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date: 21 February 2020

Wise, Robertlocked

(10 September 1914–14 September 2005)
  • Bruce J. Evensen


Wise, Robert (10 September 1914–14 September 2005), two-time Oscar-winning director, was born in Winchester, a small town in eastern Indiana, the second of three sons of Earl W. Wise, a meat packer, and Olive Longenecker. When he was eight Wise's family moved to Connersville, Indiana, and some of Wise's earliest memories were attending silent movies, where he was “in heaven” (Kreisler). In July 1933 Wise went to Los Angeles to live with his brother, an accountant at RKO Studios. Robert became a gofer for James Wilkinson, head of the studio's editing department, for $25 a week. Within a year Wise was apprenticed to the sound editor T. K. Wood, where he worked on two ...

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