Robert F Boyle Production designer extroidinaire. Started his long Hollywood career by studying architecture and art and the Pasadena Art College in the early 1930’s There he met lifelong friend Boris Levin and they painted regional watercolors all over the area. From Chavez Ravine to Beaumont. From Wilshire Boulevard to Old Mexico. These early watercolors really capture the light and color of the area as seen in the early 30’s. Robert and Boris both went on to work in the Film industry. Mr Boyle worked on over 100 films and is best noted for working with Hitchcock on North By Northwest and The Birds.
This lovely watercolor of the Gardner Inn now lost to history is just one of many wonderful examples we have of his work currently in stock from the families Estate.
Robert F. Boyle was born on October 10, 1909 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Francis Boyle. He was an art director and production designer, known for The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), In Cold Blood (1967) and North by Northwest (1959). He was married to Bess Boyle. He died on August 1, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Art director and production designer.
He grew up on a ranch in the San Joaquin Valley.
He earned a degree in architecture in 1933, but it was of little help during the Depression. He worked as a bit player at RKO Pictures.
During WWII, he was a combat photographer for the Army Signal Corps in Europe.
Boyle started at Paramount as a draftsman, illustrator and set designer under the auspices of Hans Dreier
. He did second unit work on Paramount’s The Plainsman
(1936) and Union Pacific
(1939), then went to Mexico to paint. Except for interludes at RKO (1946-47) and Columbia (1957-59), Boyle spent the bulk of his pre-1970 career at Universal (1941-43, 1947-56, 1961-64). He is best known for his fruitful collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, beginning with Saboteur
(1942), for which he created a studio model of the hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty, used for the climactic final scene. OHis other famous contributions include the crop-dusting plane strafing Cary Grant in North by Northwest
(1959) (for which he combined small models with location footage) and his clever montage work of the seagulls swooping on Tippi Hedren in The Birds
Latterly taught students at the American Film Institute.