Richard Best (film editor)

Richard Best (28 June 1916 19 December 2004) was a British film editor and television editor. He had about 50 feature film credits, and also edited the 1965-66 season of the television series The Avengers. He is noted particularly for three films: The Dam Busters (1955), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), and Look Back in Anger (1959), as well as for his long collaboration with director J. Lee Thompson.[1][2][3]

Richard Best
Born(1916-06-28)28 June 1916
Kingston upon Hull, England, UK
Died19 December 2004(2004-12-19) (aged 88)
Ickenham, England, UK
OccupationFilm editor, film director
Years active1947–1982
Spouse(s)Noreen Ackland (1956–2004)

Selected filmography

Feature films

Documentaries and shorts

From 1977 to 1982, Best edited documentary and short films produced by British Transport Films (BTF).[6]

  • Robbie (Dunkley-1979)
  • Promises, Promises (Tambling-1982).[7]

See also


  1. Brownlow, Kevin (24 December 2004). "Obituaries: Richard Best, Innovative film editor on 'The Dam Busters'". The Independent.
  2. "BFI | Film & TV Database | BEST, Richard". Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  3. Perkins, Roy; Stollery, Martin (2004). "Richard Best (1916-2004)". British Film Editors: The Heart of the Movie. BFI Publishing. p. 138. ISBN 9781844570072.
  4. The Dam Busters was 68th on this list based on a 1999 British Film Institute survey. "Best 100 British films - full list". BBC. 23 September 1999.
  5. Wadsworth, Chris (22 January 2016). "8.1 Comedy Shows". The Editor's Toolkit: A Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Film and TV Editing. CRC Press. p. 107. ISBN 9781317367765.
  6. Best, Richard (1998). Legard, John (ed.). "Five Happy Years At BTF". BTF Recollections. My first editing experience was in the Army Film Unit (Desert Victory, Burma Victory, etc.) and my last was BTF - so Documentary is the frame of my career and what better end could one have. CHEERS to all my BTF friends!!
  7. Foxon, Steven R. "Promises, Promises (1982)". British Film Institute (BFI).

Further reading

  • Best, Richard (15 July 1987). "Dickie Best" (PDF) (Interview). Interviewed by Arthur Graham. London, United Kingdom: The British Entertainment History Project. Interview transcript (scan of 17 typewritten pages). The original recording of the interview has been digitised and is publicly accessible at "Richard (Dickie) Best". British Entertainment History Project. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
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