William “Billy” Hamilton

William “Billy” Hamilton

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Aug 1942 (aged 48)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section 5, #238
Memorial ID 7961515 · View Source
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American Film Director and Editor. He started his film industry career during the silent film era, which gave him an opportunity to work beside numerous movie stars of that era and later. Released April 1923 “The Bright Shawl” starring Dorothy Gish and Richard Barthelmess was his debut editing. He was the director of 5 films: “Call Out the Marines” in 1942, “Bunker Bean” in 1936, “Murder on a Bridie Path” in 1936, “Seven Keys to Baldplate” in 1935, and “Freckles” in 1935. Besides being the director, he was credited with also being the writer of the films “Call Out the Marines” and “Freckles”. He was credited with being the editor of over 64 films including: "Our Dancing Daughters" in 1928, "Cimarron" in 1931, "The Gay Divorcee" in 1934, "Roberta" and "Top Hat" in 1935, "Stage Door" in 1937, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1939 and "Suspicion" in 1941. He was sound engineer in the 1935 film “Party Wire” but not listed on the movies credits. His career abruptly ended with his death at age 48. His last edited film “The Big Street” starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball was released September 4, 1942, which was a month after his death. He was employed at three studios: First National (1923-26), MGM (1927-29) and RKO (1931-42). Showing his employer as RKO and wife’s name “Gloria”, he registered for World War II draft in 1942. William Edward Hamilton, Sr, the son of Irish immigrates, and Mary Waldren were his parents.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Billy” Hamilton (11 Nov 1893–2 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7961515, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .