Harold Rosson


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Harold Rosson A.S.C., Hal Rosson
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
April 06, 1895
Died
September 06, 1988
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

Former bit player with Vitagraph who became a cinematographer in 1917 and shot numerous silent and sound films, notably "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1935), "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and "Singin' In the Rain" (1952). Brother of directors Arthur (1889-1960) and Richard (1894-1953) Rossen and actress Helene Rossen; married to Jean Harlow from 1933 to 1935....

Family & Companions

Jean Harlow
Wife
Actor. Married in 1933; divorced in 1935.

Biography

Former bit player with Vitagraph who became a cinematographer in 1917 and shot numerous silent and sound films, notably "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1935), "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and "Singin' In the Rain" (1952). Brother of directors Arthur (1889-1960) and Richard (1894-1953) Rossen and actress Helene Rossen; married to Jean Harlow from 1933 to 1935.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
2nd Unit Director
I Love a Soldier (1944)
2nd Unit Director

Cinematography (Feature Film)

El Dorado (1967)
Cinematographer
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
Director of Photography
Onionhead (1958)
Director of Photography
The Enemy Below (1957)
Director of Photography
Toward the Unknown (1956)
Director of Photography
The Bad Seed (1956)
Director of Photography
Strange Lady in Town (1955)
Director of Photography
Ulysses (1955)
Director of Photography
Mambo (1955)
Director of Photography
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
Director of Photography
Dangerous When Wet (1953)
Director of Photography
The Actress (1953)
Director of Photography
I Love Melvin (1953)
Director of Photography
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Director of Photographer for "Mademoiselle"
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Director of Photography
Lone Star (1952)
Director of Photography
Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
Director of Photography
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Director of Photography
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Director of Photography
To Please a Lady (1950)
Director of Photography
Key to the City (1950)
Director of Photography
On the Town (1949)
Director of Photography
Command Decision (1949)
Director of Photography
Any Number Can Play (1949)
Director of Photography
The Stratton Story (1949)
Director of Photography
Homecoming (1948)
Director of Photography
My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)
Director of Photography
Living in a Big Way (1947)
Director of Photography
The Hucksters (1947)
Director of Photography
Duel in the Sun (1947)
Director of Photography
The Yearling (1947)
Director of Photographer, 1941
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Director of Photography
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Director of Photography
Between Two Women (1945)
Director of Photography
An American Romance (1944)
Director of Photography
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Director of Photography
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
Director of Photography
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Director of Photography
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
Director of Photography
We Were Dancing (1942)
Director of Photographer for added scenes
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
Director of Photography
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Photography
Johnny Eager (1942)
Director of Photography
Washington Melodrama (1941)
Director of Photography
The Penalty (1941)
Director of Photography
Men of Boys Town (1941)
Director of Photography
Honky Tonk (1941)
Director of Photography
The Chocolate Soldier (1941)
Fill-in Director of Photographer
Flight Command (1940)
Director of Photography
Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)
Photography
I Take This Woman (1940)
Director of Photography
Boom Town (1940)
Director of Photography
Edison, the Man (1940)
Photography
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Photographer in Technicolor by
A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Photography
Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Photography
Double Wedding (1937)
Photography
Captains Courageous (1937)
Photography
They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
Photography
The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
Photography
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937)
Photography
As You Like It (1937)
Photography
The Garden of Allah (1936)
Photographer adv
The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
Photography
The Ghost Goes West (1936)
Photography
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)
Photography
Treasure Island (1934)
Photography
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
Photography
The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Photography
This Side of Heaven (1934)
Photography
The Barbarian (1933)
Photography
Hold Your Man (1933)
Photography
Hell Below (1933)
Photography
Bombshell (1933)
Photography
Turn Back the Clock (1933)
Photography
Penthouse (1933)
Photography
Are You Listening? (1932)
Photography
When a Fellow Needs a Friend (1932)
Photography
Kongo (1932)
Photography
Red-Headed Woman (1932)
Photography
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)
Photography
Downstairs (1932)
Photography
Red Dust (1932)
Photography
Soyons gais (1931)
Photographerraphie de [Photographer]
En cada puerto un amor (1931)
Fotografiada por [Photographer]
The Squaw Man (1931)
Photography
The Prodigal (1931)
Photography
Son of India (1931)
Photography
The Cuban Love Song (1931)
Photography
Sporting Blood (1931)
Photography
Men Call It Love (1931)
Photography
This Mad World (1930)
Director of Photography
Hello Sister (1930)
Director of Photography
Passion Flower (1930)
Director of Photography
Madame Satan (1930)
Cinematographer
Abie's Irish Rose (1929)
Director of Photography
Frozen Justice (1929)
Director of Photography
The Case of Lena Smith (1929)
Director of Photography
Trent's Last Case (1929)
Director of Photography
South Sea Rose (1929)
Camera
The Far Call (1929)
Director of Photography
The Docks of New York (1928)
Director of Photography
Three Week-ends (1928)
Director of Photography
The Sawdust Paradise (1928)
Director of Photography
The Dragnet (1928)
Director of Photography
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)
Director of Photography
Rough House Rosie (1927)
Director of Photography
Jim the Conqueror (1927)
Director of Photography
Open Range (1927)
Director of Photography
A Gentleman of Paris (1927)
Director of Photography
Service for Ladies (1927)
Director of Photography
Evening Clothes (1927)
Director of Photography
Getting Gertie's Garter (1927)
Director of Photography
Almost a Lady (1926)
Director of Photography
For Wives Only (1926)
Director of Photography
Up in Mabel's Room (1926)
Director of Photography
Man Bait (1926)
Director of Photography
Classified (1925)
Director of Photography
Too Many Kisses (1925)
Director of Photography
The Little French Girl (1925)
Director of Photography
Infatuation (1925)
Director of Photography
The Street of Forgotten Men (1925)
Director of Photography
A Man Must Live (1925)
Director of Photography
The Story Without a Name (1924)
Director of Photography
Manhandled (1924)
Director of Photography
A Society Scandal (1924)
Director of Photography
Manhattan (1924)
Director of Photography
Garrison's Finish (1923)
Director of Photography
Quicksands (1923)
Director of Photography
Dark Secrets (1923)
Director of Photography
The Glimpses of the Moon (1923)
Director of Photography
Lawful Larceny (1923)
Director of Photography
Zaza (1923)
Photography
For the Defense (1922)
Director of Photography
Through a Glass Window (1922)
Director of Photography
A Homespun Vamp (1922)
Director of Photography
The Cradle (1922)
Director of Photography
Buried Treasure (1921)
Director of Photography
Everything for Sale (1921)
Director of Photography
A Virginia Courtship (1921)
Director of Photography
Polly of the Storm Country (1920)
Camera
Heliotrope (1920)
Camera
The Cinema Murder (1919)
Camera
The American Consul (1917)
Camera
Lost and Won (1917)
Camera
The Honorable Friend (1916)
Camera
Oliver Twist (1916)
Camera
The Victoria Cross (1916)
Camera

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

When a Feller Needs a Friend (1932)
Photography

Cinematography (Short)

Forgotten Victory (1939)
Cinematographer
That Mothers Might Live (1938)
Cinematographer

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Hold Your Man (1933) - Be A Pal! Following shortly upon the opening, tight comedy with Clark Gable as hustler Eddie caught running a street scam, diving into the apartment where Jean Harlow bathes, gamely providing cover when his mark and a cop (Henry B. Walthall, Jack Cheatham) arrive in pursuit, in MGM's Hold Your Man, 1933.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - Moses Supposes Silent star Don (co-director and choreographer Gene Kelly) with diction coach (Robert Watson), joined by musical partner Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) for the flat-out athletic tap number to the song by Roger Edens, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, a rousing bit from Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - All I Do Is Dream Of You The studio boss (Millard Mitchell) after a talking-picture demo, with Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) pal of star Don (Gene Kelly), who’s delighted to find snooty Cathy (Debbie Reynolds) doing a cheesecake gig, song by Nacio Herb Brown and producer Arthur Freed, bimbo Lina (Jean Hagen) getting pied, in Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Hold Your Man (1933) - Can't Tell A Banker From A Bum Clever opening bit with Clark Gable in hustler mode, encountering venerable Henry B. Walthall on an MGM city street, then Garry Owen at a pawn shop, Sam Wood directing from an original screenplay by Howard Emmett Rogers and Anita Loos, in Hold Your Man, 1933, also starring Jean Harlow.
Hold Your Man (1933) - The Cutest Suburbs Jean Harlow as party girl Ruby brings Stuart Erwin as her devoted semi-sugar daddy beau to a night club, where she has subterfuge in mind, and we find out she’s been visiting in hopes of meeting con-man Clark Gable, who’s a regular, and who finally turns up, in MGM”s Hold Your Man, 1933, Louise Beavers the washroom lady.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - I'm Not An Actor! After the premiere, silent-movie star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) with musical partner Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) in Hollywood, gets mobbed and, with a coy contemporary-swashbuckling escape, meets opinionated Cathy (Debbie Reynolds), early in MGM’s Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - Dignity, Always Dignity Dora (Madge Blake) the M-C, sidekick Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) already in place, co-director Gene Kelly (as matinee idol Don Lockwood), with Jean Hagen, silent for now (as co-star Lina), launches the biography bit, song by Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart, from the opening to MGM’s Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Any Number Can Play (1949) - Always Coming To Bat With The Bases Loaded Clark Gable as family-man casino owner Charlie, with former flame and customer Ada (Mary Astor), who interrupted him during a heart-trouble episode he's keeping secret, has already made clear he's not running away with her, but they discuss it anyway, in Any Number Can Play, 1949.
Any Number Can Play (1949) - Out In The Rain With My Secret Lover Joining the first scene in the household of leading man Clark Gable, who plays high-end underground casino owner Charlie, we meet Audrey Totter as Alice, the live-in sister of his wife Lon (Alexis Smith), and her husband, Wendell Corey as Robbin, who works for Charlie, with two goons (Richard Rober, William Conrad) appearing, in director Mervyn LeRoy’s Any Number Can Play, 1949.
Lone Star (1952) - Moonlight Was Meant For Lovers Clark Gable is still not revealing his identity, as a supporter of Texas annexation sent by Andrew Jackson, but Texan Martha (Ava Gardner) has grown interested in him, separating themselves from the crowd at an Austin dinner party, with an un-credited song, in MGM's Lone Star, 1952.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Your Toes Are Not Pointed Enough! Clinton Sundberg (delightful as photographer Michael Michaelson) receives dignified but insolvent war-widow socialite Mrs. Dorrance (Deborah Kerr), savvy Vic (Clark Gable) from the ad agency, who got her the lucrative photo gig, and stiff Miss Kennedy (Kathryn Card), representing the demanding sponsor, in The Hucksters, 1947.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Don't Disagree With Him! Spectacular entrance of soap tycoon Evan Llewellyn Evans (Sydney Greenstreet) with a tirade for ad men Kimberly (Adolphe Menjou), Cooke (Richard Gaines) and Norman (Clark Gable) in The Hucksters, 1947.

Trailer

No Time for Sergeants - (Original Trailer) Hillbilly draftee Andy Griffith turns the Air Force upside down in No Time For Sergeants (1958).
Wizard of Oz, The (1939) -- (1949 Re-issue Trailer) A Kansas farm girl dreams herself into a magical land where she must fight a wicked witch to escape in The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring Judy Garland.
Penalty, The (1940) - (Original Trailer) Federal agents use a gangster's son to catch him in The Penalty (1941) starring Edward Arnold and Lionel Barrymore.
Three Wise Fools - (Original Trailer) An orphan girl (Margaret O'Brien) melts the hearts of three crusty old men (Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Edward Arnold).
We Were Dancing - (Original Trailer) A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo in We Were Dancing (1942) starring Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas.
El Dorado -- (Original Trailer) John Wayne and Robert Mitchum take on a corrupt cattle baron in Howard Hawks' El Dorado (1967).
Chocolate Soldier, The - (Original Trailer) A jealous husband tests his opera singer wife's fidelity by pretending to be another man in The Chocolate Soldier (1941) starring Nelson Eddy and Rise Stevens.
Flight Command - (Original Trailer) Walter Pidgeon introduces himself as Commander Gary, also the host of the original theatrical trailer for MGM's Flight Command, 1940, starring Robert Taylor and Ruth Hussey, directed by Frank Borzage.
On the Town - (Original Trailer) Three sailors wreck havoc during a whirlwind 24-hour shore leave in New York City in On the Town (1949) starring Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra.
Captains Courageous - (Re-issue Trailer) A spoiled rich kid is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man.
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) - (Original Trailer) A British lord raised by apes kidnaps a beautiful noblewoman exploring Africa with her father in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) starring Johnny Weissmuller.
Somewhere I'll Find You - (Original Trailer) Brothers feud over a girl they both fall for while covering World War II in Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner.

Promo

Family

Arthur H Rosson
Brother
Director. Died in 1960.
Richard Rosson
Brother
Director. Died in 1953.
Helene Rosson
Sister
Actor.

Companions

Jean Harlow
Wife
Actor. Married in 1933; divorced in 1935.

Bibliography