Harry Stradling

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

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

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

Early career

Stradling was born Henry A. Stradling 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).


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

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


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