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Robert Boyle

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Also Known As: Died: August 1, 2010
Born: October 10, 1909 Cause of Death: Natural causes
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Art Director ...


Cast (feature film)

Something's Gonna Live (2009)
An exploration of the artistry and personalities of acclaimed production designers Robert "Bob" Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Harold Michelson and Albert Nozaki , along with master cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Conrad Hall. We observe these artists in their twilight years, exploring their creative gr
Man on Lincoln's Nose, The (2000)
Portrait of reknowned production designer Robert F. Boyle, who has worked on over eighty films, including Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" (USA/1959) and "The Birds" (USA/1963) and Norman Jewison's "The Thomas Crown Affair" (USA/1968).
Explorers (1985) as Starkiller'S Girlfriend'S Father
Ben is obsessed with monster movies on late night television, reading comic books about space, and playing an arcade game with fighting space ships in his bedroom. Ben''s best friend Wolfgang is a budding scientific genious, and when Ben describes a dream he had about the two of them flying in a spacecraft , Wolfgang creates a computer program that enables them to make such a machine. The boys take off to another galaxy and learn that things are more similar to home than they imagined.
Winter Kills (1979) as Desk Clerk
An assassinated president''s brother investigates the unsolved crime.

Art Director (feature film)

Red Pony, The (1973)
Peabody Award-winning color remake of the 1949 movie from the Steinbeck novella -- here without the Billy Buck character -- telling of a turn-of-the-century California farm family and the attachment of their sensitive young son to his horse after being unable to establish an understanding with his g
Portnoy's Complaint (1972) as Production Design
During a session with his psychoanalyst, Alexander Portnoy rants about everything that is bothering him and it''s a long list. His complaints include his childhood and his family with an emphasis on his mother, his sexual fantasies and the problems that he has with women, and his obsessive feelings about his Judaism.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) as Production Design
In Russia before the revolution, a Jewish milkman tries to marry off his daughters who have plans of their own.
The Landlord (1970) as Production Design
A spoiled rich boy buys a Brooklyn tenement and gets mixed up in his tenants'''' lives.
Gaily, Gaily (1969) as Production Design
An innocent young writer learns the ways of yellow journalism working for a top Chicago paper.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) as Art Director
A bored tycoon turns to bank robbery and courts the insurance investigator assigned to bring him in.
In Cold Blood (1967) as Art Director
Two vagrants try to outrun the police after committing a savage crime in this real-life shocker.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) as Art Director
With the help of his handy guidebook, a window washer talks his way into the executive suite.
Fitzwilly (1967) as Art Director
When an aging philanthropist goes broke, her butler robs from the rich so she can give to the poor.
The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966) as Art Director
When a Russian sub runs aground in New England, it creates a local panic.
Do Not Disturb (1965) as Art Director
Janet and Mike Harper rent a house in the English countryside from Vanessa Courtwright after Mike, an American wool company executive, moves his office to London to stimulate foreign trade.
The Reward (1965) as Art Director
Marnie (1964) as Production Design
A rich man marries a compulsive thief and tries to unlock the secrets of her mind.
The Thrill of It All (1963) as Art Director
A doctor tries to cope with his wife's newfound stardom as an advertising pitch woman.
The Birds (1963) as Production Design
In a California coastal area, flocks of birds unaccountably make deadly attacks on humans.
Cape Fear (1962) as Art Director
An ex-convict plots to destroy the district attorney who sent him to prison.
The Crimson Kimono (1959) as Art Director
Two detectives clash over the hunt for a stripper''s killer in Los Angeles'' Japanese district.
North by Northwest (1959) as Production Design
An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) as Art Director
Clever gunfighter tangles with a gleefully corrupt family over control of a border town.
Wild Heritage (1958) as Art Director
The Breslins (Jake, Emma, three boys, and nubile daughter) cross the plains in a covered wagon, then pause in a lawless western town where Jake is shot by gunslingers Arn and Jud. But folksy Judge Copeland persuades them to go on. At Break Wagon Hill, their wagon does the obvious and they homestead on the spot. We follow their trials and joys and those of neighbors, the Bascombs. Finally, violence reappears in the form of a pair of rustlers...our old friends Arn and Jud.
Operation Mad Ball (1957) as Art Director
A peacetime soldier plots to throw a party under his strict captain's nose.
The Brothers Rico (1957) as Art Director
A reformed mob accountant tries to get to his gangster brother before the criminals can.
The Night Runner (1957) as Art Director
Because of overcrowding at his mental hospital, a schizophrenic is released as an outpatient and told to stay away from emotional situations. He finds a room in a motel near the beach, but when he falls for the daughter of the motel's owner, the father confronts him with his past. This triggers th
Congo Crossing (1956) as Art Director
Congotanga, West Africa, has no extradition laws; the government is controlled by foreign gangsters, headed by Carl Rittner. The latest plane from Europe carries lovely Louise Whitman, fleeing a French murder charge, and Mannering, who pays resident hit man O'Connell to kill her. Through a chain of circumstances Louise, O'Connell, and heroic surveyor David Carr end up alone in the jungle on Carr's mission to determine the true border of Congotanga... in which Rittner is keenly interested.
Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Art Director
In present-day U.S., Dr. Michael Parker, a prominent surgeon, unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife whom he thought was dead. Victor, an artist and his "dead" wife's now boyfriend, berates Dr. Parker for "killing" her. The bulk of the story flashes back to Austria during World War II as we learn how Dr. Parker met and married his wife, and the one mistake that may have cost him his family.
A Day of Fury (1956) as Art Director
Running Wild (1955) as Art Director
The Private War of Major Benson (1955) as Art Director
An outspoken officer is forced to take charge of a military school.
Chief Crazy Horse (1955) as Art Director
When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective.
Kiss of Fire (1955) as Art Director
In 1700, news that the king of Spain is dying comes to the Spanish outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For some reason, lovely Princess Lucia, the preferred heir, is in this remote location. To get her back to Europe without running afoul of the Viceroy of Mexico (who backs another heir) will require a guide friendly with the Indians: outlaw El Tigre, whom the princess (initially) despises. The highly hazardous journey is made more so by presence of turncoats in the group...
Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) as Art Director
In 11th-century England, King Edward the Confessor wants saxon Lord Leofric to marry a despised Norman woman, and has him jailed when he refuses. In jail, he meets Godiva, the sheriff's daughter, and soon they are wed. The times are turbulent and Godiva proves a militant bride; unhistorically, unrest between the Anglo-Saxon populace and the increasingly influential Norman French lead to her famous ride.
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954) as Art Director
The Ozark farmers try to clean up their act to help their son win a college scholarship.
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) as Art Director
Johnny Dark (1954) as Art Director
Automobile engineer, Johnny Dark (Tony Curtis), designs a radical new car. When the owner refuses to sponsor the car in a Canada to Mexico Sports-car race, Johnny, with the aid of the owner's grand-daughter (Piper Laurie), steals the car and runs the race against the favored driver, his ex-buddie.
East of Sumatra (1953) as Art Director
Duke Mullane, manager of a Malayan tin mine, goes to a little-known island to open a new mine in the jungle. Initially, the natives there are friendly, especially dancer Minyora...who proves to be affianced to local ruler King Kiang. Alas, a series of unfortunate incidents changes Kiang's attitude to hostility, and Duke is stranded with his crew, Minyora, and his old flame Lory...who's now engaged to his boss! Are romantic triangles more deadly than poisoned darts?
Girls in the Night (1953) as Art Director
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953) as Art Director
The Kettles are in Paris along with their daughter-in-law's parents the Parkers. Pa tries to buy racy postcards. He also gets in big trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph Wade, a spy who gets killed by spies Inez and Cyrus Kraft.
It Came from Outer Space (1953) as Art Director
No one believes an amateur astronomer''s spaceship sighting until the town''s people begin disappearing.
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) as Art Director
Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished.
Gunsmoke (1953) as Art Director
Bronco Buster (1952) as Art Director
Tom Moody is a champion rodeo rider who sees real potential in newcomer Bart Eaton. However, while Bart may have a knack for riding a bull, he's not much for loyalty, and he betrays his mentor by stealing his girlfriend, Judy Bream. Tom wallows in self-pity until the death of his buddy Dan Bream, a
Yankee Buccaneer (1952) as Art Director
A United States Navy ship in the first half of the 19th century, under the command of Captain David Porter, is expecting to put ashore after a year on the seas; but the arrival of one of Porter's ex-students, the willful and independent Lieutenant David Farragut, brings a new mission: to disguise the ship and crew as a pirate ship and help the Navy locate the criminals who have been robbing America's merchant fleet. But as Farragut's disobedience threatens the safety of the crew, they stumble upon an international conspiracy.
Willie and Joe Back at the Front (1952) as Art Director
World War II is over; to get home quickly, GIs Willie and Joe (of cartoon fame) join the "inactive reserve." Just firmly settled back into civilian life, they're recalled for a new bout of basic training at a base in Japan. From then on, the boys are in and out of one scrape after another...topped by innocent involvement with glamorous Nida, a Eurasian Mata Hari, and her sinister friends.
Lost in Alaska (1952) as Art Director
Iron Man (1951) as Art Director
In Coaltown, Pennsylvania, miner Coke Mason hopes to better himself, buy a radio store, and marry Rose Warren. His gambler brother George thinks Coke can be more successful as a boxer, knowing that when he fights he's consumed with a murderous rage that makes him an "iron man." Seeing dollar signs in Rose's eyes, Coke reluctantly agrees, though he's fearful of the "killer instinct" that makes him a knockout success in the ring...and brings him the booing hatred of the fans. Will Coke throw off his personal demon before he kills someone?
The Mark of the Renegade (1951) as Art Director
The Lady Pays Off (1951) as Art Director
The naive Evelyn Warren, elected shool-teacher of the year by Time Magazine, goes to Las Vegas, where she loses a lot of money. In order to pay her debts, casino-manager Matt Braddock asks her to take care of his sad little daughter Diana.
Weekend with Father (1951) as Art Director
Love blooms when two single parents send their children off to camp.
Mystery Submarine (1950) as Art Director
Posing as an ex-German medical officer, a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer sets out to rescue a kidnapped scientist, and sink a Nazi submarine, hiding off the coast of South America.
The Milkman (1950) as Art Director
Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from idleness, he gets a job with his father's arch-rival, sponsored by eccentric milkman Breezy Albright, and promptly falls in love with the boss's daughter. But his career as a milkman soon degenerates into slapstick.
Louisa (1950) as Art Director
The Norton family is in a turmoil due to faultfinding grandma Louisa. Strongly urged to find outside interests, Louisa starts dating grocer Hammond; their necking among the teenagers shocks the latter (!), and Louisa's architect son Hal isn't too thrilled either. So what's to do when Hal's boss Mr. Burnside becomes a rival for Louisa's favors?
Buccaneer's Girl (1950) as Art Director
Robin Hood-like pirate Baptiste takes only the ships of rich but wicked trader Narbonne. Fun loving Debbie, a passenger from his latest prize, stows away on the pirate ship and falls for the pirate; later, having become a New Orleans entertainer, she meets his alter ego, who's engaged to the governor's daughter. Sea battles and land rescues follow in lighthearted style.
Sierra (1950) as Art Director
Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who turns out to be a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards; but others would prefer them dead.
The Gal Who Took the West (1949) as Art Director
Abandoned (1949) as Art Director
Arctic Manhunt (1949) as Art Director
Another Part of the Forest (1948) as Art Director
A father and son''s rivalry shakes the family business.
An Act of Murder (1948) as Art Director
When a judge learns his wife has terminal brain cancer, he begins to consider mercy-killing.
For the Love of Mary (1948) as Art Director
They Won't Believe Me (1947) as Art Director
A faithless husband is charged with a murder he didn't commit.
Ride the Pink Horse (1947) as Art Director
A con man tries to blackmail a Mexican gangster.
Nocturne (1946) as Production Design
A police detective refuses to believe a composer''s death was suicide.
Two Tickets to London (1943) as Art Director
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) as Associate (Art Direction)
A young girl fears her favorite uncle may be a killer.
It Comes Up Love (1943) as Associate (Art Direction)
Gals, Incorporated (1943) as Art Director
"Gals, Incorporated" is a nightclub sponsored by elderly playboy Cornelius Rensington III (Leon Errol) that features Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, with all the other employees and entertainers being beautiful girls. Molly (Grace McDonald) is president of the corporation and Gwen (Harriet Hillard) is head of the executive staff. Jennifer Rensington (Minna Phillips), Cornelius' sister, threatens to cut off his share of the family income unless he settles down and gets married. The girls persuade the unwilling Molly to pose as Cornelius' wife. The sister arrives with Bill Rensington (David Bacon), Cornelius' son by a former marriage. Molly, while attracted to Bill, has to play out her role and Bill, thinking she has married his father for his money, turns his attention to Gwen, a scheming mercenary. Gwen arranges for Bill to cross the state line with her and get married, but Cornelius and the other girls catch up before the ceremony can be performed. Bill is told the truth about the hoax, and gathers Molly up in his arms.
White Savage (1943) as Associate (Art Direction)
Good Morning, Judge (1943) as Art Director
Corvette K-225 (1943) as Art Director
In 1943, 'Mac' MacClain, Canadian Navy, has lost his ship and many men to a German torpedo. While waiting for a new ship, he befriends Joyce Cartwright, sister of one of his dead officers. We follow the building and launch of new Corvette K-255, the 'Donnacola'. And who should be Mac's new subaltern but Joyce's other brother Paul, fresh out of the academy. Mac will do his best to make a good officer of Paul...if they both survive their hazardous sea duty.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1943) as Associate (Art Direction)
Flesh and Fantasy (1943) as Art Director
Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?
Saboteur (1942) as Associate (Art Direction)
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
The Invisible Agent (1942) as Associate (Art Direction)
Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan...
Private Buckaroo (1942) as Associate (Art Direction)
Give Out, Sisters (1942) as Associate (Art Direction)
Who Done It? (1942) as Associate (Art Direction)
Two would-be radio mystery writers find themselves in a real life murder mystery.
The Wolf Man (1941) as Associate (Art Direction)
A British nobleman undergoes a startling transformation when he's bitten by a gypsy werewolf.

Production Designer (feature film)

Troop Beverly Hills (1989) as Production Designer
Phyllis Nefler, a hoity-toity, out-of-touch Beverly Hills housewife, does little more with her life than go shopping. With her husband wanting a divorce, Phyllis looks for an outlet to make herself useful, and finds it by occupying the open position as leader of her daughter''s "Wilderness Girls" troop, the world''s richest girl scouts. After initially holding camp-outs at the Beverly Hills hotel and earning badges for facials and pricing jewelry, the girls and Phyllis must prove that they truly have survival and leadership skills.
Dragnet (1987) as Production Designer
To his chagrin, by-the-book Los Angeles policeman Joe Friday has been assigned a flippant, street-wise new partner, Pep Streebeck. They are investigating a series of murders, which leads them to the religious cult P.A.G.A.N. (People Against Goodness and Normalcy). Infiltrating the group, they rescue Connie Swain, and she and Friday fall in love. When Connie identifies respected community leader and the police commissioner''s friend Reverend Jonathan Whirley as the head of the cult, Friday attempts to publicly arrest the man and is suspended. Connie is kidnapped in retaliation and when Friday is reinstated, he and Streebeck lead the raid on the P.A.G.A.N. headquarters and Friday''s heroics save Connie and bring Whirley to justice.
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) as Production Designer
Terry (Whoopi Goldberg) works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a strange message from an unknown source. The message is coded. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout she remains in contact with this unknown person, who needs Terry to help save his life.
Explorers (1985) as Production Designer
Ben is obsessed with monster movies on late night television, reading comic books about space, and playing an arcade game with fighting space ships in his bedroom. Ben''s best friend Wolfgang is a budding scientific genious, and when Ben describes a dream he had about the two of them flying in a spacecraft , Wolfgang creates a computer program that enables them to make such a machine. The boys take off to another galaxy and learn that things are more similar to home than they imagined.
No Small Affair (1984) as Production Designer
A precocious young teenager with a talent for photography meets a struggling, but older, rock singer and does everything he can to get her to fall for him.
Rhinestone (1984) as Production Designer
Staying Alive (1983) as Production Designer
Sequel to "Saturday Night Fever." Tony Manero strikes out for the bright lights of Broadway.
Table for Five (1983) as Production Designer
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The (1982) as Production Designer
The town sheriff and a madame team up to stop a televison evanagelist from shutting down the local whorehouse, the famed "Chicken Ranch."
Lookin' to Get Out (1982) as Production Designer
Alex Kovas lost $10,000 to thugs Joey and Harry in New York City during a poker game. Unable to pay up, Alex hits the road with his friend Jerry Feldman, and the two go to Las Vegas in the hope of winning big. In fact, they do get lucky in the casino, but when word of this gets back to New York, Joey and Harry head for Vegas.
Private Benjamin (1980) as Production Designer
A spoiled rich girl joins the Army and changes her life.
Winter Kills (1979) as Production Designer
An assassinated president''s brother investigates the unsolved crime.
Big Fix, The (1978) as Production Designer
An ex-'60s-radical private eye looks into the sabotage of a California gubernatorial campaign.
W.C. Fields and Me (1976) as Production Designer
The Shootist (1976) as Production Designer
A dying gunfighter tries to set his affairs in order.
Leadbelly (1976) as Production Designer
The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there.
Bite the Bullet (1975) as Production Designer
Cowboys compete in a grueling horse-riding marathon.

Cast (special)

Dial H For Hitchcock: The Genius Behind the Showman (1999) as Interviewee
Documentary special that celebrates director Alfred Hitchcock on the occasion of what would have been his 100th birthday. The program includes clips from Hitchcock's films and television series, as well as footage of his never completed thriller "Kaleidoscope."

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