Byron Haskin


Director, Director Of Photography
Byron Haskin

About

Also Known As
Byron Haskins
Birth Place
Portland, Oregon, USA
Born
April 22, 1899
Died
April 16, 1984
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

Hollywood veteran who began his career as a cameraman for International Newsreel and Pathe News. Haskin was head of the Warner Bros. special effects department from 1937 to 1945 and directed several popular science fiction features in the 1950s....

Biography

Hollywood veteran who began his career as a cameraman for International Newsreel and Pathe News. Haskin was head of the Warner Bros. special effects department from 1937 to 1945 and directed several popular science fiction features in the 1950s.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Power (1968)
Director
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Director
Captain Sindbad (1963)
Director
Armored Command (1961)
Director
September Storm (1960)
Director
The Little Savage (1959)
Director
Jet over the Atlantic (1959)
Director
From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
Director
The Boss (1956)
Director
The First Texan (1956)
Director
Long John Silver (1955)
Director
Conquest of Space (1955)
Director
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Director
His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)
Director
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Director
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Director
Silver City (1951)
Director
Tarzan's Peril (1951)
Director
Warpath (1951)
Director
Treasure Island (1950)
Director
Too Late For Tears (1949)
Director
Man-Eater of Kumaon (1948)
Director
I Walk Alone (1948)
Director
Gambling on the High Seas (1940)
2nd Unit Director
On Your Toes (1939)
2nd Unit Director
Four Wives (1939)
2nd Unit Director
Rookery Nook (1930)
Director
Irish Hearts (1927)
Director
The Siren (1927)
Director
Matinee Ladies (1927)
Director
Ginsberg the Great (1927)
Director

Cinematography (Feature Film)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Special Effects
Dodge City (1939)
Special Effects
On Your Toes (1939)
Special Effects
Green Light (1937)
Photography
Colleen (1936)
Photography
I Married a Doctor (1936)
Photography
Stage Struck (1936)
Photography
Black Fury (1935)
Photography
Personal Maid's Secret (1935)
Photography
Little Big Shot (1935)
Photography
As the Earth Turns (1934)
Photography
Side Streets (1934)
Photography
USC vs. Tulane (1932)
Camera
The Guilty Generation (1931)
Photography
The Deadline (1931)
Photography
The Madonna of Avenue A (1929)
Director of Photography
The Glad Rag Doll (1929)
Director of Photography
Caught in the Fog (1928)
Director of Photography
The Singing Fool (1928)
Director of Photography
On Trial (1928)
Director of Photography
Don Juan (1927)
Director of Photography
When a Man Loves (1927)
Camera
Wolf's Clothing (1927)
Camera
The Golden Cocoon (1926)
Director of Photography
The Sea Beast (1926)
Director of Photography
Millionaires (1926)
Camera
Across the Pacific (1926)
Camera
His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925)
Director of Photography
Where the Worst Begins (1925)
Director of Photography
Bobbed Hair (1925)
Director of Photography
On Thin Ice (1925)
Director of Photography
Slander the Woman (1923)
Director of Photography
Hurricane's Gal (1922)
Director of Photography
The World's a Stage (1922)
Director of Photography
Broken Chains (1922)
Director of Photography

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Special Effects
Truck Busters (1943)
Special Effects
Across the Pacific (1942)
Special Effects
Always in My Heart (1942)
Special Effects
Bullet Scars (1942)
Special Effects
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
Special Effects
Desperate Journey (1942)
Special Effects
In This Our Life (1942)
Special Effects
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
Special Effects
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Special Effects
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Special Effects
Dive Bomber (1941)
Special Effects
The Great Lie (1941)
Special Effects
High Sierra (1941)
Special Effects
Manpower (1941)
Special Effects
The Sea Wolf (1941)
Special Effects
The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
Special Effects
The Fighting 69th (1940)
Special Effects
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Special Effects
Knute Rockne--All American (1940)
Special Effects
A Dispatch from Reuters (1940)
Special Effects
Flowing Gold (1940)
Special Effects
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Special Effects
King of the Lumberjacks (1940)
Special Effects
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
Special Effects
Brother Orchid (1940)
Special Effects
City for Conquest (1940)
Special Effects
The Sea Hawk (1940)
Special Effects
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Special Effects
Torrid Zone (1940)
Special Effects
South of Suez (1940)
Special Effects
Flight Angels (1940)
Special Effects
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)
Special Effects
They Drive by Night (1940)
Special Effects
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Special Effects
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
Special Effects
Invisible Stripes (1939)
Special Effects
We Are Not Alone (1939)
Special Effects
Wings of the Navy (1939)
Special Effects
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
Special Effects
Slim (1937)
Photography Effects
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Special Effects
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Special Effects
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Special Photography Effects

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Other

Life Events

1922

Film debut, credited for photography, "Broken Chains"

1927

Directed first silent film, "Ginsberg the Great"

1928

Sound film debut, credited for photography, "Caught in the Fog"

1929

First collaboration with Michael Curtiz, credited as director of photography, "The Glad Rag Doll"

1930

Co-directed with Tom Walls first sound film, "Rookery Nook"

1937

Served as head of the Warner Bros special effects department

1939

First special effects credit, "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex"

1942

Final non-directorial effort, credited for special photographic effects, "Desperate Journey"

1947

Solo directorial debut (sound), "I Walk Alone"

1955

TV debut, directed and created a segment for the network series, "Screen Director's Playhouse"

1968

Served as live action director for the series, "The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

1968

Final feature, directed, "The Power"

Photo Collections

The War of the Worlds (1953) - Lobby Cards
Here are some Lobby Cards from George Pal's The War of the Worlds (1953). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Halfway To Pomona! Narration by Cedric Hardwicke surveys the solar system, and a fireball lands in California where Sylvia (Ann Robinson) and Pastor Collins (Lewis Martin) are attending a picture by C.B. DeMille, who owned and licensed the film rights to the original H.G. Wells story, in producer George Pal's The War Of The Worlds, 1953.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - It's One Of Them! Librarian Sylvia (Ann Robinson) stays composed enough when assaulted by the alien in the basement, scientist Clayton (Gene Barry) wielding the axe, in George Pal's The War Of The Worlds, 1953.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - I've Seen Enough At the American headquarters in Washington, the Secretary of Defense (Freeman Lusk) concludes it's time to nuke the Martians, in the 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Open, Super Science The 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds, getting modern right off the bat with ominous narration by Paul Frees and war footage covering 20th century events, script by Barrè Lyndon.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Rout Of Civilization Almost midway through the film, newsy update by narrator Sir Cedric Hardwicke, special praise for the Brits, in a quick survey of Earth vs. Martian invaders, from the 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
Black Fury (1935) - Old Country Dance At the Pennsylvania coal mine company town, proud “bohunk” miner Joe (Paul Muni) leads his party, including pal Mike (John Qualen) and his maybe-wavering fianceè Anna (Karen Morley), into the dance, even greeting the company cops (Ward Bond, and William Gargan as Slim), in Warner Bros.’ controversial Black Fury, 1935.
Black Fury (1935) - It's My Coal! Miners’ union men Tommy (Tully Marshall) and Mike (John Qualen) are checking membership at the gate, the morning after their popular pal Joe (Paul Muni) got drunk after his girl dumped him, and accidentally joined a crooked anti-union uprising, led by agitator Kroner (J. Carrol Naish), in Warner Bros.’ Black Fury, 1935.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Are We Hit Bad? Raoul Walsh directs, intense spectacle (special effects credited to Nathan Levinson and Byron Haskin for Warner Bros.) as the England based crew of the “D-For-Danny” RAF B-17 (Errol Flynn piloting, Ronald Reagan bombing, Arthur Kennedy navigating, with Alan Hale and Ronald Sinclair) hit their target in Germany, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Power, The (1968) - He Won't Expose Himself! Nordlund (Michael Rennie), supervisor from the Pentagon, is intrigued because Hallson (Arthur O’Connell) claims that someone on the committee (including Earl Holliman, Richard Carlson, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff and George Hamilton as Tanner), has the power to take over using mind-control, in The Power, 1968.
Power, The (1968) - Something Light And Bubbly Scientist Tanner (George Hamilton) disagrees but Margery (Suzanne Pleshette) insists that they follow-up when the wife of Hallson (Arthur O’Connell), colleague in their pain-tolerance research project, whom we know has been killed via mind-control, calls to say he hasn’t come home, in The Power, 1968.
Power, The (1968) - Is The Pain Really That Intense? Opening with the arrival of U.S. Navy supervisor Nordlund (Michael Rennie) at a California lab where they apparently test subjects’ tolerance for pain, George Hamilton as Tanner, scientist in charge, in The Power, 1968, from producer George Pal, from a novel by Frank M. Robinson.
Naked Jungle, The (1954) - You've Never Seen Your Husband? Not bad opening scene, Eleanor Parker floating up what the map suggests is the Amazon, with Romo Vincent the boat captain and William Conrad the local official, in producer George Pal’s The Naked Jungle, 1954, from the widely-read short story Leiningen Versus The Ants.

Trailer

War Of The Worlds, The (1953) -- (Original Trailer) Trailer for the 1953 Technicolor box-office hit production of the H.G. Wells story, from Paramount and producer George Pal, The War Of The Worlds.
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).
Wings for The Eagle - (Original Trailer) A draft dodger (Dennis Morgan) rediscovers his patriotism working at an aircraft factory in Wings for The Eagle (1942).
Singing Fool, The - (British re-issue trailer) The Singing Fool (1928), Al Jolson's follow-up to The Jazz Singer and the most popular movie of the early Talkie era.
Gambling on the High Seas - (Original Trailer) A reporter tries to nail a gambling-ship owner for murder in Gambling on the High Seas (1940) starring Jane Wyman.
Dispatch From Reuters, A - (Original Trailer) An entrepreneur (Edward G. Robinson) builds an international news agency.
Captain Sindbad - (Original Trailer) Sindbad (Guy Williams) takes on an evil wizard to save the princess he loves in Captain Sindbad (1963).
Bullet Scars - (Original Trailer) Hoods kidnap an honest doctor (Regis Toomey) to patch up one of their own in Bullet Scars (1942).
As The Earth Turns - (Original Trailer) A bitter feud between two hardscrabble farming families yields a crop of forbidden romance in As The Earth Turns (1934).
Desperate Journey -- (Textless Trailer) Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan are behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Poland in the slam-bang adventure Desperate Journey (1942).
Santa Fe Trail -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn is the young Jeb Stuart sent out to stop abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) in Santa Fe Trail (1940).
Dive Bomber (1941) -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn as a reckless but honorable surgeon turned test pilot, Fred MacMurray the flight commander who becomes his friend, in Warner Bros. noisy, uneven pre-Pearl Harbor color action hit Dive Bomber, 1941, from a story by aviator Frank "Spig" Wead.

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