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Art & Design in The British Film #22 George Provis

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

This chapter deals with George Provis.

After starting work in a solicitor’s office George Provis found that his heart wasn’t in it and so set out to learn architecture and the building trade.

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Day Break – Gainsborough Productions 1948.

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Day Break – Gainsborough Productions 1948.

After starting work in a solicitor’s office George Provis found that his heart wasn’t in it and so set out to learn architecture and the building trade.

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Art & Design in The British Film #21 Peter Proud

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

This chapter deals with Peter Proud.

When he was 15, his money was finished and he left school and applied for a job as sound recordist at B.I.P., Elstree, where `mention’ of some complicated sound apparatus so impressed the sound director that he was taken on as an assistant recordist. It was soon found out, however, that he knew nothing about it and was demoted to magazine loading boy!

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Green For Danger. Pen and Wash. Individual Pictures.
Trivia lovers will be delighted to learn that Hattie Jacques made her debût in this film.

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Woman In The Hall Pen and wash. Wessex Productions.

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Woman In The Hall Pen and wash. Wessex Productions.

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Green For Danger Pen and Wash. Individual Pictures.

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Art & Design in The British Film #20 C.P.Norman

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

This chapter deals with C.P.Norman, also known as Norman Delany.

CP. NORMAN approaches film decor as a scenic artist with the knowledge of the photographer – he is lucky in knowing how far ‘make-believe’ can go before it is detected by the camera and his sketches are painted in the heavy body colour of the scenic artist.

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The First Gentleman 1948 Pen and gouache. Columbia Pictures

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Blithe Spirit 1945
Conté and gouache. Cineguild

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Gouache. Columbia Pictures

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  1. I cannot find any web based reference for this film. Perhaps its name was changed on its eventual release. []
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Art & Design in The British Film # 12: Roger Furse

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

This chapter deals with Roger Furse (1903 – 1972)

IMDB reveals that Furse was the son of Lieutenant General Sir William Furse, and that he was educated at Eton and the Slade School of Art.

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Hamlet Two Cities, 1948
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Hamlet Two Cities, 1948

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Hamlet Two Cities, 1948

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Hamlet Two Cities, 1948

Roger Furse was the production designer on this film, and he shared the Oscar for Hamlet with his art director, Carmen Dillon. It’s odd that Dillon did not get her own entry in this book.

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