Terry O. Morse

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Terry O. Morse (January 30, 1906 – May 19, 1984) was an American film director and editor.


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Morse began his career as a film editor in 1927, and early in his career was credited as Terrell Morse, and later Terry Morse. Although he continued working as an editor throughout his career, he also directed films, starting with The Adventures of Jane Arden in 1939.

Most of his career was spent at Warner Bros., and was usually within the crime melodrama genre, although he also directed some comedies. He was unhappy with the movies he was given to direct and went independent. He was asked to edit and direct new scenes in Godzilla, King of the Monsters! It became the famous film he was involved with.

His son, Terry Morse Jr. followed him into filmmaking, and is a film producer and director.

Morse died in Newhall, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

As editor[edit]

As Director[edit]

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