Ronald Sinclair


Editor
Ronald Sinclair

About

Also Known As
Ra Hould
Birth Place
New Zealand
Born
January 21, 1924
Cause of Death
Respiratory Failure

Biography

Juvenile player turned film editor who retained his celebrity in his native New Zealand long after the end of his Hollywood acting career. Sinclair's feature credits include William Wellman's "The Light That Failed," "Tower of London" (both 1939), Alexander Korda's "That Hamilton Woman" (1941) and Raoul Walsh's "Desperate Journey" (1942). He also appeared in a series of children's advent...

Family & Companions

Carol Sinclair
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

Juvenile player turned film editor who retained his celebrity in his native New Zealand long after the end of his Hollywood acting career. Sinclair's feature credits include William Wellman's "The Light That Failed," "Tower of London" (both 1939), Alexander Korda's "That Hamilton Woman" (1941) and Raoul Walsh's "Desperate Journey" (1942). He also appeared in a series of children's adventure films featuring the Five Little Peppers (1939-40)

In 1955 Sinclair began a long and fruitful collaboration with producer-director Roger Corman which led to a busy career in low-budget independent filmmaking. Sinclair edited Corman's directorial debut, "Five Guns West" (1955), and went on to work on at least a dozen of his films including "Machine Gun Kelly" (1958), "The Intruder" (1962), "The Premature Burial" (1962), "The Raven" (1963) and "The Trip" (1967). He also edited a number of films by another low-rent auteur with big ideas, Bert I. Gordon: "The Amazing Colossal Man," "Invasion of the Saucer Men" (both 1957), "War of the Colossal Beast," "Attack of the Puppet People," and "The Spider" (all 1958).

This was guerrilla filmmaking for the drive-in teen market. The product was high concept, low-budget, and usually shot in a couple of weeks. A substantial portion of the footage shot for these economical marvels was doubtlessly saved through Sinclair's adept editing. He made a brief return to acting in "The Big Catch" (1969), a British children's film.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Cayman Triangle (1977)
Desperate Journey (1942)
Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Josiah
Out West with the Peppers (1940)
Jasper King
The Light That Failed (1940)
Dick, as a boy
The Earl of Chicago (1940)
Gerald Kilmount
Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940)
Jasper King
Five Little Peppers at Home (1940)
Jasper
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939)
Jasper [King]
Tower of London (1939)
Boy King Edward
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
J. Douglas Williamson
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Young Scrooge
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
Roger Calverton
Boots and Saddles (1937)
Edward, Earl of Granville, also known as Spud
A Doctor's Diary (1937)
Michael Fielding
Dangerous Holiday (1937)
Ronnie Kimball
Beloved Enemy (1936)
Jerry [O'Brien]

Producer (Feature Film)

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
Ghost seq prod
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Associate Producer
Submarine Seahawk (1959)
Associate Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

The Sweet Creek County War (1978)
Editor
Deathdream (1972)
Editor
How Do I Love Thee? (1970)
Film Editor
The Maltese Bippy (1969)
Film Editor
How To Commit Marriage (1969)
Film Editor
The Trip (1967)
Film Editor
Thunder Alley (1967)
Film Editor
The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)
Film Editor
Sergeant Deadhead (1965)
Film Editor
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Film Editor
The Bounty Killer (1965)
Film Editor
The Secret Invasion (1964)
Film Editor
The Raven (1963)
Film Editor
The Young Racers (1963)
Film Editor
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Film Editor
The Intruder (1962)
Film Editor
Tower of London (1962)
Film Editor
Premature Burial (1962)
Film Editor
Submarine Seahawk (1959)
Film Editor
Roadracers (1959)
Supervising Film Editor
Tank Commando (1959)
Supervising Film Editor
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Editing Supervisor
Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)
Film Editor
The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1958)
Film Editor
The Spider (1958)
Editing Supervisor
War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
Editing Supervisor
Hot Rod Gang (1958)
Film Editor
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
Film Editor
Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
Editing Supervisor
Dragstrip Girl (1957)
Film Editor
Voodoo Woman (1957)
Film Editor
Flesh and the Spur (1956)
Film Editor
Day the World Ended (1956)
Film Editor
Girls in Prison (1956)
Editing
Swamp Women (1956)
Film Editor
The Oklahoma Woman (1956)
Film Editor
Runaway Daughters (1956)
Film Editor
The She-Creature (1956)
Film Editor
Apache Woman (1955)
Film Editor
Five Guns West (1955)
Film Editor
The Long Wait (1954)
Film Editor
The Moon Is Blue (1953)
Film Editor

Music (Feature Film)

Top Banana (1954)
Music Editor

Sound (Feature Film)

Radio Flyer (1992)
Adr Editor
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Adr Editor
Predator 2 (1990)
Adr Editor
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Adr Editor
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Adr Editor
Die Hard (1988)
Adr Editor
Action Jackson (1988)
Adr Editor
Child's Play (1988)
Adr Editor
Spaceballs (1987)
Sound Editor
Commando (1985)
Adr Editor

Editing (Special)

15 and Getting Straight (1989)
Editor
The Kid who Wouldn't Quit/Brad Silverman Story (1987)
Editor
Juvi (1987)
Editor

Life Events

1955

Edited "Five Guns West", Roger Corman's directorial debut; first of many collaborations with producer-director Corman

Videos

Movie Clip

That Hamilton Woman (1941) - By The Queen's Own Hand At odds with history but smartly dressed by designer Rene Hubert, Lady Hamilton (Vivien Leigh) visits her old friend now Admiral Nelson (Laurence Olivier) aboard the Vanguard, shocked at his condition but bearing good news of her influence with the queen of Naples, in Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman, 1941.
That Hamilton Woman (1941) - What Mood Is This? Now-admiral Nelson (Laurence Olivier), bored with his hero’s welcome in Naples is now evading celebrations, indulging his interest in the title character (Vivien Leigh, Mrs. Olivier, as Emma, Lady Hamilton, wife of the British ambassador), in a tavern when his junior officers (Ronald Sinclair as Josiah) appear, Alexander Korda directing from the original screenplay by Walter Reisch and R.C. Sherriff, in That Hamilton Woman, 1941.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Half American, Half Jersey City Nazi Major Baumeister (Raymond Massey) is telling the crew of the downed RAF bomber (Errol Flynn, Arthur Kennedy, Alan Hale, Ronald Sinclair) they have no prospects, but he has an idea to flip American Johnny (Ronald Reagan), who himself turns the tables, directed by Raoul Walsh, in a famous bit from Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - You Are Englishmen? Still in their stolen Nazi uniforms, after another clever sabotage in Berlin, pilot Terry (Errol Flynn) and crew (Ronald Reagan, Arthur Kennedy) need help for wounded Hollis (Ronald Sinclair), and get lucky meeting sympathizer Nancy Coleman (as Kaethe) and her doctor uncle (Albert Basserman) in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - You Yankees Always Win After a bit in which the Resistance in Poland pulls off a sabotage and sends a carrier pigeon to England, we meet Allied members of an RAF bomber crew, Arthur Kennedy, Patrick O’Moore, Ronald Reagan as Johnny, Errol Flynn as Terry, Ronald Sinclair as Hollis, Alan Hale as Edwards, Raoul Walsh directing, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Are We Hit Bad? Raoul Walsh directs, intense spectacle (special effects credited to Nathan Levinson and Byron Haskin for Warner Bros.) as the England based crew of the “D-For-Danny” RAF B-17 (Errol Flynn piloting, Ronald Reagan bombing, Arthur Kennedy navigating, with Alan Hale and Ronald Sinclair) hit their target in Germany, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Christmas Carol, A (1938) - Old Fezziwig Spirit of Christmas Past (flaxen Ann Rutherford) conducts Scrooge (Reginald Owen) to see his young self (Ronald Sinclair) and Jack (Harold Henson) with Fezziwig (Forester Harvey) in A Christmas Carol, 1938.
Trip, The (1967) - Tripping He's only on a walk with his friend John (Bruce Dern) but Paul (Peter Fonda) imagines a forest, a desert, a cave and a haunted house as the drugs kick in, in The Trip, 1967.

Trailer

Moon is Blue, The - (Original Trailer) Two womanizers (William Holden, David Niven) fall for a woman determined to keep her virginity in The Moon is Blue (1953).
Desperate Journey -- (Textless Trailer) Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan are behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Poland in the slam-bang adventure Desperate Journey (1942).
Trip, The - (Original Trailer) A commercial director (Peter Fonda) tries to get over a painful divorce with a dose of L.S.D. in Roger Corman's The Trip (1967).
They Made Me a Criminal - (Original Trailer) A young boxer (John Garfield) goes on the run when he's accused of murdering a reporter in They Made Me a Criminal (1939).
Earl Of Chicago, The - (Original Trailer) A gangster, Silky Kilmont (Robert Montgomery), inherits a British title and becomes The Earl of Chicago (1939).
Maltese Bippy, The - (Original Trailer) Laugh-In's Dan Rowan and Dick Martin star in The Maltese Bippy (1969), a haunted house comedy co-starring Julie Newmar.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs - (Original Trailer) The foppish mad scientist (Vincent Price) plots a scheme to take over the world by killing off the military leaders of every country in Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966).
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine - (Original Trailer) Dr. Goldfoot (Vincent Price) sends beautiful female robots to ensnare the world's richest men in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965).
Christmas Carol, A (1938) - (Original Trailer) The 1938 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous Yuletide story, A Christmas Carol, starring Reginald Owen.
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry - (Original Trailer) When young jockey Mickey Rooney is banned from racing, Judy Garland rides to the rescue in their first screen pairing, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937).

Family

Richard Sinclair
Son
Survived him.

Companions

Carol Sinclair
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography