John C. Hammell, music editor who spent many years at Paramount where he worked on such films as “Chinatown,” died Aug. 30 of natural causes in Glendale, Calif. He was 87.
Bronx native’s father, John A. Hammell, was a theater owner and censorship/standards executive for Paramount and represented the studio when dealing with the Hayes Office. The son went to work for Paramount’s mailroom in 1936, and his passion for music led him to the sound department and a long career as a music editor. A sampling of his credits includes “It Started in Naples,” “How to Murder Your Wife,” “Is Paris Burning?,” “S.O.B.” and “10.”
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Jane, a son, John Jr., a daughter and a granddaughter.