January 2, 2017


Arthur Crabtree (1900-1975) b. Shipley, Yorkshire, England.

Arthur Crabtree

Arthur Crabtree started out in the film industry as an assistant camera operator with BIP, graduating to full lighting cameraman at Gainsborough Studios in 1932, and director of photography in 1935. Crabtree’s more memorable assignments as a cinematographer include Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937), Kipps (1941), The Man in Grey (1943), Fanny by Gaslight (1944) and Waterloo Road (1945). The following year he became a director with Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945), the first in a series of extravagant Gainsborough costume melodramas. He uncharacteristically delved into low-key whimsy with the "Kite" segment in the omnibus feature Quartet (1948). Crabtree’s career ended with ventures into television and a clutch of b-movies, amongst them the spine-tingling horrors Fiend Without a Face (1958) and Horrors of the Black Museum (1959).

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