Milton Carruth

Milton Carruth (March 23, 1899 – September 7, 1972) was an American film editor and, for a period in the 1930s, film director. Among the 129 films he edited are All Quiet on the Western Front (directed by Lewis Milestone-1930 (silent version)), Shadow of a Doubt (directed by Alfred Hitchcock-1943), Pillow Talk (directed by Michael Gordon-1959), and Imitation of Life (directed by Douglas Sirk-1959). His career as an editor spanned nearly four decades, from 1929 through 1966 (The Pad and How to Use It (directed by Brian G. Hutton-1966).[1]

Milton Carruth
Born(1899-03-23)March 23, 1899
DiedSeptember 7, 1972(1972-09-07) (aged 73)
OccupationFilm editor, director
Years active1929–1966

Early in his career, he directed the 1936-37 films Love Letters of a Star, She's Dangerous, Breezing Home, The Man in Blue, Reported Missing and The Lady Fights Back.[2] Following these he returned to his "first love", which was film editing.[3]

Carruth spent his entire career working at Universal Studios; he was "one of three editors who served as the core of Universal's editing department for a span of some forty years".[4] He had been selected as a member of the American Cinema Editors.[5]


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