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Sunday, 21 June 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #65 – 21 June 1926

Cinematographer Conrad Lafcadlo Hall was born on 21 June, 1926 in Tahiti. 

He won three Academy Awards; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), American Beauty (1999) and, posthumously, Road to Perdition (2002).

He won three Baftas for the same films, and several other awards and accolades.

His father, James Norman Hall, co-wrote the novel Mutiny on the Bounty (1932) which was the basis for two films in 1935 (Charles Laughton and Clark Gable) and 1962 (Trevor Howard and Marlon Brando).

Conrad Hall cut his teeth filming commercials, documentaries and short films.  He worked for a time in television.

His big break came with Morituri (1965), a war film, starring Brando and Howard, alongside
Yul Brynner.  Then came a western, The Professionals (1966) starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Woody Strode.  In the same year, he filmed Harper with Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall.

From there, he was off and running, building an outstanding CV of brilliant work – Cool Hand Luke (1967), In Cold Blood (1967), Butch Cassidy (1969), Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), Marathon Man (1976) and many more.

Conrad Hall was married three times including, from 1969 to 1975, to Katherine Ross who starred as Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

He died at 76 on 6 January, 2003.

His classy work on screen will last forever.


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