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William V. Skall (October 5, 1897 in Chicago – March 22, 1976 in Los Angeles) was an American cinematographer who specialized in Technicolor.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

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He began his film career straight after leaving school and worked for two years in camera crews before becoming a chief cameraman for the first time in 1936, with 20th Century Fox. [1] He worked on Quo Vadis (1951) and Rope (1948), the latter for Alfred Hitchcock, with longer scenes than usual in films of that time. He received nine Oscar nominations and won once, sharing Best Cinematography (color) with Joseph Valentine and Winton Hoch in 1949 for Joan of Arc .

20th Century Fox American film studio

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<i>Quo Vadis</i> (1951 film) 1951 American film by Mervyn LeRoy

Quo Vadis is a 1951 American epic film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Technicolor. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sam Zimbalist, from a screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien, adapted from the novel Quo Vadis (1896) by the Polish Nobel Laureate author Henryk Sienkiewicz. The score is by Miklós Rózsa and the cinematography by Robert Surtees and William V. Skall. The title refers to an incident in the apocryphal Acts of Peter.

<i>Rope</i> (film) 1948 film by Alfred Hitchcock

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<i>Dancing Pirate</i> 1936 film by Lloyd Corrigan

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<i>Victoria the Great</i> 1937 film by Herbert Wilcox

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<i>The Little Princess</i> (1939 film) 1939 film by Walter Lang, William A. Seiter

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  1. (in German)Kay Weniger: Das große Personenlexikon des Films. Berlin 2001, Volume 7, p 350