Frances Marsh

Frances Marsh was an American film editor active during the 1920s and 1930s. She worked on many of Ernst Lubitsch's films and was considered one of the foremost editors of her day.[1][2]

Frances Marsh
BornMay 28, 1897
Texas, USA
DiedMarch 3, 1958 (aged 60)
California, USA
OccupationFilm editor
RelativesMae Marsh (sister)
Marguerite Marsh (sister)
Oliver T. Marsh (brother)
Warne Marsh (nephew)


Frances was born in Texas to Stephen Marsh and Mae Warne. She came from a big family, and many of her siblings ended up getting involved with the film industry after they all moved to Los Angeles. Brother Oliver became a cinematographer, and sisters Mildred, Mae, Leslie, and Marguerite became actresses.[3]

Frances started out as a script clerk around 1925 before making a name for herself as a film editor.[4][5] She was employed as a film editor at Paramount-Famous Players by 1928[6]; she edited four films that year: A Night of Mystery, The Magnificent Flirt, The Woman from Moscow, and Sins of the Father. Her last known credit was on 1934's The Merry Widow.[1]

"I have often cried right there in the cutting room while editing a particularly romantic or sentimental scene," Marsh later told a reporter. "I know that sounds sort of stupid, but after all, I'm just a fan who happens to know a little more of the technical end of pictures than the average fan."[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Churchill, Douglas (August 19, 1934). "Hollywood Women". The Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. Thomas, Dan (December 23, 1934). "Real Powers Behind the Film Throne". The Dayton Daily News. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. "Funeral of Mrs. Marsh Tomorrow". The Los Angeles Times. February 23, 1928. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. Wolfe, Dorothy (August 12, 1925). "Screen Chats". The News-Record. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. Dean, Daisy (September 14, 1925). "New Notes from Movieland". The Kingsport Times. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. "Mae Marsh's Mother Dies". The Oakland Tribune. February 22, 1928. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

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