William H Daniels


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born
December 01, 1901
Died
June 14, 1970

Biography

Eminent and prolific cinematographer who created the appropriately harsh look of Erich von Stroheim's realist masterpiece "Greed" (1925). Daniels became known as Greta Garbo's preferred cameraman in the 1930s, shooting 20 of her Hollywood pictures. (He allegedly earned the distinction as much for his personal tact as for his technical prowess.) In the 1950s and 60s Daniels worked frequen...

Biography

Eminent and prolific cinematographer who created the appropriately harsh look of Erich von Stroheim's realist masterpiece "Greed" (1925). Daniels became known as Greta Garbo's preferred cameraman in the 1930s, shooting 20 of her Hollywood pictures. (He allegedly earned the distinction as much for his personal tact as for his technical prowess.) In the 1950s and 60s Daniels worked frequently, and successfully, with director Anthony Mann and actor Frank Sinatra. Brother of theater and TV director Jack Daniels.

Life Events

1917

Assistant camera operator with Triangle Company

1918

Camera operator with Universal Pictures

1919

First film as director of photography

1961

President of American Society of Cinematographers

Photo Collections

How the West Was Won - Program Book
Here is the souvenir Program Book sold at Roadshow engagements for the 1962 epic in Cinerama, How the West Was Won.
Never So Few - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen, and directed by John Sturges.

Videos

Movie Clip

Impossible Years, The (1968) -- (Movie Clip) You Belong On The Couch Psych professor Kingsley (David Niven), his house overrun by his kids’ party, entertains his editor Merrick (Chad Everett), joined then by Jeff Cooper as motorbiker artist Smuts (Jeff Cooper), broken up by his daughter (supermodel Cristina Ferrare in her first movie) and buddy (Mike McGreevey) in The Impossible Years, 1968.
Impossible Years, The (1968) -- (Movie Clip) A Nymphomaniac I Met At A Party Vexed psych professor and author Kingsley (David Niven) waylaid by his editor Merrick (Chad Everett), who’s heard of his daughter (Christina Ferrare) being arrested in the campus protest, inter-cut with her on the beach with hormonal boyfriend Freddie (Rich Chalet), in The Impossible Years, 1968.
Impossible Years, The (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Teeny-Bopper Hippie Offspring End of the credits over an MGM version of a 1960’s college riot, landing on David Niven as a psychology professor in class, queried by a campus reporter before taking an unwelcome call from his wife (Lola Albright) about his daughter (Cristina Ferrare), in The Impossible Years, 1968.
Assault On A Queen -- (Movie Clip) She Walks Well Grizzled boatmen Mark (Frank Sinatra) and Linc (Errol John) receive huckster Rossiter (Tony Franciosa) and girlfriend Rosa (Virna Lisi), who had a deep-sea diver die while working for them, early in Assault On A Queen, 1966.
Marlowe (1969) -- (Movie Clip) Spanish For Pain Friendly clash between savvy detective James Garner (as the title character, Philip, in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister) and Rita Moreno as polished Dolores, guarding her friend Mavis (Gayle Hunnicutt), implicated in a porn and murder scandal, in Marlowe, 1969.
Marlowe (1969) -- (Movie Clip) All Shadow And No Substance James Garner is the title character of the movie, and Sharon Farrell the title character of the original Raymond Chandler novel The Little Sister, after he discovered another murder while looking for her brother, leading him to ring Dr. Lagardie (Paul Stevens), early in the updated Marlowe, 1969.
Marlowe (1969) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Little Sister Groovy opening with an original song by Peter Matz and Noman Gimbel, taking it’s title from Raymond Chandler’s original novel The Little Sister, James Garner as the contemporary version of Chandler’s famous L-A detective, querying the manager (Warren Finnerty) of a hippie hotel, in Marlowe, 1969.
Marlowe (1969) -- (Movie Clip) I Go To Ridiculous Extremes James Garner (title character Philip) gets himself hired by big-time agent Crowell (William Daniels) on the runway, then visits actress Mavis Wald (Gayle Hunnicutt) on the set, to discuss the photos of her with gangster Steelgrave, in the contemporary 1969 treatment of Raymond Chandler’s 1949 novel The LIttle Sister, Marlowe.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) -- (Movie Clip) We Be Loaded Deep Exhaustive exposition from producer Dore Schary, focused on introducing Leo Genn and Gene Tierney as the Bradfords, Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Brewster, John Dehner as Winslow, Van Johnson as Alden, finally Spencer Tracy as Jones, Lloyd Bridges as Coppin, in MGM's Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Hymns And Prayers Should have seen this coming, Captain Jones (Spencer Tracy) has been warning of the ways of sailors, comes home to the Mayflower drunk one evening, finding Dorothy Bradford (Gene Tierney), rescued by her husband (Leo Genn), still in port in England, in Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Queen Christina (1933) -- (Movie Clip) I Have No Time To Soothe You First appearance by Greta Garbo, now grown up, as the Swedish queen, a historical figure, consulting with her chancellor (Lewis Stone) and her (turns out to be...) amorous treasurer (Ian Keith), early in MGM's Queen Christina, also starring John Gilbert.
Queen Christina (1933) -- (Movie Clip) I Give Her Up Gladly Chat about the chambermaid (Barbara Barondess), as Greta Garbo (title character) prepares to share lodgings at a Swedish inn with fellow traveler and gentleman, Spanish ambassador Don Antonio (John Gilbert), who doesn't know she's a girl, or royal, in Rouben Mamoulian's Queen Christina, 1933.

Trailer

Family

Jack Daniels
Brother
Director.

Bibliography