George James Hopkins

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George Hopkins
Born (1896-03-23)March 23, 1896
Pasadena, California, USA
Died February 11, 1985(1985-02-11) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation art director
Years active 1917-1975

George James Hopkins (March 23, 1896 – February 11, 1985), was a set designer, playwright and production designer.

A native of Pasadena, California, Hopkins got his start designing scenery on stage after studying design in college. He moved to films in 1917, working as an art director for various studios. During his long career, Hopkins had been nominated for the Oscars thirteen times.

Connection to the murder of William Desmond Taylor[edit]

Hopkins had a professional and intimate relationship with silent film director William Desmond Taylor, whose unsolved murder was one of early Hollywood's biggest scandals. On the 1922 morning that Taylor's body was found, Charles Eyton instructed Hopkins to remove a basket of documents from the murder scene, and Hopkins obeyed. Hopkins' unpublished 1981 autobiography, Caught in the Act, was used as a major source for Charles Higham's book on the Taylor murder.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Set Decorator[edit]

  • The Day of the Locust (1975) (as George Hopkins)
  • 40 Carats (1973)
  • Dirty Little Billy (1972)
  • 1776 (1972)
  • The Love Machine (1971) (as George Hopkins)
  • R.P.M. (1970)
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) (as George Hopkins)
  • The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) (as George Hopkins)
  • Hello, Dolly! (1969) (as George Hopkins)
  • Wait Until Dark (1967)
  • Hotel (1967)
  • Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966)
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
  • The Great Race (1965)
  • None But the Brave (1965)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • Palm Springs Weekend (1963)[2]
  • Rampage (1963)
  • Island of Love (1963)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  • The Chapman Report (1962)
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • Portrait of a Mobster (1961)
  • A Fever in the Blood (1961)
  • Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
  • The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)
  • Cash McCall (1960)
  • Auntie Mame (1958)
  • Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
  • Sincerely Yours (1955)
  • East of Eden (1955)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • So Big (1953)
  • I Confess (1953)
  • The Iron Mistress (1952)
  • The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
  • This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
  • I'll See You in My Dreams (1951)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • Dallas (1950)
  • The Breaking Point (1950)
  • This Side of the Law (1950)
  • Perfect Strangers (1950)
  • The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)
  • Task Force (1949)
  • Life with Father (1947) (as James Hopkins)
  • Deception (1946)
  • Of Human Bondage (1946)
  • Suspense (1946)
  • One More Tomorrow (1946)
  • My Reputation (1946)
  • Mildred Pierce (1945)
  • Roughly Speaking (1945)
  • Janie (1944)
  • Passage to Marseille (1944)
  • Princess O'Rourke (1943)
  • This Is the Army (1943)
  • Mission to Moscow (1943)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Hidden Hand (1942)
  • The Soul of Youth (1920)
  • Salomé (1918)
  • Cleopatra (1917)

Oscar Nominations[edit]

Art Direction/Set Decoration

Art Direction/Set Decoration – Black & White

Art Direction/Set Decoration – Color

Interior Decoration – Black & White

  • Mission To Moscow (1943)

Interior Decoration – Color

  • This Is the Army (1943)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Higham, Charles (2004), Murder in Hollywood: solving a silent screen mystery, University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0-299-20360-3 
  2. ^ Palm Springs Weekend at the American Film Institute Catalog

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