Profile

Rose Smith

Lived:
March 6, 1897 - May 29, 1962
Worked as:
continuity, editor
Worked In:
United States
by Kristen Hatch

Rose Smith edited a number of D. W. Griffith’s films. According to the Los Angeles Times in 1925, Rose Smith had “been a cutter for D. W. Griffith since her little-girl days,” joining Griffith’s Biograph studio in New York and traveling with him to California (C2). Her husband, James Smith, became Griffith’s cutter at Biograph, and Rose appears to have joined him in the cutting room during the editing of Birth of a Nation (1915). Later sources often mention Jimmie Smith but not his wife Rose.

Still from Intolerance, D.W. Griffith, 1916. Rose Smith (e).

Still from Intolerance, D.W. Griffith, 1916. Rose Smith (e).

Way Down East, DW Griffith (1920)

Way Down East, DW Griffith (1920). Rose Smith (e).

Way Down East, DW Griffith (1920)

Way Down East, DW Griffith (1920) Rose Smith (e).

 

See also: Hettie Grey Baker, Anne Bauchens, Margaret Booth, Winifred Dunn, Katherine Hilliker, Viola Lawrence, Jane Loring, Irene Morra, Blanche Sewell


Selected Bibliography

This essay does not have a selected bibliography. Please see the Cutting Women: Margaret Booth and Hollywood's Pioneering Female Film Editors essay and bibliography for more resources.

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Filmography

A. Archival Filmography: Extant Film Titles:

1. Rose Smith as Editor or Co-Editor

The Birth of a Nation. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: D.W. Griffith and Frank E. Woods, st.: Thomas Dixon, ed.: James Smith, Rose Smith (David W. Griffith Corp./Griffith Feature Films US 1915) cas.: Lillian Gish, Henry Walthall, Mae Marsh, si, b&w, 35mm. Archive: BGS, ITC, BEB, BRS, BRR, DKK, AUC, ITG, DEW, DEI, PLW, USR, RUR, USW, USM, GBB, NLA, ATM, ROB, CAQ, AOL, NOO, USL, USF, ESM, DEW, SES, USI, YUB, FRC.

Hearts of the World. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: M. Gaston de Tolignac, ed.: James Smith, Rose Smith (D. W. Griffith/Artcraft Pictures Corp. US 1918) cas: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron. si, b&w. Archive: BEB, BRS, ITG, USM, GBB, NLA, ROB, USL, USF, USR, USI, FRC, AUC, FRL.

Intolerance. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith, ed.: D.W. Griffith, James Smith, Rose Smith (D.W. Griffith, Inc./Wark Producing Corp./ Triangle Film Corp. US 1920) cas: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron. si, b&w, 35mm. Archive: BGS, CAQ, BEB, SES, AUC, ITG, DEI, PLW, USR, RUR, USW, USM, GBB, NLA, ATM, ITN, ITC, ROB, USL, USF, ESM, USI, CAO, DKK, ITT, USB, YUB, USN, FRL.

Way Down East. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: Anthony Paul Kelly, ed.: James Smith, Rose Smith (D.W. Griffith, Inc. US 1920) cas.: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, si, b&w, 35mm. Archive: BEB, CAQ, ITG, PLW, USR, USW, USM, GBB, NLA, RUR, ITN, ITC, ROB, USL, DKK, SES, USI, AUC.

Orphans of the Storm. Dir: D.W. Griffith, sc. Marquis de Trolignac, ed.: James Smith, Rose Smith (D.W. Griffith, Inc. US 1921) cas: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish. si, b&w. Archive: BGS, BEB, SES, PLW, USM, USL, RUR, ITN, ITC, ROB, CAQ, USR, USF, ESM, GBB, AUC.

America. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: John L. E. Pell, Robert W. Chambers, ed.: Rose Smith, James Smith (D.W. Griffith, Inc. US 1924) cas.: Neil Hamilton, Erville Alderson, si, b&w, 35mm. Archive: BEB, DEI, USM, GBB, RUR, ITN, ROB, USF, DKK, YUB, FRL.

2. Rose Smith as Continuity

Dream Street. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: Roy Sinclair, cont.: Rose Smith (D.W. Griffith, Inc. US 1921) cas.: Carol Dempster, Ralph Graves, si, b&w, 35mm. Archive: BEB, ITG, USR, USM, RUR, FRL.

Credit Report

While the AFI index does not list editors on the following titles, it does state that modern sources list Rose Smith as editor or coeditor on Intolerance, The Birth of a Nation, and Hearts of the World.

 

 

 

Citation

Hatch, Kristen. "Rose Smith." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   September 27, 2013.   <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/rose-smith-2/>

Related

Below are lists of other pioneers that are related to Rose Smith by occupation or geography.

Occupation: continuities


Occupation: editors


Place: United States