With over 200 films to his credit, Lionel Banks (born June 22, 1901, Salt Lake City, Utah - died March 20, 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.
June 22, 1901|
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 20, 1950 (aged 48)|
Los Angeles, California
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), but never won.