Freeman A. Davies, 79, former assistant head of postproduction at MGM, died Jan. 1 in Culver City, Calif., after a long illness.

He worked at MGM from 1929 until his retirement in 1976. He began his career in the mailroom, eventually becoming an assistant to the head of the sound department.

When the sound and picture departments were consolidated into postproduction in the 1950s, Davies became assistant to the head of the new group.

Davies was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ sound branch and a member of Local 776, the film editors guild.

Survived by his wife, daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.

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