A. Arnold Gillespie


Special Effects Designer

Biography

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Comrade X (1940)
Special Effects
Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Special Effects

Art Director (Feature Film)

The Good Earth (1937)
Art Director Associate
Captains Courageous (1937)
Art Director Associate
Small Town Girl (1936)
Art Director Associate
Exclusive Story (1936)
Art Director Associate
San Francisco (1936)
Art Director Associate
Speed (1936)
Art Director Associate
Naughty Marietta (1935)
Art Director Associate
Last of the Pagans (1935)
Art Director Associate
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Art Director Associate
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Art Director
Fugitive Lovers (1934)
Art Director
The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Art Director Associate
Laughing Boy (1934)
Art Director
Operator 13 (1934)
Art Director Associate
Student Tour (1934)
Art Director Associate
Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Art Director Associate
Christopher Bean (1933)
Art Director
The Crowd (1928)
Settings
London After Midnight (1927)
Settings
The Fair Co-ed (1927)
Art Director
Heaven on Earth (1927)
Art Director
The Road to Mandalay (1926)
Art Director

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Special visual Effects
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Special visual Effects
The Prize (1963)
Special visual Effects
How the West Was Won (1963)
Special visual Effects
A Ticklish Affair (1963)
Special visual Effects
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
Special visual Effects
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Special visual Effects
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)
Special visual Effects
Jumbo (1962)
Special visual Effects
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
Special Effects
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
Special Effects
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Special Effects
Cimarron (1960)
Special Effects
Green Mansions (1959)
Special Effects
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Special Effects
North by Northwest (1959)
Special Effects
Ben-Hur (1959)
Special Photography Effects
Torpedo Run (1958)
Special Effects
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Special Photography Effects
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Special Effects
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Special Effects
Until They Sail (1957)
Special Effects
Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Special Effects
Gun Glory (1957)
Special Effects
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)
Special Effects
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Special Effects
The Seventh Sin (1957)
Special Effects
House of Numbers (1957)
Special Effects
Gaby (1956)
Special Effects
The Great American Pastime (1956)
Special Effects
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Special Effects
High Society (1956)
Special Effects
The Power and the Prize (1956)
Special Effects
Diane (1956)
Special Effects
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Special Effects
The Prodigal (1955)
Special Effects
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Special Effects
Green Fire (1955)
Special Effects
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
Special Effects
Rogue Cop (1954)
Special Effects
Prisoner of War (1954)
Special Effects
Valley of the Kings (1954)
Special Effects
Rhapsody (1954)
Special Effects
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Special Effects
Rose Marie (1954)
Special Effects
Executive Suite (1954)
Special Effects
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Special Effects
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Special Effects
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Special Effects
Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
Special Effects
Cry of the Hunted (1953)
Special Effects
Dream Wife (1953)
Special Effects
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Special Effects
Above and Beyond (1953)
Special Effects
I Love Melvin (1953)
Special Effects
Bright Road (1953)
Special Effects
Fast Company (1953)
Special Effects
Jeopardy (1953)
Special Effects
Young Bess (1953)
Special Effects
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953)
Special Effects
Desperate Search (1953)
Special Effects
Battle Circus (1953)
Special Effects
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Special Effects
Scandal at Scourie (1953)
Special Effects
Code Two (1953)
Special Effects
Arena (1953)
Special Effects
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Special Effects
The Sellout (1952)
Special Effects
Apache War Smoke (1952)
Special Effects
Just This Once (1952)
Special Effects
Washington Story (1952)
Special Effects
Glory Alley (1952)
Special Effects
Young Man With Ideas (1952)
Special Effects
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Special Effects
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Special Effects
Talk About a Stranger (1952)
Special Effects
Sky Full of Moon (1952)
Special Effects
Because You're Mine (1952)
Special Effects
Invitation (1952)
Special Effects
Fearless Fagan (1952)
Special Effects
The Girl in White (1952)
Special Effects
When in Rome (1952)
Special Effects
Scaramouche (1952)
Special Effects
The Wild North (1952)
Special Effects
Latin Lovers (1952)
Special Effects
Carbine Williams (1952)
Special Effects
Lone Star (1952)
Special Effects
Lovely To Look At (1952)
Special Effects
The Merry Widow (1952)
Special Effects
Pat and Mike (1952)
Special Effects
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Special Effects
The Unknown Man (1951)
Special Effects
No Questions Asked (1951)
Special Effects
The Tall Target (1951)
Special Effects
The Magnificent Yankee (1951)
Special Effects
Go for Broke! (1951)
Special Effects
Texas Carnival (1951)
Special Effects
Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
Special Effects
Soldiers Three (1951)
Special Effects
The Light Touch (1951)
Special Effects
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Special Effects
The Strip (1951)
Special Effects
Watch the Birdie (1951)
Special Effects
Kim (1951)
Special Effects
Quo Vadis (1951)
Special Effects
Excuse My Dust (1951)
Special Effects
Inside Straight (1951)
Special Effects
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Special Effects
Side Street (1950)
Special Effects
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Special Effects
Key to the City (1950)
Special Effects
A Lady Without Passport (1950)
Special Effects
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Special Effects
The Outriders (1950)
Special Effects
Pagan Love Song (1950)
Special Effects
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
Special Effects
To Please a Lady (1950)
Special Effects
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Special Effects
Crisis (1950)
Special Effects
Devil's Doorway (1950)
Special Effects
Dial 1119 (1950)
Special Effects
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Special Effects
East Side, West Side (1950)
Special Effects
The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
Special Effects
The Bribe (1949)
Special Effects
The Stratton Story (1949)
Special Effects
Command Decision (1949)
Special Effects
The Secret Garden (1949)
Special Effects
Malaya (1949)
Special Effects
The Kissing Bandit (1949)
Special Effects
Adam's Rib (1949)
Special Effects
Scene of the Crime (1949)
Special Effects
Homecoming (1948)
Special Effects
High Wall (1948)
Special Effects
Luxury Liner (1948)
Special Effects
On an Island with You (1948)
Special Effects
State of the Union (1948)
Special Effects
Cass Timberlane (1948)
Special Effects
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Special Effects
This Time for Keeps (1947)
Special Effects
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Special Effects
The Hucksters (1947)
Special Effects
High Barbaree (1947)
Special Effects
Desire Me (1947)
Special Effects
The Beginning or the End (1947)
Special Effects
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Special Effects
Bad Bascomb (1946)
Transparency projection shots
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Transparency projection shots
Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
Transparency projection shots
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Miniatures and transparency projection shots
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Miniatures and transparency projection shots
Adventure (1946)
Transparency projection shots
Up Goes Maisie (1946)
Special Effects
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Transparency projection shots
The Sailor Takes a Wife (1946)
Transparency projection shots
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
Transparency projection shot
Easy to Wed (1946)
Transparency projection shots
The Green Years (1946)
Special Effects
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
Transparency projection shots
Music for Millions (1945)
Transparency projection shots
National Velvet (1945)
Transparency projection shots
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Transparency projection shots
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Transparency projection shots
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Transparency projection shots
This Man's Navy (1945)
Special Effects
The Valley of Decision (1945)
Special Effects
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945)
Special Effects
Without Love (1945)
Special Effects
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)
Transparency projection shots
Dangerous Partners (1945)
Transparency projection shots
The Clock (1945)
Special Effects
Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
Special Effects
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
Special Effects
She Went to the Races (1945)
Transparency projection shots
Son of Lassie (1945)
Special Effects
They Were Expendable (1945)
Special Effects
Kismet (1944)
Miniatures, Special Photographer Effects and transparecy shots
Dragon Seed (1944)
Miniatures
Cry 'Havoc' (1944)
Miniatures and transparency projection shots
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Special Effects
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
Transparency projection shots
Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
Transparency projection shots
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Special Effects
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Miniatures and transparency projection shots
An American Romance (1944)
Special Effects
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Special Effects
The Heavenly Body (1944)
Special Effects
Song of Russia (1944)
Special Effects
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Special Effects
Bataan (1943)
Special Effects
Assignment in Brittany (1943)
Special Effects
Stand by for Action (1943)
Special Effects
The Man from Down Under (1943)
Special Effects
Pilot #5 (1943)
Special Effects
Salute to the Marines (1943)
Special Effects
The Bugle Sounds (1942)
Special Effects
I Married an Angel (1942)
Special Effects
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Special Effects
Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
Special Effects
Flight Command (1940)
Special Effects
Boom Town (1940)
Special Effects
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Special Effects
Test Pilot (1938)
Special Effects

Animation (Feature Film)

Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)
Animation
Gulliver's Travels (1939)
Animation

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Divine Woman (1928)
Settings
The Latest From Paris (1928)
Sets
Women Love Diamonds (1927)
Settings
Body and Soul (1927)
Settings
Altars of Desire (1927)
Settings
Buttons (1927)
Settings
The Demi-Bride (1927)
Settings
Tell It to the Marines (1927)
Settings
There You Are (1926)
Settings
Valencia (1926)
Settings
Lovey Mary (1926)
Settings
La Bohème (1926)
Settings
Brown of Harvard (1926)
Settings
The Blackbird (1926)
Set Decoration
Upstage (1926)
Settings
Memory Lane (1926)
Set Decoration
Ben-Hur (1925)
Settings

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Transparency projection shots

Misc. Crew (Special)

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz: 50 Years Of Magic (1990)
Assistant

Life Events

1924

Hired as art director at MGM

1936

Made head of special effects department at MGM

Videos

Movie Clip

Green Dolphin Street (1947) - The Tide May Not Wait None of the principals appear here (except Donna Reed and Lana Turner, as the sisters Patourel, in a portrait) but MGM’s intentions are declared, Dame May Whitty oversees the convent on the fictional Channel Island of St. Pierre, a boffo SF/X backdrop and a visit to Gladys Cooper as the mom, in the 1947 disaster melodrama Green Dolphin Street.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - It Must Be St. Peter Donna Reed as 1840-something Channel Islander Marguerite is distraught over the (Spoiler!) consecutive deaths of her parents, wakened by the waves at the foot of the cliff-side convent, chooses to approach (though it’s not strictly necessary) through the old smuggler’s cave, thus a dramatic sequence for the MGM special effects team, in Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - Big Sea A big earthquake from MGM special effects wizards A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe has already begun in what by now must be 1850-something New Zealand, Van Heflin is rescuing Lana Turner while Richard Hart, her husband on a nearby riverboat, is slow to recognize what the natives sense, in Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Torpedo Run (1958) - I'm A Bad Risk Ending a sequence in which Cmdr. Doyle (Glenn Ford) had to torpedo the transport ship carrying his wife and daughter, because it was used to “screen” a Japanese ship he was obligated to attack, a flashback to his courtship with Jane (Diane Brewster), with his best-buddy Lt. Archie Sloan (Ernest Borgnine), in Torpedo Run, 1958.
Forbidden Planet - Face Of The Gorgon Stupendous sets by Arthur Lonergan as Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) gives Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and "Doc" (Warren Stevens) a tour of the "Krell" machinery, ending with a Greek myth reference, in Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Forbidden Planet - Blood And Fire And Thunder Disney animators loaned to MGM for this display of the "planetary force" facing Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and crew, and awakening Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) in Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Wizard Of Oz, The (1939) - I'd Turn Back If I Were You! As chilling as any sequence, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion (Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr), sent to the retrieve the Wicked Witch’s broomstick, run into trouble as she (Margaret Hamilton) looses the flying monkeys, in MGM’s The Wizard Of Oz, 1939.
Forbidden Planet (1956) - Welcome To Altair Four Space Cruiser C57D lands on Altair Four, Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen), Doc (Warren Stevens) and Farman (Jack Kelly) among crew observing when Robby The Robot (voice by Marvin Miller) zips by offering a ride to meet survivors of the last human visit, in Forbidden Planet, 1956.
La Boheme (1926) - Your Little Hands The first proper meeting between embroiderer Mimi (Lillian Gish) and would-be playwright neighbor Rodolphe (John Gilbert), sharing some heat in 1840's Paris, in King Vidor's La Boheme, 1926.
La Boheme (1926) - Her First Picnic Having fled Paris for a spring picnic with the gang from their low-rent neighborhood, seamstress Mimi (Lillian Gish) and struggling writer Rodolphe (John Gilbert) frolic in the woods, in King Vidor's La Boheme, 1926.
La Boheme (1926) - Mother Of The Arts MGM and King Vidor's version of Paris ca. 1840, landlord visiting painter Marcel (Gino Corrado) and aspiring playwright Rodolphe (John Gilbert), opening La Boheme, 1926, also starring Lillian Gish.
Crowd, The (1928) - John Sims A portion of King Vidor's spectacular opening sequence from The Crowd, 1928, in which the ambitious but ordinary John Sims (James Murray) is found at his desk.

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