Ferris Webster

Birthday:

04/29/1912

Place of birth:

Walla Walla, Washington, USA:

Biography:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ferris Webster (April 29, 1912 – February 4, 1989) was an American film editor with approximately seventy-two film credits. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Film Editing for his work on Blackboard Jungle (1955), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and The Great Escape (1963). Webster was raised in the state of Washington, and was a student at the University of Southern California, where he was an outstanding track and field athlete. He was trained as an editor at the MGM Studios, and received his first feature-film credit in 1943 for Harrigan's Kid. At MGM, Webster edited six films with director Vincente Minnelli: Undercurrent (1946), Madame Bovary (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), Father's Little Dividend (1951), The Long, Long Trailer (1954), and Tea and Sympathy (1956). Film critic Bruce Eder has written of Madame Bovay that, "the cutting of the film in the gala ball sequence, in particular, was a marvel of the editor's art in the service of old Hollywood's restrained, elegant storytelling." In the mid-1950s, he edited three films with director Richard Brooks: Blackboard Jungle (1955), Something of Value (1957), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958); Webster received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Blackboard Jungle. His last film at MGM was Key Witness (1960). Bruce Eder has written, "If ever a film editor deserved public recognition in the 1960s, it was Ferris Webster." Webster edited the three films of director John Frankenheimer's "paranoia trilogy": The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), and Seconds (1966). Eder writes that The Manchurian Candidate was "the editor's magnum opus. The shooting, cutting, and intercutting of one extended brainwashing sequence, seen from multiple points-of-view, is still striking decades later, and the movie earned Webster his second Academy Award nomination." Frankenheimer cast Webster in his only appearance as a film actor, as Air Force Gen. Bernard "Barney" Rutkowski in Seven Days in May. Webster was nominated for an Academy Award for the editing of The Great Escape (1963), which was directed by John Sturges. Webster and Sturges' notable collaboration included fifteen films between 1950 and 1972, which is about half of Sturges' films in that period. It started with The Magnificent Yankee and Mystery Street (1950), and included The Law and Jake Wade (1958), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Ice Station Zebra (1968). The final film of their collaboration was Joe Kidd (1972), which was near the end of Sturges' career. Joe Kidd starred Clint Eastwood. In the last phase of his career, Webster edited and co-edited eight films that were directed by Eastwood, starting with High Plains Drifter (1973), which was Eastwood's second film as a director. Webster edited Breezy (1973), The Eiger Sanction (1975), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Bronco Billy (1980), Firefox (1982) and Honkytonk Man (both 1982). These latter two films with Eastwood concluded Webster's career as an editor, apparently after a falling-out between the two men. Additional credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), Lili (1953), Forbidden Planet (1956), Les Girls (1957), Divorce American Style (1967).



Credits

Honkytonk Man (1982)
Editor
Firefox (1982)
Editor
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Editor
The Gauntlet (1977)
Editor
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Editor
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
Editor
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Editor
Magnum Force (1973)
Editor
Breezy (1973)
Editor
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Editor
Joe Kidd (1972)
Editor
The Organization (1971)
Editor
My Old Man's Place (1971)
Editor
Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
Editor
A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970)
Editor
Zig Zag (1970)
Editor
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Editor
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Editor
Seconds (1966)
Editor
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Editor
The Satan Bug (1965)
Editor
Seven Days in May (1964)
Editor
The Great Escape (1963)
Editor
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Editor
A Thunder of Drums (1961)
Editor
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Editor
Never So Few (1959)
Editor
Green Mansions (1959)
Editor
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Editor
Something of Value (1957)
Editor
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Editor
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Editor
Ransom! (1956)
Editor
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Editor
The Girl in White (1952)
Editor
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Editor
The Magnificent Yankee (1950)
Editor
Mystery Street (1950)
Editor
Father of the Bride (1950)
Editor
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
Editor
Madame Bovary (1949)
Editor
Undercurrent (1946)
Editor
Dangerous Partners (1945)
Editor
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Editor
Rationing (1944)
Editor
Swing Fever (1943)
Editor