Robert Burks


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Leslie Robert Burks, L. Robert Burks
Birth Place
Newport Beach, California, USA
Born
July 04, 1909
Died
May 11, 1968
Cause of Death
Died In A Fire

Biography

Proficient in virtually every genre and equally at home with black-and-white or color. Burks shot a string of 12 Hitchcock films, from "Strangers on a Train" (1951) through "Marnie" (1964)....

Biography

Proficient in virtually every genre and equally at home with black-and-white or color. Burks shot a string of 12 Hitchcock films, from "Strangers on a Train" (1951) through "Marnie" (1964).

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Chubasco (1968)
Director Photographer (see note)
A Covenant With Death (1967)
Director of Photography
Waterhole #3 (1967)
Cinematographer
Once a Thief (1965)
Director of Photography
A Patch of Blue (1965)
Director of Photography
Marnie (1964)
Director of Photography
The Birds (1963)
Director of Photography
The Music Man (1962)
Director of Photography
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
Director of Photography
The Great Impostor (1961)
Director of Photography
The Rat Race (1960)
Director of Photography
North by Northwest (1959)
Director of Photography
But Not for Me (1959)
Director of Photography
The Black Orchid (1959)
Director of Photography
Vertigo (1958)
Director of Photography
The Wrong Man (1957)
Director of Photography
The Vagabond King (1956)
Director of Photography
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Director of Photography
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Director of Photography
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director of Photography
The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)
Director of Photography
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Director of Photography
Rear Window (1954)
Director of Photography
Hondo (1954)
Photography
The Desert Song (1953)
Director of Photography
So This Is Love (1953)
Director of Photography
I Confess (1953)
Director of Photography
House of Wax (1953)
Director of Photography
Room for One More (1952)
Director of Photography
Mara Maru (1952)
Cinematographer
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
Director of Photography
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Director of Photography
The Enforcer (1951)
Director of Photography
Close to My Heart (1951)
Director of Photography
Come Fill the Cup (1951)
Director of Photography
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Director of Photography
A Kiss in the Dark (1949)
Director of Photography
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Director of Photography
Task Force (1949)
Director of Photography
The Fountainhead (1949)
Director of Photography
To the Victor (1948)
Director of Photography
Escape in the Desert (1945)
Director of Photography
Make Your Own Bed (1944)
Director of Photography
On Your Toes (1939)
Special Effects
USC vs. Tulane (1932)
Assistant Camera

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Special Effects
The Younger Brothers (1949)
Special Effects
John Loves Mary (1949)
Special Effects
The Woman in White (1948)
Special Effects
Key Largo (1948)
Special Effects
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Special Effects Photographer
Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)
Special Effects
My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
Special Effects
The Unfaithful (1947)
Special Effects
Cry Wolf (1947)
Special Effects
Possessed (1947)
Special Effects
The Unsuspected (1947)
Special Effects Photographer
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Special Effects
The Big Sleep (1946)
Special Effects
Night and Day (1946)
Special Effects
The Verdict (1946)
Special Effects
Confidential Agent (1945)
Special Effects
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Special Effects
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
Special Effects
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Special Effects
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Special Effects
In Our Time (1944)
Special Effects
Kings Row (1942)
Special Effects
Highway West (1941)
Special Effects
International Squadron (1941)
Special Effects
The Great Lie (1941)
Special Effects
Saturday's Children (1940)
Special Effects
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Special Effects

Cinematography (Short)

Star in the Night (1945)
Cinematographer

Life Events

1944

First film as photographer, "Make Your Own Bed"

Videos

Movie Clip

Marnie (1964) - Instinctual Behavior Bachelor millionaire publisher Rutland (Sean Connery) and new secretary "Mrs. Taylor" (Tippi Hedren, the probably-deranged title character) review a typing assignment as her fear of thunder, lightning and colors comes to the fore in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, 1964.
To Catch A Thief (1955) - Ever Been Married? Alfred Hitchcock was likely more interested in the color than the story, as he arranges for Robie (Cary Grant) to meet Hughson (John Williams) in the flower market in Nice, in To Catch A Thief, 1955.
Music Man, The (1962) - Till There Was You Librarian Marian (Shirley Jones) is magnanimous in her praise of huckster Professor Hill (Robert Preston), with one of composer Meredith Willson's most famous tunes from The Music Man, 1962.
Music Man, The (1962) - Wells Fargo The company starts on Meredith's Willson's tune, an interlude with Mayor and Mrs. Shinn (Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold) and Marian (Shirley Jones), and her brother Winthrop (Ronnie "Ron" Howard) getting his trumpet from Professor Hill (Robert Preston), in The Music Man, 1962.
Music Man, The (1962) - Trouble Robert Preston as fake Professor Harold Hill, introducing himself to River City, Iowa, with Meredith Willson's famous tune "with a capital T," his first big number in Warner Bros' The Music Man, 1962.
Music Man, The (1962) - Iowa Stubborn Just arrived on the train from Illinois, after an opening number confirming the disdain of other traveling salesmen for his scorched-earth methods, un-credentialed music professor Henry Hill (Robert Preston) hears from the folk of River City, Io-way about their own predisposition, in the hit Warner Bros. adaptation of the Meredith Willson musical, with Timmy Everett, and Paul Ford as the Mayor, in The Music Man, 1962.
Music Man, The (1962) - Shipoopi Buddy Hackett never played the part on Broadway, and was a regular on NBC’s Tonight Show at the time, but his one number as Marcellus, friend of the title character, is one of the more remembered and parodied from the landmark Meredith Willson musical, The Music Man, 1962, starring Robert Preston.
Once A Thief (1965) - He's Going Back First scene for Van Heflin as San Francisco police inspector Vido and his partner (Steve Mitchell), at the scene of a murder and holdup (conducted by, we’ll soon learn, Alain Delon), revealing some history and tangling with his boss (Jeff Corey), in director Ralph Nelson’s Once A Thief, 1965.
Once A Thief (1965) - Can I Sit In The Rumble Seat? First scene in which we can identify Alain Delon as Eddie, pretty-well confirming he committed a holdup and murder, followed by the cops, collecting his daughter (Tammy Locke) and wife Ann-Margret, who relates a memory that sure seems to refer to her own Swedish father, early in Once A Thief, 1965.
Once A Thief (1965) - I Don't Need You San Francisco ex-con Eddie (Alain Delon), who we know is committing armed robberies on his own, nonetheless pushes back when his gangster brother Walter (Jack Palance), with his hoodlum sidekick (John Davis Chandler), offers him a job, pleasing Eddie’s wife (Ann-Margret), in Once A Thief, 1965.
Spirit Of St. Louis, The (1957) - Rio Rita Opening sequence with prologue, introducing first friend Frank (Bartlett Robinson) then the hero (James Stewart), in Billy Wilder's hagiographic adaption of Charles Lindbergh's memoir, The Spirit Of St. Louis, 1957.
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1947) - You're Not Through Paying Steve Cochran is inmate Bill, getting his going-away talk from the prison warden Harry Antrim, having evidently spent most of his life incarcerated, not clear what the guy waiting outside (John Kellogg) is up to, opening Tomorrow Is Another Day, 1951, also starring Ruth Roman.

Trailer

Music Man, The (1962) -- (Original Trailer) A con artist hawks musical instruments to small towns in The Music Man (1962), based on the Broadway musical by Meredith Willson.
Night and Day - (Original Trailer) Fanciful biography of songwriter Cole Porter (Cary Grant), who rose from high society to find success on Tin Pan Alley.
Saturday's Children - (Original Trailer) A young inventor's new marriage is jeopardized by financial problems. Starring John Garfield.
I Confess - (Original Trailer) Montgomery Clift plays a priest accused of murder who hears but cannot tell the confession of the actual murderer in Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess (1953).
Escape in the Desert - (Original Trailer) It's The Petrified Forest updated for wartime as Nazis hold hostages in a hotel in the American Southwest.
Cry Wolf - (Original Trailer) Barbara Stanwyck comes to claim her late husband's estate and uncovers a mystery involving Errol Flynn in Cry Wolf (1947).
Dial M For Murder - (Original Trailer) An unfaithful husband frames his wife for a murder in Dial M For Murder (1954), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Doctor Ehrlich's Magic Bullet - (Original Trailer) Doctor Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) starring Edward G. Robinson, the true story of the German scientist who devoted his life to curing syphilis.
Rat Race, The - (Original Trailer) A musician (Tony Curtis) newly arrived in New York takes in a taxi dancer (Debbie Reynolds) in the drama The Rat Race (1960).
Romance on the High Seas -- (Original Trailer) Singer Doris Day gets mixed up in a series of romantic problems during a Caribbean cruise in Romance on the High Seas (1948) featuring "It's Magic" and other songs by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn.
God Is My Co-Pilot - (Original Trailer) God Is My Co-Pilot (1945), based on the true story of World War II fighter pilot Col. Robert Lee Scott, Jr.
Great Lie, The -- (Original Trailer) Bette Davis, believing her husband to be dead, bargains with his former love to adopt the woman's baby in The Great Lie (1941).

Bibliography