Sol Polito

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Sol Polito
Sol Polito in 1942
Born Salvatore Polito
(1892-11-12)November 12, 1892
Palermo, Italy
Died May 23, 1960(1960-05-23) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 19141949
Spouse(s) Frances D'Angelis
Children 2
Relatives Gene Polito (son)

Sol Polito, A.S.C. (born Salvatore Polito, November 12, 1892 — May 23, 1960) was an American cinematographer. He is best known for his work with directors Michael Curtiz and Mervyn LeRoy at Warner Bros. studios in the 1930s and 1940s.


Salvatore Polito was born November 12, 1892, in Palermo, Italy, and immigrated to the United States in 1905.[1] He attended school in New York City and began working in the motion picture industry as a still photographer. After experience as a lab assistant and camera assistant, he was promoted to lighting cameraman in 1917.[2]

Polito married Frances (Francesca) D'Angelis in New York in 1914.[3][4] The older of their two sons, Gene Polito, was born in 1918 and also became a cinematographer.[5]

Polito moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1919 to continue his career at First National Pictures and Warner Bros.[5] He worked on more than 170 films at various studios,[6] but is best known for his work at Warner Bros. with directors Michael Curtiz and Mervyn LeRoy.[2]

Polito died in Los Angeles on May 23, 1960, aged 67.[7]


Polito received three Academy Award nominations:[8]

Select filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1914 Rip Van Winkle [6]
1915 Butterfly, TheThe Butterfly Lund, Oscar A. C.Oscar A. C. Lund [6]
1915 Butterfly on the Wheel, AA Butterfly on the Wheel Tourneur, MauriceMaurice Tourneur [6]
1915 Cotton King, TheThe Cotton King Eagle, OscarOscar Eagle [6]
1917 Runaway, TheThe Runaway Henderson, DellDell Henderson [6]
1919 Burglar by Proxy Dillon, John FrancisJohn Francis Dillon [6]
1923 Bad Man, TheThe Bad Man Carewe, EdwinEdwin Carewe [6]
1929 Scarlet Seas Dillon, John FrancisJohn Francis Dillon [6]
1930 No, No, Nanette Badger, Clarence G.Clarence G. Badger [6]
1931 Five Star Final LeRoy, MervynMervyn LeRoy [6]
1932 Two Seconds LeRoy, MervynMervyn LeRoy [6]
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang LeRoy, MervynMervyn LeRoy [6]
1932 Three on a Match LeRoy, MervynMervyn LeRoy [6]
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 LeRoy, MervynMervyn LeRoy [6]
1933 42nd Street Bacon, LloydLloyd Bacon [6]
1934 Dr. Monica Keighley, WilliamWilliam Keighley [6]
1934 Dames Enright, RayRay Enright [6]
1934 Flirtation Walk Borzage, FrankFrank Borzage [6]
1935 G Men Keighley, WilliamWilliam Keighley [6]
1936 Petrified Forest, TheThe Petrified Forest Mayo, ArchieArchie Mayo [6]
1937 Prince and the Pauper, TheThe Prince and the Pauper Keighley, WilliamWilliam Keighley [6]
1938 Adventures of Robin Hood, TheThe Adventures of Robin Hood Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1938 Angels with Dirty Faces Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1939 Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, TheThe Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz Nominee (with W. Howard Greene), Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Color)[6][8]
1939 Dodge City Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1939 Four Wives Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1940 Virginia City Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1940 Sea Hawk, TheThe Sea Hawk Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1940 Santa Fe Trail Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1941 Sea Wolf, TheThe Sea Wolf Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1941 Sergeant York Hawks, HowardHoward Hawks Nominee, Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White)[6][8]
1942 Captains of the Clouds Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz Nominee, Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Color)[6][8]
1942 Now, Voyager Rapper, IrvingIrving Rapper [6]
1943 This Is the Army Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz [6]
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace Capra, FrankFrank Capra [6]
1944 Adventures of Mark Twain, TheThe Adventures of Mark Twain Rapper, IrvingIrving Rapper [6]
1945 Corn Is Green, TheThe Corn Is Green Rapper, IrvingIrving Rapper [6]
1947 Long Night, TheThe Long Night Litvak, AnatoleAnatole Litvak [6]
1948 Sorry, Wrong Number Litvak, AnatoleAnatole Litvak [6]
1948 Voice of the Turtle, TheThe Voice of the Turtle Rapper, IrvingIrving Rapper [6]
1949 Anna Lucasta Rapper, IrvingIrving Rapper [6]


  1. ^ "Salvatore Polito". National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887–1940; Microfilm Roll: 93; Microfilm Serial: M1524., U.S. Naturalization Records, 1840–1957 [database online]. Provo, Utah: Operations Inc., 2010. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  2. ^ a b Katz, Ephraim (1998). Klein, Fred; Nolen, Ronald Dean, eds. The Film Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. p. 1096. ISBN 0-06-273492-X. 
  3. ^ "Salvatore Polito". New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866–1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  4. ^ "Frances Polito". California, Death Index, 1940–1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2000. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ a b "In Memoriam: Gene Polito, ASC". USC School of Cinematic Arts. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap "Sol Polito". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Sol Polito". Califonia, Death Index, 1940–1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2000. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  8. ^ a b c d "Sol Polito". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 

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