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Born: August 3, 1896 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Terre Haute, Indiana, USA Profession: Art Director ...


Art Director (feature film)

Misty (1961) as Art Director
A farm boy and his sister capture a mysterious wild horse.
Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961) as Art Director
From the Terrace (1960) as Art Director
A financial wizard is tempted to sacrifice his career for an affair.
The Marriage-Go-Round (1960) as Art Director
A Swedish woman wants her American host to father her baby.
The Sound and the Fury (1959) as Art Director
Passions divide a declining Southern family.
The Man Who Understood Women (1959) as Art Director
A producer''''s wife runs from life in Hollywood in search of her roots.
The Blue Angel (1959) as Art Director
Professor Immanuel Rath (Curt Jurgens)is a martinet botany professor at a German high school who finds post cards bearing the likeness of Lola-Lola (May Britt), "The Blue Angel", in the possession of his pupils. He goes to the cafe where she is appearing to see if any of his pupils are there, and spots two of them. While chasing them, he encounters Lola-Lola and the troupe manager, Kiepert (Theodore Bikel.) He returns the next evening and becomes involved with Lola. His visit to the cafe, and the fact he spent the night with Lola, becomes common knowledge and he is forced to leave his school position. Despite the protests of his friends, he marries Lola, who is intrigued by the idea of being the wife of a professor. The intrigue doesn't last long, as Rath is unable to get work because of his wife. He becomes a broken character, reduced to performing odd jobs around the troupe and living off the earnings of his wife. When the troupe returns to his hometown, Kiepert brutally uses him in a magic act as a shill to attract customers from among his old students and friends. Lola meets a former lover and, as Rath is being degraded on the stage, she allows the former lover to make love to her in sight of her husband. Rath goes beserk and sets out to strangle her.
Beloved Infidel (1959) as Art Director
Toward the end of his life F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist.
The Hunters (1958) as Art Director
Three American pilots are assigned to dogfight during the Korean War.
The Long, Hot Summer (1958) as Art Direction
Ben Quick arrives in Frenchman's Bend, MS after being kicked out of another town for allegedly burning a barn for revenge. Will Varner owns just about everything in Frenchman's Bend and he hires Ben to work in his store. Will thinks his own son, Jody, who manages the store, lacks ambition and despairs of him getting his wife, Eula, pregnant. Will thinks his daughter, Clara, a schoolteacher, will never get married. He decides that Ben Quick might make a good husband for Clara to bring some new blood into the family.
Kiss Them for Me (1957) as Art Director
Three navy war heroes are booked on a morale-building "vacation" in San Francisco and plan to throw a wild party.
Desk Set (1957) as Art Director
A computer expert tries to prove his electronic brain can replace a television network''s research staff.
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957) as Art Director
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) as Art Director
Patrick Martin (Joseph Cotten), known as P.M., is a wealthy attorney and rancher big-man-in-town in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. He returns home to find his brother Donald (Van Johnson)hiding in his garage. A former drunkard, Donald had been sent to the penitentiary five years previously for killing a man in a barroom brawl. It was in self-defense but P.M. hadn't defended his brother and he was convicted. Donald has escaped and wants his brother to help him across the Santa Cruz River into the Mexico-side Nogales, where his wife (Shirley Patterson as Shawn Smith)and children (Kim Charney and Sandy Deschler) are in dire straits. The straits get even dier when P.M. tells him the river is flooded and it will be days before anyone can cross. And P.M. is all a'twitter because his wife Nora (Ruth Roman), whom he married after Donald had gone to prison, doesn't know about his jail-bird brother. He introduces Donald to Nora and the rest of his Cadillac Cowboy and ranch society friends as an old friend, and is kept busy trying to make sure old Donald doesn't find anything harder that ginger ale to drink. Donald gets a telephone call telling him that his family has gone from dire straits to destitution and when P.M. won't get some money to them through his contacts in the Mexico side of Nogales, Donald knocks him down and grabs a couple of bottles of whiskey and dashes out of the house into the rain.
The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) as Art Director
Ray Henderson joins Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown to form a successful 1920s musical show writing team. They soon have several hits on Broadway but De Sylva's personal ambition leads to friction as the other two increasingly feel left out of things.
Love Me Tender (1956) as Art Director
Three brothers unwittingly become outlaws after robbing a train the day after peacetime.
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956) as Art Director
A blind playwright living in London overhears part of a conversation that propels him into a desperate race to find a kidnapped child.
A Man Called Peter (1955) as Art Director
A Scottish boy follows his faith to a bright career preaching in Washington, DC.
The Left Hand of God (1955) as Art Director
The new priest at a Chinese mission takes an unorthodox approach to spreading God''''s word.
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) as Art Director
Black Widow (1954) as Art Director
A young stage hopeful (Peggy Ann Gardner), is murdered and suspicion falls on her mentor, a Broadway producer (Van Heflin).
Broken Lance (1954) as Art Director
Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in prison. Matt dies from a stroke partly caused by his rebellious sons and when Joe gets out he plans revenge.
King of the Khyber Rifles (1954) as Art Director
A half-Indian, half-British soldier is given command of a native fighting unit by the ruling British to squelch the uprisings of a rebellious guerilla group.
Niagara (1953) as Art Director
Honeymooners get mixed up with an obsessive husband and his cheating wife.
Dangerous Crossing (1953) as Art Director
When a bride goes on a ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.
Titanic (1953) as Art Director
An unhappily married couple realize their problems seem minor when the ship hits an iceberg.
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952) as Art Director
Ben Halpen sets up his barber's shop at the turn of the century in Sevillinois and watches the town grow around him. Thinking it is for the best, he tries to shield his wife Nellie from the worries of the world. She finally rebels while he is away at war and takes a fateful trip to Chicago. This turns out to be the first of a number of critical family crises for Ben.
Dreamboat (1952) as Art Director
A college professor faces embarrassment when his past as a silent screen heartthrob is revealed.
The Desert Fox (1951) as Art Director
Following his work with the Afrika Korps, Field Marshall Rommell joins in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) as Art Director
A Methodist minister and his wife are called to a small mountain community to help its residents.
As Young As You Feel (1951) as Art Director
Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.
The 13th Letter (1951) as Art Director
Panic in the Streets (1950) as Art Director
A killer evades the police not knowing he has a deadly plague.
Under My Skin (1950) as Art Director
When jockey Dan Butler wins a steeplechase race he had agreed to throw, he is roughed up and threatened by the racketeer he disappointed, Louis Bork. Dan and his young son Joe travel through Europe, Dan hoping to win enough to pay off Bork and get Joe safely back to America.
Mother Is a Freshman (1949) as Art Director
Widow Abby Abbott is having serious money problems and has to dip into the family trust in order to pay for her daughter Susan's college tuition. The catch: Abby must also become a co-ed or she can't touch the money. After passing her entrance exams, Abby goes to college and becomes very popular, especially with a handsome English professor whom Susan has a crush on.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) as Art Director
The head of a World War II bomber squadron cracks under the pressure.
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) as Art Director
In the early 1900s, song plugger Larry Kelly chances to meet Alfred Breitenbach, poor opera composer...and his lovely daughter Doris, who falls for Larry. To improve their acquaintance, Doris conspires with Larry to turn her father's opera melodies into popular songs. Alfred, reluctant but needing cash, adopts the pen name Fred Fisher. Affluence results, but when Alfred realizes his opera is vanishing bit by bit, he wants to bring the career of "Fred Fisher" to a halt...
The Walls of Jericho (1948) as Art Director
After County Attorney Dave Connors (Cornel Wilde) helps Julian Norman (Anne Baxter) with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman (Henry Hull), she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria Wedge (Linda Darnell), the new bride of Dave's best friend, Tucker Wedge (Kirk Douglas), makes overtures and plays for Dave, much to the displeasure of Dave's hard-drinking wife Belle (Ann Dvorak.) Angered by Dave's rebuffs, Algeria induces the state political boss to back Tucker for a Congress race against Dave. Meanwhile, Julia has returned to Jericho, with her law degree, and she and Dave fall in love. But when Dave announces he won't run for Congress, she feels she is the reason and she takes a job in Kansas City. Tucker wins the election and he and Algeria go to Washington. Later, Tucker announces a run for the Senate and Dave decides to run against him. When Marjorie Ransome (Coleen Townsend) kills a drunk in self-defense, Julia returns to Jericho to work with Dave, now in private practice,on Marjorie's defense. The still-resentful Algeria moves to kill Dave's senate bid when Tucker's newspaper announces that Dave is being sued for divorce, with Julia named as correspondent.
Road House (1948) as Art Director
A nightclub owner frames a romantic rival for murder.
The Foxes of Harrow (1947) as Art Director
An Irish rascal and inveterate gambler uses his considerable skills at the gaming tables of New Orleans to become fabulously rich.
13 Rue Madeleine (1947) as Art Director
Tragedy occurs when a spy chief finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent.
Leave Her to Heaven (1946) as Art Director
A beautiful neurotic will stop at nothing to hold onto her husband's love.
Somewhere in the Night (1946) as Art Director
Hangover Square (1945) as Art Director
A composer who can't control his creative temperament turns to murder.
Captain Eddie (1945) as Art Director
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942.
Lifeboat (1944) as Art Director
Survivors of a torpedoed boat take in a German Naval officer from the sub that sank them.
Sweet and Low-Down (1944) as Art Director
After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to go to their next engagement when a kid steals Goodman's clarinet. Goodman and Popsie pursue him to a tenement flat where he has led them to hear his brother play the trombone. Shenanigans ensue following Goodman's offering the brother a job with the band.
Wintertime (1943) as Art Director
A figure skating champion tries to save a failing resort hotel from bankruptcy.
He Hired the Boss (1943) as Art Director
Hubert Wilkins (Stuart Erwin), a bookkeeper for Mr. Bates (Thurston Hall) by day and an air raid warden by night, patrols the district where his boss' warehouse is located, and finds two employees removing raw silk stocks. They say they are working under Bates' orders and brush him off. Hubert wants to marry Emily Conway (Elelyn Venable), company secretary, but can't see how he can afford it since he has loaned a salesman, Fuller (Chick Chandler), $400 with deeds to four lots as security. Don Bates (William T. Orr), son of the boss, is engaged to Emily's sister Sally (Vivian Blaine) though his father disapproves. He and Emily encourage Sally and Don to elope. Hubert, a little tipsy, buys two more lots from Fuller and goes to Bates' home and asks for a raise. He is fired and, the next morning, Emily also for helping Don to elope. Hubert discovers that the lots he bought are worth $100,000 and, unknown to Bates, buys the company. While on warden duty that night, he discovers that the two employees he previously saw taking silk from the warehouse are actually stealing it.
Immortal Sergeant (1943) as Art Director
During WWII, a corporal in the desert reminisces about the love he left behind and faces uncertainty about his strength as a leader.
Chetniks! (1943) as Art Director
A guerrilla resistance leader battles Nazi troops in German-occupied Yugoslavia.
The Moon Is Down (1943) as Art Director
Small town Norwegians resist a Nazi takeover during World War II.
Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942) as Art Director
The Pied Piper (1942) as Art Director
Englishman Mr Howard is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940. Setting off to try and get back home he is persuaded to take along the two Cavanaugh children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in German-occupied northern France a new problem arises - the risk of being heard speaking English.
Brigham Young--Frontiersman (1940) as Art Director
Two young Mormons struggle to survive their people''''s journey to a new home in the West.

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