Joseph Ruttenberg


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Joe Ruttenberg
Birth Place
Russia
Born
July 04, 1889
Died
May 01, 1983

Biography

Former photojournalist and newsreel photographer-producer who served as a cinematographer with Fox (1915-26), MGM (1926-62) and Paramount. Ruttenberg was one of Hollywood's foremost directors of photography from the late 1930s through the 50s....

Photos & Videos

Somebody Up There Likes Me - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Random Harvest - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Until They Sail - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Biography

Former photojournalist and newsreel photographer-producer who served as a cinematographer with Fox (1915-26), MGM (1926-62) and Paramount. Ruttenberg was one of Hollywood's foremost directors of photography from the late 1930s through the 50s.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Speedway (1968)
Director of Photography
The Oscar (1966)
Director of Photography
Love Has Many Faces (1965)
Director of Photography
Harlow (1965)
Cinematographer
Sylvia (1965)
Director of Photography
A Global Affair (1964)
Director of Photography
The Hook (1963)
Director of Photography
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Director of Photography
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963)
Cinematographer
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
Camera
Ada (1961)
Director of Photography
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
Director of Photography
Two Loves (1961)
Director of Photography
The Subterraneans (1960)
Director of Photography
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
Camera
BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Director of Photography
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Director of Photography
Green Mansions (1959)
Director of Photography
Gigi (1958)
Director of Photography
The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
Director of Photography
Until They Sail (1957)
Director of Photography
The Vintage (1957)
Director of Photography
Man on Fire (1957)
Director of Photography
Invitation to the Dance (1956)
Director of Photographer "Sinbad the Sailor"
The Swan (1956)
Director of Photography
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Director of Photography
Interrupted Melody (1955)
Director of Photography
The Prodigal (1955)
Director of Photography
Kismet (1955)
Director of Photography
Brigadoon (1954)
Director of Photography
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Director of Photography
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Director of Photography
The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)
Director of Photography
Small Town Girl (1953)
Director of Photography
Julius Caesar (1953)
Director of Photography
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Director of Photography
Latin Lovers (1952)
Director of Photography
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Director of Photography
Young Man With Ideas (1952)
Director of Photography
Because You're Mine (1952)
Director of Photography
Kind Lady (1951)
Director of Photography
The Great Caruso (1951)
Director of Photography
Cause for Alarm! (1951)
Director of Photography
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Director of Photography
The Magnificent Yankee (1951)
Director of Photography
The Miniver Story (1950)
Director of Photography
The Big Hangover (1950)
Director of Photography
Side Street (1950)
Director of Photography
Summer Stock (1950)
Photography
The Bribe (1949)
Director of Photography
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Director of Photography
B. F.'s Daughter (1948)
Director of Photography
Julia Misbehaves (1948)
Director of Photography
Desire Me (1947)
Director of Photography
Killer McCoy (1947)
Director of Photography
Adventure (1946)
Director of Photography
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Fill-in Director of Photographer
The Valley of Decision (1945)
Director of Photography
Madame Curie (1944)
Director of Photography
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Director of Photography
Gaslight (1944)
Director of Photography
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Director of Photography
Crossroads (1942)
Photography
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Director of Photography
Random Harvest (1942)
Photography
Woman of the Year (1942)
Director of Photography
Two-Faced Woman (1941)
Director of Photography
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Director of Photography
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Director of Photography
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Director of Photography
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Director of Photography
Comrade X (1940)
Director of Photography
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Director of Photography
Balalaika (1939)
Director of Photography
Tell No Tales (1939)
Photography
The Women (1939)
Director of Photography
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
Photography
On Borrowed Time (1939)
Photography
Dramatic School (1938)
Photography
Everybody Sing (1938)
Photography
The Great Waltz (1938)
Photography
Spring Madness (1938)
Photography
Three Comrades (1938)
Photography
The Shopworn Angel (1938)
Photography
The First Hundred Years (1938)
Photography
Big City (1937)
Photography
Double Wedding (1937)
Carmel-By-the Sea Photographer
A Day at the Races (1937)
Photography
Live, Love and Learn (1937)
Photography
Mad Holiday (1936)
Photography
Frankie and Johnnie (1936)
Photography
Piccadilly Jim (1936)
Photography
Fury (1936)
Photography
Three Godfathers (1936)
Photography
Man Hunt (1936)
Photography
The People's Enemy (1935)
Photography
Gigolette (1935)
Photography
Woman in the Dark (1934)
Photography
Gambling (1934)
Assistant Camera
The Struggle (1932)
Cinematographer
The Cheat (1931)
2nd Camera
Summer Bachelors (1926)
Director of Photography
School for Wives (1925)
Director of Photography
The Fool (1925)
Director of Photography
Does It Pay? (1923)
Director of Photography
If Winter Comes (1923)
Director of Photography
The Town That Forgot God (1923)
Director of Photography
Silver Wings (1922)
Director of Photography
My Friend, The Devil (1922)
Director of Photography
Beyond Price (1921)
Director of Photography
A Virgin Paradise (1921)
Director of Photography
Know Your Men (1921)
Director of Photography
The Mountain Woman (1921)
Director of Photography
From Now on (1920)
Camera
The Tiger's Cub (1920)
Camera
The Shark (1920)
Camera
The Thief (1920)
Camera
A Fallen Idol (1919)
Camera
Woman, Woman! (1919)
Camera
My Little Sister (1919)
Camera
Doing Their Bit (1918)
Camera
The Woman Who Gave (1918)
Camera
A Heart's Revenge (1918)
Camera
The Debt of Honor (1918)
Camera
The Painted Madonna (1917)
Camera
Thou Shalt Not Steal (1917)
Camera
The Blue Streak (1917)
Camera
Wife Number Two (1917)
Camera
The Slave (1917)
Camera

Cast (Short)

You Can't Fool a Camera (1941)
Himself

Cinematography (Short)

Let's Ask Nostradamus (1953)
Cinematographer
Nostradamus and the Queen (1953)
Cinematographer

Life Events

1893

Immigrated to US at age 4 (date approximate)

1907

Became staff photographer for Boston Globe

1915

Hired as cameraman at Fox

1917

Debut as director of photography with "A Painted Madonna"

1926

Joined MGM

1935

Became member of American Society of Cinematographers

1962

Left MGM for Paramount

Photo Collections

Somebody Up There Likes Me - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), starring Paul Newman and Pier Angeli, and directed by Robert Wise.
Random Harvest - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several behind-the-scenes photos taken during production of MGM's Random Harvest (1942), starring Ronald Colman and Greer Garson, and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Until They Sail - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Until They Sail (1957), starring Paul Newman and Jean Simmons and directed by Robert Wise.

Videos

Movie Clip

Julius Caesar (1953) - Open, Senseless Things Stately opening and comments from tribunes Flavius (Michael Pate) and Marullus (George MacReady), from Joseph L. Mankiewiecz's 1953 MGM production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, starring Marlon Brando, John GIelgud, Louis Calhern and James Mason.
Julius Caesar (1953) - I Never Stood On Ceremony Calpurnia (Greer Garson) speaks at least one everlasting Shakespeare phrase, pleading with husband Caesar (Louis Calhern) to not go to the senate today, Decius (the "other" Brutus, John Hoyt) intruding, in the Joseph L. Mankiewicz and MGM 1953 version of Julius Caesar.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Just the first portion of the famous speech, Marlon Brando as "Mark Antony," come not to praise but to bury, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 1953.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Beware The Ides Of March Caesar (Louis Calhern) returns to Rome, checks in with wife Calpurnia (Greer Garson) and under-dressed Antony (Marlon Brando), then a blind soothsayer (Richard Hale) with famous words of warning, also getting a reading off Brutus (James Mason) in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 1953.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Not In Our Stars... On a balcony with a statue of Caesar, Cassius (John Gielgud) tempts Brutus (James Mason) with murderous ideas, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1953 production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - In Winnipeg It Is Not Cold? After just a glance of co-star June Allyson in his waiting room, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson), blowing off a German tenor, makes excuses for French singer Denise (Paula, a.k.a. Rita, Corday) early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951 from a Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett screenplay.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - There's No Room At The Top Having just realized she could fake being a teenager in order to get an audition, ambitious classical pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) is intercepted at home by her boyfriend John (Gig Young), early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, also starring Van Johnson.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - She's Box Office! Thinking he’s discovered a prodigy, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson) arrives with contracts at the apartment of pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) who, having posed at her audition as her fictional kid-sister Molly, takes a stab at making things right, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - Revolutionary Etude Both billed above the title in their 4th picture starring together, June Allyson is twenty-something pianist Cynthia posing as her fictional kid sister Molly, and Van Johnson is Wainright, the impresario holding auditions for a youth orchestra, Hans Conreid introducing her, for the familiar Chopin composition, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, with impressive fake playing by June, who had some piano training as a child.
B.F.'s Daughter (1948) - Your Pretty Little Head Park Avenue, 1932, breakfasting with his wife (Spring Byington), industrialist B.F. Fulton (Charles Coburn) fumes over a radio commentator’s criticism as daughter Polly (Barbara Stanwyck) appears, sniffing a chance to help her fiancé (Richard Hart), opening MGM’s B.F.’s Daughter, 1948.
Woman Of The Year (1942) - Should We Abolish Baseball? Opening scene, sports writer Sam (Spencer Tracy) joins pals (Roscoe Karns, William Tannen) and barkeep (William Bendix), as they hear high-brow columnist Tess (Katharine Hepburn) on the radio, in Woman Of The Year, 1942, original screenplay by Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner Jr.
Gaslight (1944) - You Shall Have Your Dream Vacationing at Lake Como, new husband Gregory (Charles Boyer) mentions his apparently coincidental dream of a home in London, identical to the home in which his traumatized wife Paula (Ingrid Bergman) found her murdered aunt, early in George Cukor's Gaslight, 1944.

Trailer

Gigi (1958) -- (Original Trailer) A Parisian girl (Leslie Caron) is raised to be a kept woman but dreams of love and marriage in Gigi (1958), directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Swan, The - (Original Trailer) On the eve of her marriage to a prince, a noblewoman falls for her brother's tutor in The Swan (1956) starring Grace Kelly.
Wreck of the Mary Deare, The -- (Original Trailer) The skipper of a sunken ship (Gary Cooper) stands trial for The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). Co-starring Charlton Heston.
Latin Lovers - (Original Trailer) Expect Ricardo Montalban to give Lana Turner a taste for Latin Lovers (1953) in this Technicolor romance.
Live, Love and Learn - (Original Trailer) A bohemian artist (Robert Montgomery) and a society girl (Rosalind Russell) try to adjust to marriage. Co-starring Robert Benchley and Mickey Rooney.
Julius Caesar - (Re-issue Trailer) Marlon Brando heads an all-star cast in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's film of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1953).
First Hundred Years, The - (Original Trailer) A working woman (Virginia Bruce) doesn't want to give up her career when she marries. Co-starring Robert Montgomery and Warren William.
Crossroads (1942) - (Original Trailer) A French diplomat (William Powell) who's recovered from amnesia is blackmailed over crimes he can't remember.
Because You're Mine - (Original Trailer) After being drafted, an opera star (Mario Lanza) falls for his sergeant's sister in Because You're Mine (1952).
Her Twelve Men - (Original Trailer) A dedicated teacher turns around the troublesome students at a boy's school in Her Twelve Men (1954) starring Greer Garson.
Waterloo Bridge (1940) - (Re-issue Trailer) Vivien Leigh is the ballerina-turned-streetwalker after her fiance Robert Taylor is apparently killed in World War I in Waterloo Bridge (1940), directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Presenting Lily Mars - (Original Trailer) A small-town girl fights for her chance on Broadway in Presenting Lily Mars (1943) starring Judy Garland.

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