Ted Tetzlaff

Director, Director of photography, Lab assistant
Talented cinematographer of lustrous black-and-white imagery who, after 20 years behind the lens in the 1930s and 40s, moved into the director's chair and showed a flair for suspense. Tetzlaff began as a lab and camera ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1903 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (10)

Notorious 1946 (Movie)

(Photography)

Road to Zanzibar 1940 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rhythm on the River 1939 (Movie)

(Photography)

Tropic Holiday 1937 (Movie)

(Photography)

Easy Living 1936 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Swing High, Swing Low 1936 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

My Man Godfrey 1935 (Movie)

(Photography)

Love Affair 1931 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Arizona 1930 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Men Are Like That 1930 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (1)

The Young Land 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Talented cinematographer of lustrous black-and-white imagery who, after 20 years behind the lens in the 1930s and 40s, moved into the director's chair and showed a flair for suspense. Tetzlaff began as a lab and camera assistant before sharing cinematography credits on half a dozen minor films in 1926-27. He joined Columbia in 1928, working regularly with good contract directors Erle C. Kenton ("The Last Parade" 1931), Roy William Neill ("Behind Closed Doors" 1929), and the up-and-coming Frank Capra. Tetzlaff shot three films for Capra, starting with the enjoyable "The Power of the Press" (1928). He was prolific, too, lensing a dozen films in 1929 and eleven each in 1930 and 1931.

Milestones

1963

Excerpt Tetzlaff directed from "Seven Wonders of the World" used in the compilation documentary, "The Best of Cinerama"

1959

Directed last film, "The Young Land"

1956

Was one of the five directors of the episodic travel documentary, "Seven Wonders of the World", shot in the widescreen process Cinerama

1956

Directed for the NBC/ABC TV anthology series, "Screen Director's Playhouse"; credited as Ted R. Tetzlaff (date approximate)

1950

Left RKO and freelanced for his remaining few feature credits

1949

Directed his best-known feature film, "The Window", a hit at the box office in its day

1947

Became a director full-time at RKO with "Riffraff"

1946

Last credit as cinematographer, "Notorious", an RKO film directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1943

Joined RKO; first film there, "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945) (date approximate)

1941

Returned briefly to Columbia when he shot four films there

1940

Directed a first feature film, "World Premiere", but otherwise kept working as a cinematographer

1938

Shot last of ten Carole Lombard pictures, "Fools for Scandal", made while on loan to Warner Bros.

1933

First worked with actor Carole Lombard on the Columbia feature, "Brief Moment"

1927

First solo credits as cinematographer, "Pitfalls of Passion" and "Polly of the Movies"

1926

Shot four films in collaboration with cinematographer Ernest Miller, "Sunshine of Paradise Alley", "Eager Lips", "The Ladybird" and "Ragtime"

1926

First feature credits as cinematographer, "Atta Boy"; screen credit shared with William Reese and Blake Wagner

Later worked as a lab assistant

Worked for Columbia Pictures

First worked in Hollywood as a lab assistant, beginning in the early 1920s

Served as a major in the US Air Corps during WWII (date approximate)

Worked for Paramount Pictures

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