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L. Wm. O'Connell

L. Wm. O'Connell



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Cinematography (feature film)

The Devil on Wheels (1947) as Director of Photography
American-International did not invent the juvenile delinquents-jalopies-reckless driving-hot rodders-build it at home-chicken playing genre of movies. PRC and Monogram started churning them out in the mid-forties as part of their let-this-be-a-lesson-to-you genre, preceded by the zoot-suiter and jitter-buggers films, which was better than the social guidance films teen-agers were being overdosed on at school. PRC did at least use card-carrying members of SAG. This one is a sermon against speeding, and Darryl Hickman has it brought straight home to him when he side-swipes a car and causes a collision in which his best friend is killed---the fate of all best friends in juvenile-theme movies including "Rebel Without a Cause"--- and his mother is injured. Lots of lecturing precedes and follows.
Rubber Racketeers (1942) as Photography
Gilin (Ricardo Cortez), is just released from prison and now that the government has clamped down on the sale of tires, decides to enter the tire-stealing-for-resell racket. Driving home, he has a car wreck with defense workers Bill Barry (William Henry as Bill Henry) and Mary Dale (Barbara Read). His girl friend Nikki (Rochelle Hudson) persuades the gangster to settle Bill's claim by giving him the old car belonging to his Chinese servant Tom (Kam Tong), who is about to enter the army. Gilin sets up auto lots all over town where he sells cars and tires stolen by his gang. He also sells faulty synthetic tires and Mary's brother Freddy (Sam Edwards) is killed when one of those blows out. Bill and a group of defense workers try to trace the tire by its treads and finally locate one of Gilin's car lots as the place where it was sold. Gilin orders Nikki to set a trap for Bill so he can be eliminated. But Nikki warns Bill through Mary. Bill, feeling that Nikki knows the source of the "hot rubber" goes to see her at Gilin's apartment,where Gilin knocks him out. Tom, in his newly-issued Army uniform, pleas with his old boss to give up this unpatriotic racket and is shot by Gilin.
Klondike Fury (1942) as Cinematographer
A neurosurgeon is thrown out of the medical profession after he performs a daring but unsuccessful surgery. He flees to Alaska, where his plane crashes in the frozen wilderness.
Dangerously They Live (1941) as Director of Photography
A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.
Calling Philo Vance (1940) as Director of Photography
Society sleuth Philo Vance tangles with foreign agents when he investigates the murder of an aircraft manufacturer.
Gambling on the High Seas (1940) as Director of Photography
A reporter tries to nail a gambling-ship owner for murder.
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939) as Photography
A teen-aged sleuth tries to clear one of her father's friends of a murder charge.
Broadway Musketeers (1938) as Photography
Three childhood friends get mixed up with gangsters.
When Were You Born (1938) as Photography
An astrologer tries to help the police catch a killer.
Accidents Will Happen (1938) as Photography
An insurance man tangles with a fraud ring.
Nancy Drew: Detective (1938) as Photography
A teen-aged sleuth investigates a wealthy woman's disappearance.
Heart of the North (1938) as Photography
A Canadian Mounted Policeman searches for the outlaws who robbed a freighter.
The Invisible Menace (1938) as Photography
An Army base murder investigation dredges up strange secrets.
Penrod and Sam (1937) as Photography
A club for junior-league detectives gets caught up in a bank robbery.
She Loved a Fireman (1937) as Photography
A ne''''er-do-well learns the hard way that there''''s more to fire fighting than lying around the bunkhouse.
Public Wedding (1937) as Photography
Out-of-work show folk stage a fake wedding to generate publicity.
Polo Joe (1936) as Photography
A young man has to learn polo fast to impress his girlfriend.
The Big Noise (1936) as Photography
A meek businessman turns hero when he refuses to pay the mob for protection.
Bengal Tiger (1936) as Photography
After causing his friend''''s death, an animal trainer marries the man''''s daughter to atone.
The Big Timer (1932) as Photography
A young boxer fights prejudice to work with a female manager.
Maker of Men (1931) as Photography
Bob plays football badly so his father Coach Dudley, his girlfriend Dorothy and his school reject him. He joins a rival college team and aims to defeat his dad's team.

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