John Rawlins

John Rawlins, veteran film editor and director, died May 20 of pneumonia in Arcadia. He was 94.

Born June 9, 1902, in Long Beach, Rawlins began his career in the motion picture business during the 1920s as a stuntman and actor.

In the early 1930s, he wrote gags for screen comedies and subsequently became a film editor for Columbia Pictures.

He became a director in the late 1930s, helming mostly B action pictures, including a few Universal desert adventures starring Maria Montez.

Film credits included “State Police,” “Young Fugitives,” “The Green Hornet Strikes Again,” “Junior G-Men,” “The Leather Pushers,” “Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror” and “Arabian Nights.”

Rawlins also directed several Dick Tracy films, including “Dick Tracy’s Dilemma” and “Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome.”

During the 1950s he directed a handful of films, including “Boy From Indiana,” “Rogue River,” “Fort Defiance,” “Shark River” and “Lost Lagoon.”

He also directed and produced the TV series “Mayor of the Town” and directed episodes of “Death Valley Days.”

He retired in the 1960s and spent the last 30 years of his life developing property in Newport Beach.

Rawlins is survived by his wife, Lisa; two sons, Phil, a production executive at Warner Bros., and David, a film editor; daughter Lisa, a studio executive for Warner Bros.; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel.

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