Doris Drought

Doris Drought was an American film editor and script supervisor known for her work at Paramount during the 1920s and 1930s.

Doris Drought
BornSeptember 10, 1899
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
DiedMarch 18, 1976 (aged 76)
Pacific Palisades, California, USA
EducationKansas University
OccupationFilm editor


Doris was born to Philip Drought and Margaret Bigger in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1899. An only child, she attended Kansas University, graduating in 1920.[1] She married her college classmate, Byron Shutz, that same year,[2] but they seem to have parted ways soon after.

By 1924, she was living and working in Hollywood.[3] She began working as an editor for Paramount, amassing over a dozen credits between 1928 and 1934.[4] Director Francis D. Lyon trained under Drought, who was one of four or five female editors at the studio at the time.[5][6]

Little is known as to what happened to her after retiring from the industry.

Selected filmography


  1. "18 Oct 1916, 3 - University Daily Kansan at". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  2. "12 Jun 1920, Page 6 - The Wellington Daily News at". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  3. "20 Jul 1924, 31 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  4. "11 Dec 1927, 59 - Hartford Courant at". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  5. Lyon, Francis D.Twists of fate : an Oscar winner's international career, p. 26 (1993)
  6. Grip Department, Action (April 1943) (photograph shows back of Drought in meeting with Betty Grable)
  7. Lee, SoniaThe Quints Talk!!, Motion Picture (November 1936), p. 51, 84 ("Doris Drought, the script clerk, on whose shoulders is the weight of matching action in following scenes, who must catch any discrepancies in the small movements of the adult characters in the production, holds a stop watch on every moment.")
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