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Hugh Stewart (film editor)

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Hugh Stewart
Hugh St Clair Stewart

(1910-12-14)14 December 1910
Falmouth, England
United Kingdom
Died31 May 2011(2011-05-31) (aged 100)
  • Film editor
  • producer
SpouseFrances Curl (1934–2011; his death)
Parent(s)Mervyn James Stewart (father)
Margaret Emma Steuart (mother)

Hugh St Clair Stewart MBE (14 December 1910 – 31 May 2011) was a British film editor and producer. He filmed Bergen-Belsen concentration camp following its liberation in April 1945.

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Film editor

Born in Falmouth, England, Stewart was educated first at Clayesmore School and then at St John's College at Cambridge where was taught and influenced by F.R. Leavis. He entered the film industry in the early 1930s. He trained as a film editor at Gaumont-British, initially cutting together out-takes from Marry Me (1932) and working as assembly cutter on The Constant Nymph that same year. His first film as editor was Forbidden Territory (1934). Among the films he cut were Evergreen (1934), Alfred Hitchcock's original version of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934),[1] Dark Journey (1937), Action for Slander (1937), South Riding (1938), St. Martin's Lane (1938), and The Spy in Black (1939).[1]

World War II

During World War II, Stewart was commissioned into the Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) in 1940 and in 1942 led No. 2 AFPU during the Allied landings in Tunisia. The following year he edited film footage from the fighting into the documentary Desert Victory. In 1944 he co-directed Tunisian Victory with Frank Capra and John Houston, although much of that film was shot in the United States. Stewart went on to lead No. 5 AFPU, covering the D-Day landings, the Battle for Caen and the Rhine Crossing.

Stewart insisted on filming Bergen-Belsen concentration camp following its liberation,[1] with its piles of bodies being bulldozed into mass graves, its overcrowded barrack blocks and pitifully emaciated survivors. He was awarded a military MBE and demobilized with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Film producer

After World War II, Stewart became a film producer, beginning with Trottie True (1949). He began to produce the films of comedian Norman Wisdom,[1] from Man of the Moment (1955) onwards, and the comedy duo of Morecambe and Wise.[1] Although he went into semi-retirement in the late 1960s, he produced several films for the Children's Film Foundation,[1] including All at Sea (1970), Mr. Horatio Knibbles (1971), and High Rise Donkey (1980).

Personal life

He was married to Frances Curl and they had four children.

He died on 31 May 2011, at the age of 100.

Selected filmography

Year Title Editor Producer
1934 Forbidden Territory Yes
The Man Who Knew Too Much Yes
1935 Charing Cross Road Yes
1936 Soft Lights and Sweet Music Yes
Sporting Love Yes
1937 Action for Slander Yes
Dark Journey Yes
Storm in a Teacup Yes
1938 South Riding Yes
St. Martin's Lane Yes
1939 Q Planes Yes
The Lion Has Wings Yes
The Spy in Black Yes
1940 Ten Days in Paris Yes
1946 Gaiety George Yes
1947 An Ideal Husband Yes
1949 Trottie True Yes
1951 Night Without Stars Yes
1954 Up to His Neck Yes
1955 Man of the Moment Yes
1956 Up in the World Yes
1957 Just My Luck Yes
1958 Innocent Sinners Yes
The Square Peg Yes
1959 Follow a Star Yes
1960 Make Mine Mink Yes
The Bulldog Breed Yes
In the Doghouse Yes
1962 On the Beat Yes
1963 A Stitch in Time Yes
1965 The Intelligence Men Yes
The Early Bird Yes
1966 That Riviera Touch Yes
1967 The Magnificent Two Yes


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hugh Stewart". BAFTA. Retrieved 31 January 2023.

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