Francis Albert McKelvey; Film Editor


Francis (Frank) Albert McKelvey, an Emmy award-nominated film editor who worked in the entertainment industry for 40 years, has died at a Burbank hospital. He was 59.

McKelvey died Aug. 8 of cancer, said his daughter, Cathy McKelvey of Burbank.

Born in Butte, Mont., McKelvey came to California in the late 1940s and began working in the entertainment industry in 1950. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952-53 and then resumed work as a picture editor, sound effects editor and music editor.


He worked as an apprentice on “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). His credits include music editor and post production supervisor of “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” producer of Chubby Checker’s 1962 hit “Limbo Rock” and music editor on the 1989 film “Look Who’s Talking,” his daughter said.

For two consecutive years, McKelvey was nominated for Emmy awards for outstanding achievement in film editing for “Chrysler Presents the Bob Hope Christmas Special” in 1969 and “The Bob Hope Christmas Special” in 1970. He also received a Golden Scissors Award from the Hollywood Film Co. in 1970 for editing and received a music award from Billboard magazine.

In addition to his daughter, McKelvey is survived by his sons, Kevin McKelvey of Houston and Frank McKelvey Jr. of Ft. Bragg, Calif.; daughter, Fran McKelvey of Burbank, and five grandchildren.

A memorial Mass is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Finbar Catholic Church, 2010 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. The Alpha Cremation Society in Burbank is handling the arrangements. Donations can be made in McKelvey’s name to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.