Lucien Ballard


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Born
May 06, 1908
Died
October 01, 1988
Cause of Death
Complications From Bicycling Accident

Biography

Highly distinguished and versatile cinematographer of several black-and-white classics who began his career as a cutter and assistant cameraman with Paramount. After working as secondary photographer of both "Morocco" (1930) and as co-cinematographer with Von Sternberg on "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935), Ballard was moved to the front ranks for the third of his four collaborations with Jos...

Family & Companions

Merle Oberon
Wife
Actor. Married 1945, divorced 1949; second wife.
Inez Ballard
Wife
Third wife; died 1982.

Biography

Highly distinguished and versatile cinematographer of several black-and-white classics who began his career as a cutter and assistant cameraman with Paramount. After working as secondary photographer of both "Morocco" (1930) and as co-cinematographer with Von Sternberg on "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935), Ballard was moved to the front ranks for the third of his four collaborations with Josef von Sternberg, "Crime and Punishment" (1935) and then worked on numerous second-echelon Columbia films during the late 1930s and early 40s. He came into his own as an acclaimed black-and-white cinematographer with Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing" (1956) and as a specialist in lush, outdoor color photography for the action and Western films of Henry Hathaway, Sam Peckinpah and Budd Boetticher with whom he worked multiple times. He lensed several films starring Merle Oberon, to whom he was married from 1945 to 1949.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

A Time for Dying (1982)
Director of Photography
Rabbit Test (1978)
Director Of Photography
From Noon Till Three (1976)
Director Of Photography
St. Ives (1976)
Director Of Photography
Drum (1976)
Director Of Photography
Breakout (1975)
Director Of Photography
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Director Of Photography
Three the Hard Way (1974)
Director Of Photography
Thomasine and Bushrod (1974)
Director Of Photography
Lady Ice (1973)
Director Of Photography
Junior Bonner (1972)
Director of Photography
The Getaway (1972)
Director of Photography
Arruza (1972)
Director of Photography
What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
Director of Photography
A Time For Dying (1971)
Cinematographer
The Hawaiians (1970)
Director of Photography
Elvis--That's the Way It Is (1970)
Director of Photography
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Director of Photography
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Director of Photography
True Grit (1969)
Director of Photography
How Sweet It Is! (1968)
Director of Photography
Will Penny (1968)
Director of Photography
The Party (1968)
Director of Photography
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Director of Photography
An Eye for an Eye (1966)
Director of Photography
Nevada Smith (1966)
Director of Photography
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Cinematographer
Boeing Boeing (1965)
Director of Photography
Dear Brigitte (1965)
Director of Photography
The NEW Interns (1964)
Director of Photography
Roustabout (1964)
Cinematographer
Take Her, She's Mine (1963)
Director of Photography
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Cinematographer
Wall of Noise (1963)
Director of Photography
The Caretakers (1963)
Director of Photography
Ride the High Country (1962)
Director of Photography
Marines, Let's Go! (1961)
Director of Photography
The Parent Trap (1961)
Director of Photography
Susan Slade (1961)
Director of Photography
Desire in the Dust (1960)
Director of Photography
Pay or Die (1960)
Director of Photography
The Bramble Bush (1960)
Director of Photography
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
Director of Photography
Al Capone (1959)
Director of Photography
City of Fear (1959)
Director of Photography
Anna Lucasta (1958)
Director of Photography
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Director of Photography
I Married a Woman (1958)
Director of Photography
Murder By Contract (1958)
Director of Photography
Band of Angels (1957)
Director of Photography
The Unholy Wife (1957)
Director of Photography
The Proud Ones (1956)
Director of Photography
The Killing (1956)
Director of Photography
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Director of Photography
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
Director of Photography
The King and Four Queens (1956)
Photography
Seven Cities of Gold (1955)
Director of Photography
White Feather (1955)
Director of Photography
The Magnificent Matador (1955)
Photography
New Faces (1954)
Photography
Prince Valiant (1954)
Director of Photography
The Raid (1954)
Director of Photography
The Glory Brigade (1953)
Director of Photography
Inferno (1953)
Director of Photography
The Desert Rats (1953)
Director of Photography
O. Henry's Full House (1952)
Photographer of "The Clarion Call"
Return of the Texan (1952)
Director of Photography
Night Without Sleep (1952)
Director of Photography
Diplomatic Courier (1952)
Director of Photography
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Director of Photography
Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
Director of Photography
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
Director of Photography
Let's Make It Legal (1951)
Director of Photography
Berlin Express (1948)
Director of Photography
Night Song (1948)
Director of Photography
Temptation (1946)
Director of Photography
This Love of Ours (1945)
Director of Photography
Laura (1944)
Director of Photography
Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
Director of Photography
The Lodger (1944)
Director of Photography
Tonight We Raid Calais (1943)
Director of Photography
The Outlaw (1943)
Photography
Holy Matrimony (1943)
Director of Photography
Bomber's Moon (1943)
Director of Photography
Whispering Ghosts (1942)
Director of Photography
Moontide (1942)
Director of Photography
The Undying Monster (1942)
Director of Photography
Orchestra Wives (1942)
Director of Photography
Wild Geese Calling (1941)
Director of Photography
Swamp Water (1941)
Director of Photography
The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)
Director of Photography
Coast Guard (1939)
Photography
The Thundering West (1939)
Photography
Outside These Walls (1939)
Photography
Blind Alley (1939)
Photography
Let Us Live (1939)
Photography
Texas Stampede (1939)
Photography
Penitentiary (1938)
Photography
Rio Grande (1938)
Photography
Flight to Fame (1938)
Photography
Highway Patrol (1938)
Photography
The Lone Wolf in Paris (1938)
Photography
Squadron of Honor (1938)
Photography
The Devil's Playground (1937)
Photography
I Promise to Pay (1937)
Camera
Racketeers in Exile (1937)
Photography
Life Begins with Love (1937)
Photography
The Shadow (1937)
Photography
Venus Makes Trouble (1937)
Photography
Girls Can Play (1937)
Photography
The Final Hour (1936)
Photography
Craig's Wife (1936)
Photography
The King Steps Out (1936)
Photography
The Devil Is a Woman (1935)
Photography
Crime and Punishment (1935)
Photography
Big Executive (1933)
Assistant Camera
This Is the Night (1932)
Assistant Camera
One Hour with You (1932)
Assistant Camera
Broken Lullaby (1932)
Assistant Camera
Blonde Venus (1932)
Assistant Camera
The Beloved Bachelor (1931)
Assistant Camera
I Take This Woman (1931)
Assistant Camera
Morocco (1930)
Addl Photographer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Photography

Life Events

1929

Worked as roustabout, doing physical labor on Clara Bow film, "Dangerous Curves"

1929

Joined Paramount as cutter and assistant cameraman

1930

Did additional photography on "Morocco"

1935

First film as solo director of photography, "Crime and Punishment"

1962

First TV film as cinematographer, "Six-Gun Law"

Videos

Movie Clip

Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Shall We Gather At The River Part of Sam Peckinpah's preposterous opening, in which the prayer meeting enters the incipient shootout, Crazy Lee (Bo Hopkins) abuses hostages, and rivals Thornton (Robert Ryan) and Pike (William Holden) miss shots at each other, in The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - If Certain Details Were Omitted Characters discussed but never seen before the murder (disguised as suicide) of Dory (Joanne Woodward), George MacReady her father, Virginia Leith her sister, Howard Petrie the police chief and Jeffrey Hunter, whom we have met, as the college tutor and weirdly, we learn, also part-time cop Gordon, with the culprit (Robert Wagner as “Bud” Corliss) lurking in Tucson’s El Presidio Park, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
The Wild Bunch (1969) - You're My Judas Goat After the disastrous failed bank-heist ambush, bounty broker Harrigan (Albert Dekker), working for the railroad, chews out the goofy crew (Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones as Coffer and C.T.) and threatens to send their angered leader Thornton (Robert Ryan), the former partner of the hunted Pike, back to prison, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Even The Worst Of Us Riding into the home village of Angel (Jaime Sanchez), the bunch (William Holden as Pike leads Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates) gets a grim update from Chano Urueta, a leading Mexican director and producer since the 1930’s, as crusty Don Jose, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - He Was After The Girl We’ve just met the grossly corrupt federal general Mapache (Emilio Fernandez) who’s taken over the Mexican home village of Angel (Jaime Sanchez) where Pike, Dutch, Sykes and the gang (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates) are hiding when Teresa (Sonia Amelio), his former fianceè appears, sparking more trouble, with Fernando Wagner as the German agent, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond, The (1960) - Charge It To A-R Now in 1920's Miami with some cash, Jack (Ray Danton), not yet nick-named, figures out how to get an introduction to racketeer Arnold Rothstein (Robert Lowery), in The Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond, 1961, directed by Budd Boetticher.
Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond, The (1960) - He Didn't Use His Head Pacey and crisp opening from director Budd Boetticher, introducing Ray Danton in his signature performance in the title role, Warren Oates his tagalong brother, Karen Steele a fascinated dance instructor, in the loose bio-pic The Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond, 1960.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Plain And Fancy They After the bank job, still in military disguise, the Gorch's (Warren Oates, Ben Johnson) tangle with Pike (William Holden) and Angel (Jaime Sanchez), and bad news about the loot sends Sykes (Edmond O'Brien) into a rant, in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Seven Cities Of Gold (1955) - The Glory Of Spain Interesting introduction of three principals (and two historical figures), Anthony Quinn as Spanish Captain Portola and Richard Egan his fictional lieutenant, in a reckless rush to Mexico City, causing an accident and meeting Father Junipero Serra (Michael Rennie), in 20th Century-Fox’s Seven Cities Of Gold, 1955.
Seven Cities Of Gold (1955) - Burn It Into Your Heart Preparing to depart Mexico City for California, 1769, Father Junipero Serra (Michael Rennie) goes rogue with the Spanish colonial rank-and-file, cueing grumbling from Captain Portola and (fictional) Lt. Mendoza (Anthony Quinn, Richard Egan), with top career-Assistant Director Robert D. Webb directing, in Seven Cities Of Gold, 1955.
Seven Cities Of Gold (1955) - The Holy Family Michael Rennie as the famed Father Junipero Serra and Richard Egan as the imagined Lt. Mendoza have been separated from their expedition in a dust storm, in New Spain (a.k.a. Mexico), 1769, and find phantom solace, in Seven Cities Of Gold, 1955.
Seven Cities Of Gold (1955) - We Will Not Be Evil Another fabricated event in the factual mission of Father Junipero Serra to 1769 California, Jeffrey Hunter as Indian Matuwir mediates a meeting with his grandfather (Guillermo Calles), with a glimpse of Rita Moreno as maiden Ula, in Seven Cities Of Gold, 1955.

Trailer

Laura - (Re-issue Trailer) A police detective (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the woman (Gene Tierney) whose murder he's investigating in Laura (1944), directed by Otto Preminger.
Elvis: That's The Way It Is -- (Original Trailer) The King of Rock 'n' Roll prepares himself for one of his biggest Vegas shows ever in Elvis--That's The Way It Is (1970).
From Noon Till Three - (Original Trailer) Charles Bronson is a two-bit outlaw who becomes a legend when he's mistakenly reported dead in From Noon Till Three (1976).
Midnight Mary - (Original Trailer) Loretta Young is an abused orphan who sinks into a life of crime in the pre-code drama Midnight Mary (1933).
Breakheart Pass - (Original Trailer) A U.S. Marshall (Charles Bronson) tries to bring in a captured outlaw during a treacherous train ride through Breakheart Pass (1976).
Boeing Boeing - (Original Trailer) A playboy (Tony Curtis) uses airline schedules to maintain "exclusive" relationships with three flight attendants at the same time in Boeing Boeing (1965) co-starring Jerry Lewis.
Berlin Express - (Re-issueTrailer) Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe in Jacques Tourneur's Berlin Express (1948) starring Robert Ryan, Merle Oberon and Paul Lukas.
O. Henry's Full House - (Original Trailer) Five stories reveal O. Henry's gift for the surprise ending with the help of five directors and a host of stars in O. Henry's Full House (1952).
Morocco - (Original Trailer) Marlene Dietrich plays a nightclub singer who falls hard for a Foreign Legionnaire (Gary Cooper) in her first American film Morocco (1930).
Sons of Katie Elder, The - (Original Trailer) John Wayne stars in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) about four sons of a ranch owner out to avenge his death.
True Grit - (Original Trailer) John Wayne was awarded Best Actor playing a drunken U.S. Marshal who gets in touch with his True Grit (1969).
Take Her, She's Mine - (Original Trailer) James Stewart attempts to protect his college-age daughter from trouble which leads to scandal in Take Her, She's Mine (1963).

Companions

Merle Oberon
Wife
Actor. Married 1945, divorced 1949; second wife.
Inez Ballard
Wife
Third wife; died 1982.

Bibliography