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Nicholas Musuraca, A.S.C. (October 25, 1892 – September 3, 1975) was a motion-picture cinematographer best remembered for his work at RKO Pictures in the 1940s including many of Val Lewton's series of B-picture horror films.

Nicola Musuraca left his home in Riace, province of Reggio di Calabria, Italy, and emigrated to the United States in 1907. He and his father, Cosimo Musuraca, boarded the Italian steamer Re d'Italia in July 1907, sailing from Naples on July 18 and arriving at the Port of New York on August 3, 1907. There, they were transferred to Ellis Island with their fellow steerage passenger where they underwent federal immigrant inspection. Upon being admitted the father and son set out for Brooklyn to join Cosimo's brother, Francesco.

He began his film career as the chauffeur for silent film producer J. Stuart Blackton. He worked behind the scenes on numerous silent and B-movie action films before becoming one of RKO Radio Pictures prime directors of photography in the 1930s. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) is sometimes considered the first film-noir.

While working regularly at RKO, joined Val Lewton's unit making low-budget horror-films being responsible for the cinematography of five of the films produced by Lewton's unit. Musuraca collaborated with director Jacques Tourneur on Cat People (1942) and, after the end of Lewton's time at RKO, Out of the Past (1947). He was nominated for a 1947 Academy Award for his work on I Remember Mama. After working briefly at Warner Bros. in the late 1950s, Musuraca joined Desilu, where he spent his last active years in TV work including the television series F Troop.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nicholas Musuraca, A.S.C. (October 25, 1892 – September 3, 1975) was a motion-picture cinematographer best remembered for his work at RKO Pictures in the 1940s including many of Val Lewton's series of B-picture horror films.

Nicola Musuraca left his home in Riace, province of Reggio di Calabria, Italy, and emigrated to the United States in 1907. He and his father, Cosimo Musuraca, boarded the Italian steamer Re d'Italia in July 1907, sailing from Naples on July 18 and arriving at the Port of New York on August 3, 1907. There, they were transferred to Ellis Island with their fellow steerage passenger where they underwent federal immigrant inspection. Upon being admitted the father and son set out for Brooklyn to join Cosimo's brother, Francesco.

He began his film career as the chauffeur for silent film producer J. Stuart Blackton. He worked behind the scenes on numerous silent and B-movie action films before becoming one of RKO Radio Pictures prime directors of photography in the 1930s. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) is sometimes considered the first film-noir.

While working regularly at RKO, joined Val Lewton's unit making low-budget horror-films being responsible for the cinematography of five of the films produced by Lewton's unit. Musuraca collaborated with director Jacques Tourneur on Cat People (1942) and, after the end of Lewton's time at RKO, Out of the Past (1947). He was nominated for a 1947 Academy Award for his work on I Remember Mama. After working briefly at Warner Bros. in the late 1950s, Musuraca joined Desilu, where he spent his last active years in TV work including the television series F Troop.

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Known For Camera

Gender Male

Known Credits 131

Birthday 1892-10-25

Day of Death 1975-09-03

Place of Birth Riace, Calabria, Italy

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Also Known As

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  • Nicholas Musaraca
  • Nick Musaraca
  • Nick
  • Nick Muscuraca

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1961 The Lawbreakers Director of Photography
1958 Too Much, Too Soon Director of Photography
1957 Man on the Prowl Director of Photography
1957 The Story of Mankind Director of Photography
1954 Susan Slept Here Director of Photography
1953 The Hitch-Hiker Director of Photography
1953 Devil's Canyon Director of Photography
1953 Split Second Director of Photography
1953 The Blue Gardenia Director of Photography
1952 Clash by Night Director of Photography
1952 Trail Guide Director of Photography
1952 A Girl in Every Port Director of Photography
1951 The Whip Hand Director of Photography
1951 Hot Lead Director of Photography
1951 The Company She Keeps Director of Photography
1951 Roadblock Director of Photography
1950 Hunt the Man Down Director of Photography
1950 Born to Be Bad Director of Photography
1950 Where Danger Lives Director of Photography
1950 Rider from Tucson Director of Photography
1950 Dynamite Pass Director of Photography
1949 The Woman on Pier 13 Director of Photography
1949 The Mysterious Desperado Director of Photography
1949 Stagecoach Kid Director of Photography
1948 Blood on the Moon Director of Photography
1948 I Remember Mama Director of Photography
1947 Out of the Past Director of Photography
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Director of Photography
1946 The Locket Director of Photography
1946 Bedlam Director of Photography
1946 Deadline at Dawn Director of Photography
1946 The Spiral Staircase Director of Photography
1945 It's Your Move Director of Photography
1945 Back to Bataan Director of Photography
1945 China Sky Director of Photography
1944 The Falcon in Hollywood Director of Photography
1944 Girl Rush Director of Photography
1944 Bride by Mistake Director of Photography
1944 Marine Raiders Director of Photography
1944 The Curse of the Cat People Director of Photography
1943 The Ghost Ship Director of Photography
1943 Gangway for Tomorrow Director of Photography
1943 The Seventh Victim Director of Photography
1943 The Fallen Sparrow Director of Photography
1943 Bombardier Director of Photography
1943 Forever and a Day Director of Photography
1942 Cat People Director of Photography
1942 Pirates of the Prairie Director of Photography
1942 The Navy Comes Through Director of Photography
1942 Bandit Ranger Director of Photography
1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti Director of Photography
1942 Obliging Young Lady Director of Photography
1942 Call Out the Marines Director of Photography
1941 The Gay Falcon Director of Photography
1941 Lady Scarface Director of Photography
1941 Hurry, Charlie, Hurry Director of Photography
1941 Repent at Leisure Director of Photography
1941 Play Girl Director of Photography
1940 Little Men Director of Photography
1940 Stranger on the Third Floor Director of Photography
1940 Tom Brown's School Days Director of Photography
1940 A Bill of Divorcement Director of Photography
1940 Swiss Family Robinson Director of Photography
1939 Allegheny Uprising Director of Photography
1939 Golden Boy Director of Photography
1939 Five Came Back Director of Photography
1939 Sorority House Director of Photography
1939 They Made Her a Spy Director of Photography
1939 Twelve Crowded Hours Director of Photography
1939 Pacific Liner Director of Photography
1938 Tarnished Angel Director of Photography
1938 The Mad Miss Manton Director of Photography
1938 Smashing the Rackets Director of Photography
1938 Sky Giant Director of Photography
1938 Condemned Women Director of Photography
1938 Blind Alibi Director of Photography
1938 Law of the Underworld Director of Photography
1938 Night Spot Director of Photography
1938 Everybody's Doing It Director of Photography
1938 Crashing Hollywood Director of Photography
1937 Quick Money Director of Photography
1937 Danger Patrol Director of Photography
1937 Living on Love Director of Photography
1937 Saturday's Heroes Director of Photography
1937 Flight From Glory Director of Photography
1937 The Big Shot Director of Photography
1937 Border Cafe Director of Photography
1937 There Goes My Girl Director of Photography
1937 Too Many Wives Director of Photography
1937 China Passage Director of Photography
1937 We're on the Jury Director of Photography
1936 The Plot Thickens Director of Photography
1936 Murder on a Bridle Path Director of Photography
1936 The Farmer in the Dell Director of Photography
1936 Silly Billies Director of Photography
1936 Two In The Dark Director of Photography
1935 To Beat the Band Director of Photography
1935 Old Man Rhythm Director of Photography
1935 Village Tale Director of Photography
1935 Murder on a Honeymoon Director of Photography
1935 Romance in Manhattan Director of Photography
1934 By Your Leave Director of Photography
1934 The Richest Girl in the World Director of Photography
1934 We're Rich Again Director of Photography
1934 Murder on the Blackboard Director of Photography
1934 Where Sinners Meet Director of Photography
1934 Sing and Like it Director of Photography
1934 Long Lost Father Director of Photography
1933 Chance at Heaven Director of Photography
1933 Midshipman Jack Director of Photography
1933 Headline Shooter Director of Photography
1933 Flying Devils Director of Photography
1933 Cross Fire Director of Photography
1933 Son of the Border Director of Photography
1933 Scarlet River Director of Photography
1933 The Cheyenne Kid Director of Photography
1932 Haunted Gold Director of Photography
1931 Men Of Chance Director of Photography
1931 Smart Woman Director of Photography
1931 Too Many Cooks Director of Photography
1931 Three Who Loved Director of Photography
1931 Everything’s Rosie Camera Operator Director of Photography
1931 The Sin Ship Director of Photography
1931 Cracked Nuts Director of Photography
1930 Hook, Line and Sinker Director of Photography
1930 Half Shot at Sunrise Director of Photography
1930 Conspiracy Director of Photography
1930 Inside the Lines Director of Photography
1930 The Cuckoos Director of Photography
1929 Side Street Director of Photography
1928 Tropic Madness Director of Photography

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1933 Cross Fire Cinematography

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