[Left] with Leonard Greenberg - "Storm Fear" [1955]

               

JOSEPH LaSHELLE

Born: 9 July 1900, Los Angeles, USA, as Joseph Wellington LaShelle.

Died: 13 August 1989 [other sources: 20 August], La Jolla, Calif., USA.

Career: After graduating from Hollywood High School he took a job as asst in the new lab of Paramount West Coast Studio in 1920 in order to earn tuition to attend Stanford University. After being made supervisor of the printing department he decided to remain in the film industry. In 1925 doph Charles G. Clarke convinced him he should be a cameraman. He went to work with Clarke. After 3 months he advanced to 2nd cameraman and worked for various doph at the Hollywood Metropolitan Studios [later Hollywood General Studios and Zoetrope Studios]. He invested in a new Bell & Howell studio camera and soon was sent to Alaska with dir George Melford. Transferred from Metropolitan to Pathé where he began a long [14 years] association with doph Arthur Miller. Went with Miller to Fox Films. Became a doph in 1943.

Was a member of the ASC.

Awards: 'Oscar' AA [1944; b&w] for 'Laura'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1949; b&w] for 'Come to the Stable'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1952; b&w] for 'My Cousin Rachel'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1955; b&w] for 'Marty'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1959; b&w] for 'Career'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1960; b&w] for 'The Apartment'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1963; color; shared] for 'How the West Was Won'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1963; color] for 'Irma la Douce'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1966; b&w] for 'The Fortune Cookie'.



One of the enviably large band of cameramen who enriched the black-and-white style from the 40s to the 60s, Joseph LaShelle's great gift was for a kind of stylized sleaziness - a feeling for low-life settings which never degenerated into naturalistic 'graininess'. His work for the great Fox directors of the 40s (notably Preminger) testifies to this, but he also responded to elegant settings as in 'The Foxes of Harrow' and 'Laura'. After a period when he just coasted along, he entered a second rich stage in the late 50s and 60s, making some of the best b&w Scope films by Ritt and Wilder, in particular. He was also adept in retaining a b&w feeling even in his color films when the script demanded, as in Ford's '7 Women' and parts of 'How the West Was Won'. It seems likely that he learned much from his years as operator to Arthur Miller. That cameraman's lucid, rather spare style can be seen in LaShelle's enviable flair for pictorially balanced compositions, often with harshly lit close-ups for dramatic emphasis, and invariably composed of textures which contributed to the 'lived-in' quality of the noir-ish subjects he often photographed. [John Gillett in 'Film Dope', #33, November 1985.]



 FILMS

1943

Happy Land [Irving Pichel] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1943

The Eve of St. Mark [John M. Stahl] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1943

Bermuda Mystery [Benjamin Stoloff] b&w; 65m; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1944

Take It or Leave It [Benjamin Stoloff] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

[Left] with dir Otto Preminger [partly covered]

"Laura"

1944

Laura [Otto Preminger (replaced Rouben Mamoulian 2 weeks into prod)] b&w; replaced doph Lucien Ballard; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1944

Thunderhead - Son of Flicka [Louis King] c; member camera crew; ph: Charles G. Clarke

1944

Hangover Square [John Brahm] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1944

A Bell for Adano [Henry King] b&w

1945

Fallen Angel [Otto Preminger] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1945

Doll Face/Come Back to Me [Lewis Seiler] b&w

1945

Cluny Brown [Ernst Lubitsch] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1946

Claudia and David [Walter Lang] b&w

1946

If I'm Lucky [Lewis Seiler] b&w; uncred ph 'La Batacada' number; ph: Glen MacWilliams

1946

The Late George Apley [Joseph L. Mankiewicz & (uncred add scenes) Ernst Lubitsch] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1946

Captain from Castile [Henry King] c; uncred cph; ph: Charles G. Clarke & Arthur Arling

1947

The Foxes of Harrow [John M. Stahl] b&w

1947

Deep Waters [Henry King] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1948

The Luck of the Irish [Henry Koster] b&w

[Top/right] with [bottom] actor Cornel Wilde and dir Jean Negulesco - "Road House"

1948

Road House [Jean Negulesco] b&w

1948

The Fan/Lady Windermere's Fan [Otto Preminger] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1948

Come to the Stable [Henry Koster] b&w

1949

Everybody Does It [Edmund Goulding] b&w

1949

Mother Didn't Tell Me [Claude Binyon] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1949

Under My Skin/My Old Man [Jean Negulesco & (European seq) Otto Lang] b&w; uncred European ph (Summer 1949): Dewey Wrigley & Norbert Brodine; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1950

Where the Sidewalk Ends [Otto Preminger] b&w

1950

Mister 880 [Edmund Goulding] b&w

1950

The Jackpot [Walter Lang] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1950

The 13th Letter/The Scarlet Pen [Otto Preminger] b&w

1950

The Guy Who Came Back [Joseph M. Newman] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1951

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell/Mr. Belvedere Blows His Whistle [Henry Koster] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1951

Elopement [Henry Koster] b&w

1951

The Outcasts of Poker Flat [Joseph M. Newman] b&w

1952

Les Miserables [Lewis Milestone] b&w

1952

Something for the Birds [Robert Wise] b&w

1952

My Cousin Rachel [Henry Koster] b&w

1953

Dangerous Crossing [Joseph M. Newman] b&w

1953

Mister Scoutmaster [Henry Levin] b&w

1953

River of No Return [Otto Preminger & (uncred retakes) Jean Negulesco] cs/c

1954

Tournament of Roses [Otto Lang] cs/c; doc/?m

1954

The First Piano Quartette [Otto Lang] cs/c; music film/10m

1954

Movie Stunt Pilot [Otto Lang] cs/c; doc/?m

1954

Piano Encores [Otto Lang] cs/c; music film/?m

1954

Jet Carrier [Otto Lang] cs/c; doc/19m; shot aboard USS Yorktown

[Middle] with dir Dick Powell & actor Thomas Gomez

"The Conqueror"

1954

The Conqueror/Conqueror of the Desert [Dick Powell] cs/c; cph: William E. Snyder, Leo Tover & Harry J. Wild

[l>r] Prod Harold Hecht - dir Delbert Mann - J. LaShelle - art dir Edward S. Haworth - actress Betsy Blair - actor Ernest Borgnine - ? - "Marty"

1954

Marty [Delbert Mann] b&w

1955

Storm Fear [Cornel Wilde] b&w

1955

Our Miss Brooks [Al Lewis] b&w

1955

Run for the Sun [Roy Boulting] Superscope/c

1956

Crime of Passion [Gerd Oswald] b&w

1956

Fury at Showdown [Gerd Oswald] b&w

1956

The Bachelor Party [Delbert Mann] b&w; addph: Frank J. Calabria

1956

The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown [Norman Taurog] b&w

1957

The Abductors [Andrew V. McLaglen] Regalscope/b&w

1957

I Was a Teenage Werewolf [Gene Fowler Jr.] b&w

1957

No Down Payment [Martin Ritt] cs/b&w; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

1957

The Long, Hot Summer [Martin Ritt] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

1957

The Naked and the Dead [Raoul Walsh] WarnerScope/c; filmed 1957-58

1959

Career [Joseph Anthony] b&w

1959

The Apartment [Billy Wilder] p/b&w

1960

All in a Night's Work [Joseph Anthony] c; spec pfx: John P. Fulton; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1961

The Honeymoon Machine [Richard Thorpe] cs/c; spec vfx: Robert R. Hoag & Lee LeBlanc

1961

The Outsider [Delbert Mann] b&w

1961

How the West Was Won [seg 'The Civil War' dir by John Ford & buffalo seq for 'The Railroad' seg dir by George Marshall] cr (+ cs & up70)/c; 5 seg + transitional seq; other ph: William H. Daniels, Milton Krasner (seg 'The Outlaws' dir by Henry Hathaway) & Charles Lang Jr.; 2uc: Harold Wellman; pick-up ph: Dale Deverman & Robert Surtees; spec vfx: A. Arnold Gillespie & Robert R. Hoag

1962

A Child Is Waiting [John Cassavetes] b&w

1962

Irma la Douce [Billy Wilder] p/c

1963

Wild and Wonderful [Michael Anderson] c

1964

Kiss Me, Stupid [Billy Wilder] p/b&w

1965

The Chase [Arthur Penn] p/c; uncred cph: Robert Surtees (started film, fell ill and was replaced by J. LaShelle); Arthur Penn couldn't hire his own cameraman. Instead producer Sam Spiegel had given him Robert Surtees, a three-time Oscar-winner who got sick on the job and had to be replaced. Without notifying Penn, Spiegel then hired Joseph LaShelle, another legendary cinematographer, who was a bad match for the younger director. "It should have been a close relationship," said Penn, "but I found him to be difficult and slow. For the night scenes, he would be lighting until midnight. And, in 'The Chase' we had a lot of night scenes."

1965

7 Women/Seven Women [John Ford] p/c; spec vfx: J. McMillan Johnson

1965

The Fortune Cookie/Meet Whiplash Willie [Billy Wilder] p/b&w

1966

Barefoot in the Park [Gene Saks] c; spec pfx: Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1969

80 Steps to Jonah [Gerd Oswald] c


 TELEVISION

1955

My Friend Flicka [pilot (shot as #13) 'The Phantom Herd' dir by James B. Clark] 39-part adventure series, 1956-57 (CBS-tv; filmed in color, aired in b&w) & 1957-58 (NBC-tv; reruns in color); first filmed series from 20th Century-Fox; pilot released theatrically outside USA

1957

Alfred Hitchcock Presents [ep #68 'Vicious Circle' dir by Paul Henreid & #70 'The Night the World Ended' dir by Justus Addis] 268-part suspense anthology series/b&w, 1955-60 (CBS-tv) & 1960-62 (NBC-tv); 2nd season, 1956-57

1959

The Twilight Zone [pilot 'Where Is Everybody?' dir by Robert Stevens] 151-part science fiction anthology series/b&w, 1959-64 (CBS-tv)

1967

Kona Coast [Lamont Johnson] pilot; released theatrically

1969

U.M.C./Operation Heartbeat [Boris Sagal] tvm; followed by series 'Medical Center' (CBS-tv, 1969-76)


 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR [selection]

Was c.op on most, if not all, of the films ph by Arthur Miller between 1929 and 1943.

1925

Rocking Moon [George Melford] 2nd cam; ph: Charles G. Clarke

1926

Whispering Smith [George Melford] 2nd cam; ph: Charles G. Clarke

1926

The Flame of the Yukon [George Melford] 2nd cam; ph: David Kesson

1929

The Pagan [W.S. Van Dyke] ph: Clyde De Vinna

1930

The Painted Desert [Howard Higgin] ph: Edward Snyder

1930

Cimarron [Wesley Ruggles] ph: Edward Cronjager

1932

Me and My Gal [Raoul Walsh] ph: Arthur Miller

1933

Sailor's Luck [Raoul Walsh] ph: Arthur Miller

1933

Hold Me Tight [David Butler] ph: Arthur Miller

1933

The Man Who Dared [: An Imaginative Biography] [Hamilton MacFadden] ph: Arthur Miller

1933

The Last Trail [James Tinling] ph: Arthur Miller

1933

My Weakness [David Butler[ ph: Arthur Miller

1934

Charlie Chan's Courage [Eugene Forde & George Hadden] ph: Hal Mohr

1934

The White Parade [Irving Cummings] ph: Arthur Miller

1934

The Little Colonel [David Butler] ph: Arthur Miller

1935

It's a Small World [Irving Cummings] ph: Arthur Miller

1935

Black Sheep [Allan Dwan] ph: Arthur Miller

1936

White Fang [David Butler] ph: Arthur Miller

1937

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [Allan Dwan] ph: Arthur Miller

1937

The Baroness and the Butler [Walter Lang] ph: Arthur Miller

1938

Submarine Patrol [John Ford] ph: Arthur Miller

1939

The Rains Came [Clarence Brown] ph: Arthur Miller

1939

Here I Am a Stranger [Roy Del Ruth] ph: Arthur Miller

1940

Brigham Young [- Frontiersman] [Henry Hathaway] ph: Arthur Miller

1940

Tobacco Road [John Ford] ph: Arthur Miller

1941

How Green Was My Valley [John Ford (replaced William Wyler)] ph: Arthur Miller

1943

The Song of Bernadette [Henry King] ph: Arthur Miller