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George Hively, 72; Film Editor Best Known for Work on Donen Movies

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

George Hively, 72, a film editor who also worked in television and was best known for cutting several of Stanley Donen’s movies, died Feb. 7 in San Pedro of complications of pneumonia.

The Los Angeles native was the son of George C. Hively, a writer and film editor whose screen credits began in the silent era and included 12 of John Ford’s early movies.

The younger Hively worked with several notable directors, including Donen on his films “Lucky Lady,” “Movie Movie” and “Blame It on Rio.” He also cut “Deadhead Miles” for Terrence Malick. For the last 14 years, he had worked as a staff editor for Sony Pictures. In television, he worked as an assistant editor on “Perry Mason.”

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