Oswald Hafenrichter

Last updated 09 January 2020

Oswald Edward Hafenrichter

Born: Monday 10th April 1899
Died: Friday 18th May 1973 (age: 74)


Oswald Hafenrichter was a Yugoslavian-born film editor began his career with a series of German films in the early 1930s and some Italian films in the mid-1940s.

He moved to England at the end of World War II, initially living in Hampstead where he married his wife Edith (Burbeck) in 1948, before later moving in Chiswick. He worked on some prestige British films of the time including An Ideal Husband in 1947. He also worked on classic films for Carol Reed, The Fallen Idol in 1949 and The Third Man the following year, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Hafenrichter then alternated between Italy and England for the rest of his career, ending his career in the 1970s editing a series of Hammer horror films. He continued to live in Chiswick until his death.

He was the editor of the 1966 feature film Dr. Who and the Daleks.