Friday, October 18, 2013

Deep-focus Lassie

[From the Lassie episode “Our Gal” (November 2, 1958). Cinematography by Kenneth Peach. Right to left: Hugh Reilly as Paul Martin, George Chandler as Uncle Petrie, Jon Provost as Timmy, and, of course, Lassie.]

I wonder if this striking shot was a minor homage to the great deep-focus pioneer Gregg Toland.

[From The Grapes of Wrath (dir. John Ford, 1940). Cinematography by Gregg Toland. Right to left: Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, Jane Darwell as Ma Joad, Dorris Bowdon as Rose of Sharon.]

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[Yes, I watch Lassie sometimes. It’s there, on the television. Woof.]

comments: 5

Sean said...

Ooh, I sense a collection of photos coming on... :)

Michael Leddy said...

I’ve never seen anything in Lassie similar to this shot. But now I’ll be on the lookout.

Fresca said...


Anonymous said...

Hey, those Timmy Lassie's are great. Quite a well-made show, and with a fine orchestral score -- constantly re-used so that it sounds canned, but it was actually recorded in Europe specifically for the purpose.

Michael Leddy said...

I would love to know more about the Lassie score. Parts of it have a beautiful pastoral Englishness, and all of it is memorable.