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Lawrence W. Butler (1908–1988)

Special effects for motion pictures the process was a complex and time consuming once known as "traveling matte" prior to the introduction of digital compositing. The blue screen and traveling matte method were developed in the 1930s at RKO Radio Pictures and other studios, and were used to create special effects for The Thief of Bagdad (1940). At... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Casablanca Special Effects
The Thief of Bagdad Special Effects
That Hamilton Woman Special Effects


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 1973 Charley Varrick (special effects rigger - uncredited)
 1965 In Harm's Way (special effects)
 1964 Robinson Crusoe on Mars (special effects - uncredited)
 1962 Panic in Year Zero (special effects - as Larry Butler)
 1961 The Devil at 4 O'Clock (special effects - uncredited)
 1958 The Lineup (special effects - uncredited)
 1957 20 Million Miles to Earth (special effects director - uncredited)
 1957 The Giant Claw (special effects: second unit - uncredited)
 1954 The Caine Mutiny (special effects)
 1949 We Were Strangers (special scenes)
 1948 To the Ends of the Earth (special effects)
 1947 The Lady from Shanghai (special effects - uncredited)
 1947 Prairie Raiders (special effects - uncredited)
 1946 Perilous Holiday (miniatures - uncredited)
 1945 Saratoga Trunk (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1945 A Thousand and One Nights (special effects)
 1945 Counter-Attack (special effects)
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1945 Tonight and Every Night (special effects)
 1944 Crime by Night (special effects director - as Lawrence Butler)
 1944 Janie (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain (special effects)
 1943 The Desert Song (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1943 Destination Tokyo (special effects director - as Lawrence Butler)
 1943 Edge of Darkness (special effects director - as Lawrence Butler)
 1942 Casablanca (special effects director - as Lawrence Butler)
 1942 The Jungle Book (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1942 To Be or Not to Be (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1941 Lydia (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1941 That Hamilton Woman (special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1940 The Thief of Bagdad (special effects director - as Lawrence Butler)
 1938 South Riding (special effects)
 1937 Dark Journey (assistant special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
 1937 Fire Over England (special effects assistant - as Lawrence Butler)
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles (special effects - uncredited)
 1936 Things to Come (assistant special effects - as Lawrence Butler)
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Alternate Names:

Larry Butler | Laurence Butler | Lawrence Butler

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