Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in the fall of 1936, this small but highly talented group filmed a romantic two-shot for an unusual mystery/comedy picture then known as The White Dragon. The release title was Mad Holiday. The co-stars are Edmund Lowe and Elissa Landi, decked out, respectively, in tuxedo and Dolly Tree gown. Veteran director George B. Seitz is the man in the ice cream pants.

Cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg, ASC sits on the front of a compact camera dolly designed by John Arnold, ASC. The second cameraman - he'd be called an operator today - is Herbert Fischer. Humming inside that absolutely soundproof blimp (also an Arnold creation) is a Mitchell NC camera.

Ruttenberg had been one of the top cinematographers in New York since 1917, but his fame increased enormously when he came to MGM's Culver City lot in 1935 to photograph Fritz Lang's first American film, Fury. He earned 10 Academy Award nominations and took home four Oscars: for The Great Waltz, Mrs. …

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