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Harry Oliver (I) (1888–1973)


Oliver left the film business in the late 1930's and retired to Thousand Palms in the California desert in 1940. There, he built Old Fort Oliver, published the Desert Rat Scrapbook and became a something of a hermit. He collected desert lore and established a well-founded reputation as a joker and an outback character. On a website dedicated to ... See more trivia »

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Viva Villa!
Viva Villa! Art Director
Street Angel
Street Angel Art Director
Movie Crazy
Movie Crazy Art Director
The Cat's-Paw
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 1937 Make a Wish
 1934 The Cat's-Paw
 1934 Viva Villa!
 1933 White Woman (uncredited)
 1933 Tillie and Gus (uncredited)
 1932 Movie Crazy
 1930 Lightnin'
 1929 Sunnyside Up
 1929 The River
 1929 Lucky Star
 1928 Street Angel
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (uncredited)
 1919 The Grim Game (as Harold G. Oliver)
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Designed the windmill buildings that became the trademark of the Van de Kamp bakery chain.

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Alternate Names:

Harold G. Oliver | Harold G. Olver

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Worked at United Artists for Howard Hughes (1925-1927); Fox (1927-1930 and 1932); Paramount (1933) MGM (1934 and 1937); RKO (1935-1936). See more »

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