Harry Stradling Sr., A.S.C. (1 September 1901-14 February 1970) was an Academy Award-winning an American cinematographer with over 130 films to his credit.
His son Harry Stradling Jr. is also a cinematographer.
Stradling was born in Newark, New Jersey
(some sources give Nesen
, or England
, the nephew of cameraman Walter Stradling
who had worked with Mary Pickford
. Confined to two-reelers in Hollywood
, he left for France
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). In England, he made several films for Alexander Korda
among others, including Action for Slander
(1937), The Divorce of Lady X
(1938), The Citadel
(1938), The Lion Has Wings
(1939) and Q Planes
Stradling moved back to the United States
at the beginning of World War II
. Alfred Hitchcock
engaged him for Jamaica Inn
(1939), Mr. & Mrs. Smith
(1941) and Suspicion
(1941). After that time, he was in great demand and worked steadily on such notable films as The Men in Her Life
(1941), White Cargo
(1942), The Human Comedy
(1943) The Picture of Dorian Gray
(1945), Song of Love
(1947), The Pirate
(1948), Easter Parade
(1948), Words and Music
(1948), The Barkleys of Broadway
(1949), In the Good Old Summertime
(1949), A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951), Johnny Guitar
(1954), Guys and Dolls
(1955), A Face in the Crowd
(1957), Marjorie Morningstar
(1958), Auntie Mame
(1962), My Fair Lady
(1964), Funny Girl
(1968), Hello, Dolly!
(1969), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
(1970), and The Owl and the Pussycat
(1970), his last film.
Stradling's last four films starred Barbra Streisand. During his career, he photographed Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Jean Simmons, Hedy Lamarr, Rosalind Russell, Kim Novak and Judy Garland.
Stradling died in Hollywood, California.
Academy Awards and nominations
He was nominated for the Academy Award fourteen times and won twice.