Harold F. Kress

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Harold F. Kress (June 26, 1913 – September 18, 1999) was an American film editor best known for the 1962 film How the West Was Won and the 1974 film The Towering Inferno.[1]


Harold F. Kress was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was married to Zelda Raphael and had one son, Carl. He entered the film industry in the late 1930s as an editor. Although he directed a few documentaries and made a stab at directing features, his real niche was as an editor, where he became one of the most respected editors in the industry.

Kress won his first Academy Award for editing How the West Was Won (1962). He would win another for the 1974 action film The Towering Inferno along with his son Carl Kress. He was nominated for Academy Awards for The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Yearling (1947), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1942). He was honored with the Career Achievement Award in 1992 from the American Cinema Editors.


After suffering from cancer for a number of years, Kress died in Palm Desert, California on September 18, 1999 at the age of 86.


Year Film Director Notes
1939 It's a Wonderful World W. S. Van Dyke
These Glamour Girls S. Sylvan Simon
Broadway Serenade Robert Z. Leonard
1940 New Moon Robert Z. Leonard
W. S. Van Dyke
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante George B. Seitz
Bitter Sweet W. S. Van Dyke
Comrade X King Vidor
1941 Rage in Heaven W.S. Van Dyke
Robert B. Sinclair
Richard Thorpe
Unholy Partners Mervyn LeRoy
H. M. Pulham, Esq. King Vidor
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Victor Fleming Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
1942 Mrs. Miniver William Wyler
Random Harvest Mervyn LeRoy
1943 Madame Curie
Cabin in the Sky Vincente Minnelli
1946 Dragon Seed Harold S. Bucquet
Jack Conway
1947 The Yearling Clarence Brown Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
1948 A Date with Judy Richard Thorpe
Command Decision Sam Wood
1949 The Great Sinner Robert Siodmak
East Side, West Side Mervyn Leroy
1950 The Miniver Story H.C. Potter
1951 The Painted Hills Himself Director only
No Questions Asked
1952 Apache War Smoke
1953 Saadia Albert Lewin
Ride, Vaquero! John Farrow
1954 Rose Marie Mervyn LeRoy
Green Fire Andrew Marton
Valley of the Kings Robert Pirosh
1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow Daniel Mann
The Cobweb Vincente Minnelli
The Prodigal Richard Thorpe
1956 The Rack Arnold Laven
The Teahouse of the August Moon Daniel Mann
1957 Until They Sail Robert Wise
Silk Stockings Rouben Mamoulian
1958 Merry Andrew Michael Kidd
Imitation General George Marshall
1959 The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ranald MacDougall
Count Your Blessings Jean Negulesco
1960 Home from the Hill Vincente Minnelli
1961 King of Kings Nicholas Ray
1962 How the West Was Won John Ford
Henry Hathaway
George Marshall
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
1963 It Happened at the World's Fair Norman Taurog Uncredited
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told George Stevens
1966 Alvarez Kelly Edward Dmytryk
1967 The Ambushers Henry Levin
Luv Clive Donner
1968 Star Spangled Salesman Norman Maurer
Wingate Smith
1971 The Horsemen John Frankenheimer
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Ronald Neame Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Stand Up and Be Counted Jackie Cooper
1973 The Iceman Cometh John Frankenheimer
1974 99 and 44/100% Dead
The Towering Inferno John Guillermin Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
1976 Gator Burt Reynolds
1977 Viva Knievel! Gordon Douglas
The Other Side of Midnight Charles Jarrott
1978 The Swarm Irwin Allen


  1. ^ Sloman, Tony (1999). "Obituary: Harold Kress", The Independent, October 26th, 1999. Online version retrieved April 8, 2008.

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