Philip Tannura

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Philip Tannura
BornMarch 28, 1897
DiedDecember 7, 1973
Years active1917–1967

Philip Tannura (March 28, 1897 – December 7, 1973) was an American cinematographer who worked on over a hundred films during his career. Tannura also directed and acted in several short films and worked on a number of Three Stooges shorts as cinematographer.


Tannura spent much of his career making mid to low-budget films for the Hollywood studios. In the early 1930s, he went to London to work in the British film industry. He was able to work on more expensive, quality productions during these years including several films produced by the Hungarian-born tycoon Max Schach. Following the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe, he returned to America. In 1941, he was cinematographer for the Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire musical You'll Never Get Rich . [1] Generally much of his later work, often at Columbia Pictures, was on film series such as the Lone Wolf and The Whistler . From the early 1950s, to the end of his career, he worked in television.

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  1. McLean, Adrienne L. Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom. Rutgers University Press, 2004, p. 250