Oral Histories

Interview of Daniel Mandell

Film editor and winner of Academy Award for The Pride of the Yankees, The Best Years of Our Lives, and The Apartment.
Recollections of Daniel Mandell
Oral History of the Motion Picture in America
Film and Television
Steinberg, Barry R.
Mandell, Daniel
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
7 hrs.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Series Statement:
These interviews with prominent individuals in the motion picture industry were completed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Film Institute to the UCLA Department of Theater Arts. The project was directed by Howard Suber, UCLA Department of Theater Arts. The UCLA Oral History Program provided technical advice but was not involved in respondent selection, research participation, research preparation, interviewing, editing, or transcript preparation.
Career as acrobat with Ringling Brothers Circus, 1913-18; World War I Marine Corps service; assistant film editor at Metro Studio; recutting Foolish Wives for Universal; return to California, 1923; film editor at Universal; film-cutting techniques; rewriting titles for silent films to change content; Erich von Stroheim; cutting Uncle Tom's Cabin; editing Meet John Doe and Arsenic and Old Lace for Frank Capra; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Film Editors Guild; advent of moviolas ca. 1925; early dubbing of sound effects; re-editing after previews; Academy Awards for Pride of the Yankees, 1941, The Best Years of Our Lives, 1948, and The Apartment, 1960; working for Samuel Goldwyn, 1935-60; relations with screenwriters; Lewis Milestone's background as editor; cutting musicals; editing for William Wyler; Dodsworth; Gregg Toland; working relationship with Goldwyn; Arthur Ripley; memories of growing up in the Bronx; Danny Kaye and Goldwyn; skills necessary for film editors.