Harry Stradling

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Harry Stradling, A.S.C.
Born(1901-09-01)September 1, 1901
DiedFebruary 14, 1970(1970-02-14) (aged 68)
Years active1920–1970
Children Harry Stradling Jr.

Henry A. Stradling, A.S.C. (September 1, 1901 – February 14, 1970) was an American cinematographer with more than 130 films to his credit.


His uncle Walter Stradling, son Harry Stradling Jr. and godson Gerald Perry Finnerman were also cinematographers.

Early career

Stradling was born in Newark, New Jersey (some sources suggest Nesen, Germany, [1] or England), [2] the nephew of cameraman Walter Stradling (died 1918) who had worked with Mary Pickford. Confined to two-reelers in Hollywood, he left for France and Germany in the early 1930s. He made contributions to several Jacques Feyder films, Le Grand Jeu (1934), La Kermesse héroïque (Carnival in Flanders) (1935), Die Klugen Frauen (1936) and Knight Without Armour (1937), his first under producer Alexander Korda in England. Other English films include Action for Slander (1937), The Divorce of Lady X (1938), South Riding , The Citadel (1938), Pygmalion (1938), The Lion Has Wings , Jamaica Inn (1939), Q Planes (1939).


Harry Stradling and Audrey Hepburn on the set of My Fair Lady Harry Stradling-Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.jpg
Harry Stradling and Audrey Hepburn on the set of My Fair Lady

Stradling moved to the United States at the beginning of World War II. Alfred Hitchcock engaged him for Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) and Suspicion (1941). Stradling's last four films starred Barbra Streisand, including her Oscar-winning debut Funny Girl.

During his career, he photographed Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Jean Simmons, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Rosalind Russell, Kim Novak, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand.

Stradling died halfway through production of The Owl and the Pussycat in Hollywood, California.

Selected filmography

1922 How Women Love
1925 Share and Share Alike
1927 Burnt Fingers
1933 Suburban Melody
1934 Le Grand Jeu
1935 La Kermesse héroïque
1937 South Riding
Action for Slander
Dark Journey
Knight Without Armour
1938 The Divorce of Lady X
The Citadel
1939 Jamaica Inn
1940 My Son, My Son!
They Knew What They Wanted
1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Devil and Miss Jones
1942 Her Cardboard Lover
1943 The Human Comedy nominated for Academy Award
1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray Academy Award
1946 Easy to Wed
1948 Easter Parade
Words and Music
The Pirate
1949 The Barkleys of Broadway nominated for Academy Award
In the Good Old Summertime
1950 Edge of Doom
1951 I Want You
A Streetcar Named Desire nominated for Academy Award
1952 Angel Face
Androcles and the Lion
Hans Christian Andersen nominated for Academy Award
1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
1954 Johnny Guitar
1955 Guys and Dolls nominated for Academy Award
1956 The Eddy Duchin Story nominated for Academy Award
1957 The Pajama Game
A Face in the Crowd
1958 Auntie Mame nominated for Academy Award
Marjorie Morningstar
1959 A Summer Place
The Young Philadelphians nominated for Academy Award
1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
1961 A Majority of One nominated for Academy Award
1962 Gypsy nominated for Academy Award
1964 My Fair Lady Academy Award
1965 How to Murder Your Wife
1966 Walk Don't Run
1968 Funny Girl nominated for Academy Award
1969 Hello, Dolly! nominated for Academy Award
1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
The Owl and the Pussycat

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