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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. He was 93.

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From Wikipedia

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. He was 93.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1895-04-06

Day of Death 1988-09-06

Place of Birth New York, New York City, USA

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1966 El DoradoDirector of Photography
1957 The Enemy BelowDirector of Photography
1953 The ActressDirector of Photography
1952 Singin' in the RainDirector of Photography
1950 The Asphalt JungleDirector of Photography
1950 Key to the CityDirector of Photography
1948 HomecomingDirector of Photography
1946 Duel in the SunDirector of Photography
1946 Three Wise FoolsDirector of Photography
1944 Thirty Seconds Over TokyoDirector of Photography
1944 An American RomanceDirector of Photography
1942 Tortilla FlatDirector of Photography
1941 Johnny EagerDirector of Photography
1940 Boom TownDirector of Photography
1939 The Wizard of OzDirector of Photography
1937 The Emperor's CandlesticksDirector of Photography
1937 Captains CourageousDirector of Photography
1937 They Gave Him a GunDirector of Photography
1936 The Garden of AllahDirector of Photography
1936 The Devil Is a SissyDirector of Photography
1936 As You Like ItDirector of Photography
1936 The Man Who Could Work MiraclesDirector of Photography
1935 The Ghost Goes WestDirector of Photography
1934 The Scarlet PimpernelDirector of Photography
1934 Treasure IslandDirector of Photography
1934 The Cat and the FiddleDirector of Photography
1934 This Side of HeavenDirector of Photography
1933 BombshellDirector of Photography
1933 PenthouseDirector of Photography
1933 Turn Back the ClockDirector of Photography
1933 Hold Your ManDirector of Photography
1933 The BarbarianDirector of Photography
1932 Red DustDirector of Photography
1932 KongoDirector of Photography
1932 DownstairsDirector of Photography
1932 Red-Headed WomanDirector of Photography
1932 Tarzan The Ape ManDirector of Photography
1931 The Cuban Love SongDirector of Photography
1931 The Squaw ManDirector of Photography
1931 Sporting BloodDirector of Photography
1931 Men Call It LoveDirector of Photography
1930 Passion FlowerDirector of Photography
1930 Madam SatanDirector of Photography
1930 This Mad WorldDirector of Photography
1929 South Sea RoseDirector of Photography
1928 The Docks of New YorkDirector of Photography
1928 Trent's Last CaseDirector of Photography
1927 Rough House RosieDirector of Photography
1926 Almost a LadyDirector of Photography
1923 Dark SecretsDirector of Photography
1919 The Cinema MurderDirector of Photography
1917 The American ConsulDirector of Photography
1917 PantheaDirector of Photography

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1928 Three WeekendsCinematography
1928 Sawdust ParadiseCinematography
1927 A Gentleman of ParisCinematography
1927 Getting Gertie's GarterCinematography
1927 Man BaitCinematography

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