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Joseph MacDonald

Joseph MacDonald



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Also Known As: Died: May 26, 1968
Born: December 15, 1906 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mexico Profession: Cinematography ...


Cinematography (feature film)

Mackenna's Gold (1969) as Director of Photography
A group of men, lead by a questionable sheriff and a wanted bandit, descend upon the desert in search of a lost canyon of gold.
A Guide for the Married Man (1967) as Director of Photography
Robert Morse and Walter Mathau are friends. Though both are married, Mathau discovers Morris is fooling around. When asked about it, Morse passes on the oral history and guide to fooling around without your wife finding out. This is done by a series of vignettes with cameos from famous actors that illustrate the point Morse wants to make. Between pieces of advice, we follow Matheau as he begins to prepare for his big affair.
Alvarez Kelly (1966) as Director of Photography
A suave Mexican cattleman inadvertently gets involved in the Civil War.
Blindfold (1966) as Director of Photography
Dr. Bartholomew Snow, a psychiatrist, is treating a man with emotional problems who, it turns out, is a brilliant scientist being pursued by different international powers and their operatives. Snow soon finds himself caught in the middle and out of desperation, he falls in with a mysterious and beautiful woman named Vicky Vincenti. But is she helping him, or is she yet another sinister figure out to manipulate him?
The Sand Pebbles (1966) as Director of Photography
A naval engineer stationed in 1926 China defies local authorities to rescue a group of missionaries.
The Reward (1965) as Director of Photography
Mirage (1965) as Director of Photography
A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.
The Carpetbaggers (1964) as Cinematographer
A young tycoon takes Hollywood by storm to quench his thirst for power.
Flight From Ashiya (1964) as Director of Photography
A rescue service goes after a sinking cargo ship off the Japanese coast.
Rio Conchos (1964) as Director of Photography
Two Army officers, an alcoholic ex-Confederate soldier and a womanizing Mexican travel to Mexico on a secret mission to prevent a megalomaniacal ex-Confederate colonel from selling a cache of stolen rifles to a band of murderous Apaches.
Where Love Has Gone (1964) as Cinematographer
Family secrets come to light when a teen-ager murders her mother's lover.
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964) as Director of Photography
Frontier town enlists half-black gunman to rid them of uncontrollable Confederate veteran.
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) as Director of Photography
An Army officer races to save a group of former POWs from a murderous master of disguise.
Kings of the Sun (1963) as Director of Photography
A Mayan tribe emigrates northward but has to fight off Native Americans.
Forty Pounds of Trouble (1963) as Director of Photography
Taras Bulba (1962) as Director of Photography
A cossack leader clashes with his rebellious son.
Walk on the Wild Side (1962) as Director of Photography
A penniless farmer tracks the woman he loves to a New Orleans brothel.
Pepe (1961) as Director of Photography
When is beloved horse is stolen and sold to a movie star, a young man travels to Hollywood.
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961) as Director of Photography
An Army con man tries to make a fortune out of peacetime military service.
The Gallant Hours (1960) as Director of Photography
Admiral William F. Halsey fights to turn the tide against the Japanese during World War II.
Warlock (1959) as Director of Photography
A Western town hires a famous gunman to rid it of outlaws.
The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958) as Director of Photography
The Young Lions (1958) as Director of Photography
A Jewish soldier faces anti-Semitism when he enlists to fight World War II.
Ten North Frederick (1958) as Director of Photography
At her father's funeral, Ann Chapin thinks back over the last five years of his life, years of apparent political and personal failure dominated by a selfish and dissatified wife and eased only by alcohol. But it starts to emerge that there was in fact one brief and unsuspected period of happiness and love.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) as Director of Photography
A lowly adman tries to better his lot by courting a glamorous Hollywood star.
The True Story of Jesse James (1957) as Director of Photography
The young Rebel turns to crime after the Civil War''''s end.
A Hatful of Rain (1957) as Director of Photography
A man tries to deal with his brother's drug addiction and his growing attraction to the man's wife.
Hilda Crane (1956) as Director of Photography
Bigger Than Life (1956) as Director of Photography
A "miracle" drug threatens a family man's sanity.
Teenage Rebel (1956) as Director of Photography
A sometimes sappy, yet effective melodrama about a woman who tries to make amends with her teenage daughter that she gave up at the end of an unhappy marriage. When Nancy Fallon's daughter, Dorothy, is sent to live with her and her new family after years of separation, the struggle to maintain some semblance of family quickly deteriorates. (Nancy's ex-husband was able to persuade the courts to let him keep the girl because the mother was seen as unfit.) Now Dorothy's father has an interest other than her and to appease his new love interest, he asks Nancy to take and raise their daughter. This begins a tumultuous time in Dorothy's life as well as her mothers.
On the Threshold of Space (1956) as Director of Photography
The Racers (1955) as Director of Photography
A man alienates everyone around him on his goal to become a world-famous race car driver.
The View from Pompey's Head (1955) as Director of Photography
A New York lawyer returns to his hometown down in the Deep South investigate the missing funds of an old friend, now blind. Along, the way he rekindles a romance with a childhood sweetheart and discovers the missing funds are being paid to a hush a black woman, who turns out to be his friend's real
House of Bamboo (1955) as Director of Photography
An Army investigator infiltrates a Tokyo crime syndicate to solve a colleague''s murder.
Woman's World (1954) as Director of Photography
An executive plans to fill a high-ranking position by interviewing the candidates'''' wives.
Hell and High Water (1954) as Director of Photography
A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer (Widmark) to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics.
Broken Lance (1954) as Director of Photography
After being released from prison, having taken the fall for his father--a rancher who sabotaged a mine that was destroying his cattle stock--a son returns to seek vengeance on his three brothers whom he feels drove his hard-working, tough-spirited father to death.
Pickup on South Street (1953) as Director of Photography
A petty thief accidentally steals a communist spy''''s purse.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) as Director of Photography
Three models pool their resources to rent a posh penthouse in hopes of snaring rich husbands.
White Witch Doctor (1953) as Fill-in dir of photog
Ellen Burton arrives in Africa to join Dr. Mary as her nurse, bringing modern medicine to the native peoples. Lonni Douglas, an animal wrangler and fortune hunter, agrees to take her upriver, despite his misgivings about her suitability for Africa. They battle escaped gorillas, hostile natives, infected lion wounds, and hostile witch doctors to reach their destination and on the way, they fall in love. Will their contrasting interests doom their romance?
Titanic (1953) as Director of Photography
An unhappily married couple realize their problems seem minor when the ship hits an iceberg.
Niagara (1953) as Director of Photography
Honeymooners get mixed up with an obsessive husband and his cheating wife.
O. Henry's Full House (1952) as Photog of "The Last Leaf" and "The Gift of the Magi"
Five stories reveal O. Henry''''s gift for the surprise ending.
Viva Zapata! (1952) as Director of Photography
Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata leads the peasants against a corrupt president.
What Price Glory (1952) as Director of Photography
A marine captain and his top sergeant are assigned to take their company from a small village to the brutal reality of war in the trenches.
As Young As You Feel (1951) as Director of Photography
Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.
Fourteen Hours (1951) as Director of Photography
A policeman tries to talk a desperate young man off the ledge of a New York skyscraper.
You're in the Navy Now (1951) as Director of Photography
An experimental steam-powered vessel sets off on its maiden voyage with an inexperienced Naval officer at the helm.
Stella (1950) as Director of Photography
Panic in the Streets (1950) as Director of Photography
A killer evades the police not knowing he has a deadly plague.
It Happens Every Spring (1949) as Director of Photography
A scientist invents a baseball that can''''t be hit.
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) as Director of Photography
A re-make of the 1922 silent film that details the lives of the people in a small Quaker community and the adventures of a whaling ship.
Pinky (1949) as Director of Photography
A light-skinned black woman returns home after passing for white in nursing school.
Yellow Sky (1948) as Director of Photography
Outlaws on the run hide out in a ghost town.
The Street with No Name (1948) as Director of Photography
A young FBI agent infiltrates a criminal mob.
Call Northside 777 (1948) as Director of Photography
A Chicago reporter re-opens a ten year old murder case.
Moss Rose (1947) as Director of Photography
Wake Up and Dream (1946) as Director of Photography
Henry Pecket (Clem Bevans) keeps a land-bound, home-made sloop in the backyard of his boarding house ran by widow Sara March (Charlotte Greenwood), who is tolerant of the fancied trips around the world taken by her "ancient mariner" boarder. Little Nella Cairn (Connie Marshall,)another boarder, is his constant companion on the sloop's "trips." When her brother, Jeff Cairn (John Payne), enlists in the Navy, Nella is sent to board with a cousin, but is unhappy and returns to the boarding house. Pecket sends for Jenny (June Haver), a waitress for Mr. Agrippa (Oliver Blake) at his lunchroom and sweetheart of Jeff. Pecket and Jenny together decide to take care of Nella, when she receives a telegram from the War Department advising that Jeff is missing in action. To console the young girl, Pecket tells her they'll sail out to a wonderful island he knows about where he is sure Jeff can be found. The widow March, incensed about gossip she hears that Pecket is entertaining women guests on his boat, sells it to Mr. Agrippa, who wants to make a hamburger stand out of it. He has a man install wheels on it and plans to tow it away the next day. Pecket, Jenny and Nella have a meeting on the boat, a storm blows up, and since the sails are set, the "Sara March" puts out to "sea,", where it becomes "reefed" in a haystack. A young itinerant dentist, Howard Williams (John Ireland), offers to tow them but runs out of gas just as they reach Dignman's Ferry. He suggests they launch the boat, and all hands, including Williams, who comes in handy when they encounter a scientist in need of dental work, set sail on an enchanted voyage for Pecket's rendezvous find Jeff.
Behind Green Lights (1946) as Director of Photography
The Dark Corner (1946) as Director of Photography
A secretary helps her private eye boss when he''''s framed for murder.
Shock (1946) as Director of Photography
Dr. Cross (Vincent Price), a psychiatrist, is treating a young woman, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw), who is in a coma-state, brought on when she heard loud arguing, went to her window and saw a man strike his wife with a candlestick and kill her. As she comes out of her shock, she recognizes Dr. Cross as the killer. He takes her to his sanitarium and urged by his nurse/lover, Elaine Jordan (Lynn Bari), gives Janet an overdose of insulin. But he can't bring himself to murder her in cold blood and asks Elaine to get the medicine to save her. She refuses, they argue, and he strangles her. He saves Janet's life, but now faces two murder charges.
My Darling Clementine (1946) as Director of Photography
When the Clantons steal his family's cattle and kill his brother, Wyatt Earp signs on as sheriff of Tombstone and vows to bring them in.
Captain Eddie (1945) as Director of Photography
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942.
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944) as Director of Photography
The Big Noise (1944) as Director of Photography
Although they are only janitors at a detective agency, the boys pass themselves off as sleuths and are engaged to guard an inventor delivering a new bomb. They outwit enemy agents after the bomb and wind up sinking a Japanese submarine.
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944) as Director of Photography
A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite the soldier never got mailed. On the day of the scheduled dinner, another soldier is brought to their home and love soon blossoms between him and Tessa, the young woman who runs the home.
In the Meantime, Darling (1944) as Director of Photography
A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives and problems with her husband.
Quiet Please Murder (1943) as Director of Photography
Wintertime (1943) as Director of Photography
A figure skating champion tries to save a failing resort hotel from bankruptcy.
That Other Woman (1942) as Director of Photography
Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942) as Director of Photography
The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942) as Director of Photography
In the shadows of the night Dudley Wolff (Paul Harvey), his secretary Alfred Dunning (Robert Emmett Keane), and his doctor, Haggard (Henry Wilcoxin), bury a body in the estate cemetary. At the house, Wolff's daughter Catherine (Marjorie Weaver) arrives unexpectedly and tells her step-mother Anne Wolff (Helene Reynolds) that she has just been married to Roger Blake (Richard Derr) who will be along in a few days. Cathy retires and is awakened by a mysterious assailant who fires a shot at her, but her parents tell her she was just dreaming. Wolff goes to the cemetary and finds the body missing. The scared Cathy calls in fast-talking private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) and, since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. That evening Shayne hears a shot and finds that Haggard has been killed. While the police are questioning the family, the lights go out and a shot is fired from outside.
The Postman Didn't Ring (1942) as Director of Photography
A government mail sack, missing for fifty years, is now being delivered. Stamp collector Julie Martin (Brenda Joyce) follows postal inspector Brennon (Stanley Andrews) on his delivery tour, hoping to find some rare stamps for her philatelist customers. One letter brings love and warmth to a lonely spinster from a sweetheart lost in a war, another a welcome bravery citation to Civil War veteran Slade (Will Wright) and a third is to the parents of the now-state governor from his high school principal requesting he be disciplined for throwing spitballs in class. Dan Carter (Richard Travis), the owner of the village supply store who extends local farmers unlimited credit and, as a result, is on the verge of foreclosure by the ruthless Harwood banking family, get a letter sent by his grandfather to his father containing 500 shares of stock in the Harwood bank. The Harwood family fights back by charging Dan with fraud, but Judge Colt (Spencer Charters) and Dan's Aunt Martha (Emma Dunn) aid him.
Western Union (1941) as Camera Operator
An outlaw goes straight to work for the telegraph company, which puts him in conflict with his lawless brother.
Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) as Director of Photography
A pair of murders in Rio de Janiero leads the local police to call the famed detective. Charlie is puzzled, at first, when it appears that one of the murderers is killed by the first victim's widow.
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939) as Camera Operator
Thin Ice (1937) as Camera Operator
Everybody's Old Man (1936) as Photography
Dante's Inferno (1935) as Camera Operator
A carny builds a gambling empire at the expense of his family's wellbeing.
Rosa de Francia (1935) as FotografĂ­a [Photog]
Te quiero con locura (1935) as Photography
She Was a Lady (1934) as Camera Operator
All Men Are Enemies (1934) as Camera Operator
Second Hand Wife (1933) as Camera Operator
Sailor's Luck (1933) as Camera Operator
U.S. sailor Jimmy Harrigan, on shore leave in San Pedro, meets and falls for Sally Brent She promises to wait for him when he ships out to San Francisco, but Jimmy becomes jealous and tells her off when he learns Sally has entered a marathon dance contest sponsored by a lecherous snake named Baron Portola. Along with several of his Navy pals, Jimmy goes to the ballroom the night of the dance marathon, to try to change Sally's mind and win her back.
The Devil's in Love (1933) as Cam crew
Adorable (1933) as 2nd Camera
Too Busy to Work (1932) as Camera Operator
A hobo searches the countryside for the daughter he lost when his wife left him.
Hat Check Girl (1932) as Camera Operator
Sally Eilers is a hat-check girl in a nighclub surrounded by bootleggers, blackmailers and others before she falls in love with millionaire playboy Ben Lyon. Eilers is supported by her girlfriend Ginger Rogers.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932) as Camera Operator
Sob Sister (1931) as 2nd Camera

Art Department (feature film)

Prairie Chickens (1943) as Props
A cowboy is mistaken for the owner of a profitable ranch under attack by rustlers and ghosts.
Vagabond Lady (1935) as Asst set dec
A department store owner''''s sons compete for his secretary''''s heart.

Film Production - Lighting/Electrical (feature film)

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