Lionel Banks

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With over 200 films to his credit, Lionel Banks (b. 22 June 1901, Salt Lake City, Utah - d. 20 March 1950, Los Angeles, California) was a hard-working art director from 1935 to 1949. In that time he worked on such films as Leo McCarey’s “The Awful Truth” (1937), Howard Hawks’ South American set “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939) and his rapid fire comedy classic the following year “His Girl Friday”, most of the Blondie B-movies, Alexander Hall’s turn of the century fantasy “Here Comes Mr Jordan” (1941) and Charles Vidor’s lush Chopin biopic, “A Song to Remember” in 1945.

Banks was nominated for an Oscar seven times, for "Holiday" (1938), "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), "Arizona" (1940), "Ladies in Retirement" (1941), "The Talk of the Town" (1942), "Address Unknown" and "Cover Girl" (both 1944). He never won.

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