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Edward C. Carfagno (1907–1996)

The distinguished art director and production designer Edward Carfagno had a long career under contract to MGM (1943-1970). During that time, he worked on some of the studio's most prestigious films and established a reputation for creating an authentic and accurate period feel. He frequently worked on costume epics made by MGM at Cinecitta in ... See full bio »

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 1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar (as Edward Carfagno)
 1976 Executive Suite (TV Series)
 1976 The Last Hard Men (as Edward Carfagno)
 1974 The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Movie)
 1974 Shaft (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1973 Soylent Green
 1972 Melinda
 1972 Skyjacked
 1971 Earth II (TV Movie)
 1970 The Traveling Executioner (as Edward Carfagno)
 1969 The Maltese Bippy (as Edward Carfagno)
 1969 The Trouble with Girls (as Edward Carfagno)
 1969 The Extraordinary Seaman (as Edward Carfagno)
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman (as Edward Carfagno)
 1966 Spinout (as Edward Carfagno)
 1966 The Glass Bottom Boat (as Edward Carfagno)
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid (as Edward Carfagno)
 1964 Signpost to Murder (as Edward Carfagno)
 1964 36 Hours (as Edward Carfagno)
 1964 Viva Las Vegas (as Edward Carfagno)
 1963 Sunday in New York (as Edward Carfagno)
 1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- The Bard (1963) ... (as Edward Carfagno)
- The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1963) ... (as Edward Carfagno)
- Miniature (1963) ... (as Edward Carfagno)
- Jess-Belle (1963) ... (as Edward Carfagno)
- Death Ship (1963) ... (as Edward Carfagno)
 1962 Period of Adjustment (as Edward Carfagno)
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (as Edward Carfagno)
 1961 Ada (as Edward Carfagno)
 1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals (as Edward Carfagno)
 1959 Ben-Hur (as Edward Carfagno)
 1957 House of Numbers (as Edward Carfagno)
 1957 Something of Value (as Edward Carfagno)
 1956 Tea and Sympathy (as Edward Carfagno)
 1954 Executive Suite (as Edward Carfagno)
 1954 The Long, Long Trailer (as Edward Carfagno)
 1953 Take the High Ground! (as Edward Carfagno)
 1953 Julius Caesar (as Edward Carfagno)
 1953 The Story of Three Loves (as Edward Carfagno)
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful (as Edward Carfagno)
 1952 When in Rome (as Edward Carfagno)
 1951 Quo Vadis (as Edward Carfagno)
 1951 Angels in the Outfield (as Edward Carfagno)
 1950 A Lady Without Passport (as Edward Carfagno)
 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway (as Edward Carfagno)
 1948 On an Island with You (as Edward Carfagno)
 1947 Good News (as Edward Carfagno)
 1947 Cynthia (as Edward Carfagno)
 1946 The Secret Heart (as Edward Carfagno)
 1946 Boys' Ranch
 1945 The Thin Man Goes Home (as Edward Carfagno)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (uncredited)
 1945 Between Two Women (as Edward Carfagno)
 1944 The Canterville Ghost (as Edward Carfagno)
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Edward Carfagno

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[on working with Cedric Gibbons at MGM]: Drawings would be taken in for Mr. Gibbons to look at and initial. If there was something he didn't like or felt should be improved, he would criticize it and we would change it, but, most times, it was something he would okay. He relied on his art directors. If something went wrong and a director complained that a set wasn't what he had been promised, Mr.... See more »


A widower at the time of his death, he was survived by a son, Edward Jr., and two daughters, Carol and Linda, as well as two grandchildren. See more »

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