Russell Harlan


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Russ Harlan, Russell B Harlan
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
September 16, 1903
Died
February 28, 1974

Biography

Outstanding cinematographer whose visual flair bolstered numerous routine westerns before he shot Lewis Milestone's "A Walk in the Sun" (1945), the first in a series of more distinguished productions for directors such as Howard Hawks ("Red River" 1948) and Richard Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird" 1962). Harlan's long, hand-held shot from the back of a car during the bank hold-up in "Gu...

Biography

Outstanding cinematographer whose visual flair bolstered numerous routine westerns before he shot Lewis Milestone's "A Walk in the Sun" (1945), the first in a series of more distinguished productions for directors such as Howard Hawks ("Red River" 1948) and Richard Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird" 1962). Harlan's long, hand-held shot from the back of a car during the bank hold-up in "Gun Crazy" (1949) was a remarkable precursor of the New Wave style which would emerge ten years later.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Darling Lili (1970)
Director of Photography
Tobruk (1967)
Director of Photography
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Addl Photographer (see note)
Hawaii (1966)
Director of Photography
The Great Race (1965)
Director of Photography
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Director of Photography
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Director of Photography
Dear Heart (1964)
Director of Photography
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
Director of Photography
Hatari! (1962)
Director of Photography
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Director of Photography
The Spiral Road (1962)
Director of Photography
Pollyanna (1960)
Director of Photography
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Director of Photography
Operation Petticoat (1959)
Director of Photography
Rio Bravo (1959)
Director of Photography
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Director of Photography
King Creole (1958)
Director of Photography
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Photography
Something of Value (1957)
Director of Photography
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Director of Photography
This Could Be the Night (1957)
Director of Photography
Lust for Life (1956)
Director of Photography
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Director of Photographer, Japan
The Last Hunt (1956)
Director of Photography
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
Photography
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Director of Photography
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Photography
Ruby Gentry (1953)
Photography
The Big Sky (1952)
Director of Photography
The Ring (1952)
Director of Photography
The Kangaroo Kid (1951)
Photography
The Man Who Cheated Himself (1951)
Photography
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Director of Photography
Gun Crazy (1950)
Director of Photography
Southside 1-1000 (1950)
Director of Photography
Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950)
Photography
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Photography
Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
Director of Photography
Four Faces West (1948)
Director of Photography
Red River (1948)
Photography
Ramrod (1947)
Director of Photography
A Walk in the Sun (1946)
Director of Photography
Texas Masquerade (1944)
Photography
Mystery Man (1944)
Photography
Forty Thieves (1944)
Photography
Lumberjack (1944)
Photography
Buckskin Frontier (1943)
Director of Photography
Bar 20 (1943)
Photography
Riders of the Deadline (1943)
Photography
Border Patrol (1943)
Photography
Leather Burners (1943)
Photography
False Colors (1943)
Photography
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)
Photography
Colt Comrades (1943)
Photography
The Kansan (1943)
Director of Photography
Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943)
Photography
The Woman of the Town (1943)
Director of Photography
Lost Canyon (1942)
Photography
Silver Queen (1942)
Director of Photography
American Empire (1942)
Director of Photography
Undercover Man (1942)
Photography
Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942)
Director of Photography
Pirates on Horseback (1941)
Photography
Border Vigilantes (1941)
Photography
Twilight on the Trail (1941)
Photography
Doomed Caravan (1941)
Photography
Secret of the Wastelands (1941)
Photography
Stick to Your Guns (1941)
Photography
In Old Colorado (1941)
Photography
The Parson of Panamint (1941)
Director of Photography
Wide Open Town (1941)
Photography
Outlaws of the Desert (1941)
Photography
The Round Up (1941)
Director of Photography
Riders of the Timberline (1941)
Photography
Three Men from Texas (1940)
Photography
Hidden Gold (1940)
Photography
Cherokee Strip (1940)
Photography
The Showdown (1940)
Photography
Santa Fe Marshal (1940)
Photography
Knights of the Range (1940)
Photography
The Light of Western Stars (1940)
Photography
Stagecoach War (1940)
Photography
South of Pago Pago (1940)
Background Photographer
Silver on the Sage (1939)
Photography
Law of the Pampas (1939)
Photography
The Renegade Trail (1939)
Photography
The Llano Kid (1939)
Photography
Range War (1939)
Photography
Heritage of the Desert (1939)
Photography
Heart of Arizona (1938)
Photography
The Mysterious Rider (1938)
Photography
Pride of the West (1938)
Photography
Sunset Trail (1938)
Photography
Cassidy of Bar 20 (1938)
Photography
The Frontiersmen (1938)
Photography
Partners of the Plains (1938)
Photography
Bar 20 Justice (1938)
Photography
In Old Mexico (1938)
Photography
Rustler's Valley (1937)
Photography
North of the Rio Grande (1937)
Photography
Texas Trail (1937)
Photography
Hopalong Rides Again (1937)
Camera
The Crusades (1935)
Assistant Camera
King Kelly of the U.S.A. (1934)
Assistant Camera
Manhattan Love Song (1934)
Assistant Camera
Monte Carlo Nights (1934)
Assistant Camera
Galloping Romeo (1933)
Assistant Camera
The Vice Squad (1931)
Assistant Camera
Wings (1927)
Addl Photographer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Frontiersman (1938)
Photography

Cast (Short)

Milton Fox, Esq. (1964)
Himself

Life Events

1935

Feature debut, credited for photography, "Bar 20 Rides Again"

1937

Collaborated with director Leslie Selander on over thirty pictures from 1937-1944, beginning with, "Hopalong Rides Again"

1944

Final film collaboration with Selander, "Lumberjack"

1948

First worked with Howard Hawks, "Red River"

1962

Served as cinematographer on the Oscar winning film, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

1964

Final collaboration with Howard Hawks, "Man's Favorite Sport?"

1970

Final feature, "Darling Lili"

Videos

Movie Clip

Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - You're A Big Girl Now Money scenes, as San Francisco police detective Ed (Lee J. Cobb) arrives to calm down his wealthy married lover Lois (Jane Wyatt), who rightly suspects her husband (Harlan Warde), despite having left for the airport, is plotting to kill her, violence and quick thinking ensuing, in The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951.
Sunrise At Campobello (1960) - None Of Your Amiable Chatter Eleanor (Greer Garson) with local doctor (Frank Ferguson) and family confidante Louis (Hume Cronyn) before he rejoins the mysteriously stricken Franklin (Ralph Bellamy), in the Roosevelt family drama Sunrise At Campobello, 1960.
Sunrise At Campobello (1960) - Hard-Boiled Chicken Dig the vigor, as Franklin (Ralph Bellamy) and Eleanor (Greer Garson) manage their brood (Zina Bethune, Tim Considine et al) in writer-producer Dore Schary's hagiographic tale of the Roosevelt's, Sunrise At Campobello, 1960.
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - He's Bought A Gun We’ve just met John Dall as eager new San Francisco homicide detective Andy Cullen, and Lee J. Cobb as his brother Ed, who’ll be supervising him, and who offers his wedding gift, then phones his anxious married mistress Lois (Jane Wyatt), having deduced that she called earlier, then meets the fianceè Janet (Lisa Howard), early in The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951.
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - Looking For Green Coupes Rare location shots of the old toll booth at the Golden Gate Bridge, from producer Jack M. Warner and director Felix E. Feist, as detective Cullen (Lee J. Cobb), who’s just moved the body of her lover’s husband, whom she shot, to the airport, talks with a patrolman (Bud Wolfe) about his also-cop younger brother, The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951.
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - Don't Forget To Change Your Will No fooling around in the opening, Harlan Warde as San Franciscan Howard looks to be plotting a crime, and we’re given reason to think it will involve his wife Lois (Jane Wyatt), who intrudes, Felix E. Feist directing, in Columbia’s The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951, starring Lee J. Cobb, restored in 2018 by Eddie Muller’s Film Noir Foundation.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - Squirrels And Rabbits Young Walter (Steve Condit) is a guest at dinner after a schoolyard scrap with Scout (Mary Badham), Atticus (Gregory Peck) and Jem (Phillip Alford) joining conversation, in To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962, from Harper Lee's novel and Horton Foote's screenplay.
Great Race, The (1965) - The Great Leslie Opening scenes from director Blake Edwards, establishing his live-action cartoon approach, Tony Curtis introduced as "The Great Leslie," Jack Lemmon as his rival "Professor Fate," Peter Falk his aide Max, in The Great Race, 1965.
Great Race, The (1965) - I Never Mix My Pies Jack Lemmon in two roles, first as Professor Fate impersonating the prince, later as the prince, with the general (George MacReady), Leslie (Tony Curtis), Maggie (Natalie Wood), Max (Peter Falk), Hezekiah (Keenan Wynn) et al, in Blake Edwards' famous pie fight, from The Great Race, 1965.
Lust For Life (1956) - Painting Is For Painters! One take, fellow artist Gaugin (Anthony Quinn) has just joined Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas) in Arles, in southern France, painting always their topic, in Vincente Minnelli's Lust For Life, 1956.
Thing From Another World, The (1951) - Welcome To Our Igloo Banter by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, as Capt. Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) has first encounters with Nikki (Margaret Sheridan) and Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite), at the research station in The Thing From Another World, 1951.
Gun Crazy (1949) - You Can Sure Scare Him Off Fresh from their bank robbery in western gear, Annie (Peggy Cummins) and Bart (John Dall) switch to a nerd look for their escape from Hampton, in Joseph H. Lewis' Gun Crazy, 1949.

Trailer

Hawaii - (Original Trailer) Missionairies to the Hawaiian Islands fight nature, disease and their own passions in Hawaii (1966) starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, and Richard Harris.
Witness For The Prosecution - (Original Trailer) A British barrister gets caught up in a couple's tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).
Land of the Pharaohs - (Original Trailer) A scheming seductress (Joan Collins) plots to make herself queen of Egypt in Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs (1955).
Dear Heart - (Original Trailer) Glenn Ford must decide between his fiancee and a woman he meets at a convention in Dear Heart (1964).
Darling Lili - (Original Trailer) A World War I flyer (Rock Hudson) falls for a beautiful enemy spy (Julie Andrews). Directed by Blake Edwards.
Blackboard Jungle - (Vic Morrow introduction trailer) Vic Morrow, who plays juvenile delinquent Artie West, introduces the trailer for Blackboard Jungle (1955).
To Kill a Mockingbird - (Original Trailer) A young girl grows up fast when her lawyer father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck.
Rio Bravo - (Original Trailer) A sheriff (John Wayne) enlists a drunk (Dean Martin), a kid (Ricky Nelson) and an old man (Walter Brennan) to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron in Rio Bravo (1959), directed by Howard Hawks.
Sunrise at Campobello - (Pan-and-scan trailer) After a bout with polio, future president Franklin Roosevelt fights to save his political career in the film biography, Sunrise at Campobello (1960), starring Ralph Bellamy and Greer Garson.
Run Silent, Run Deep - (Original Trailer) Officers on a WWII submarine clash during a perilous Pacific tour in Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) starring Clark Gable & Burt Lancaster.
Big Sky, The - (Re-issue Trailer) Trappers lead an expedition against river pirates and Indians along the Missouri River in The Big Sky (1952), directed by Howard Hawks and starring Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin.
Blackboard Jungle - (Original Trailer) An idealistic teacher (Glenn Ford) confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency in Blackboard Jungle (1955), directed by Richard Brooks.

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