Henry Bumstead


Production Designer

About

Birth Place
Ontario, CA
Born
March 17, 1915
Cause of Death
Prostate Cancer

Biography

Veteran production designer Henry Bumstead began designing film sets in collaboration with Hans Dreier with three features in 1948: "Saigon," "The Sainted Sisters" and "My Own True Love." They went on to work together on a half-dozen other feature, including "My Friend Irma" 1949 and its 1950 sequel "My Friend Irma Goes West." Bumstead was then teamed with Hal Pereira and that collaborat...

Family & Companions

Betty Bumstead
Wife
Married in 1937; divorced; mother of Bumstead's four children.
Lena Bumstead
Wife
Second wife; married in 1983.

Notes

"I've worked 67 years steady. I've never looked for a job, and I've never been fired. I owe it to lots of luck that I've worked with good directors and good scripts and good actresses and actors."---Henry Bumstead to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

Biography

Veteran production designer Henry Bumstead began designing film sets in collaboration with Hans Dreier with three features in 1948: "Saigon," "The Sainted Sisters" and "My Own True Love." They went on to work together on a half-dozen other feature, including "My Friend Irma" 1949 and its 1950 sequel "My Friend Irma Goes West." Bumstead was then teamed with Hal Pereira and that collaboration yielded some 20 features. Perhaps the best-known of their joint efforts were two classic Hitchcock thrillers "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), with its French Morocco milieu, and "Vertigo" (1958), which brought them an Academy Award nod for their San Franciscan settings. (Bumstead later worked with Hitchcock on "Topaz" 1969 and "The Family Plot" 1976.)

For much of the decade between 1962 and 1972, Bumstead teamed with Alexander Golitzen, earning an Oscar for their Southern designs for "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962). Among the other more notable results of their pairing were the South Seas island of "Father Goose" (1964) and the Western towns of the Clint Eastwood vehicle "Joe Kidd" (1972). The designer has also enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with director George Roy Hill, earning a second Oscar for the Roaring Twenties sets of "The Sting" (1973). Bumstead fashioned the dusty towns and period settings for "The Great Waldo Pepper" (1975) before taking a more modern approach with the farm team hockey story "Slap Shot" (1977). "The World According to Garp" (1982) encompassed several decades as the lead character goes from youth to adulthood. A similar challenge was to create the period flavors for each segment of "Same Time, Next Year" (1978), which covered some two decades. He revisited Hitchcock territory provided the look for "Psycho III" (1986), directed by star Anthony Perkins. When director Clint Eastwood was putting the design team together for his revisionist Western "Unforgiven" (1992), he tapped Bumstead who was rewarded with yet another Oscar nomination for his efforts. Since then, Bumstead has designed "A Perfect World" (1993), "Absolute Power" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (both 1997) for Eastwood. In 1998, the octogenarian was honored with a lifetime achievement award by his peers in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Something's Gonna Live (2009)
A Time of Destiny (1988)
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
Eliot Rosewater

Art Director (Feature Film)

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Production Design
Million Dollar Baby (2005)
Production Design
Mystic River (2003)
Production Design
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979)
Art Director
Slap Shot (1977)
Art Director
Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready (1977)
Art Director
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Art Director
The Front Page (1974)
Art Director
The Sting (1973)
Art Direction
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Art Director
Showdown (1973)
Art Director
Joe Kidd (1972)
Art Director
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
Production Design
The Adventures of Nick Carter (1972)
Art Director
The Victim (1972)
Art Director
One More Train to Rob (1971)
Art Director
Raid on Rommel (1971)
Art Director
The Birdmen (1971)
Art Director
A Man Called Gannon (1969)
Art Director
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
Art Director
Topaz (1969)
Production Design
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Art Director
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Art Director
Tobruk (1967)
Art Director
Banning (1967)
Art Director
Gunpoint (1966)
Art Director
Blindfold (1966)
Art Director
Beau Geste (1966)
Art Director
The War Lord (1965)
Art Director
Father Goose (1964)
Art Director
Bullet for a Badman (1964)
Art Director
The Brass Bottle (1964)
Art Director
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
Art Director
The Spiral Road (1962)
Art Director
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Art Director
The Great Impostor (1961)
Art Director
Come September (1961)
Art Director
CinderFella (1960)
Art Director
The Bellboy (1960)
Art Director
The Trap (1959)
Art Director
The Hangman (1959)
Art Director
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Art Director
Vertigo (1958)
Art Director
As Young as We Are (1958)
Art Director
The Leather Saint (1956)
Art Director
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Art Director
The Vagabond King (1956)
Art Director
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
Art Director
That Certain Feeling (1956)
Art Director
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)
Art Director
Run for Cover (1955)
Art Director
Lucy Gallant (1955)
Art Director
Knock on Wood (1954)
Art Director
Money from Home (1954)
Art Director
Little Boy Lost (1953)
Art Director
Come Back, Little Sheba (1953)
Art Director
The Stars Are Singing (1953)
Art Director
Sailor Beware (1952)
Art Director
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Art Director
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952)
Art Director
Dear Brat (1951)
Art Director
Rhubarb (1951)
Art Director
Submarine Command (1951)
Art Director
Molly (1951)
Art Director
The Redhead and the Cowboy (1951)
Art Director
No Man of Her Own (1950)
Art Director
The Furies (1950)
Art Director
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
Art Director
Song of Surrender (1949)
Art Director
My Friend Irma (1949)
Art Director
Top O' the Morning (1949)
Art Director
Streets of Laredo (1949)
Art Director
My Own True Love (1949)
Art Director
Saigon (1948)
Art Director
The Sainted Sisters (1948)
Art Director

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
Set Design

Production Designer (Feature Film)

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Production Designer
Blood Work (2002)
Production Designer
Space Cowboys (2000)
Production Designer
True Crime (1999)
Production Designer
Absolute Power (1997)
Production Designer
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Production Designer
Home Alone 3 (1997)
Production Designer
The Stars Fell On Henrietta (1995)
Production Designer
A Perfect World (1993)
Production Designer
Unforgiven (1992)
Production Designer
Cape Fear (1991)
Production Designer
Ghost Dad (1990)
Production Designer
Almost An Angel (1990)
Production Designer
Her Alibi (1989)
Production Designer
Funny Farm (1988)
Production Designer
A Time of Destiny (1988)
Production Designer
Psycho III (1986)
Production Designer
Warning Sign (1985)
Production Designer
The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Production Designer
Harry & Son (1984)
Production Designer
The World According to Garp (1982)
Production Designer
Smokey And The Bandit II (1980)
Production Designer
The Concorde--Airport '79 (1979)
Production Designer
A Little Romance (1979)
Production Designer
House Calls (1978)
Production Designer
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Production Designer
Rollercoaster (1977)
Production Designer
Family Plot (1976)
Production Design

Life Events

1948

First of ten films in colloboration with fellow designer Hans Dreier; "Saigon", credited as art director

1950

Began working in tandem with Hal Pereira with "The Goldbergs" and "The Redhead and the Cowboy"; together designed some 20 films in all

1956

Initial collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

1958

With Pereira, designed Hitchcock's "Vertigo"; received first Academy Award nomination

1962

First collaborations with Alexander Golitzen, "The Spiral Road" and "To Kill a Mockingbird"; won Oscar for the latter

1969

Served as production designer on Hitchcock's "Topaz"

1970

First TV-movie credit, "The Movie Murderer" (NBC)

1972

Acting debut in George Roy Hill's "Slaughterhouse Five" (also production designer)

1972

First collaboration with Clint Eastwood, "Joe Kidd"

1973

Earned second Oscar for his period designs for "The Sting", directed by George Roy Hill

1976

Final collaboration with Hichcock, "Family Plot"

1978

Designed "Same Time, Next Year"

1982

Provided the look "The World According to Garp", directed by George Roy Hill

1984

Last screen collaboration with George Roy Hill, "The Little Drummer Girl"

1986

Revisted Hitchcock territory designing "Psycho III". directed by star Anthony Perkins

1988

Appeared in the film "A Time of Destiny"; also served as production designer

1992

Reteamed with Clint Eastwood for the revisionist Western "Unforgiven"; received an Oscar nomination

1993

Worked again with Eastwood on "A Perfect World"

1997

Collaborated with Eastwood on both "Absolute Power" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

Videos

Movie Clip

Vertigo (1958) - What About My Acrophobia? The first quasi-domestic scene for "Scottie" (James Stewart), a detective who's retired after an incident in the opening sequence, with his not-girlfriend Midge (Barbara Bel Geddes), exposition from Alfred Hitchcock, in Vertigo, 1958.
Vertigo (1958) - That's Carlotta Ex-cop "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) grows ever more intrigued as Madeleine (Kim Novak), who he's been hired to follow around San Francisco, demonstrates her interest in long-dead Carlotta, in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, 1958.
Topaz (1969) - -- You Cannot Judge Castro government official Parra (John Vernon) is forced to raid the hacienda of his supposed cohort Juanita (Karin Dor) in Topaz, 1969, Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of Leon Uris' espionage novel.
Vertigo (1958) - What Am I Doing Here? Arguably the first climax in the film, ex-policeman "Scottie" (James Stewart), hired to track mysterious Madeleine (Kim Novak) and now fascinated, follows her to the Golden Gate Bridge, in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, 1958.
High Plains Drifter - Flea-Bitten Range Bums Stranger (star and director Clint Eastwood) arriving in Lago, meets thugs at the bar then visits the barber (William O'Connell), violence coming soon, early in High Plains Drifter, 1973.
High Plains Drifter - What Took Her So Long? Barber (William O'Connell), shaving sheriff (Walter Barnes) when "Stranger" (star and director Clint Eastwood) points out he's owed a bath, visiting with Mordecai (Billy Curtis) when Callie (Marianna Hill) drops by, in High Plains Drifter, 1973.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Opening Credits Opening title credits for director Gene Fowler Jr.'s forthright I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958, starring Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott.

Trailer

Bridges At Toko-Ri, The - (Re-Issue Trailer) Two jet pilots forge a lasting friendship while fighting the Korean War in The Bridges At Toko-Ri (1954).
Rollercoaster - (Original Trailer) A terrorist spreads a climate of fear by attacking amusement parks across the U.S. in Rollercoaster (1977).
To Kill a Mockingbird - (Original Trailer) A young girl grows up fast when her lawyer father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck.
Unforgiven (1992) - (Original Trailer) Clint Eastwood made and starred in the first Western to win a Best Picture Oscar® in sixty-one years, Unforgiven (1992).
Sailor Beware - (Original Trailer) For their fifth movie together, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis join the Navy in Sailor Beware (1951).
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here - (Re-issue Trailer) A rebellious Native American races to elude a bloodthirsty posse in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) starring Robert Blake and Robert Redford.
War Lord, The - (Original Trailer) Charlton Heston is a medieval knight who exercises his right to sleep with another man's bride on their wedding night in The War Lord (1965).
Same Time, Next Year - (Original Trailer) Although married to others, a man (Alan Alda) and a woman (Ellen Burstyn) embark on an annual affair in Same Time, Next Year (1978).
High Plains Drifter - (Original Trailer) A man with no name (Clint Eastwood) sets out to protect a town from bandits...by any means necessary in High Plains Drifter (1973).
Bellboy, The - (Original Trailer) Not only was he the star, writer, producer and director, Jerry Lewis also made this trailer promoting his first total filmmaker comedy, The Bellboy (1960).
Front Page, The (1974) - (Original Trailer) Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in Billy Wilder's version of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page (1974).
Come September - (Original Trailer) A womanizing tycoon (Rock Hudson) ends up chaperoning a group of American girls who've rented his Italian villa in Come September (1961) with Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin.

Companions

Betty Bumstead
Wife
Married in 1937; divorced; mother of Bumstead's four children.
Lena Bumstead
Wife
Second wife; married in 1983.

Bibliography

Notes

"I've worked 67 years steady. I've never looked for a job, and I've never been fired. I owe it to lots of luck that I've worked with good directors and good scripts and good actresses and actors."---Henry Bumstead to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.