Arthur Edeson


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
October 24, 1891
Died
February 14, 1970

Biography

Former actor and portrait photographer who began a highly influential cinematographic career in 1914. Edeson shot many of Douglas Fairbanks' adventures from 1917 through the following decade and showed off his command of the moving camera in the early sound film "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930). After memorable collaborations with director James Whale at Universal on such horror c...

Biography

Former actor and portrait photographer who began a highly influential cinematographic career in 1914. Edeson shot many of Douglas Fairbanks' adventures from 1917 through the following decade and showed off his command of the moving camera in the early sound film "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930). After memorable collaborations with director James Whale at Universal on such horror classics as "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Old Dark House" (1932) and "The Invisible Man" (1933), he made a significant contribution to the output of Warner Bros. from 1936 to 1947, photographing such classics as "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and "Casablanca" (1942), before retiring in 1949.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Master Hand (1915)
Assistant Director

Cinematography (Feature Film)

The Fighting O'Flynn (1949)
Photography
Two Guys from Texas (1948)
Director of Photography
Stallion Road (1947)
Director of Photography
My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
Director of Photography
The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946)
Director of Photography
Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Director of Photography
Three Strangers (1946)
Director of Photography
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
Director of Photography
Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
Director of Photography
Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)
Director of Photography
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
Director of Photography
The Conspirators (1944)
Director of Photography
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Director of Photography
Casablanca (1942)
Director of Photography
Across the Pacific (1942)
Director of Photography
The Male Animal (1942)
Director of Photography
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Director of Photography
Sergeant York (1941)
Battle seq Photographer
Kisses for Breakfast (1941)
Director of Photography
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
Director of Photography
They Drive by Night (1940)
Director of Photography
Lady with Red Hair (1940)
Photography
Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940)
Photography
Secret Service of the Air (1939)
Photography
Wings of the Navy (1939)
Photography
Kid Nightingale (1939)
Director of Photography
No Place to Go (1939)
Photography
Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)
Photography
Sweepstakes Winner (1939)
Photography
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
Photography
Mr. Chump (1938)
Photography
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)
Photography
Racket Busters (1938)
Photography
The Kid Comes Back (1938)
Photography
Swing Your Lady (1938)
Photography
They Won't Forget (1937)
Photography
The Go Getter (1937)
Photography
The Footloose Heiress (1937)
Photography
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Photography
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
Photography
China Clipper (1936)
Photography
Hot Money (1936)
Photography
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Photography
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Photography
Satan Met a Lady (1936)
Photography
Ceiling Zero (1936)
Photography
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Photography
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Photography
Dinky (1935)
Photography
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)
Photography
While the Patient Slept (1935)
Photography
Maybe It's Love (1935)
Photography
Palooka (1934)
Photography
The Merry Frinks (1934)
Photography
His Double Life (1934)
Photography
Here Comes the Navy (1934)
Photography
The Constant Woman (1933)
Photography
A Study in Scarlet (1933)
Photography
The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
Photography
The Big Brain (1933)
Photography
The Invisible Man (1933)
Camera
Red Dust (1932)
Photography
Flesh (1932)
Photography
The Last Mile (1932)
Photography
Those We Love (1932)
Photography
The Old Dark House (1932)
Photography
Strangers of the Evening (1932)
Photography
The Impatient Maiden (1932)
Cinematographer
Fast Companions (1932)
Cinematographer
Doctors' Wives (1931)
Photography
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Cinematographer
The Man Who Came Back (1931)
Photography
Frankenstein (1931)
Cinematographer
Always Goodbye (1931)
Photography
The Big Trail (1930)
Grandeur Camera
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Director of Photography
Romance of the Rio Grande (1929)
Director of Photography
Girls Gone Wild (1929)
Director of Photography
The Cock-Eyed World (1929)
Director of Photography
In Old Arizona (1929)
Camera
Me, Gangster (1928)
Director of Photography
A Thief in the Dark (1928)
Director of Photography
The Gorilla (1927)
Director of Photography
The Patent Leather Kid (1927)
Director of Photography
McFadden's Flats (1927)
Director of Photography
The Drop Kick (1927)
Director of Photography
Sweet Daddies (1926)
Director of Photography
The Bat (1926)
Director of Photography
Partners Again (1926)
Director of Photography
Subway Sadie (1926)
Director of Photography
Just Another Blonde (1926)
Director of Photography
Her Sister From Paris (1925)
Director of Photography
The Talker (1925)
Director of Photography
Waking Up the Town (1925)
Director of Photography
Stella Dallas (1925)
Director of Photography
One Way Street (1925)
Director of Photography
The Lost World (1925)
Director of Photography
Inez From Hollywood (1924)
Director of Photography
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Director of Photography
Robin Hood (1923)
Director of Photography
The Worldly Madonna (1922)
Director of Photography
Good Women (1921)
Director of Photography
The Three Musketeers (1921)
Director of Photography
Hush (1921)
Director of Photography
The Forbidden Woman (1920)
Camera
Mid-Channel (1920)
Camera
For the Soul of Rafael (1920)
Camera
Cheating Cheaters (1919)
Camera
The Hushed Hour (1919)
Camera
The Better Wife (1919)
Camera
The Road Through the Dark (1918)
Camera
The Savage Woman (1918)
Camera
Nearly Married (1917)
Camera
The Page Mystery (1917)
Camera
The Social Leper (1917)
Camera
A Square Deal (1917)
Camera
The Stolen Paradise (1917)
Camera
Souls Adrift (1917)
Camera
The Price of Pride (1917)
Camera
A Woman Alone (1917)
Camera
Baby Mine (1917)
Camera
His Brother's Wife (1916)
Camera
Miss Petticoats (1916)
Camera
The Devil's Toy (1916)
Camera
The Gilded Cage (1916)
Camera
Bought and Paid for (1916)
Camera
The Master Hand (1915)
Camera
Hearts in Exile (1915)
Camera
The Deep Purple (1915)
Camera
The Dollar Mark (1914)
Camera

Cinematography (Short)

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestrae (1941)
Cinematographer

Life Events

1911

Hired as employee at Eclair

1918

Co-founded of the American Society of Cinematographers

1929

Pioneered location sound photography "In Old Arizona"

Videos

Movie Clip

Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - I Like To Talk Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) visits the San Francisco hotel suite of "the fat man" Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet), who refuses to explain his interest in the black bird, in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - Such A Considerable Expense Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) in his first meeting with perfumed and mysterious Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), inquiring about a bird, in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941, from the Dashiell Hammett novel.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - A Guy Named Thursby Summoned from his bed at 2 a.m., San Francisco private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), with thus far friendly copper Polhaus (Ward Bond), at the scene of the murder of his partner Archer, written and directed by John Huston from the Dashiell Hammett novel, in The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - Spade And Archer San Francisco detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) receives "Miss" O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor), soon joined by partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), early in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941, from the Dashiell Hammett novel.
Casablanca (1942) - In French Morocco The crackling and sometimes overlooked opening, Michael Curtiz directing, from the script by Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch, featuring none of the famous players, narration by Lou Marcelle, from Casablanca, 1942.
Casablanca (1942) - Of All The Gin Joints... A most famous scene, American ex-pat saloon owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in wartime Morocco, with employee Sam (Dooley Wilson), brooding over Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) having turned up at his joint, a flashback montage revealing why, in Casablanca, 1942.
Casablanca (1942) - You Are A Subject Of The German Reich Czech resistance hero Lazlo (Paul Henreid) and consort Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) arrive at Rick's Cafe, surprising Sam (Dooley Wilson), meeting Norwegian Berger (John Qualen), French Renault (Claude Rains) and German Strasser (Conrad Veidt), early in Casablanca, 1942.
Casablanca (1942) - Letters Of Transit Introduction of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) at his Cafe` Americain, dismissing a smarmy German (Gregory Gaye), receiving sneaky Ugarte (Peter Lorre) introducing a key plot point, Dan Seymour the doorman, in Michael Curtiz's Casablanca, 1942.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - Blues In The Night, John Garfield Dinah Shore has just opened with the the title song, as radio host Don Wilson helps her segue to top-billed Eddie Cantor and the first big cameo, John Garfield (who co-founded the armed services pro-bono entertainment club the Hollywood Canteen, to which all the stars donated their salaries), with the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer tune, in one of the funniest bits in the bulky Warner Bros. wartime propaganda showcase, Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - They're Either Too Young Or Too Old Bette Davis (like all the Warner Bros. stars, donating her salary to the Hollywood Canteen she co-founded), delivers an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser which earned an Academy Award nomination and became a widely recorded hit, in the variety propaganda effort Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943, Conrad Wiedell her dance partner.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - That's What You Jolly Well Get The schtick for Errol Flynn (who like the other big names, donated his $50,000 salary to the armed services benefit Hollywood Canteen) for the wartime fundraiser show-within-a-show premise of the Warner Bros. propaganda feature is an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser, staged by Leroy Prinz, in Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - You Know Who You're Talking To? S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall is the promoter with Edward Everett Horton of a fictional wartime benefit show, and they’re being driven nuts by (pretending) egomaniac star Eddie Cantor, so he doesn’t recognize Humphrey Bogart, maybe because of the impressive scruffy beard, in the Warner Bros. morale-Musical variety hit Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.

Trailer

Wings Of The Navy - (Original Trailer) Pilot brothers (George Brent, John Payne) vie for the same woman (Olivia de Havilland) in Wings Of The Navy (1939).
Dinky - (Original Trailer) Jackie Cooper is a military school cadet who isn't told his mother has been framed and sent to prison in Dinky (1935).
Golden Arrow, The (1936) - (Original Trailer) A waitress posing as an heiress (Bette Davis) enters a "marriage of convenience" with a writer (George Brent) in The Golden Arrow (1938).
Cowboy from Brooklyn, The - (Original Trailer) A singing cowboy (Dick Powell) turns out to be a tenderfoot. Co-starring Pat O'Brien, directed by Lloyd Bacon.
China Clipper - (Original Trailer) A flyer (Pat O'Brien) sacrifices everything to open a transpacific airline in China Clipper (1936) co-starring Humphrey Bogart.
Castle on the Hudson - (Original Trailer) A hardened crook (John Garfield) vs. a reform-minded warden in a remake of 20,000 Years In Sing Sing, Castle on the Hudson (1940).
All Quiet On The Western Front - (Re-release trailer) The third Academy Award for Best Picture went to this searing saga of a young German soldier in World War I.
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air - (Original Trailer) A country bumpkin becomes a singing sensation on the radio in the satire Mr. Dodd Takes The Air (1937).
Devil Dogs of the Air - (Original Trailer) James Cagney joins the Marine Flying Corps. Think he'll settle in without causing trouble? Think again in Devil Dogs of the Air (1935).
Satan Met a Lady - (Original Trailer) In Satan Met a Lady (1936), the second screen version of The Maltese Falcon, Warren William is the detective and Bette Davis is the doublecrossing dame.
While the Patient Slept - (Original Trailer) A nurse investigates murder at a mysterious mansion in While The Patient Slept (1935) starring Aline MacMahon and Lyle Talbot.
Kid Nightingale - (Original Trailer) A waiter (John Payne) becomes a singing prizefighter in Kid Nightingale (1939) co-starring Jane Wyman.

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