Gene Milford


Editor

About

Also Known As
Arthur Eugene Milford, Eugene Milford
Birth Place
Lamar, Colorado, USA
Born
January 19, 1902
Died
December 23, 1991
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

Award-winning film editor who entered silent films as a stuntman and title writer before cutting his first film, "Two Can Play" starring Clara Bow in 1926. A prolific film editor for Columbia Pictures, RKO, Republic and Rank during the 1930s and 40s, Milford worked on several Frank Capra films including "Flight" (1929), "Platinum Blonde" (1931) and "Lost Horizon" (1937) for which he won ...

Family & Companions

Dorothy Milford
Wife

Notes

Asked whether a skillful editor could transform a poor rough cut into a good film, Milford stated: "Scissors are no magic wands. The cutter does not make the picture. That is done by the director, and if he doesn't provide interesting film, there's only so much the cutter can do with it." (quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES obituary, January 7, 1992)

Biography

Award-winning film editor who entered silent films as a stuntman and title writer before cutting his first film, "Two Can Play" starring Clara Bow in 1926. A prolific film editor for Columbia Pictures, RKO, Republic and Rank during the 1930s and 40s, Milford worked on several Frank Capra films including "Flight" (1929), "Platinum Blonde" (1931) and "Lost Horizon" (1937) for which he won the first of two Oscars. He also worked repeatedly with George B. Seitz and Victor Schertzinger.

During WWII, Milford headed the film editorial department for the Office of War Information where he worked on the feature documentary "The World at War" while continuing to edit Hollywood product. After the war Milford was made chief of the Atomic Energy Commission's film editorial department at Lookout Mountain, California. He made his directorial debut on TV with the "The Faye Emerson Show" and segments of "Omnibus" during the 1950s, and headed the editorial department for the CBS series, "See It Now." From 1955 to 1961 Milford served as president of M-K-R where he directed and edited 15 medical and scientific documentaries, many for TV.

Milford returned to feature films to work with director Elia Kazan with "On the Waterfront" (1954), for which he won his second Academy Award. He also edited Kazan's "Baby Doll" (1956), "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) and "Splendor in the Grass" (1961) as well as Arthur Penn's "The Chase" (1966) and three Terence Young films, "Wait Until Dark" (1967), "The Klansman" (1974) and the Korean financed and notably awful "Inchon" (1982).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Pusher (1960)
Director

Producer (Feature Film)

The Pusher (1960)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

Inchon (1982)
Editor
Torn Between Two Lovers (1979)
Editor
And Baby Makes Six (1979)
Editor
Home to Stay (1978)
Supervising Editor
Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (1978)
Supervising Editor
Breaking Up (1978)
Editor
Tell Me My Name (1977)
Supervising Editor
The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)
Editor
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1974)
Editor
W (1974)
Editor
The Klansman (1974)
Editor
The Man Without a Country (1973)
Editor
Miracle on 34th Street (1973)
Editor
No Place to Run (1972)
Editor
Mrs. Pollifax--Spy (1971)
Film Editor
The Steagle (1971)
Film Editor
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Film Editor
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
Film Editor
Countdown (1968)
Film Editor
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Film Editor
Valley of Mystery (1967)
Film Editor
The Chase (1966)
Film Editor
Incident at Phantom Hill (1966)
Film Editor
Texas Across the River (1966)
Film Editor
That Funny Feeling (1965)
Film Editor
Strange Bedfellows (1965)
Film Editor
Wild and Wonderful (1964)
Film Editor
The NEW Interns (1964)
Film Editor
Rampage (1963)
Film Editor
Taras Bulba (1962)
Film Editor
Force of Impulse (1961)
Film Editor
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Film Editor
Never Love a Stranger (1958)
Film Editor
The Strange One (1957)
Film Editor
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Film Editor
Baby Doll (1956)
Film Editor
Man with the Gun (1955)
Film Editor
On the Waterfront (1954)
Film Editor
The Man with My Face (1951)
Editing
Having Wonderful Crime (1945)
Editing
China Sky (1945)
Editing
Step Lively (1944)
Editing
The Falcon Out West (1944)
Editing
The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)
Editing
Higher and Higher (1943)
Editing
The World at War (1942)
Film Editor
Confessions of Boston Blackie (1942)
Film Editor
The Stork Pays Off (1941)
Film Editor
Tillie the Toiler (1941)
Film Editor
Military Academy (1940)
Film Editor
Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
Film Editor
Coast Guard (1939)
Film Editor
Those High Grey Walls (1939)
Film Editor
Frontier Pony Express (1939)
Film Editor
I Was a Convict (1939)
Film Editor
Mr. Boggs Steps Out (1938)
Film Editor
The Overland Express (1938)
Film Editor
Swing It, Sailor! (1938)
Editing Supervisor
Tarzan's Revenge (1938)
Film Editor
Something to Sing About (1937)
Film Editor
The League of Frightened Men (1937)
Film Editor
It Can't Last Forever (1937)
Film Editor
When You're in Love (1937)
Film Editor
Lost Horizon (1937)
Film Editor
Shakedown (1936)
Film Editor
They Met in a Taxi (1936)
Film Editor
Code of the Range (1936)
Film Editor
The Music Goes 'Round (1936)
Film Editor
And So They Were Married (1936)
Film Editor
Carnival (1935)
Film Editor
Let's Live Tonight (1935)
Film Editor
Grand Exit (1935)
Film Editor
Fighting Shadows (1935)
Film Editor
Too Tough to Kill (1935)
Film Editor
Love Me Forever (1935)
Film Editor
The Public Menace (1935)
Film Editor
The Fighting Ranger (1934)
Film Editor
The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)
Film Editor
Man Trailer (1934)
Film Editor
The Ninth Guest (1934)
Film Editor
One Night of Love (1934)
Film Editor
Sisters Under the Skin (1934)
Film Editor
The California Trail (1933)
Film Editor
Let's Fall in Love (1933)
Film Editor
Brief Moment (1933)
Film Editor
Thrill Hunter (1933)
Film Editor
My Woman (1933)
Film Editor
Hello Trouble (1932)
Film Editor
Forbidden Trail (1932)
Film Editor
Sundown Rider (1932)
Film Editor
McKenna of the Mounted (1932)
Film Editor
Arizona (1931)
Film Editor
Shanghaied Love (1931)
Film Editor
The Lion and the Lamb (1931)
Film Editor
Platinum Blonde (1931)
Film Editor
The Flood (1931)
Film Editor
Maker of Men (1931)
Film Editor
Branded (1931)
Film Editor
Texas Ranger (1931)
Film Editor
Vengeance (1930)
Film Editor
Ladies Must Play (1930)
Film Editor
Around the Corner (1930)
Film Editor
Flight (1929)
Editing
Comrades (1928)
Film Editor
The Devil's Cage (1928)
Film Editor
Free Lips (1928)
Film Editor
Masked Angel (1928)
Film Editor
Life's Mockery (1928)
Film Editor
Say It With Diamonds (1927)
Film Editor
Ladies at Ease (1927)
Film Editor
Two Can Play (1926)
Film Editor

Life Events

1926

Edited first film, Two Can Play", starring Clara Bow

1960

Directed first feature film, "The Pusher"

Family

Robert Milford
Son

Companions

Dorothy Milford
Wife

Bibliography

Notes

Asked whether a skillful editor could transform a poor rough cut into a good film, Milford stated: "Scissors are no magic wands. The cutter does not make the picture. That is done by the director, and if he doesn't provide interesting film, there's only so much the cutter can do with it." (quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES obituary, January 7, 1992)