The Info List - Harold Rosson

Harold G. "Hal" Rosson, A.S.C. (April 6, 1895 – September 6, 1988) was an American cinematographer who worked during the early and classical Hollywood
cinema. He is best known for his work on the 1939 fantasy film The Wizard of Oz.


1 Family 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Awards and nominations 6 Selected filmography

6.1 Short subject 6.2 Television 6.3 Features

7 References 8 External links

Family[edit] Born in New York City,[1] Rosson came from a film-making family. His older brother Arthur was a successful director as was his other older brother Richard and his younger sister Helene was an actress.[2] Career[edit] Harold Rosson began his film career in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios
Vitagraph Studios
in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. He became the assistant to Irvin Willat
Irvin Willat
at the Mark Dintenfass Studios. In 1912 he divided his time as an office boy in a stockbrokers firm and as an assistant, extra, and handyman at the Famous Players Studio in New York. His first film for Famous Players was David Harum (1915). In December 1914, Rosson moved to California
and joined Metro Pictures. During World War I, he served in the United States Army. After his demobilization, he went to work on the Marion Davies
Marion Davies
film The Dark Star. He was offered a contract with the Davies Company. In 1920 he was signed by Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
working primarily with her brother Jack Pickford. In the 1930s, Rosson signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed the photography for some of the studios most popular films including Treasure Island (1934), The Wizard of Oz, On the Town and Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
(1952).[1] In 1936, Rosson and fellow cinematographer W. Howard Greene were awarded an Honorary Oscar for the color cinematography of the 1936 David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
production The Garden of Allah.[3] Rosson later said it was the first time he attempted to film in color.[1] After a very long and successful career in Hollywood, Rosson retired in 1958. He briefly came out of retirement in 1966 for the Howard Hawks film El Dorado starring John Wayne.[4] Personal life[edit] Rosson was married twice, with both marriages ending in divorce, and had no children.[1] While shooting the film Bombshell in 1933, actress Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
proposed to Rosson. The two had worked together previously on Red-Headed Woman, Dinner at Eight, Hold Your Man
Hold Your Man
and Red Dust and had struck up a friendship.[5] On September 17, 1933, the two were married in Yuma, Arizona.[6] In an interview with Leicester Wagner, Harlow recalled the she and Rosson grew closer after the death of her second husband, Paul Bern, and he encouraged her to go out and socialize.[7] Rosson and Harlow separated in May 1934 with Harlow charging that Rosson was "rude, sullen and irritable". She was granted a divorce in March 1935.[8] On October 11, 1936, Rosson married socialite Yvonne Crellin in Beverly Hills.[9] They divorced in June 1945.[10] Death[edit] On September 6, 1988, Rosson died at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.[3] He is buried in Hollywood
Forever Cemetery.[11] Awards and nominations[edit] Harold Rosson was nominated for five Academy Awards: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Boom Town (1940), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
(1944), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Bad Seed (1956).[1] In 1936, Rosson was awarded an Honorary Oscar for the color cinematography of the 1936 David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
production The Garden of Allah.[3] Selected filmography[edit] Short subject[edit]

That Mothers Might Live (1938)


Cheyenne (1 episode, 1956) Conflict (1 episode, 1956)


David Harum (1915) Oliver Twist (1916) The Victoria Cross (1916) The American Consul (1917) Polly of the Storm Country (1920) Buried Treasure (1921) Everything for Sale (1921) Through a Glass Window (1922) Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
(1923) Zaza (1923) A Society Scandal
A Society Scandal
(1924) Manhattan (1924) Too Many Kisses (1925) The Little French Girl
The Little French Girl
(1925) The Street of Forgotten Men
The Street of Forgotten Men
(1925) Classified (1925) Up in Mabel's Room (1926) Getting Gertie's Garter (1927) Evening Clothes
Evening Clothes
(1927, Lost) Rough House Rosie
Rough House Rosie
(1927, Lost) A Gentleman of Paris (1927) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928, Lost) The Sawdust Paradise
The Sawdust Paradise
(1928) The Docks of New York
The Docks of New York
(1928) Three Weekends
Three Weekends
(1928) The Case of Lena Smith (1929, Lost) Frozen Justice (1929, Lost) South Sea Rose
South Sea Rose
(1929, Lost) Madam Satan
Madam Satan
(1930) Passion Flower (1930) Son of India (1931) The Squaw Man (1931) Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) Kongo (1932) Hell Below
Hell Below
(1933) Turn Back the Clock (1933) The Girl from Missouri (1934) The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) Treasure Island (1934) The Ghost Goes West
The Ghost Goes West
(1935) As You Like It (1936) The Devil Is a Sissy
The Devil Is a Sissy
(1936) The Man Who Could Work Miracles
The Man Who Could Work Miracles
(1936) They Gave Him a Gun
They Gave Him a Gun
(1937) Captains Courageous (1937) The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937) Double Wedding
Double Wedding
(1937, Uncredited) A Yank at Oxford
A Yank at Oxford
(1938) Too Hot to Handle (1938) I Take This Woman (1940) Edison, the Man
Edison, the Man
(1940) Dr. Kildare Goes Home
Dr. Kildare Goes Home
(1940) Flight Command
Flight Command
(1940) Honky Tonk (1941) The Chocolate Soldier (1941, Uncredited) Johnny Eager
Johnny Eager
(1941) Tortilla Flat (1942, Uncredited) Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) Tennessee Johnson (1942) Slightly Dangerous
Slightly Dangerous
(1943) Marriage Is a Private Affair
Marriage Is a Private Affair
(1944) An American Romance (1944) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
(1944) Duel in the Sun (1946) No Leave, No Love (1946) Three Wise Fools (1946) My Brother Talks to Horses (1947) Living in a Big Way
Living in a Big Way
(1947) The Hucksters
The Hucksters
(1947) Homecoming (1948) Command Decision (1948) The Stratton Story
The Stratton Story
(1949) Any Number Can Play
Any Number Can Play
(1949) On the Town (1949) Key to the City (1950) To Please a Lady
To Please a Lady
(1950) The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Lone Star (1952) Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
(1952) The Story of Three Loves
The Story of Three Loves
(1953) I Love Melvin
I Love Melvin
(1953) Dangerous When Wet
Dangerous When Wet
(1953) The Actress
The Actress
(1953) Mambo (1954) Ulysses (1954) Strange Lady in Town (1955) Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) The Bad Seed (1956) Toward the Unknown
Toward the Unknown
(1956) No Time for Sergeants (1958) Onionhead (1958) El Dorado


^ a b c d e "'Oz' cinematographer dies in Florida at age 93". Boca Raton News. September 9, 1988. p. 2B. Retrieved March 23, 2014.  ^ Maltin, Leonard (1978). The Art of the Cinematographer: A Survey and Interviews with Five Masters. Courier Dover Publications. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-486-23686-5.  ^ a b c "Harold G. Rosson, 93, 'Oz' Cinematographer". New York Times. New York City. September 9, 1988.  ^ McCarthy, Todd (2000). Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood. Grove Press. p. 621. ISBN 0-802-13740-7.  ^ Sragow, Michael (2013). Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 205–206. ISBN 0-813-14443-4.  ^ " Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
Weds Movie Cameraman". Lewiston Evening Journal. September 18, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved March 23, 2014.  ^ Harlow, Jean; Wagner, Leicester (December 8, 1934). " Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
- Her Story". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 1. Retrieved April 7, 2014.  ^ " Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
Is Granted Divorce from Hal Rosson". Ottawa Citizen. March 12, 1934. p. 14. Retrieved April 7, 2014.  ^ "Hal Rosson Weds". Berkeley Daily Gazette. October 15, 1936. p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2014.  ^ "Hal Rosson Sued For Divorce". St. Petersburg Times. June 24, 1945. p. 34. Retrieved April 7, 2014.  ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 138. ISBN 0-786-40983-5. 

External links[edit]

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Academy Honorary Award


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/ Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1928) Walt Disney
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(1932) Shirley Temple
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(1934) D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
(1935) The March of Time
The March of Time
/ W. Howard Greene and Harold Rosson (1936) Edgar Bergen
Edgar Bergen
/ W. Howard Greene / Museum of Modern Art
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Film Library / Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett
(1937) J. Arthur Ball / Walt Disney
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/ Deanna Durbin
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and Mickey Rooney
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/ Gordon Jennings, Jan Domela, Devereaux Jennings, Irmin Roberts, Art Smith, Farciot Edouart, Loyal Griggs, Loren L. Ryder, Harry D. Mills, Louis Mesenkop, Walter Oberst / Oliver T. Marsh and Allen Davey / Harry Warner
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/ Judy Garland
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/ William Cameron Menzies / Motion Picture Relief Fund (Jean Hersholt, Ralph Morgan, Ralph Block, Conrad Nagel)/ Technicolor Company (1939) Bob Hope
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/ Nathan Levinson (1940) Walt Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins, and the RCA Manufacturing Company / Leopold Stokowski
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and his associates / Rey Scott / British Ministry of Information (1941) Charles Boyer
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/ Noël Coward
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/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(1942) George Pal
George Pal
(1943) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Margaret O'Brien
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(1944) Republic Studio, Daniel J. Bloomberg, and the Republic Studio Sound Department / Walter Wanger
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/ The House I Live In / Peggy Ann Garner (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ Ernst Lubitsch
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/ Claude Jarman Jr. (1946) James Baskett
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/ Thomas Armat, William Nicholas Selig, Albert E. Smith, and George Kirke Spoor
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/ Bill and Coo / Shoeshine (1947) Walter Wanger
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/ Monsieur Vincent
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/ Sid Grauman
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/ Adolph Zukor
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(1948) Jean Hersholt
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/ Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
/ Cecil B. DeMille
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/ The Bicycle Thief (1949) Louis B. Mayer
Louis B. Mayer
/ George Murphy
George Murphy
/ The Walls of Malapaga (1950)


Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
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(1951) Merian C. Cooper
Merian C. Cooper
/ Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
/ George Mitchell / Joseph M. Schenck / Forbidden Games
Forbidden Games
(1952) 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation / Bell & Howell Company / Joseph Breen / Pete Smith (1953) Bausch & Lomb Optical Company / Danny Kaye
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/ Kemp Niver / Greta Garbo / Jon Whiteley
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/ Vincent Winter / Gate of Hell (1954) Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955) Eddie Cantor
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(1956) Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
/ Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson / Charles Brackett / B. B. Kahane (1957) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1958) Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
/ Lee de Forest
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(1959) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
/ Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
/ Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
(1960) William L. Hendricks / Fred L. Metzler / Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1961) William J. Tuttle
William J. Tuttle
(1964) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1965) Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
/ Y. Frank Freeman
Y. Frank Freeman
(1966) Arthur Freed (1967) John Chambers / Onna White (1968) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1969) Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1970) Charlie Chaplin
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(1971) Charles S. Boren / Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1972) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
/ Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
(1973) Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
/ Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir
(1974) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford


Margaret Booth (1977) Walter Lantz
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/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ King Vidor
King Vidor
/ Museum of Modern Art Department of Film (1978) Hal Elias / Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Hal Roach
Hal Roach
(1983) James Stewart
James Stewart
/ National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
(1984) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
/ Alex North (1985) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1986) Eastman Kodak
Company / National Film Board of Canada
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(1988) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1989) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
/ Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
(1990) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1991) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1992) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1993) Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1994) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
/ Chuck Jones
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(1995) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
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Elia Kazan
(1998) Andrzej Wajda
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Jack Cardiff
/ Ernest Lehman (2000)


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(2001) Peter O'Toole
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(2002) Blake Edwards
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(2005) Ennio Morricone
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(2006) Robert F. Boyle (2007) Lauren Bacall
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Gordon Willis
(2009) Kevin Brownlow / Jean-Luc Godard
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(2010) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
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D. A. Pennebaker
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Hal Needham
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George Stevens Jr.
(2012) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
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Hayao Miyazaki
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(2014) Spike Lee
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