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Known Credits: 34

Birthday: 1895-04-06

Day of Death: 1988-09-06

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Harold Rosson


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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.

Harold Rosson began his film career in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. He became the assistant to Irvin Willat at the Mark Dintenfass Studios. In 1912 he divided his time as an office boy in a stockbrokers firm and as and 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 film The Dark Star. He was offered a contract with the Davies Company. In 1920 he was signed by 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, Duel in the Sun, and Singin' in the Rain (1952). In 1936, Rosson and fellow cinematographer W. Howard Greene were awarded an Honorary Oscar for the color cinematography of the 1936 David O. Selznick production The Garden of Allah. Rosson later said it was the first time he attempted to film in color.

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.

Rosson was married twice, with both marriages ending in divorce, and had no children. While shooting the film Bombshell in 1933, actress Jean Harlow proposed to Rosson. The two had worked together previously on Red-Headed Woman, Dinner at Eight, Hold Your Man and Red Dust and had struck up a friendship. On September 17, 1933, the two were married in Yuma, Arizona. 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. 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.

On October 11, 1936, Rosson married socialite Yvonne Crellin in Beverly Hills. They divorced in June 1945.

On September 6, 1988, Rosson died at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. He is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

1966 El Dorado … Director of Photography
1952 Singin' in the Rain … Director of Photography
1950 The Asphalt Jungle … Director of Photography
1946 Duel in the Sun … Director of Photography
1941 Johnny Eager … Director of Photography
1939 The Wizard of Oz … Director of Photography
1936 The Devil Is a Sissy … Director of Photography
1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel … Director of Photography
1933 Penthouse … Director of Photography
1932 Red Dust … Director of Photography
1932 Kongo … Director of Photography
1930 Madame Satan … Director of Photography
1928 The Docks of New York … Director of Photography
1928 Trent's Last Case … Director of Photography
1919 The Cinema Murder … Director of Photography
1946 Three Wise Fools … Cinematography
1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo … Cinematography
1944 An American Romance … Cinematography
1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks … Cinematography
1937 They Gave Him a Gun … Cinematography
1936 As You Like It … Cinematography
1934 The Cat and the Fiddle … Cinematography
1934 This Side of Heaven … Cinematography
1933 Bombshell … Cinematography
1933 Turn Back The Clock … Cinematography
1933 Hold Your Man … Cinematography
1933 The Barbarian … Cinematography
1932 Red Headed Woman … Cinematography
1931 The Cuban Love Song … Cinematography
1931 The Squaw Man … Cinematography
1930 Passion Flower … Cinematography
1930 This Mad World … Cinematography
1927 Rough House Rosie … Cinematography
1926 Almost a Lady … Cinematography