GREAT CINEMATOGRAPHERS


#1: "The Sand Pebbles" [1965-66]

#2: Edward Dmytryk - Marlon Brando - ? - JM - "The Young Lions" [1957]

 

   


JOSEPH MacDONALD

 

Born: 15 December 1906, Mexico City, Mexico, as Joseph [Joe] Patrick MacDonald.

Died: 26 May 1968, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Calif., USA.

Education: University of Southern California [mining engineering].

Career: Joined First National as c.asst in 1921. Was under contract to Fox Film and Twentieth Century Fox for most of his career.

Was a member of the ASC.

Awards: 'Oscar' AA nom [1958; b&w] for 'The Young Lions'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1960; color] for 'Pepe'; 'Oscar' AA [1966; color] for 'The Sand Pebbles'.



 

 FILMS

1935

Te quiero con locura/I'm Crazy About You [John J. Boland] b&w

1935

Rosa de Francia/Rose of France [Gordon Wiles] b&w; the last of Fox's Spanish language films

1935

Everybody's Old Man [James Flood] b&w; cph: Barney McGill; filmed 1935-36

1941

The Articles of War [Eugene Forde] b&w; short/?m; prod by Twentieth Century Fox for the Research Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1941

Charlie Chan in Rio [Harry Lachman] b&w; 60m; replaced ph Virgil Miller

1942

The Man Who Wouldn't Die [Herbert I. Leeds] b&w; 65m

1942

The Postman Didn't Ring [Harold Schuster] b&w; 68m

1942

Little Tokyo, U.S.A. [Otto Brower] b&w; 64m

1942

That Other Woman [Ray McCarey] b&w

1942

Quiet Please Murder [John Larkin] b&w

1943

Roger Touhy, Gangster [Robert Florey] b&w; 65m; uncred cph; ph: Glen MacWilliams; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; retakes and add seq filmed in September 1943 and March 1944

1943

Wintertime [John Brahm & (fill-in ice skating seq) Archie Mayo] b&w; uncred cph: Charles G. Clarke; fill-in ph: James Van Trees (when J. MacDonald fell ill); mus seq ph: Glen MacWilliams; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1943

In the Meantime, Darling [Otto Preminger] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1943-44

1944

The Big Noise [Mal St. Clair] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1944

Sunday Dinner for a Soldier [Lloyd Bacon] b&w; loc ph: Harry Jackson; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1944

Captain Eddie [Lloyd Bacon] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1944-45

1945

Wake Up and Dream [Lloyd Bacon] c; cph: Harry Jackson; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1945

Behind Green Lights [Otto Brower] b&w; 64m

1945

Shock [Alfred Werker] b&w; cph: Glen MacWilliams; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1945

The Dark Corner [Henry Hathaway] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1945-46

 

 

1946

My Darling Clementine [John Ford] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1946

Moss Rose [Gregory Ratoff] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; add scenes and retakes filmed February/March 1947

1947

Call Northside 777 [Henry Hathaway] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1947

The Street with No Name [William Keighly] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1947-48

1948

Yellow Sky [William A. Wellman] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1948

Down to the Sea in Ships [Henry Hathaway] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen & Ray Kellogg

1948

It Happens Every Spring [Lloyd Bacon] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1948-49

1949

Pinky [Elia Kazan] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1949

Panic in the Streets [Elia Kazan] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1949-50

1950

Stella [Claude Binyon] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1950

Fourteen Hours [Henry Hathaway] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen & Ray Kellogg; add seq filmed January 1951

1950

You're in the Navy Now/U.S.S. Teakettle [Henry Hathaway] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen & Ray Kellogg

1950

As Young as You Feel [Harmon Jones] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen; filmed 1950-51

1951

Viva Zapata! [Elia Kazan] b&w; spec pfx: Fred Sersen

1951

O. Henry's Full House/Full House [seg 'The Gift of the Magi' dir by Henry King] b&w; 5 seg (also version with 4 seg); uncred; filmed November; other ph (uncred): Lloyd Ahern Sr. (1 seg), Milton Krasner (1 seg) & Lucien Ballard (1 seg); see 1952

1951

Diplomatic Courier [Henry Hathaway] b&w; 2uc; ph: Lucien Ballard

1951

What Price Glory [John Ford] c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg; filmed 1951-52

1952

O. Henry's Full House/Full House [seg 'The Last Leaf' dir by Jean Negulesco] b&w; uncred; filmed February; see 1951

1952

The Snows of Kilimanjaro [Henry King & Roy Baker] c; uncred cph; ph: Leon Shamroy; loc ph: Charles G. Clarke & Harry Jackson

1952

Niagara [Henry Hathaway] c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

 

 

1952

Pickup On South Street [Samuel Fuller] b&w; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1952

Titanic [Jean Negulesco] b&w; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1952

White Witch Doctor [Henry Hathaway & (African backgrounds) Roy Baker] c; uncred fill-in ph (for 5 days while L. Shamroy was ill); ph: Leon Shamroy; loc ph: Charles G. Clarke; filmed 1952-53

1953

How to Marry a Millionaire [Jean Negulesco] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1953

Hell and High Water [Samuel Fuller] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1954

The New Venezuela [Robert D. Webb] c; doc/?m

1954

Broken Lance [Edward Dmytryk] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

 

Joseph MacDonald, ASC [left] shows actress Arlene Dahl the mysteries of the CinemaScope Technicolor camera on the set of the drama "Woman's World". Born in Mexico City, the versatile cinematographer worked equally well with black-and-white and color, and in every genre - from film noir to westerns to musicals. [Courtesy of the American Society of Cinematographers]

 

1954

Woman's World [Jean Negulesco] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1954

The Racers/Such Men Are Dangerous [Henry Hathaway] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1955

House of Bamboo [Samuel Fuller] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1955

The View from Pompey's Head/Secret Interlude [Philip Dunne] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1955

On the Threshold of Space [Robert D. Webb] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1956

Hilda Crane [Philip Dunne] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1956

Bigger Than Life [Nicholas Ray] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1956

Teenage Rebel [Edmund Goulding] cs/b&w; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1956

The True Story of Jesse James/The James Brothers [Nicholas Ray] cs/c; spec pfx: Ray Kellogg

1957

A Hatful of Rain [Fred Zinnemann] cs/b&w; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

1957

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?/Oh! For a Man! [Frank Tashlin] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

 

 

1957

The Young Lions [Edward Dmytryk] cs/b&w; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

1957

Ten North Frederick [Philip Dunne] cs/b&w; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott; filmed 1957-58

1958

The Fiend Who Walked the West [Gordon Douglas] cs/b&w; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

1958

Warlock/Shoot Out at Warlock [Edward Dmytryk] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott

1959

The Gallant Hours [Robert Montgomery] b&w

1960

Pepe [George Sidney] p/c

1960

The Last Time I Saw Archie [Jack Webb] b&w

1961

Walk on the Wild Side [Edward Dmytryk] b&w

1962

Taras Bulba [J. Lee Thompson] p (+ 70bu)/c; spec pfx: Howard A. Anderson

1962

40 Pounds of Trouble [Norman Jewison] p/c

1962

The List of Adrian Messenger [John Huston] b&w; Europe ph: Ted Scaife

1963

Kings of the Sun [J. Lee Thompson] p/c

1963

Flight from Ashiya [Michael Anderson] p/c; cph: Burnett Guffey

 

 

1963

The Carpetbaggers [Edward Dmytryk] p (+ 70bu)/c; spec pfx: Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1964

Where Love Has Gone [Edward Dmytryk] ts/c; spec pfx: Paul K. Lerpae; process ph: Farciot Edouart

1964

Invitation to a Gunfighter [Richard Wilson] c

1964

Rio Conchos [Gordon Douglas] cs/c

1964

Mirage [Edward Dmytryk] b&w

1965

The Reward [Serge Bourguignon] cs/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott & Emil Kosa Jr.

 

With actress Claudia Cardinale - "Blindfold"

Photo Thys Ockersen Archive

 

1965

Blindfold [Philip Dunne] p/c

1965

The Sand Pebbles [Robert Wise] p (+ 70bu)/c; 2uc: Richard Johnson; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott & Emil Kosa Jr.; filmed 1965-66

1966

Alvarez Kelly [Edward Dmytryk] p/c

1967

A Guide for the Married Man [Gene Kelly] p/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott, Art Cruickshank & Emil Kosa Jr.; filmed 1966-67

1968

Mackenna's Gold [J. Lee Thompson] p/c; addph: Don Glouner, John Mackey & Richard Moore; 2uc: Harold Wellman

 

 TELEVISION

1959

Five Fingers [ep #1 'Station Break' dir by Andrew McCullough (AM), #2 'Dossier' dir by Montgomery Pittman, #3 'The Moment of Truth' dir by Lamont Johnson (LJ), #4 'The Unknown Town' dir by LJ, #5 'The Men with Triangle Heads' dir by AM, #8 'The Emerald Curtain' dir by Allen Reisner (AR) & #10 'The Final Dream' dir by AR] 17-part (2 unaired on NBC-tv) series/b&w, 1959-60; other ph: Wilfrid Cline

1964

Who Has Seen the Wind? [George Sidney] tvm/b&w; part of a series of TV productions intended to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations; aired by ABC-tv (1965)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1925

We Moderns [John Francis Dillon] c.asst; ph: Ted McCord; prod John McCormick Productions

1931

Sob Sister [Alfred Santell] co-2nd cam; ph: Glen MacWilliams

1932

Too Busy to Work [John Blystone] c.op; ph: Charles G. Clarke

1932

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [Alfred Santell] c.op; ph: Glen MacWilliams

1932

The Big Stampede [Tenny Wright] co-c.op; ph: Ted McCord

1932

Hat Check Girl/Embassy Girl [Sidney Lanfield] c.op; ph: Glen MacWilliams

1932

Second Hand Wife [Hamilton MacFadden] c.op; ph: Charles G. Clarke

1933

Sailor's Luck [Raoul Walsh] co-c.op; ph: Arthur Miller

1933

The Devil's in Love [Wilhelm Dieterle] ?; ph: Hal Mohr

1933

Adorable [Wilhelm Dieterle] 2nd cam; ph: John F. Seitz

1934

All Men Are Enemies [George Fitzmaurice] co-c.op; ph: John F. Seitz

1934

She Was a Lady [Hamilton MacFadden] c.op; ph: Bert Glennon

1934

Marie Galante [Henry King] c.op; ph: John F. Seitz

1934

Dante's Inferno [Harry Lachman] c.op; ph: Rudolph Maté; filmed 1934-35

1937

Thin Ice [Sidney Lanfield] c.op; ph: Robert Planck & Edward Cronjager

1939

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence [Ricardo Cortez] c.op; ph: Edward Cronjager

1940

Western Union [Fritz Lang] c.op; ph: Edward Cronjager & Allen M. Davey

1941

Sun Valley Serenade [H. Bruce Humberstone & (2ud + fill-in) Malcolm St. Clair] c.op; ph: Edward Cronjager