Martin G. Cohn

Martin Goodman Cohn (May 5, 1893 – November 19, 1953) was an American film editor and film producer who worked on B-movie genre pictures in Hollywood from the 1910s through the 1940s.[1][2]

Martin G. Cohn
Martin Goodman Cohn

May 5, 1893
New York City, New York, USA
DiedNovember 19, 1953 (aged 60)
Hollywood, California, USA
Other namesMoe Cohn
OccupationFilm editor, film producer
ChildrenQuinn Martin (son)


Cohn was born in New York City to Goodman Cohn and Jennie Nathan.[3] His parents were Jewish immigrants. He married Anna Messing in Brooklyn in 1916. He began working as a film editor in the early 1910s, although like most editors of that era, he was not credited onscreen for his efforts.[4] Eventually the family moved from New York City to Los Angeles, where he continued his career.

He was a founding member of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (a precursor to the Motion Picture Editors Guild) in 1937; early on, he served as treasurer.[5] In the 1930s, he began working as a producer on projects, although editing seems to have continued to be his primary focus.[6] During this time, he was credited with pioneering the "change-over," a technique that allowed projectionists to keep a film running without stopping to change reels.[6]

He died in 1953 in Hollywood, where he had lived for 28 years. He was survived by his wife, Anna, and his son, Quinn Martin (who later became a famous TV producer).[3][7][8] His brother Elias worked in Hollywood as a cameraman.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Pitts, Michael R. (2015-09-17). Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-1036-8.
  2. ^ Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2015-07-11). The Films of Fay Wray. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-0415-2.
  3. ^ a b "Martin G. Cohn". The Los Angeles Times. 21 Nov 1953. Retrieved 2019-12-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Motography. 1916.
  5. ^ "Motion Picture Editors Guild: The Guild's History". Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  6. ^ a b Etter, Jonathan (2015-07-11). Quinn Martin, Producer: A Behind-the-Scenes History of QM Productions and Its Founder. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-0506-7.
  7. ^ "Television Producer Quinn Martin Is Dead". Tulare Advance-Register. 7 Sep 1987. Retrieved 2019-12-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (1987-09-07). "Quinn Martin Is Dead at 65; Produced Popular TV Series". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-02.

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