GREAT CINEMATOGRAPHERS


#2: 'Oscar' [1961] for "West Side Story"

 

   


DANIEL L. FAPP

 

Born: 21 April 1904, Kansas City, Kansas, USA.

Died: 19 July 1986, Laguna Niguel, Calif., USA.

Career: Began his film career at 19 in the Paramount lab. Became c.asst in 1925 and 2nd cameraman & c.op in 1929. Became doph in March 1941 when doph Ted Tetzlaff became a director and wanted Fapp to ph his first directorial effort, 'World Premiere'. Remained with Paramount until 1959. Became freelance.

Was a member of the ASC since 1941.

Awards: 'Oscar' AA nom [1958; b&w] for 'Desire Under the Elms'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1959; color] for 'The Five Pennies'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1961; b&w] for 'One, Two, Three'; 'Oscar' AA [1961; color] for 'West Side Story'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1964; color] for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1968] for 'Ice Station Zebra'; Oscar' AA nom [1969] for 'Marooned'.



'A long-serving cameraman whose work is often mystifyingly ignored in surveys of Hollywood photographers, Daniel L. Fapp has nevertheless provided striking images for a remarkably varied selection of films over the years. Perhaps his comparative neglect can partly be put down to the fact that he hardly ever collaborated with the more fashionable of the Hollywood directors. Even so, one would be hard put to find a more sumptuously photographed period film than 'Kitty' or more telling use of wide-screen imagery than in his Sixties films. Admittedly, a good deal of his work is probably destined to lie neglected in forgotten film vaults and only to be resurrected for the annual meetings of the Henry Aldrich and Martin & Lewis fan clubs [though 'Pardners' and 'Hollywood or Bust' are finely shot in amazingly luminous and attractive colors]. Fortunately, the likes of 'Let's make Love', 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' and 'Lord Love a Duck' will be around to give great pleasure for many years to come. And, for those of a more bizarre taste, there is always the over-bright, pointedly crude, comic-strip imagery of 'Li'l Abner' which - whether one likes it or not - brilliantly conjures up the satiric world of Al Capp.' [David Badder in 'Film Dope', #15, September 1978.]


 

 FILMS

1941

World Premiere [Ted Tetzlaff (made his debut and replaced Otis Garrett who had to undergo an operation)] b&w; replaced ph John Mescall during pre-production

1941

Glamour Boy/Hearts in Springtime [Ralph Murphy & (uncred; started film, but fell ill) Ted Tetzlaff] b&w

1941

Henry and Dizzy [Hugh Bennett] b&w; film #5 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1941

True to the Army [Albert S. Rogell] b&w

1942

My Heart Belongs to Daddy [Robert Siodmak & (uncred) Cullen Tate] b&w

1942

Priorities on Parade [Albert S. Rogell] b&w; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1942

Lady Bodyguard [William Clemens] b&w; 69m

1942

Henry Aldrich Swings It/Henry Swings It [Hugh Bennett] b&w; 64m; film #6 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1942

Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour/Henry Gets Glamour [Hugh Bennett] b&w; film #7 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1943

Henry Aldrich Haunts a House/Henry Haunts a House [Hugh Bennett] b&w; film #8 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1943

Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout/Henry, Boy Scout [Hugh Bennett] b&w; 66m; film #9 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1943

Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid/Henry Plays Cupid [Hugh Bennett] b&w; 63m; film #10 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1943

Paramount Victory Short No. T2-4: The Aldrich Family Gets in the Scrap [Hugh Bennett] b&w; short/14m

1943

Henry Aldrich's Little Secret/Henry's Little Secret [Hugh Bennett] b&w; film #11 of 11-part Paramount series (1939-44)

1943

And Now Tomorrow [Irving Pichel] b&w; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1944

Kitty [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; sfx ph: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1944

Hold That Blonde! [George Marshall] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1945

You Came Along [John Farrow] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1945

To Each His Own [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1945

Easy Come, Easy Go [John Farrow] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1946

Suddenly, It's Spring [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; process ph: Farciot Edouart

 

 

1946

Golden Earrings [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1947

The Big Clock [John Farrow] b&w; uncred cph (?); ph: John F. Seitz

1947

Dream Girl [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1947

Hazard [George Marshall] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1948

Song of Surrender/Abigail, Dear Heart/Now and Forever/The Sin of Abby Hunt [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1948

[Damon Runyon's] Sorrowful Jones [Sidney Lanfield] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1948

Bride of Vengeance/A Mask for Lucretia [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1949

Red, Hot and Blue [John Farrow] b&w; fill-in ph: Lionel Lindon

 

 

1949

No Man of Her Own/I Married a Dead Man [Mitchell Leisen] b&w; sfx ph: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1949

September Affair [William Dieterle] b&w; uncred fill-in ph (while Charles Lang Jr. was ill); ph: Charles Lang Jr. & (European scenes, filmed in August) Victor Milner

 

[Top right] with dir Rudolph Maté [left] and actor William Holden

[bottom/black hat] - "Union Station"

 

1950

Union Station [Rudolph Maté] b&w; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1950

The Redhead and the Cowboy [Leslie Fenton] b&w; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1950

[Damon Runyon's] The Lemon Drop Kid [Sidney Lanfield & (uncred retakes) Frank Tashlin] b&w; ph in July-August with dir S. Lanfield; uncred retakes ph (2 weeks in November-December): John F. Seitz; process ph: Farciot Edouart; sfx ph: Paul K. Lerpae

1950

Darling, How Could You!/Rendezvous [Mitchell Leisen] b&w

1951

The Stooge [Norman Taurog] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1951

Anything Can Happen [George Seaton] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1951

Sailor Beware [Hal Walker] b&w; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1951

Jumping Jacks [Norman Taurog] b&w; 2uc: Loyal Griggs; spec pfx: Gordon Jennings; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1952

The Girls of Pleasure Island [F. Hugh Herbert & (replaced F.H. Herbert, who fell ill) Alvin Ganzer] c; cph: W. Howard Greene; spec pfx: Jan Domela, Gordon Jennings & Irmin Roberts

1952

The Caddy [Norman Taurog] b&w; spec pfx: John P. Fulton & Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1953

Money from Home [George Marshall] c; originally in 3-D; spec pfx: John P. Fulton & Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1953

Knock on Wood [Norman Panama & Melvin Frank] c; 2uc: William Williams; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1953

Living It Up [Norman Taurog] c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1954

Run for Cover/Colorado [Nicholas Ray] vv/c; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1954

The Far Horizons [: The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition]/Untamed West [Rudolph Maté] vv/c; 2uc: William Williams; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1954

You're Never Too Young [Norman Taurog] vv/c; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1955

Artists and Models [Frank Tashlin] vv/c; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1955

Bing Presents Oreste [Edward Dmytryk] vv/c; mus short/?m; spec pfx: John P. Fulton

1955

The Birds and the Bees [Norman Taurog] vv/c; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1955

Pardners [Norman Taurog] vv/c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1956

Hollywood or Bust [Frank Tashlin] vv/c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1956

The Joker Is Wild/All the Way/The Joker [Charles Vidor] vv/b&w; uwph: Jordan Klein Sr.; spec pfx: John P. Fulton

1957

The Devil's Hairpin [Cornel Wilde] vv/c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1957

Desire Under the Elms [Delbert Mann] vv/b&w; spec pfx: John P. Fulton

1957

Kings Go Forth [Delmer Daves] b&w; filmed August-September (in France) & November-December

1958

The Trap/The Baited Trap [Norman Panama] vv/c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1958

The Five Pennies [Melville Shavelson] vv/c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley & (uncred) Irmin Roberts; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1959

On the Beach [Stanley Kramer] b&w; ph car race seq (filmed in Calif., USA); ph: Giuseppe Rotunno

1959

Li'l Abner [Melvin Frank] vv/c; spec pfx: John P. Fulton

1959

All the Young Men [Hall Bartlett] b&w; 'According to an 'American Cinematographer' article, director of photography Daniel Fapp "violated a theory of exposure long held by most photographers" and opened up one stop above the exposure indicated on his light meter when he shot snow scenes, rather than decreasing exposure one stop. Fapp also shot so as to use the sun's light as a cross-light or back-light, rather than the key source, for which he used arc booster lights. Fapp shot night sequences "day-for-night".' [From the TCM website.]

1960

Let's Make Love [George Cukor] cs/c; uncred fill-in ph: William C. Mellor (while Fapp was ill); filmed January-March & April-June (interruption due to Screen Actors Guild strike)

1960

King of Kings [Nicholas Ray] str70/c; started film, but became ill; ph: Milton Krasner, Franz Planer & Manuel Berenguer

 

[Left/glasses] - "West Side Story"

 

1960

West Side Story [Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins] sp70/c; visual cons: Saul Bass; pfx: Linwood Dunn; filmed August 1960-February 1961

1961

One, Two, Three [Billy Wilder] p/b&w; replaced doph Göran Strindberg during pre-production

1961

Bachelor Flat [Frank Tashlin] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

 

D. Fapp [in front of cam/glasses]; behind him dir Melville Shavelson and actor Charlton Heston [top/center]

"The Pigeon That Took Rome"

 

1962

The Pigeon That Took Rome [Melville Shavelson] p/b&w; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1962

The Great Escape [John Sturges] p/c; filmed June-October

1963

Fun in Acapulco [Richard Thorpe] c; 2uc: Irmin Roberts; spec pfx: Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1963

A New Kind of Love [Melville Shavelson] c; 2uc: Loyal Griggs; spec pfx: Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1963

Move Over, Darling [Michael Gordon] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott & Emil Kosa Jr.

1964

The Unsinkable Molly Brown [Charles Walters] p/c; spec vfx: A. Arnold Gillespie, Robert R. Hoag & J. McMillan Johnson

1964

Send Me No Flowers [Norman Jewison] c

1964

The Pleasure Seekers [Jean Negulesco] cs/c

1965

I'll Take Sweden [Frederick De Cordova] c

 

 

1965

Our Man Flint [Daniel Mann] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott, Emil Kosa Jr. & Howard Lydecker

1965

Lord Love a Duck [George Axelrod] b&w

1966

Spinout/California Holiday [Norman Taurog] p/c; spec vfx: J. McMillan Johnson & Carroll Shepphird

1966

Double Trouble [Norman Taurog] p/c

1967

Sweet November [Robert Ellis Miller] c

1968

Ice Station Zebra [John Sturges] sp70 (presented in Super Cinerama)/c; arctic unit ph: John M. Stephens; add arctic ph: Nelson Tyler; spec vfx: J. McMillan Johnson, Carroll Shepphird & Clarence Slifer; optical efx: Robert R. Hoag

1968

5 Card Stud [Henry Hathaway] c

1969

Marooned/Space Travelers [John Sturges] p (+ 70bu)/c; 2uc: W. Wallace Kelley; aph: Nelson Tyler; spec vfx: Lawrence Butler, Donald C. Glouner & Robie Robinson

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

Worked with doph Harry Fischbeck [more than 50 films], Victor Milner, Bert Glennon, Alfred Gilks, a.o.

1925

The Golden Princess [Clarence Badger] ?; ph: H. Kinley Martin

1928

Marquis Preferred [Frank Tuttle] co-c.asst; ph: Harry Fischbeck

1929

Street of Chance [John Cromwell] c.op; ph: Charles Lang Jr.

1930

The Spoilers [Edward Carewe] c.op; ph: Harry Fischbeck

1930

El dios del mar [Eduardo Venturini] co-2nd cam; ph: David Abel; Spanish-language version of 'The Sea God' (d: George Abbott; ph: Archie Stout)

1931

The Secret Call [Stuart Walker & (assoc dir) Robert Lee] co-2nd cam; ph: David Abel

1931

Huckleberry Finn [Norman Taurog] co-2nd cam; ph: David Abel

1931

Monkey Business [Norman Z. McLeod] c.op; ph: Arthur L. Todd

1931

Rich Man's Folly [John Cromwell] c.op; ph: David Abel

1931

The False Madonna/The False Idol [Stuart Walker] co-c.op; ph: Henry Sharp

1931

Shanghai Express [Josef von Sternberg] 2nd cam; ph: Lee Garmes

1931

This Reckless Age [Frank Tuttle] co-2nd cam; ph: Henry Sharp

1932

Horse Feathers [Norman Z. McLeod] co-c.op; ph: Ray June

1932

The Night of June 13th [Stephen Roberts] c.op; ph: Harry Fischbeck

1932

Tonight Is Ours [Stuart Walker & (assoc dir) Mitchell Leisen] co-c.asst; ph: Karl Struss

1932

Terror Aboard [Paul Sloane] c.op; ph: Harry Fischbeck

1933

The Eagle and the Hawk [Stuart Walker] 2nd cam; ph: Harry Fischbeck

1933

Big Executive [Erle C. Kenton] co-c.op; ph: Harry Fischbeck

1934

Thirty Day Princess [Marion Gering] c.op; ph: Leon Shamroy

1941

Kiss the Boys Goodbye [Victor Schertzinger] 2nd cam; ph: Ted Tetzlaff