John McCarthy, Jr.

John McCarthy, Jr.

John McCarthy, Jr.

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John McCarthy, Jr is a set decorator with an extensive filmography of over 600 films that began in 1935, when he dressed the set for His Fighting Blood.

Gaining experience on a seemingly endless succession of B-movies, his stock began to rise steadily in 1948 when he worked on Frank Borzage's Moonrise and Orson Welles' production of Macbeth. Assignments on Lewis Milestone's The Red Pony and Allan Dwan's Sands of Iwo Jima followed in 1949, films produced for Republic Pictures, with whom McCarthy was associated for many years. He was the recipient of an Oscar nomination in 1952 for John Ford's colourful The Quiet Man, the only Republic film to be so honoured.

By the mid 1950s and early 1960s, however, most of McCarthy's time was spent in television, where he worked on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Wagon Train and The Munsters. Ironically, his television work led to better feature film assignments: Don Siegel's remake of The Killers (1964), the Doris Day comedy Send Me No Flowers (1964), the James Stewart Western Shenandoah (1965), Ronald Neame's caper movie Gambit (1966), for which he received a second Oscar nomination, the war epic Tobruk (1967), Coogan's Bluff (1968) and Robert...
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