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Edward Snyder (cinematographer)

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Edward Snyder
Edward Joseph Schneider

December 2, 1895
New York City, New York United States
DiedJuly 10, 1984 (age 89)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationCinematographer, special effects artist
Years active1926–1948
Spouse(s)Caroline (Carrie) Anna Schmeider

Edward Snyder, also known as Edward J. Snyder, (1895 – July 10, 1982) was an American cameraman, cinematographer (director of photography), and visual effects/special effects artist. Born in New York City in 1895, Snyder would break into the film industry as the Director of Photography on the 1926 silent film, The Fighting Marine, which featured the only screen performance by boxing heavyweight champion, Gene Tunney.[1] He would be one of the plethora of talented cameramen to work on the Howard Hughes' 1930 aerial classic, Hell's Angels, along with such other notable cameramen and future directors of photography, Paul Ivano, Henry Cronjager and Ernest Laszlo.[2] But it was as special effects artist that he would have his greatest success, working on such classic films as Otto Preminger's Laura; George Cukor's Winged Victory; The Keys of the Kingdom, starring Gregory Peck; Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Anna and the King of Siam, starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison; and 1948's Deep Waters, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award (losing to the special effects team of Portrait of Jennie).[3][4] Snyder died in 1982.


(as per AFI's database)[4]

Year Title Role Notes
1926 The Fighting Marine Director of photography
1927 Hoof Marks Director of photography
1928 Fangs of Fate Director of photography
1928 Marked Money Director of photography
1928 A Bit of Heaven Director of photography
1929 Hawk of the Hills Director of photography
1930 Hell's Angels Cameraman
1930 Her Man Director of photography
1930 Pardon My Gun Director of photography
1930 Rogue of the Rio Grande Director of photography
1931 Lonely Wives Director of photography
1931 Sweepstakes Director of photography
1931 The Tip-Off Director of photography
1931 The Painted Desert Director of photography
1933 Destination Unknown Director of photography
1933 Jaws of Justice Director of photography
1933 They Just Had to Get Married Director of photography
1934 The Oil Raider Director of photography
1934 The Poor Rich Director of photography
1934 Madame Spy Director of photography
1935 Fighting Youth Director of photography
1935 His Night Out Director of photography
1936 The Last of the Mohicans Cameraman
1936 Sea Spoilers Director of photography
1936 Contra la corriente Director of photography
1936 The Harvester Director of photography
1937 The Jones Family in Big Business Director of photography
1937 Sweetheart of the Navy Director of photography
1937 Girl Loves Boy Director of photography
1937 Small Town Boy Director of photography
1937 Borrowing Trouble Director of photography
1937 Hot Water Director of photography
1937 Breezing Home Director of photography
1937 Escape by Night Director of photography
1937 Youth on Parole Director of photography
1938 Road Demon Director of photography
1938 Passport Husband Director of photography
1938 Speed to Burn Director of photography
1938 A Trip to Paris Director of photography
1938 Meet the Girls Director of photography
1938 Love on a Budget Director of photography
1938 Down on the Farm Director of photography
1939 I Was a Convict Director of photography
1939 Everybody's Baby Director of photography
1939 The Jones Family in Hollywood Director of photography
1940 Little Old New York Cameraman
1944 Laura Special effects artist
1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier Special effects artist
1944 Winged Victory Special effects artist
1945 The Keys of the Kingdom Special effects artist
1945 Doll Face Special effects artist
1945 Fallen Angel Special effects artist
1945 Hangover Square Special effects artist
1945 The Spider Special effects artist
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Special effects artist
1946 Leave Her to Heaven Special effects artist
1946 Anna and the King of Siam Special effects artist
1946 Centennial Summer Special effects artist
1946 Claudia and David Special effects artist
1946 Cluny Brown Special effects artist
1946 Sentimental Journey Special effects artist
1946 Smoky Special effects artist
1946 Somewhere in the Night Special effects artist
1946 Strange Triangle Special effects artist
1946 Three Little Girls in Blue Special effects artist
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Special effects artist
1948 Deep Waters Special effects artist Nominated for an Academy Award[3]


  1. ^ "The Fighting Marine: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hell's Angels: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The 21st Academy Awards (1949) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Edward Snyder". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
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