William H. Clothier

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  • 3261660.jpgWILLIAM H. CLOTHIER

    Information From IMDb

    Date of Birth
    21 February 1903, Decatur, Illinois, USA

    Date of Death
    7 January 1996, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Mini Biography
    Began working in film in 1923 as assistant cameraman.
    Worked in Mexico, Spain, served in Army Air Corps in WWII
    after which he returned to Hollywood.
    IMDb Mini Biography By: Denis Vermeirre

    Was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1965.

    Personal Quotes

    on Duke


    Duke hasn't any patience with anybody: his family, other actors, anybody. If you've got a Big Name Star, he'll keep quiet. Howard Keel on "The War Wagon," I remember. One day Duke started pushing him around, grabbing him, showing him how to play the scene. After the scene was over, Keel said, "If he puts his hands on me again, I'm gonna clobber that son of a bitch."

    on director/producer William A. Wellman


    Wild Bill Wellman -- a great guy.

    on director John Ford


    One time I called him John and he told me that only his enemies called him John. "Call me Jack," he'd say. Well, it's a funny thing with Jack: socially, you never wanted any part of him. He just wasn't that pleasant. For one thing, he was a reformed alcoholic; he didn't drink and he didn't think anybody else should. He also liked to play cards, but if you won you were a no-good son of a bitch.

    on director Josef Von Sternberg


    Josef was a strange guy. He made a couple of great films and became very hard to get along with

    1. The Train Robbers (1973) (director of photography)
    2. Big Jake (1971)
    3. Rio Lobo (1970) (director of photography)
    ... aka San Timoteo
    4. Chisum (1970) (director of photography)
    5. The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    6. The Undefeated (1969) (director of photography)
    7. Hellfighters (1968)
    8. Bandolero! (1968) (director of photography)
    9. The Devil's Brigade (1968) (director of photography)
    10. Firecreek (1968) (director of photography)
    11. The War Wagon (1967) (director of photography)
    12. The Way West (1967) (director of photography)
    ... aka Harold Hecht's The Way West (USA: complete title)
    13. Way... Way Out (1966)
    14. Stagecoach (1966) (director of photography)
    15. The Rare Breed (1966) (director of photography)
    16. Shenandoah (1965) (director of photography)
    17. Cheyenne Autumn (1964) (as William Clothier)
    ... aka John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn (USA: complete title)
    18. A Distant Trumpet (1964) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    19. McLintock! (1963) (director of photography)
    20. Donovan's Reef (1963)
    21. "Alcoa Premiere" (1 episode, 1962)
    - Flashing Spikes (1962) TV episode
    22. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (director of photography)
    23. Merrill's Marauders (1962) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    24. The Comancheros (1961) (director of photography)
    25. Ring of Fire (1961)
    26. The Deadly Companions (1961)
    ... aka Deadly Companions (UK: DVD title)
    ... aka Trigger Happy (USA: reissue title)
    27. Tomboy and the Champ (1961)
    28. The Alamo (1960)
    29. The Horse Soldiers (1959) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    30. Escort West (1958)
    31. China Doll (1958)
    32. Fort Dobbs (1958)
    33. Lafayette Escadrille (1958)
    ... aka C'est la guerre (USA)
    ... aka Hell Bent for Glory (UK)
    ... aka With You in My Arms (USA: alternative title)
    34. Darby's Rangers (1958) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    ... aka The Young Invaders (UK)
    ... aka William A.Wellman's Darby's Rangers (USA: complete title)
    35. Bombers B-52 (1957)
    ... aka No Sleep Till Dawn (UK)
    36. Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    ... aka Dragon Wells Massacre
    37. Guns Don't Argue (1957) (uncredited)
    38. Man in the Vault (1956)
    39. Gun the Man Down (1956)
    ... aka Arizona Mission (USA: reissue title)
    40. Seven Men from Now (1956) (director of photography)
    ... aka 7 Men from Now (Australia) (UK: DVD title) (USA: DVD title)
    41. Good-bye, My Lady (1956)
    ... aka Good Bye My Lady (USA: poster title)
    ... aka Goodbye, My Lady (USA: cable TV title)
    42. "Cheyenne" (1 episode, 1956)
    - Fury at Rio Hondo (1956) TV episode
    43. Sincerely Yours (1955)
    44. Blood Alley (1955) (photography by)
    ... aka William A. Wellman's Blood Alley (UK: complete title) (USA: complete title)
    45. Gang Busters (1955)
    46. The Sea Chase (1955) (director of photography)
    47. Top of the World (1955)
    48. Track of the Cat (1954)
    ... aka William A. Wellman's Track of the Cat (USA: complete title)
    49. Killers from Space (1954) (director of photography)
    50. Phantom from Space (1953) (as William Clothier)
    51. "Gang Busters" (2 episodes, 1952)
    - The Case of Willie Sutton (1952) TV episode (as William Clothier)
    - The Scissors Case (1952) TV episode (director of photography)
    52. Confidence Girl (1952)
    53. Once a Thief (1950)
    54. Sofia (1948) (as William Clothier)
    55. Fort Apache (1948) (uncredited)
    ... aka War Party
    56. For You I Die (1947) (as William Clothier)
    57. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Memphis Belle (USA: short title)
    58. Don Floripondio (1939)
    59. Rinconcito madrileño (1936)
    60. Ciento trece, El (1935)
    ... aka 113, El

    Camera and Electrical Department:
    1. Jet Pilot (1957) (aerial photographer)
    2. Top of the World (1955) (aerial photographer)
    3. The High and the Mighty (1954) (aerial photographer)
    4. Island in the Sky (1953) (aerial photographer)
    5. Below the Deadline (1946) (camera operator) (uncredited)
    ... aka Jumping Joe (USA: TV title)
    6. María Elena (1936) (camera operator)
    7. One Man's Journey (1933) (assistant camera) (uncredited)
    8. Flying Devils (1933) (assistant camera) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Flying Circus (UK)
    9. King Kong (1933) (first assistant camera: "b" camera) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Eighth Wonder
    ... aka The Eighth Wonder of the World
    10. The Big Stampede (1932) (camera operator) (uncredited)
    11. What Price Hollywood? (1932) (assistant camera) (uncredited)
    12. Ladies of the Jury (1932) (assistant camera) (uncredited)
    13. Men of Chance (1931) (assistant camera) (uncredited)
    14. Peach-O-Reno (1931) (camera operator) (uncredited)
    15. The Patriot (1928) (assistant camera)
    16. Wings (1927) (camera operator)

    1. Gang Busters (1955) (producer) (as Wm. H. Clothier)
    2. "Gang Busters" (producer) (1 episode, 1952)
    - The Scissors Case (1952) TV episode (producer) (as Wm H. Clothier)

    Archive Footage:
    1. "American Masters"
    - John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend (2006) TV episode .... Himself

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 14 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Cinematographers, were responsible for putting the magic
    onto the silver screen, and without them, the spectacle would never be!

    Four such men,
    William H. Clothier,Archie Stout, Winton Hoch and Bert Glennon
    were without doubt very special to Duke and his movies.
    I will profile Archie Stout and Winton Hoch later!
    Clothier and Hoch, more or less took over the mantle,
    from Stout for the years after!

    William H. Clothier was involved with Duke, in various capacities,
    in 22 movies,and one documentary

    "American Masters"
    - John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend [/B](2006) TV episode .... Himself
    The Train Robbers (1973) (director of photography)
    Big Jake (1971)
    Rio Lobo (1970) (director of photography)
    Chisum (1970) (director of photography)
    The Undefeated (1969) (director of photography)
    Hellfighters (1968)
    The War Wagon (1967) (director of photography)
    McLintock! (1963) (director of photography)
    Donovan's Reef (1963)
    "Alcoa Premiere" - Flashing Spikes (1962) TV episode
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (director of photography)
    The Comancheros (1961) (director of photography)
    The Alamo (1960)
    The Horse Soldiers (1959) (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
    Blood Alley (1955) (photography by)
    The Sea Chase (1955) (director of photography)
    Fort Apache (1948) (uncredited)
    Jet Pilot (1957) (aerial photographer)
    The High and the Mighty (1954) (aerial photographer)
    Island in the Sky (1953) (aerial photographer)
    The Big Stampede (1932) (camera operator) (uncredited)

    Clothier as you can see from his filmography was involved,
    in many other well known movies, with John Ford and James Stewart.

    When making The Alamo
    Duke pacified John Ford by giving him some Second Unit work.
    However, very little of Ford's work ended up in the movie.

    Clothier remarked later:-


    I don't think we used three cuts that the Old Man did...
    I would estimate it cost Duke over $250,000
    to give Ford a Second Unit!

    William H.Clothier along with a selected trusted few,
    was to spend most of his career working with Duke.

    Gene Kelly, William H. Clothier and James Stewart

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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