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Van Nest Polglase is a Production Design American born on 25 august 1898 at New York City (USA)

Van Nest Polglase

Van Nest Polglase
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Nationality USA
Birth 25 august 1898 at New York City (USA)
Death 20 december 1968 (at 70 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Van Nest Polglase (25 August 1898 – 20 December 1968) was an American art director. He was nominated for six Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction. Best remembered as head of the design department at RKO Pictures, he worked on 333 films between 1925 and 1957.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York and died in Los Angeles, California. His death notice noted that he was "survived by his son Dr. Van Nest Polglase and 2 grandchildren", his wife, Helen, having predeceased him six months earlier.

Best films

Citizen Kane (1941)
(Art Direction)
Suspicion (1941)
(Art Direction)
Swing Time (1936)
(Art Direction)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
(Art Direction)
Little Women (1933)
(Art Direction)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
(Art Direction)

Usually with

Roy Webb
Roy Webb
(106 films)
Walter Plunkett
Walter Plunkett
(84 films)
Renié
Renié
(61 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Van Nest Polglase (276 films)

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Art

Slightly Scarlet, 1h39
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Documentary, Action, Noir, Crime
Actors John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, Lance Fuller
Roles Art Direction
Rating66% 3.3435453.3435453.3435453.3435453.343545
The ruthless Solly Caspar is fighting to retain control of Bay City's criminal activities when Frank Jansen (Kent Taylor), an honest man and mayoral hopeful, begins a strong anti-crime campaign. Caspar tasks his right-hand man Ben Grace to dig up some dirt on the candidate and ruin his chances of election.
Pearl of the South Pacific, 1h26
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Virginia Mayo, Dennis Morgan, David Farrar, Murvyn Vye, Lance Fuller, Carol Thurston
Roles Art Direction
Rating55% 2.7687952.7687952.7687952.7687952.768795
Dan Merrill awakens on his boat after a night of drinking to find his former love, Rita Delaine, there with his partner, Bully Hague. Appealing to his greed, Rita and Bully coax him into coming along to an island where supposedly they can dive for a hidden treasure of rare black pearls.
Escape to Burma, 1h27
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, David Farrar, Murvyn Vye, Robert Warwick, Reginald Denny
Roles Art Direction
Rating57% 2.857552.857552.857552.857552.85755
In British Burma the son of the Sawbwa, a local ruler has been killed, apparently by his European mining partner, Jim Brecan (Robert Ryan). The Sawbwa wants him caught and executed, while Captain Cardigan wants him caught for trial. Brecan flees through the jungle with a bag of rubies from the mine and reaches the estate of Gwen Moore (Barbara Stanwyck), who uses elephants to harvest teak. Brecan arrives there calling himself "Jim Martin". He and Gwen are attracted to each other. After he helps her deal with some problems, including a killer tiger, she makes him her manager.
Tennessee's Partner, 1h27
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Ronald Reagan, Coleen Gray, Anthony Caruso, Morris Ankrum
Roles Art Direction
Rating64% 3.2468053.2468053.2468053.2468053.246805
En Californie, à l'époque de la Ruée vers l'or : Cowpoke, un cow-boy de passage en ville, sauve la vie de Tennessee, un joueur professionnel, en abattant un tueur à la solde d'un de ses rivaux. Les deux hommes, très dissemblables, nouent cependant une amitié réciproque. Tennessee fréquente le saloon d'une belle femme qu'on nomme "la Duchesse" et qui est aussi son amante. Là, une aventurière cupide, autrefois liée à Tennessee, entreprend de séduire Cowpoke. Ce dernier lui promet bientôt un mariage. Mais, les choses s'enveniment... car, Tennessee, afin de préserver son ami, éloigne la jeune femme. Cowpoke se fâche, mais finit par en comprendre les raisons. Les deux hommes se réconcilient. Plus tard, Cowpoke sacrifie sa propre vie pour sauver Tennessee, à nouveau menacé.
Silver Lode, 1h21
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Dolores Moran, Emile Meyer, Robert Warwick
Roles Art Direction
Rating68% 3.4408753.4408753.4408753.4408753.440875
This script must be run from the command line
Passion
Passion (1954)
, 1h24
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Western
Actors Cornel Wilde, Yvonne De Carlo, Raymond Burr, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Qualen, Anthony Caruso
Roles Art Direction
Rating61% 3.0895353.0895353.0895353.0895353.089535
This script must be run from the command line
The Admiral Was a Lady, 1h27
Directed by Albert S. Rogell
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Hendrix, Rudy Vallée, Johnny Sands, Steve Brodie, Richard Erdman
Roles Production Design
Rating59% 2.956072.956072.956072.956072.95607
After the end of World War II, Jean Madison (Wanda Hendrix), a former WAVE ensign, meets the former aircrew of an Army Air Corps A-20 Havoc light bomber named "Sinful Sinthia" when they go to collect their unemployment benefits. They are all members of the "52-20 Club," a government program which pays unemployed American veterans $20 a week for 52 weeks. Jimmy and his men "prove" to the government clerk that they are looking for work by placing an ad in the newspaper - "At liberty: combat crew. Four specialists eager and willing to drop bombs" - and receive their checks.
The Fireball, 1h25
Directed by Tay Garnett
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Marilyn Monroe, James Brown, Ralph Dumke, Milburn Stone
Roles Art Direction
Rating57% 2.861192.861192.861192.861192.86119
Johnny Casar (Mickey Rooney) runs away from a home for wayward boys, tired of being teased about being short and a poor athlete. He soon finds a pair of roller skates and is befriended by Bruno Crystal (Ralph Dumke), who allows him to wash dishes at his café, while a priest who runs the home, Father O'Hara (Pat O'Brien), secretly keeps an eye on him.
Never Fear
Never Fear (1950)
, 1h22
Directed by Sally Forrest, Ida Lupino, James Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Hugh O'Brian, Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Lawrence Dobkin, Eve Miller, Kevin O'Morrison
Roles Production Design
Rating63% 3.191293.191293.191293.191293.19129
Carol Williams (played by Sally Forrest) is a beautiful young dancer with a promising career, struck down with and crippled by polio. Williams' dance partner and fiancé, Guy Richards (played by Keefe Brasselle), wants to see her through her illness, but Carol struggles with dealing with her recovery and prefers to go it alone. Her father (played by Herb Butterfield) takes her to the Kabat-Kaiser Institute for rehabilitation, where she meets fellow patients in recovery. One of the patients that inspire Carol's recovery is Len Randall (Hugh O'Brian in his first movie role). Only by allowing others to share her grief is Ms Williams able to pull herself together and go on with her life.
Johnny One-Eye, 1h18
Directed by Robert Florey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Pat O'Brien, Wayne Morris, Dolores Moran, Donald Woods, Barton Hepburn, John Doucette
Roles Production Design
Rating55% 2.779182.779182.779182.779182.77918
In Manhattan, former gangster turned legitimate businessman Martin Martin (Pat O'Brien) has become the target of a politically ambitious district attorney, who has offered immunity for Martin's former partner in crime Dane Cory in exchange for his testimony. After being informed about the deal and narrowly escaping arrest, Martin pays a visit to Cory to persuade him not to testify. The meeting ends up with a shootout, with Martin killing one of Cory's henchmen and being hit himself before fleeing. With his picture on newspaper front pages and a reward on his head, Martin decides to hide in an abandoned house. While recovering to prepare a final assault on Cory, he adopts an injured dog that strays into his hideout and names him Johnny One-Eye.
The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1h21
Directed by Felix E. Feist
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Lisa Howard, Harlan Warde, Charles Arnt
Roles Production Design
Rating67% 3.394283.394283.394283.394283.39428
Wealthy socialite Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, Howard, finds a gun he's bought. She kills him with it in front of the new man in her life, Lt. Ed Cullen, a homicide detective with the San Francisco police. The twice-married Lois manages to manipulate Cullen into disposing of the murder weapon and moving the body. Cullen ends up investigating the case, assisted by kid brother Andy, who is new to the homicide division and delays his honeymoon to keep working on his first big case.
The Crooked Way, 1h30
Directed by Robert Florey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew, Rhys Williams, Percy Helton, John Doucette
Roles Production Design
Rating66% 3.3426253.3426253.3426253.3426253.342625
After sustaining a head wound in combat, decorated World War II veteran Eddie Rice (John Payne) is treated at a San Francisco military hospital for a permanent form of amnesia. This leaves him with no knowledge of his life, family and friends prior to his enlistment, a void that the army intelligence unit was unable to fill as they couldn't find any information about him, other than the fact he enlisted in Los Angeles. Doctors tell him that no medical cure exists for his case, but that if he returns to Los Angeles he might run into people who know him and could help him fill in the blanks.
Gilda
Gilda (1946)
, 1h50
Directed by Charles Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Striptease
Actors Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Eduardo Ciannelli, Steven Geray
Roles Art Direction
Rating75% 3.799553.799553.799553.799553.79955
Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), a small-time American gambler newly arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, narrates. When he wins a lot of money cheating at craps, he has to be rescued from a robbery attempt by a complete stranger, Ballin Mundson (George Macready). Mundson tells him about an illegal high-class casino, but warns him not to practice his skills there. Farrell ignores his advice, cheats at blackjack, and is taken by two men to see the casino's owner, who turns out to be Mundson. Farrell talks Mundson into hiring him and quickly gains his confidence. However, the unimpressed washroom attendant, Uncle Pio (Steven Geray), keeps calling him "Mr.
The Thrill of Brazil, 1h31
Directed by S. Sylvan Simon
Origin USA
Genres Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Evelyn Keyes, Keenan Wynn, Ann Miller, Allyn Joslyn, Tito Guízar, Felix Bressart
Roles Art Direction
Rating60% 3.008413.008413.008413.008413.00841
Vicki Dean (Evelyn Keyes), is the soon to be divorced wife of theatrical manager Steve Farraugh (Keenan Wynn). While mounting a big musical spectacular in Brazil, Farraugh simultaneously campaigns to win back his wife. The couple encounters romantic interference from tap-dancer Linda Lorens (Ann Miller).
A Song to Remember, 1h53
Directed by Charles Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Paul Muni, Cornel Wilde, Merle Oberon, Nina Foch, Ivan Triesault, George Coulouris
Roles Art Direction
Rating66% 3.344343.344343.344343.344343.34434
Vidor romanticizes Chopin's patriotism in the film, which was produced during World War II. Chopin, played by Cornel Wilde, is first presented to the audience as a child prodigy playing a piece by Mozart, but suddenly starts to bang on the piano keys when he notices out the window that Polish people are being taken prisoners by the Russian authorities.