Edward Colman


Biography

When it came to award accolades, cinematographer Edward Colman was frequently a bridesmaid, but never a bride. Still, he provided the photography for a number of enduring classics over the span of two decades, including a number of live action Walt Disney films, many of which were released in the late '50s and '60s. In 1959, he served as director of photography on "The Shaggy Dog," a fam...

Biography

When it came to award accolades, cinematographer Edward Colman was frequently a bridesmaid, but never a bride. Still, he provided the photography for a number of enduring classics over the span of two decades, including a number of live action Walt Disney films, many of which were released in the late '50s and '60s. In 1959, he served as director of photography on "The Shaggy Dog," a family-friendly fantasy about a young boy who changes into a sheepdog. It marked his first Disney feature, and was subsequently followed by collaborations with frequent "House of Mouse" director Robert Stevenson. The pair worked together on "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," as well as "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "Mary Poppins," for which Colman received Academy Award nominations. The early '60s also brought the cinematographer work on two Disney movies about young boys and faithful dogs, both helmed by Norman Tokar: "Big Red" and "Savage Sam." While films like "Mary Poppins" are fondly remembered for their use of vibrant, glorious Technicolor, he was equally adept at shooting in black and white; during the '50s, he worked with star and director Jack Webb on many projects sporting a monochromatic look, including the popular series "Dragnet" and the movie "The D.I.." Around this time, he also worked as camera operator for "The Mickey Mouse Club."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Sea Chase (1955)
Hotel manager
My Dream Is Yours (1949)
Radio voice

Cinematography (Feature Film)

The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Camera
The Love Bug (1969)
Director of Photography
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
Director of Photography
The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
Director of Photography
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Director of Photography
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
Director of Photography
The Ambushers (1967)
Director of Photography
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
Director of Photography
The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
Director of Photography
Those Calloways (1965)
Director of Photography
That Darn Cat (1965)
Director of Photography
Mary Poppins (1964)
Director of Photography
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)
Director of Photography
Savage Sam (1963)
Director of Photography
Son of Flubber (1963)
Director of Photography
Big Red (1962)
Director of Photography
Babes in Toyland (1961)
Director of Photography
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Director of Photography
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Director of Photography
-30- (1959)
Director of Photography
-30- (1959)
Director Of Photography
The D.I. (1957)
Director of Photography
Black Patch (1957)
Director of Photography
Dragnet (1954)
Director of Photography
The Valiant Hombre (1949)
Camera Operator
Joan of Arc (1948)
Camera Operator
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)
Camera Operator
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Camera Operator
The Creeper (1948)
Op Camera
Idea Girl (1946)
2nd Camera
The Runaround (1946)
2nd Camera
She Wrote the Book (1946)
2nd Camera
Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
2nd Camera
Frontier Gal (1945)
2nd Camera
Sudan (1945)
2nd Camera
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
2nd Camera
Here Come the Co-Eds (1945)
2nd Camera

Cinematography (Short)

24 Hour Alert (1955)
Cinematographer

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

-30- (1959) - Leaving Girls Around Closer to a love scene, or anything intimate or personal, than any producer, director and star Jack Webb (as editor Sam Gatlin) ever played on (TV’s) Dragnet(1951-1959), his young second wife Peggy (Whitney Blake) visits the newsroom, rain still falling, their topics hot then heavy, in the newspaper drama -30-, 1959.
-30- (1959) - The Woman's Angle Neurotic but determined newsroom writer Jan (Nancy Valentine) is baffled when her assault on night-shift editor Sam Gatlin (producer and director Jack Webb) succeeds, city editor Bathgate (Willian Conrad) concurring, in -30-, 1959.
-30- (1959) - Conditions That Prevail Opening scene, city editor Bathgate (William Conrad) toying with copy boy Collins (David Nelson, Ozzie and Harriet's son), veteran colleagues smirking, from director, producer and star Jack Webb's -30-, 1959tbd
Son Of Flubber (1963) - Desire√® De La Whatever Inventor-professor Ned (Fred MacMurray) and wife Betsy (Nancy Olson) are already tangling as she announces that her old flame (Elliott Reid) is coming to dinner, for unspecified reasons, and surprised when he brings Desireè (Joanna Moore), too, in Walt Disney's Son Of Flubber, 1963.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - Weather Gun Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) conducts his first test of his new invention the "Weather Gun," getting his dog in trouble, Nancy Olson the Mrs., in Disney's Son Of Flubber, 1963.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - Flubberoleum Upon watching a sales film for a prospective Flubber-based floor product, Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) blows it with financier Hurley (Ken Murray) in Disney's Son of Flubber, 1963.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - We'll Hit The Beach On Capitol Hill! Joining the open in the sequel to the Disney hit The Absent-Minded Professor, 1961, Brainard (Fred MacMurray) and Biff (Tommy Kirk) fly to the Pentagon in their Flubber-powered car, for a meeting with the shameless secretary of defense (Edward Andrews), in Son Of Flubber, 1963.
Absent-Minded Professor, The (1961) - I Dub Thee Flubber! A discouraged Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) suddenly discovers he's invented flying rubber, thus "flubber," in Walt Disney's The Absent-Minded Professor, 1961.
Absent-Minded Professor, The (1961) - Get Married 8:30 Sharp! Landlady Mrs. Chatsworth (Belle Montrose) hopes to prevent Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) from missing his wedding for a third time, as he conducts an experiment, early in Disney's in The Absent-Minded Professor, 1961.
Absent-Minded Professor, The (1961) - Let's Open Her Up! Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) takes his dog Charlie for a flight in his flubber-powered Model-T and drops in on girlfriend Betsy (Nancy Olson) in Disney's The Absent-Minded Professor, 1961.
Babes In Toyland (1961) - Does This Satisfy Your Greed? We meet Ray Bolger in his wild turn as villain Barnaby, observing the innocent Mary and Tom (Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands), with henchmen (Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon), some technical dazzle, and the top of another song by George Bruns and Mel Leven, in Disney’s Babes In Toyland , 1961.
D.I., The (1957) - Pain In Your Head Opening from producer, director and star Jack Webb, as Sergeant Moore, working over several marine privates finishing with Owens (Don Dubbins), in The D.I., 1957, screenplay by James Lee Barrett from his original play and teleplay.

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