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William Hornbeck (1901–1983)

American motion picture editor, who, in 1977, was voted by 100 of his peers as the best his profession had ever produced. Hornbeck began his distinguished career in the industry, aged fourteen, as a film winder with the New York Motion Picture Company on 42nd Street and Broadway. In 1916, he joined Mack Sennett's Keystone Film Company and worked ... See full bio »

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Known For

Giant Editor
Shane Editor


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 1959 A Hole in the Head (edited by)
 1956 Giant (editing by)
 1955 The Girl Rush
 1953 Act of Love
 1953 Shane
 1951 A Place in the Sun (edited by)
 1950 Riding High (edited by)
 1949 The Heiress (edited by)
 1947 Singapore
 1945 War Comes to America (Documentary)
 1945 Two Down and One to Go (Documentary short)
 1944 The Battle of China (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1944 The Battle of Britain (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1943 Divide and Conquer (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1943 The Nazis Strike (Documentary short)
 1943 The Battle of Russia (Documentary)
 1942 Why We Fight (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1941 Lydia
 1934 Dog-gone Babies (Short)
 1932 Hypnotized
 1932 His Royal Shyness (Short)
 1932 Neighbor Trouble (Short)
 1932 Alaska Love (Short)
 1932 Hatta Marri (Short)
 1932 Hawkins & Watkins Inc. (Short)
 1932 The Candid Camera (Short)
 1932 The Boudoir Butler (Short)
 1932 Meet the Senator (Short)
 1932 Speed in the Gay Nineties (Short)
 1932 The Flirty Sleepwalker (Short)
 1932 Billboard Girl (Short)
 1932 Heavens! My Husband! (Short)
 1932 Shopping with Wifie (Short)
 1932 The Girl in the Tonneau (Short)
 1932 Dream House (Short)
 1931 Half Holiday (Short)
 1931 The Tamale Vendor (Short)
 1931 One More Chance (Short)
 1931 The Great Pie Mystery (Short)
 1931 Taxi Troubles (Short)
 1931 Speed (Short)
 1931 I Surrender Dear (Short)
 1931 Poker Widows (Short)
 1931 The World Flier (Short)
 1931 The Cannonball (Short)
 1931 The Fainting Lover (Short)
 1931 The Albany Branch (Short)
 1931 Slide, Speedy, Slide (Short)
 1931 Movie-Town (Short)
 1931 Monkey Business in Africa (Short)
 1931 Hold 'er Sheriff (Short)
 1931 Ghost Parade (Short)
 1931 In Conference (Short)
 1931 Ex-Sweeties (Short)
 1931 Just a Bear (Short)
 1931 The Dog Doctor (Short)
 1931 The Bride's Mistake (Short)
 1931 The College Vamp (Short)
 1931 One Yard to Go (Short)
 1931 Dance Hall Marge (Short)
 1931 A Poor Fish (Short)
 1931 No, No, Lady (Short)
 1930 Rough Idea of Love (Short)
 1930 A Hollywood Theme Song (Short)
 1930 Racket Cheers (Short)
 1930 Don't Bite Your Dentist (Short)
 1930 Divorced Sweethearts (Short)
 1930 Take Your Medicine (Short)
 1930 Grandma's Girl (Short)
 1930 The Bluffer (Short)
 1930 Average Husband (Short)
 1930 Hello, Television (Short)
 1930 Goodbye Legs (Short)
 1930 The Chumps (Short)
 1930 Campus Crushes (Short)
 1930 Fat Wives for Thin (Short)
 1930 Radio Kisses (Short)
 1930 Honeymoon Zeppelin (Short)
 1930 He Trumped Her Ace (Short)
 1930 Match Play (Short)
 1930 Bulls and Bears (Short)
 1930 Sugar Plum Papa (Short)
 1930 Scotch (Short)
 1929 Uppercut O'Brien (Short)
 1929 The New Half Back (Short)
 1929 Clancy at the Bat (Short)
 1929 A Hollywood Star (Short)
 1929 The Golfers (Short) (uncredited)
 1929 The Barber's Daughter (Short)
 1929 Jazz Mamas (Short)
 1929 A Close Shave (Short)
 1929 Motoring Mamas (Short)
 1929 Dear Vivian (Short)
 1929 Caught in a Taxi (Short)
 1929 Girl Crazy (Short)
 1929 Don't Get Jealous (Short)
 1929 The Big Palooka (Short)
 1929 Pink Pajamas (Short)
 1929 The Bees' Buzz (Short)
 1929 Matchmaking Mamma (Short)
 1929 The Rodeo (Short)
 1929 Foolish Husbands (Short)
 1929 Ladies Must Eat (Short)
 1929 Button My Back (Short)
 1929 Whirls and Girls (Short)
 1929 The Old Barn (Short)
 1929 Calling Hubby's Bluff (Short)
 1929 Uncle Tom (Short)
 1929 Baby's Birthday (Short)
 1929 Clunked on the Corner (Short)
 1928 His New Stenographer (Short)
 1928 Taxi Beauties (Short)
 1928 The Burglar (Short)
 1928 The Lion's Roar (Short)
 1928 The Campus Vamp (Short)
 1928 Hubby's Latest Alibi (Short)
 1928 Hubby's Weekend Trip (Short)
 1928 A Taxi Scandal (Short)
 1928 The Bargain Hunt (Short)
 1928 Motorboat Mamas (Short)
 1928 The Campus Carmen (Short)
 1928 A Dumb Waiter (Short)
 1928 Caught in the Kitchen (Short)
 1928 Taxi for Two (Short)
 1928 The Chicken (Short)
 1928 Smith's Restaurant (Short)
 1928 His Unlucky Night (Short)
 1928 The Girl from Nowhere (Short)
 1928 The Bicycle Flirt (Short)
 1928 Smith's Farm Days (Short)
 1928 The Swim Princess (Short)
 1928 The Best Man (Short)
 1928 Smith's Army Life (Short)
 1928 Love at First Flight (Short)
 1928 The Beach Club (Short)
 1928 Run, Girl, Run (Short)
 1928 Smith's Holiday (Short)
 1927 Love in a Police Station (Short)
 1927 Smith's Modiste Shop (Short)
 1927/I Fiddlesticks (Short) (as Wm. Hornbeck)
 1927 The Bull Fighter (Short)
 1927 Smith's Cousin (Short)
 1927 For Sale, a Bungalow (Short)
 1927 Daddy Boy (Short)
 1927 Smith's Cook (Short)
 1927 Gold Digger of Weepah (Short)
 1927 Smith's Pony (Short)
 1927 The Golf Nut (Short)
 1927 Love's Languid Lure (Short)
 1927 Smith's Candy Shop (Short)
 1927 The College Kiddo (Short)
 1927 Cured in the Excitement (Short)
 1927 The Pride of Pikeville (Short)
 1927 His First Flame (as Wm. Hornbeck)
 1927 Smith's Kindergarten (Short)
 1927 Broke in China (Short)
 1927 Catalina, Here I Come (Short)
 1927 Smith's Surprise (Short)
 1927 A Small Town Princess (Short)
 1927 A Dozen Socks (Short)
 1927 Smith's New Home (Short)
 1927 Peaches and Plumbers (Short)
 1927 The Plumber's Daughter (Short)
 1927 Smith's Customer (Short)
 1927 A Hollywood Hero (Short)
 1927 Pass the Dumplings (Short)
 1927 Smith's Pets (Short)
 1926 Flirty Four-Flushers (Short)
 1926 Kitty from Killarney (Short)
 1926 Smith's Picnic (Short)
 1926 The Divorce Dodger (Short)
 1926 Hesitating Horses (Short)
 1926 Smith's Uncle (Short)
 1926 A Harem Knight (Short)
 1926 Masked Mamas (Short)
 1926 Should Husbands Marry? (Short)
 1926 Smith's Visitor (Short)
 1926 Love's Last Laugh (Short)
 1926 A Prodigal Bridegroom (Short)
 1926 The Perils of Petersboro (Short)
 1926 Smith's Landlord (Short)
 1926 Hoboken to Hollywood (Short)
 1926 Her Actor Friend (Short)
 1926 Smith's Vacation (Short)
 1926 When a Man's a Prince (Short)
 1926 Hubby's Quiet Little Game (Short)
 1926 Alice Be Good (Short)
 1926 Smith's Baby (Short)
 1926 A Sea Dog's Tale (Short)
 1926 Ice Cold Cocos (Short)
 1926 Puppy Lovetime (Short)
 1926 A Yankee Doodle Duke (Short)
 1926 Muscle-Bound Music (Short)
 1926 Fight Night (Short)
 1926 The Ghost of Folly (Short)
 1926 Soldier Man (Short)
 1926 Hayfoot, Strawfoot? (Short)
 1926 A Love Sundae (Short)
 1926 Hooked at the Altar (Short)
 1926 Wandering Willies (Short)
 1926 Spanking Breezes (Short)
 1926 Circus Today (Short)
 1926 Meet My Girl (Short)
 1926 Gooseland (Short)
 1926 Trimmed in Gold (Short)
 1926 The Funnymooners (Short)
 1926 Saturday Afternoon (Short)
 1926 Whispering Whiskers (Short)
 1926 Hot Cakes for Two (Short)
 1926/I Wide Open Faces (Short)
 1926 The Gosh-Darn Mortgage (Short)
 1925 From Rags to Britches (Short)
 1925 The Window Dummy (Short)
 1925 Isn't Love Cuckoo? (Short)
 1925 The Soapsuds Lady (Short)
 1925 Take Your Time (Short)
 1925 Dangerous Curves Behind (Short)
 1925 A Sweet Pickle (Short)
 1925 Good Morning, Madam! (Short)
 1925 Over Thereabouts (Short)
 1925 Love and Kisses (Short)
 1925 A Rainy Knight (Short)
 1925 Hurry, Doctor! (Short)
 1925 Butter Fingers (Short)
 1925 Cold Turkey (Short)
 1925 Don't Tell Dad (Short)
 1925 Lucky Stars (Short)
 1925 The Iron Nag (Short)
 1925 Tee for Two (Short)
 1925 Sneezing Beezers (Short)
 1925 Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (Short)
 1925 Good Morning, Nurse (Short)
 1925 Skinners in Silk (Short)
 1925 He Who Gets Smacked (Short)
 1925 The Lion's Whiskers (Short)
 1925 Lost & Found (Short)
 1925 The Marriage Circus (Short)
 1925 Breaking the Ice (Short)
 1925 Plain Clothes (Short)
 1925 Giddap! (Short)
 1925 Bashful Jim (Short)
 1925 The Raspberry Romance (Short)
 1925 Water Wagons (Short)
 1925 The Beloved Bozo (Short)
 1925 Boobs in the Wood (Short)
 1925 His Marriage Wow (Short)
 1925 Honeymoon Hardships (Short)
 1925 The Wild Goose Chaser (Short)
 1925 The Plumber (Short)
 1925 The Sea Squawk (Short)
 1924 Bull and Sand (Short)
 1924 Off His Trolley (Short)
 1924 Feet of Mud (Short) (uncredited)
 1924 The Cannon Ball Express (Short)
 1924 Love's Sweet Piffle (Short)
 1924 All Night Long (Short)
 1924 Galloping Bungalows (Short)
 1924 The Reel Virginian (Short)
 1924 Riders of the Purple Cows (Short)
 1924 The Hansom Cabman (Short)
 1924 Wandering Waistlines (Short)
 1924 Little Robinson Corkscrew (Short)
 1924 Three Foolish Weeks (Short)
 1924 Lizzies of the Field (Short)
 1924 East of the Water Plug (Short)
 1924 The First 100 Years (Short)
 1924 Wall Street Blues (Short)
 1924 Romeo and Juliet (Short)
 1924 His New Mamma (Short)
 1924 The Lion and the Souse (Short)
 1924 Yukon Jake (Short)
 1924 The Cat's Meow (Short)
 1924 Black Oxfords (Short)
 1924 Flickering Youth (Short)
 1924 The Hollywood Kid (Short)
 1924 Scarem Much (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Bill Hornbeck | W. Hornbeck | William W. Hornbeck | Wm. Hornbeck


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He edited five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Heiress (1949), A Place in the Sun (1951), Shane (1953) and Giant (1956). See more »



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