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John Stumar

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Cinematography (feature film)

Rhythm Round-up (1945) as Director of Photography
Dangerous Blondes (1943) as Director of Photography
A mystery writer and his wife investigate the murder of a couturier''''s wife.
The Return of the Vampire (1943) as Director of Photography
A vampire terrorizes a British family during World War II.
Klondike Kate (1943) as Director of Photography
Molly (Glenda Farrell) and her troupe of dancing girls and "entertainers", sent for by saloon owner "Sometime" Smith, arrive in a Klondike mining town by train. Smith is out of town and rival saloon owner Jefferson Braddock (Tom Neal) signs the girls up to work in his saloon. Also arriving is Katherine (Kate) O'Day, with a deed of ownership, willed her by her father, to Braddock's saloon. She hires attorney and self-appointed Judge Horace Crawford (George Cleveland) to handle her ownership claim, but she soon sees that the deck has been stacked against her when Crawford works the trial as the judge and also the lawyer for both sides. She takes a job as singer in the saloon, replacing Lita (Constance Worth) both as star and Braddock's "favorite." Lita helps Smith win a crooked-and-staged game of "High Card" giving Smith ownership of Braddock's saloon. But Smith double-crosses her and she shoots him somewhat dead, and Braddock is accused of the killing, and is about to be lynched.
Power of the Press (1943) as Director of Photography
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942) as Director of Photography
Not a Ladies' Man (1942) as Director of Photography
The Spirit of Stanford (1942) as Director of Photography
Harmon of Michigan (1941) as Director of Photography
Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the Minnesota Gophers) or, later, in the broadcast booth, but, on film, he managed to find himself in two of the all-time bad sports movies..."The Spirit of West Point" and "Harmon of Michigan." The latter, if it had been a true-life biography of Tom Harmon, might have made a passable film but after a short prologue, narrated by sports writer Bill Henry who is not the same as actor William Henry, that semi-recaps Harmon's football-playing days at the University of Michigan, it quickly develops into a mess that indicates the director and writers used the technical adviser, Coach Jeff Cravath, only to put plays on the blackboard. Once Harmon,(supposedly playing himself but the character he plays here has more character flaws than the law allows), graduates from Michigan, he marries his college sweetheart Peggy Adams (Anita Louise), turns up his nose at the prospect of playing professional football---a poor-paying and not-that-well respected job in 1941---and starts a vagabond tour of coaching tank-water colleges. Authenicity went out the window when the narration ended, as did any kind of time tracking, as everything that follows seems to happen in a single football season. Tom takes an assistant coach job at a cow-pasture college under Jimmy Wayburn (William Hall) and lasts one day before Wayburn fires him. Then he signs to play for a College All-Star team doing exhibition games against pro teams, but his team-mates, hacked because Tom gets star billing, lay down on him and he gets smacked down hard on every play. One of the leaders willing to let Harmon get slaughtered is old Michigan teammate Forrest Evashevski (playing himself), a life-long friend in real life and Godfather to Mark Harmon and a long-time respected coach at the University of Iowa. Harmon wins the game by himself, but decides this isn't his cup of tea. He hangs around the house a few weeks, then gets a job as an assistant under old-time coach Pop Branch at a college that has three buidings on campus and a football stadium seating 100,000 fans. He helps Pop win a few games (still ticking along in what appears to be the same fall football season), but the alumni at Webster College are tired of losing, fire their coach and hire Harmon away from Pop. Harmon takes over the Webster team in mid-season and becomes the all-time example of a hard-ass coach willing to win at any cost, including installing a screen-pass play that depends on an illegal blcoking scheme---the Flying Wedge---to make it work. His Webster team begins to thump their opponents by large scores, usually leaving the other team battered and bloodied by the use of the illegal blocking scheme. They win four or five games which, based on the writers time scheme, would have them playing 20 games a season in what was then a nine-and-ten game season. Plus, the press and other coaches around and about, are up in arms about Harmon's tatics, but the jerks refereeing the games evidently haven't read the rule book nor the newspapers and throw no penalty flags against his team. Well, one referee does once, but he never officiated nor had lunch in that town again. It, by any reasonable calendar must now be July of the next year in a season that should have ended in December, and hard-case Harmon's team is going up against Pop's team (where Harmon coached earlier in this never-ending season) and Pop drops by and tells Tom he ain't all that fond of Tom's coaching methods, but Tom poo-pahs him off, and then sends his team out and they gleefully dismantle Pop's fair-playing team by 109-0. But Webster's quarterback Freddie Davis (Stanley Brown) suffers a concussion running a play Harmon calls just to run up the score even higher---Harmon evidently didn't read the script because nobody using their own name would want this character perceived
Under Age (1941) as Director of Photography
The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) as Director of Photography
A reformed jewel thief fights to clear his name when he's framed for murder.
Naval Academy (1941) as Director of Photography
A tough student at the Garfield Reform School is given a chance to straighten his life when a friend of his father's, offers to enroll him at the State Naval Academy.
I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island (1941) as Director of Photography
Two Latins from Manhattan (1941) as Director of Photography
Music in My Heart (1940) as Photography
A chorus girl engaged to a millionaire falls for the star of her latest musical.
The Durango Kid (1940) as Director of Photography
A Western Robin Hood gets caught in the middle of a range war when he''''s framed for murder.
The Secret Seven (1940) as Photography
Parents on Trial (1939) as Photography
The Lady and the Mob (1939) as Photography
A woman sets out to break a criminal gang controlling the dry cleaning business.
Those High Grey Walls (1939) as Photography
Mr. Boggs Steps Out (1938) as Photography
Oliver Boggs (Stuart Erwin), a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his job and sets forth for the seedy, down-at-the-heels town of Peckham Falls. There he buys a barrel factory and falls in love with Irene Lee (Toby Wing), the snobbish niece of crusty old Morton Ross (Tully Marshall), the town's only rich man and owner of the closed canneries. Oleander Tubbs (Helen Chandler) and her inventor father Angus (Spencer Charters), who sold Oliver the factory, tell him it has no future but he disagrees and says he will have everything booming again. Oleander thinks he is daffy but she and her father agree to help him. Angus invents a collapsible barrel and Oliver, seeing fame and fortune just ahead, spends all of his money just keeping the factory going. Oliver persuades old man Ross to re-open the canneries and to use the ground-breaking barrels and things appear to be going okay, until Dennis Andrews (Walter Byron), Ross' slick attorney, tries to doubel-cross both Ross and Oliver by bilking Angus out of the patent rights to the barrel.
Something to Sing About (1937) as Photography
A New York bandleader takes Hollywood by storm.
One Man Justice (1937) as Photography
A remake of Columbia's 1932 "Texas Cyclone", starring Tim McCoy, in which Larry Clarke (Charles Starrett) rides into the town of Mesa, Arizona, from Texas, where he has just sold his ranch. Several people call him "Ted Crockett",who supposedly has been dead for five years, and a bartender advises him to say he is Crockett, as he can aid the law0abiding citizens that way. Both Red Grindy (Alan Bridge), leader of the town's badmen, and Sheriff Ben Adams (Jack Clifford)are fooled by Larry's resemblence to Crockett, as is Crockett's young widow, Mary (Barbara Weeks), until Larry convinces her his isn't. He finds that all of the Crockett cowhands, with the exception of Neal King (Hal Taliaferro, long past using Wally Wales as a screen or working name), are systematically rustling Mary's cattle. Larry takes charge, sends to Texas for his riders and then brings to an end the reign of terror Grindy and his men have over the territory. Creased in the head by a gunshot, Larry is freed of his amnesia and turns out to actually be Ted Crockett.
Counterfeit (1936) as Photography
Two-Fisted Gentleman (1936) as Photography
End of the Trail (1936) as Photography
In the battle of San Juan Hill, Rough Rider Dale Brittenham (Jack Holt) saves the life, at the expense of losing the sight of one eye, of Bob Hildreth (Guinn Williams.) Invalided to a hospital they meet nurse Belle Pearson (Louise Henry) and a love-feud begins between Dale and Bob over Belle. At the end of the war Dale and Bob return to Halsey, a small mid-western cattle town,where Belle comes as a school teacher, bringing her brother Larry (John McGuire.) Cattle thieves have run ranchers out of business and Bill Mason (Douglass Dumbrille) seems to be the only prosperous citizen.Bob gets his pre-war job back and is made Chief Deputy for Sheriff Anderson (Frank Shannon.) Dale can't get work and leaves town. Broke and hungry he shows up at the Square Deal Saloon in Fremont Pass,where Mason offers him a job herding wild horses out of the territory. Dale soon learns that Mason is the head of the rustlers and starts re-stealing the cattle from Mason's rustlers. Mason can't report them to the sheriff since they weren't his to begin with. Dale's recycling program makes him enough money to open a club called "Little Cuba." Larry is working as an undercover deputy, and Dale warns him that Mason and his men are on to him,and he needs to stay out of the South Valley. Mason's men kidnap Larry and Dale rescues him but kills one of Mason's men. Bob sees the killing, but rather than arrest his old friend Dale, decides to resign. Dale arranges to send Larry to California, decides to go straight and Belle accepts his marriage proposal.While they are preparing to close "Little Cuba", a truck rolls by and dumps Larry's dead body. Dales knows Mason did it and, despite Bob's efforts to persuade him to let the law take care of it,kills Mason. This time, Bob cannot forsake his sworn duty and arrests Dale, who is convicted and sentenced to death. As he is led away, he waves proudly to the weeping Belle and Bob.
Devil's Squadron (1936) as Photography
The Best Man Wins (1935) as Photography
The Unwelcome Stranger (1935) as Photography
Escape from Devil's Island (1935) as Photography
If You Could Only Cook (1935) as Photography
An unhappy executive gets a job as a butler on a lark, only to fall for the family cook.
Atlantic Adventure (1935) as Photography
An ace reporter tracks the man who killed the D.A. to an ocean liner.
Jealousy (1934) as Photography
Larry O'Roark is a boxer who's insanely posssesive and jealous of his fiancee, Jo. the sight of her and her employer, Mr. Lambert, at ringside during his big fight distracts Larry and he is knocked out. He then promises never to be jealous again and marries Jo. When she realizes that they're broke she asks Lambert for a job (she had quit on marrying Larry.) One thing leads to another and Larry, enraged with jealousy, end up killing Lambert. He then wanders off in a daze, and Jo takes the rap for the murder. Larry descends from his amnesiac fog just in time to interrupt the announcement of the jury's verdict in Jo's trial. then it's off to the chair for Larry. Or is it?
One Is Guilty (1934) as Photography
Once to Every Woman (1934) as Photography
Young and Beautiful (1934) as Photography
Voice in the Night (1934) as Photography
Name the Woman (1934) as Photography
Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) as Photography
Years after being pushed out of her husband’s life, a woman befriends her long lost son.
Whirlpool (1934) as Photography
An ex-convict tries to connect with the daughter who doesn't even know he exists.
Before Midnight (1933) as Photography
A police inspector investigates the murder of a man who prophesied his own death.
Laughter in Hell (1933) as Photography
Fury of the Jungle (1933) as Photography
Above the Clouds (1933) as Photography
Cornered (1932) as Photography
Shortly after Moody Pierson saves Sheriff Tim's life, Moody is arrested for murder. Tim doesn't believe he did it and lets him get away. Kicked out as Sheriff, Tim goes after the real kiler and this leads him to the town controlled by Red Slavins.
USC vs. Tulane (1932) as Camera
The story of a beautiful and emotionally/psychologically distraught young woman whose unique perspective (literally, through the lens of a camera) results in suffering and despair. The heroes are Jiney and sexy lesbian roommate-best-friend Jas. Jiney and Jas are casual photographers, but Jiney is t
The Crowd Roars (1932) as Photography
A race-car driver tries to keep his brother from following in his footsteps.
Leftover Ladies (1931) as Photography
The Flood (1931) as Camera
Recaptured Love (1930) as Camera
An errant husband wants to return to his wife.
Second Choice (1930) as Director of Photography
The Time, the Place, and the Girl (1929) as Director of Photography
Girl Overboard (1929) as Director of Photography
Buck Privates (1928) as Director of Photography
Red Lips (1928) as Director of Photography
13 Washington Square (1928) as Director of Photography
Home James (1928) as Director of Photography
The Irresistible Lover (1927) as Director of Photography
Wild Beauty (1927) as Director of Photography
The Claw (1927) as Director of Photography
Down the Stretch (1927) as Director of Photography
The Love Thief (1926) as Director of Photography
The Home Maker (1925) as Director of Photography
Head Winds (1925) as Director of Photography
The Tornado (1925) as Director of Photography
The Price of Pleasure (1925) as Director of Photography
A Woman's Faith (1925) as Director of Photography
Daddies (1924) as Director of Photography
A Lady of Quality (1924) as Director of Photography
Wine (1924) as Director of Photography
The Family Secret (1924) as Director of Photography
A destitute man tries to help a foundling, not realizing she''''s his daughter.
Listen Lester (1924) as Director of Photography
The Darling of New York (1923) as Director of Photography
A Million To Burn (1923) as Director of Photography
Dollar Devils (1923) as Director of Photography
Temporary Marriage (1923) as Director of Photography
Blaze Away (1922) as Director of Photography
The Forgotten Law (1922) as Director of Photography
Mother Eternal (1921) as Director of Photography
Pardon My French (1921) as Director of Photography
The Song of the Soul (1920) as Camera
Black Is White (1920) as Camera
L'xx Apache (1919) as Camera
Based by a true story of an estranged couple stranded in a blizzard at Christmas, Suzanne Shemwell's estranged husband Jim unexpectedly comes to Idaho for a family visit just before the holiday, Suzanne is less than thrilled, but their two daughters, 16-year-old Miranda and seven-year-old Taryn, are
Extravagance (1919) as Camera
Naughty, Naughty! (1918) as Camera
Quicksand (1918) as Camera
Love Me (1918) as Camera
A Burglar for a Night (1918) as Camera

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Flying G-Men (1939) as Photography
Mill On The Floss, The (1937) as Photography
Apache, L' (1919) as Photography
Kaiser's Shadow, The (1918) as Photography

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