Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Hal Pereira Film Sketches Collection
Collection number: 010
23 archival document boxes (9.6 linear feet)
Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: The Hal Pereira Film Sketches Collection consists chiefly of the film sketches that art director and designer Hal Periera
created for Hollywood films in the 1950s and 1960s.
Languages represented in the collection:
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[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Hal Pereira Film Sketches Collection, 010, Department of Archives
and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.
Gift of Mrs. Miriam Pereira, 1984. Accession number: 1995.15
Hal Pereira (1905-1983) was a notable art director for Hollywood films from the 1940s through the 1960s. Born in Chicago,
Pereira started out in theater design in that same city before moving to Los Angeles and working for Paramount Studios as
a unit art director. In 1944 he was art designer for the great film noir
Double Indemnity. By 1950, he was supervising art director for the studio, working on such films as the classic Western
The Greatest Show on Earth, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. In 1955 Pereira won the Oscar for best art direction for a black and white film for
The Rose Tattoo. In addition, he was the art director on almost all of the important Alfred Hitchcock films of the 1950s.
Pereira also worked in television, most notably for the one of the longest running shows in the history of that medium, the
In 1968, Pereira left the entertaniment industry to join the architectural firm of his brother William Pereira as a consultant
On his death in 1968, Hal Pereira's obituary in
Variety praised him as "one of the top designers," who influenced a move towards more detailed and expressive sets that helped establish
a greater "realism" in American cinema of the post World War II era.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection consists of sketches for film and television sets, research files for sketches, and negatives of sets, all
related to the work of Hal Pereira as an art director for Hollywood film and television. The sketches included in this collection
contain some of the most important films that Pereira worked on, including,
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Lacking, though, are other such films as
Rear Window. The research files (Series 3) consist of photographs and descriptions of persons and topics that Pereira used to design
This collection is arranged into three series:
- Series 1: Movies
- Series 2: Television Programs
- Series 3: Research Files
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Artists' preparatory studies -- United States
Motion pictures -- Art direction
Motion picture art directors -- United States.
Pereira, Hal (1905-1983)