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date: 18 January 2020

Howe, James Wonglocked

(28 August 1899–12 July 1976)
  • Douglas Gomery

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Howe, James Wong (28 August 1899–12 July 1976), motion picture cinematographer, was born Wong Tung Jim How in Kwantung (Canton), China, the son of Wong How. His mother’s name is unknown. He moved to the United States in 1904 to join his father and his stepmother (who had immigrated months after his birth) and was raised in Pasco, Washington. His name was changed to James Wong Howe on his first day at school. His father died in 1914, and the family general store business failed. Howe left and moved to Ferndale, Oregon, where he attended high school and worked for a friend of his late father’s, Smith O’Brian....

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