon the opening of the Radio City Music Hall in 1932, would become the Rockettes, accompanied by the Whiteman orchestra, in Universal’s King Of Jazz, 1930.
King Of Jazz (1930) - Ladies Of The Press One of the wackiest and most brief of the comic vignettes, credited to screenwriter Harry Ruskin, introduced by MC Charles Irwin, in the Universal two-strip Technicolor musical-variety feature, with Laura LaPlante, Jeanie Lang, Merna Kennedy, Grace Hayes and Kathryn Crawford, in King Of Jazz, 1930, featuring the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
King Of Jazz (1930) - Very Proud Of The Boys Hal Mohr was one of three cinematographers on the project, and was credited with most of the trick photography, seen here as the MC Charles Irwin introduces the de-facto star, bandleader Paul Whiteman, whose soloists include Harry Goldfield on trumpet, Joe Venuti on violin and Eddie Lang on guitar, early in Universal’s King Of Jazz, 1930.
King Of Jazz (1930) - So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together Another event in the revue, this time Bing Crosby in his first on camera appearance in his first movie, with his then-colleagues with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, The Rhythm Boys, Al Rinker on vocals and Harry Barris, also a composer of their song, on piano, in the Universal two-strip Technicolor showcase King Of Jazz, 1930.

Trailer

Wings Of The Morning (1937) - I Am Not A Shrimp! Introduction of Canadian horse trainer Kerry (Henry Fonda), whereupon Gypsy-descended Spanish duchess Maria (Annabella), disguised as a boy, rides up and makes a trade, in 20th Century Fox's 3-strip Technicolor experiment Wings Of The Morning, 1937.
Doctor X - (Original Trailer) Reporter Lee Tracy investigates a series of cannibalistic murders at a medical college in the two-strip Technicolor horror classic Doctor X (1932).
For Whom the Bell Tolls -- (Original Trailer) Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman fight the good fight in Spain in the movie of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943).
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (1949) - (Original Trailer) Bing Crosby brings 19th-Century know-how to Camelot in a musical version of Mark Twain's classic tale.
Black Swan, The - (Original Trailer) When he's named governor of Jamaica, a former pirate sets out to clean up the Caribbean in The Black Swan, 1942, starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara.
Whispering Smith -- (Re-issue Trailer) A railroad detective (Alan Ladd) tries to bring in a gang of train robbers and a lost love in the western adventure Whispering Smith (1949).
Dodge City - (Original Trailer) A soldier of fortune takes on the corrupt boss of a Western town in Dodge City (1939), starring Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland.
White Tower, The - (Original Trailer) Mountain climbers in the Swiss Alps mull over past problems while trying to conquer a perilous peak. Starring Glenn Ford and Claude Rains.
Perils Of Pauline, The - (Original Trailer) Betty Hutton plays silent serial heroine Pearl White in The Perils Of Pauline (1947). Songs by Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls).
Down Argentine Way - (Original Trailer) Love and horse racing spice up an American girl's South American vacation in Down Argentine Way (1940).
Louisiana Purchase - (Original Trailer) A bumbling young politician (Bob Hope) gets caught between grifters and a senator investigating corruption in Louisiana Purchase (1941).
Paleface, The - (Original Trailer) An inept dentist (Bob Hope) must rescue his outlaw wife from the Indians in The Paleface (1948) co-starring Jane Russell.

Family

John Rennahan
Father
Mary Rennahan
Mother
Rae Moore
Daughter

Companions

Lilian Hunt
Wife
Married on May 11, 1916.

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