WorldCat Identities

Gillespie, Arnold 1899-1978

Works: 29 works in 45 publications in 2 languages and 6,163 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Musical films  Fantasy films  Children's films  Historical films  Religious films  Epic films  Romantic comedy films  Comedy films 
Roles: Production personnel, adi, Photographer, ard, spe, Author
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Arnold Gillespie
The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming( Visual )

8 editions published between 1939 and 1999 in English and held by 1,432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. She has a pet dog named Toto. When Miss Gulch takes Toto away, Toto escapes and runs back to Dorothy. Soon, she runs away from home, and runs into the fake psychic, Professor Marvel. He tells Dorothy that Her Auntie Em is sick, so Dorothy and Toto run back home, but a tornado comes and takes Dorothy and Toto to Oz, a place somewhere over the rainbow. She lands in Munchkinland. Her house accidently lands on the Wicked Witch of the West's sister and Dorothy magically inherits the pair of ruby slippers that were on her feet. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, tells Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road to see the Wizard so she can get back home. Along the way, she befriends Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion. They are also seeking help from the Wizard because the Scarecrow needs a brain, Tinman needs a heart, and Lion needs courage
Adam's rib by George Cukor( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assistant District Attorney Adam Bonner loves his wife Amanda, but doesn't care much for his opposing counsel in a sensational attempted-murder trial, an opponent who happens to be Amanda
Mrs. Miniver by William Wyler( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This story of an average English middle-class family begins with the summer of 1939; when the sun shone down on a happy, careless people, who worked and played, reared their children and tended their gardens in that happy, easy-going England that was so soon to be fighting desperately for her way of life and for life itself." -- Title screens. [The film] dramatizes the effect of the Second World War on the English at home. Mrs. Kay Miniver's tranquil domestic existence is torn to shreds by the winds of war: her husband, Clem, disappears on a secret volunteer mission; eldest son, Vin, joins the RAF; and the village faces regular German bombings with a typically British stiff-upper-lip. Embodying understated British courage in the face of danger, Mrs. Miniver's mission is to stay alive, and keep her family together with hope, strength, and dignity
Ben-Hur a tale of the Christ by William Wyler( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A peace-loving prince of Judea leads his nation against the wrath of the conquering Romans. His self-imposed destiny brings tragedy to himself, and his people, as he learns to fight, love, hate and, finally, forgive
Boom town by Jack Conway( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In search of black-gold fortunes, two men will dream, scheme and team up to become rich. Things between the friends get rough, as one man steals the love of a woman from the other
Executive suite by Robert Wise( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The president of a furniture company suddenly dies, leaving seven board members locked in a power struggle
The wreck of the Mary Deare( Visual )

2 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The freighter Mary Deare is adrift in stormy seas. All have abandoned ship except for one man-- exhausted first officer Gideon Patch who has taken command. Appearances indicate he's a madman, but Patch isn't a man who relies on appearances
East side, west side by Mervyn LeRoy( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gracious society matron decides to give her husband one last chance, but soon his ex-mistress shows up, brewing trouble and murder
To please a lady( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To please a lady: A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match with a beautiful independent reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death
4 film favorites( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jailhouse rock: After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. It happened at the World's Fair: Mike and Danny fly a cropduster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff takes custody of it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries to earn money playing poker, Mike takes care of a small girl, Sue-Lin, whose father has disappeared. Stay away, Joe: Native American rodeo rider, Joe Lightcloud, a Navajo whose family still lives on the reservation, returns to the reservation in a white Cadillac convertible with which he proceeds to drive cattle. Charro! Jess Wade is innocently accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces. He tries to find the real culprits, a gang of criminals
The Tarzan collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tarzan and his mate: The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well
The Tarzan collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tarzan's secret treasure: After Boy is taken prisoner by local tribesmen and rescued by Prof. Elliott and his team of explorers, Tarzan offers to show them a way to their destination through the escarpment that will save them several weeks. Problems arise however when Boy mentions to two of the men that the river bed near his home is covered in gold. Greed drives them from that point on and they will apparently go to any lengths to gets their hands on the precious yellow metal
La bohème( Visual )

3 editions published between 1926 and 2010 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mimi, a poor seamstress, and Rodolphe, a struggling playwright, fall in love. When Mimi attempts to help Rodolphe get his play produced, he suspects her of infidelity and she leaves him. Later, a severely ill Mimi returns to the now successful Rodolphe and dies
Nancy goes to Rio( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mother and daughter (Sothern and Powell) compete over same singing role and, unbeknownst to each other, the same man
Seven brides for seven brothers by Gene De Paul( Visual )

3 editions published between 1954 and 1986 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coarse and unmannered brothers working on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon in the mid-1800s are lonesome for female companionship, so they kidnap some women from the town, who are then snow-bound with them all winter
Forbidden planet by Fred M Wilcox( Visual )

4 editions published between 1956 and 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's The Tempest is freudianized and transposed to the Planet Altair V in 2200 where Morbius/Pospero lives with his daughter Altaira/Miranda. The sprite Ariel is now Roddy the Robot and Caliban a mysterious invisible force. An expedition, eighteen months out from Earth, is searching for the expedition of 25 years earlier. It seems that Morbius and his daughter are the sole survivors. The long extinct superior race, the Krel, had materialised their thought processes only to be destroyed by the dark force of their Id. In reactivating the Krel's technology the neo-mad scientist Morbius has unknowingly released the destructive force of his own Id
A. Arnold Gillespie manuscript by Arnold Gillespie( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The A. Arnold Gillespie manuscript is from the mid-1960s. It consists of a photocopy of a carbon copy of the manuscript titled, "Big Ones Out of Little Ones." The unpublished autobiographical manuscript details Gillespie's forty-year career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, largely as head of the special effects department. According to the donor, Gillespie completed most of the writing in a two or three-year period immediately following his retirement. He wrote the book to impart an understanding of the technical basis for the history of special effects and to relate some of the personal stories behind the creation of films he contributed to
No questions asked( Visual )

1 edition published in 1951 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Title springs from plot gimmick built around insurance companies paying fees for the return of stolen valuables so they won't have to stand a total loss. Barry Sullivan is an insurance attorney, struggling along until he turns in-betweener after his girl friend, Arlene Dahl, walks out on him to marry Dick Simmons. Coin is rolling in until Miss Dahl again appears and makes a new pitch for Sullivan, temporarily stalling Jean Hagen's play for the attorney. New pitch gets Sullivan off base long enough for Miss Dahl and Simmons to pull a doublecross that has both the cops and crooks out to bump off the go-between. He wises up in time, however, to realize he has been taken and do something about it. ... There's a neat twist or two in the story, such as the holdup of a ladies' lounge in a theatre by two crooks dressed as femmes, and having the leader of the insurance theft ring as an underwater swimmer who likes to bump off his victims by holding them on the bottom of his pool"--Variety review by Brog., June 13, 1951
Cartoon factory( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Texas Carnival by Prod Co: MGM( Visual )

1 edition published in 1951 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this Technicolor musical comedy, a struggling carnival team (Williams and Skelton) performing a dunk tank act at a Texas resort, are mistaken for a Texas millionaire and his sister. This was one of three movies in which Williams was teamed with Keel. While not strictly in the 'aqua musical' genre that MGM created to showcase William's swimming skills, 'Texas Carnival' features a dream swimming sequence employing innovative special effects, that takes the form of a haunting water ballet where William's character appears in her partner's daydreams as he sits in a lonely hotel room. Songs include 'It's Dynamite', 'Whoa! Emma', 'Clap Your Hands' and 'Deep In The Heart Of Texas'
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Ben-Hur a tale of the Christ
Alternative Names
A. Arnold Gillespie American cinema special effects artist

A. Arnold Gillespie amerikansk konstnr

A. Arnold Gillespie amerikansk kunstnar

A. Arnold Gillespie amerikansk kunstner

A. Arnold Gillespie artista degli effetti speciali statunitense

A. Arnold Gillespie especialista en efectos especiales estadounidense

A. Arnold Gillespie US-amerikanischer Spezialeffekt-Experte

Gillespie, A. Arnold, 1899-1978

Gillespie, Albert Arnold 1899-1978

Gillespie, Buddy, 1899-1978

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German (1)

The wreck of the Mary Deare