Watching Jack Slade (1953) — an unjustly obscure, and quite nasty, Allied Artists picture starring Mark Stevens, Dorothy Malone and Barton MacLane — I noticed cinematographer William Sickner in the credits (“photographed by” it reads).
His name pops up a lot — the IMDB lists over 350 film and TV credits. And his filmography provides a cross section of genre film making in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Serials such as The Phantom Creeps (1939), Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (1940) and The Green Hornet (1940). Series pictures like The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) and The Falcon In San Francisco (1945), along with entries in the Charlie Chan, The Shadow, Joe Palooka and Bowery Boys cycles. And, of course, B Westerns with Buck Jones, Tex Ritter, Johnny Mack Brown, Dennis Moore, Rod Cameron and George Montgomery, to name just a few.
Moving to television, Sickner shot episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Restless Gun, Mike Hammer, M Squad, Medic (he won an Emmy for this one), Bachelor Father, The Deputy, Leave It To Beaver and more.
A craftsman who could adjust to whatever he was working on — from the Mummy to the Cleavers (though his darker, moodier work looks more impressive today) — Sickner passed away in 1968, long before anyone cared enough about this sort of stuff to think to interview him. What a shame.