26.7.1896 – 29.7.1960
Photo caption: Seen above right (standing) with Alfred Hitchcock and his daughter Patricia.
JACK (JOHN) COX BSC
One of the first important British cameramen began as a camera assistant in 1913 becoming a full director of photography from 1921-26 at Stoll Pictures owned by Sir Oswald Stoll, a large studio building constructed on industrial land at Cricklewood. Cox refined his craft on numerous films for director, Maurice Elvey. His profile was raised considerably when he moved to BIP at Elstree and worked regularly with the studio’s star director, Alfred Hitchcock beginning with The Ring (1927) and shooting almost all of Hitchcock’s features until 1932 when Hitchcock left the studio. He then joined Gainsborough Studios and did some of his best work in the 1940's with many different directors including a return engagement from Alfred Hitchcock for The Lady Vanishes (1938). However by the 1940’s Gainsborough was under new management and Cox was gradually eclipsed by younger DPs and ended his career shooting light comedies, many of them for British comedian Norman Wisdom - a prolific career of 91 films in 33 years..
Selected credits: Blackmail (1929 Directed by Alfred Hitchcock – his first “talkie”), Murder (1930), The Skin Game (1931), East of Shanghai (1931), Number 17 (1932 all directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
We Dive at Dawn (1943 Directed by Anthony Asquith), The Wicked Lady (1945 Directed by Leslie Arliss).