William V. Skall
BornOctober 5, 1897
DiedMarch 22, 1976

William V. Skall (October 5, 1897 in Chicago – March 22, 1976 in Los Angeles) was an American cinematographer who specialized in Technicolor.


Charles Collins and Steffi Duna in Dancing Pirate (1936)

He began his film career straight after leaving school and worked for two years in camera crews before becoming a chief cameraman for the first time in 1936, with 20th Century Fox.[1] He worked on Quo Vadis (1951) and Rope (1948), the latter for Alfred Hitchcock, with longer scenes than usual in films of that time. He received nine Oscar nominations and won once, sharing Best Cinematography (color) with Joseph Valentine and Winton Hoch in 1949 for Joan of Arc.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ (in German)Kay Weniger: Das große Personenlexikon des Films. Berlin 2001, Volume 7, p 350