T. J. Crizer


name: Thomas J. Crizer
born Oct. 28, 1888, in VA
died Nov. 13, 1963, in Los Angeles, CA


This filmography of T. J. Crizer is somewhat sparse, mainly because of the lack of onscreen credits for film editing in the early Roach silents. Since he was the head editor, he probably would have received credit on virtually every film made by the company while he held that job. I've only listed those films for which I've come across a credit.


1913

Crizer seems to have entered the film business in early 1913 at Essanay, where as Tom Crizer, he played small parts in both the Broncho Billy and Snakeville series for the next four and a half years.

The Ranch Girl's Partner (small role)
May 13, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

Alkali Ike And The Hypnotist (small role)
June 21, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

The Episode At Cloudy Canyon (small role)
Aug. 28, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

Hard Luck Bill (small role)
Sep. 4, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

Why Broncho Billy Left Bear Country (small role)
Sep. 27, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

The Struggle (small role)
Oct. 4, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Broncho Billy's Oath (supporting role)
Oct. 11, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Also known as Oath.

Broncho Billy Gets Square (small role)
Oct. 17, 1913 - Essanay/General - 2 reels - Broncho Billy series

The Kid Sheriff (small role)
Oct. 23, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

Greed For Gold (supporting role)
Oct. 30, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

The End Of The Circle (small role)
Nov. 21, 1913 - Essanay/General - 2 reels

The Three Gamblers (supporting role)
Dec. 12, 1913 - Essanay/General - 2 reels - Broncho Billy series

Broncho Billy's Christmas Deed (small role)
Dec. 20, 1913 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series


1914

Sophie Picks A Dead One (small role: sousaphone player)
Feb. 13, 1914 - Essanay/General - 2 reels - Snakeville series

Sophie's Birthday Party (small role)
Mar. 7, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

The Interference Of Broncho Billy (supporting role)
Mar. 14, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

The Atonement (small role)
Mar. 26, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

Broncho Billy -- Gun-Man (small role)
Apr. 25, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Broncho Billy's Close Call (small role)
May 2, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Broncho Billy's Sermon (small role)
May 9, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Sophie Finds A Hero (small role)
June 25, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Slippery Slim -- Diplomat (small role)
July 9, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Snakeville's New Waitress (small role)
July 16, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Broncho Billy Wins Out (small role)
Aug. 15, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Listed as Tom Brizer for this film.

Broncho Billy's Wild Ride (small role)
Aug. 22, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Snakeville's Most Popular Lady (small role)
Sep. 10, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Broncho Billy And The Greaser (small role)
Oct. 10, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Also listed for Oct. 3, 1914.

Broncho Billy Rewarded (supporting role)
Oct. 17, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Broncho Billy's Mother (supporting role)
Oct. 31, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Slippery Slim And The Impersonator (small role)
Nov. 5, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

The Tell-Tale Hand (small role)
Nov. 19, 1914 - Essanay/General - 3 reels - Broncho Billy series

Broncho Billy's Scheme (small role)
Nov. 21, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Snakeville's Reform Wave (small role)
Nov. 26, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Broncho Billy's Double Escape (small role)
Nov. 28, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

Sophie's Fatal Wedding (small role)
Dec. 3, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Broncho Billy's Judgment (small role)
Dec. 5, 1914 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series


1915

Broncho Billy And The Escaped Bandit (small role)
Jan. 2, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Dec. 14, 1914. Also known as Broncho Billy And The Escape Artist.

Broncho Billy And The Claim Jumpers (small role: land office clerk)
Jan. 9, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Dec. 30, 1914.

When Love And Honor Called (small role)
Jan. 18, 1915 - Essanay/General - 3 reels - Broncho Billy series

©Dec. 9, 1914.

Sentimental Sophie (small role)
Jan. 21, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

Broncho Billy And The False Note (small role)
Jan. 30, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Jan. 15, 1915.

Broncho Billy's Sentence (small role: prisoner)
Feb. 13, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Jan. 26, 1915.

Broncho Billy And The Vigilante (small role)
Feb. 20, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Feb. 1, 1915.

Broncho Billy's Brother (small role)
Feb. 27, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Feb. 4, 1915.

Slippery Slim's Wedding Day (small role)
Mar. 4, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

©Feb. 17, 1915.

Broncho Billy's Vengeance (small role)
Mar. 6, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Feb. 22, 1915.

Ingomar Of The Hills (supporting role)
Apr. 3, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Mar. 23, 1915.

The Face At The Curtain (small role)
Apr. 16, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Broncho Billy series

©Apr. 6, 1915. Also known as After Midnight.

How Slippery Slim Saw The Show (small role)
May 6, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - Snakeville series

©Apr. 26, 1915.

A Bunch Of Matches (small role)
May 27, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

&169;May 15, 1915.

The Drug Clerk (supporting role)
Aug. 26, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

©Aug. 12, 1915.

Mustaches And Bombs (supporting role)
Sep. 16, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel

©Aug. 31, 1915.


1917

Crizer joined Rolin at the end of October as a film editor. This was one of those duties that didn't result in a lot of screen credits, at least not until the mid-twenties, so his filmography is somewhat sparse. He was also utilized as a scenario writer during his tenure at Roach, and worked on the Harold Lloyd series in that capacity. It stands to reason that he had at least some involvement in every Roach film made between late 1917 and early 1925.

Humanity (small role)
May 19, 1917 - Essanay - 5 or 6 reels - Broncho Billy feature

Filmed in 1914. Premiered Feb. 17, 1916. Reissued as Naked Hands.


1918

Let's Go (uncredited editor)
Mar. 24, 1918 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. L-15 - Harold Lloyd series

Filmed Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, 1917. Reissued Aug. 13, 1922. This was the first Rolin film that Crizer cut.

No Place Like Jail (uncredited editor)
Oct. 1, 1918 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. R-4 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for Oct. 7, 1918. Filmed July 1 to 6, and July 12, 1918. This according to Rob Stone's list. According to his book, the initial filming was from the 1st to the 5th. ©Sep. 27, 1918.

Just Rambling Along (uncredited editor)
Dec. 8, 1918 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. R-2 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed June 18 to 22, 1918. ©Sep. 27, 1918. Originally scheduled for release Nov. 3, 1918.


1919

Do You Love Your Wife? (uncredited editor)
Jan. 5, 1919 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. R-1 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed June 11 to 15, 1918. ©Nov. 21, 1918.

Hustling For Health (uncredited editor)
Feb. 2, 1919 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. R-5 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed July 6 to 11, and July 13, 1918. ©Dec. 17, 1918.

Hoot Mon! (uncredited editor)
Mar. 2, 1919 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. R-3 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for Mar. 1, 1919. Filmed June 24 to 29, 1918. ©Jan. 23, 1919.


1920

In Randy Skretvedt's Laurel And Hardy: The Magic Behind The Movies, a page from a trade magazine is included, which shows portraits of the various heads of department at the Roach studio. This includes T. J. Crizer, film editor. It was during this year that Richard Currier joined the studio, and he eventually was the head editor. One of the perks of being the head editor is that you're the only one who gets credited for editing, even though others are involved. However, Currier's name doesn't replace Crizer's in the credits until early 1925, which suggests that Currier was a cutter until then.


1921

Towards the end of the year, pre-production began on the Our Gang series. Crizer worked as a scenario writer on this series in addition to his duties as a film editor. It isn't known which films he worked on in this capacity.

Now Or Never (uncredited editor)
May 5, 1921 - Roach/Associated/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. L-10 - Harold Lloyd series

Also listed for Mar. 27, 1921. Filmed Sep. 27 to Oct. 2, Oct. 9, 12, 28, 30, Nov. 1 to Dec. 3, 6, 8 and 13, 1920. ©Feb. 12, 1921. Originally scheduled for released Mar. 13, 1921.

Among Those Present (editor)
July 3, 1921 - Rolin/Associated/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. L-11 - Harold Lloyd series

Also listed for May 29, 1921. Filmed Dec. 20, 1920, to Jan. 24, 1921, and Jan. 29 to Feb. 19, 1921. ©May 4, 1920.

Never Weaken (editor)
Oct. 22, 1921 - Rolin/Associated/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. L-13 - Harold Lloyd series

Filming began May 1921. ©Sep. 28, 1921.

A Sailor-Made Man (editor)
Dec. 25, 1921 - Roach/Associated/Pathé - 4 reels - prod. L-14 - Harold Lloyd feature

Sources vary on the filming dates of Aug. 26 to Oct. 21, 1921, which may have been prod. L-15. ©Dec. 6, 1921.


1922

Grandma's Boy (editor/uncredited co-screenplay)
Sep. 3, 1922 - Roach/Associated/Pathé - 5 reels - prod. L-15 - Harold Lloyd feature

Sources vary on filming dates, which were either Aug. 26 to Oct. 8, 1921, with retakes Oct. 13 to 15, 1921, or Oct. 22, 1921 to Mar. 4, 1922. ©Apr. 27, 1922.

Dr. Jack (editor/uncredited co-screenplay)
Nov. 26, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 5 reels - prod. L-16 - Harold Lloyd feature

Also listed for Dec. 19, 1922. Filmed Mar. 20 to July 10, 1922. ©Oct. 9, 1922.


1923

Before The Public (editor)
Mar. 4, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-2 - Snub Pollard series

Filmed Apr. 12 to May 19, and Sep. 23 to Oct. 2, 1922. ©Dec. 16, 1922.

Safety Last! (editor)
Apr. 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 7 reels - prod. L-17 - Harold Lloyd feature

Filmed July 15 to Oct. 18, 1922, with retakes Oct. 23, Nov. 29, and Dec. 1, 1922. ©Jan. 25, 1923. Added to the National Film Registry on Nov. 14, 1994.

Sold At Auction (editor)
May 27, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-12 - Snub Pollard series

Also listed for Apr. 27, 1923. Filmed Oct. 7 to 21, 1922, with retakes Nov. 6 to 7, and Nov. 28, 1922. ©May 12, 1923.

14. Dogs Of War! (editor)
July 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-14 - Our Gang series

Premiered June 10, 1923. Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 10, 1923, with retakes Feb. 20 to 23, and Apr. 11, 1923. ©July 19, 1923.

Jack Frost (editor)
July 22, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-15 - Snub Pollard series

Filmed Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, Dec. 22, Dec. 26 to 30, 1922, Jan. 2 to 6, Feb. 6, and Feb. 12 to 13, 1923. ©June 6, 1923.

15. Lodge Night (editor)
July 29, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-15 - Our Gang series

Filmed Feb. 12 to Mar. 3, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923.

Why Worry? (editor)
Sep. 16, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 6 reels - prod. L-18 - Harold Lloyd feature

Also listed for Sep. 9, 1923. Premiered Sep. 2, 1923. Filmed Nov. 13 to Dec. 30, 1922, Jan. 2 to May 25, May 26, and May 28 to June 20, 1923. ©Aug. 11, 1923.

Heavy Seas (editor)
Oct. 7, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. F-3 - The Spat Family series

Filmed June 22 to July 3, and July 5 to 17, 1923, with retakes Aug. 16, 21, 23 and 24, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.

Hustlin' Hank (editor)
Nov. 11, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. R-2 - Will Rogers series

Filmed July 13 to Aug. 11, 1923, with retakes Oct. 4 to 6, 1923. ©Nov. 23, 1923.

21. Derby Day (editor)
Nov. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-21 - Our Gang series

Filmed July 18 to Aug. 13, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.

The Soilers (editor)
Nov. 25, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-3 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed Aug. 20 to Sep. 1, 1923. ©Nov. 23, 1923.

Uncensored Movies (editor)
Dec. 9, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. R-3 - Will Rogers series

Filmed Aug. 20 to Sep. 4, Sep. 20, and Oct. 12 to 13, 1923. ©Dec. 14, 1923.

Mother's Joy (editor)
Dec. 23, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-4 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed Sep. 10 to 21, 1923. ©Dec. 24, 1923.


1924

The October 1924 issue of The Red Book indicates that Crizer shared the position of 'production manager' with H. M. Walker. It also separately credits Crizer as the film editor for the studio.

Smithy (editor)
Jan. 20. 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-6 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed Oct. 11 to 20, 1923. ©Jan. 9, 1924. UK title: The Home Wrecker.

Postage Due (editor)
Feb. 17, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-8 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed Nov. 5 to 14, 1923. ©Jan. 26, 1924.

24. The Buccaneers (editor)
Mar. 9, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-24 - Our Gang series

Filmed Sep. 28 to Oct. 24, and Oct. 28, 1923. ©Feb. 20, 1924.

Zeb Vs. Paprika (editor)
Mar. 16, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-7 - Stan Laurel series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Oct. 23 to Nov. 5, 1923. According to his book, filming continued until the 6th. ©Jan. 26, 1924.

Big Moments From Little Pictures (editor)
Mar. 30, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. R-9 - Will Rogers series

Filmed Nov. 16 to Dec. 11, 1923. ©Apr. 18, 1924.

25. Seein' Things (editor)
Apr. 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-25 - Our Gang series

Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 7, and Dec. 19, 1923, and Jan. 7, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

Brothers Under The Chin (editor)
Apr. 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-9 - Stan Laurel series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Nov. 19 to 28, and Dec. 3, 1923. In his book, he revises it to Nov. 15 to Dec. 3, 1923. ©Apr. 18, 1924.

Near Dublin (editor)
May 11, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-5 - Stan Laurel series

Filmed Sep. 26 to Oct. 9, 1923, with added scenes Dec. 16 to 17, 1923. ©Feb. 20, 1924.

Going To Congress (editor)
May 25, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. R-11 - Will Rogers series

Filmed Jan. 19 to 30, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

28. Cradle Robbers (editor)
June 1, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-28 - Our Gang series

Filmed Jan. 28 to Feb. 9, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

Rupert Of Hee Haw (editor)
June 8, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-11 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for June 24, 1924. Filmed Dec. 20 to 26, 1923, and Jan. 2 to 12, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

Wide Open Spaces (editor)
July 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-10 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for July 16, 1924. Filmed Dec. 5 to 15, 1923. ©June 30, 1924. Previewed as Wild Bill Hiccough.

27. It's A Bear (editor)
July 27, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-27 - Our Gang series

Filmed Dec. 10 to 26, 1923, Jan. 2 to 7, Jan. 12, and Mar. 7 to 12, 1924. ©June 30, 1924.

Short Kilts (editor)
Aug. 3, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-12 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for Aug. 11, 1924. Filmed Jan. 16 to 24, 1924. ©Aug. 2, 1924.

A Truthful Liar (editor)
Aug. 17, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. R-14 - Will Rogers series

Filmed Apr. 11 to 29, 1924, with retakes May 9 to 10, 1924. ©July 31, 1924.

The Battling Orioles (editor)
Aug. 24, 1924 - Roach/Associated/Pathé - 5 reels - Glenn Tryon feature

Also listed for Oct. 6, 1924. This is most likely prod. T-1, which was filmed Oct. 22 to Nov. 25, and Dec. 3 to 26, 1923, and Jan. 2 to Feb. 8, 1924. There was also an unspecified Glenn Tryon feature in which retakes were shot from May 22 to June 17, 1924, but it isn't clear whether it was this one or "The White Sheep" or some other film. ©Sep. 25, 1924.

30. High Society (editor)
Aug. 24, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-30 - Our Gang series

Filmed Mar. 24 to Apr. 5, 1924. ©May 29, 1924.


1925

Crizer left the Roach studio early in the year, and the job of head editor went to Richard Currier. If we assume that onscreen credit corresponded to time of release, then the transition happened sometime between February and March.

34. The Big Town (editor)
Jan. 11, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-34 - Our Gang series

Filmed Sep. 22 to Oct. 2, 1924. ©Dec. 9, 1924.

35. Circus Fever (editor/use of name)
Feb. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-35 - Our Gang series

Filmed Oct. 20 to 25, and Nov. 1 to 4, 1924. ©Jan. 19, 1925. The circus in the film is called "Crizer's Colossal Circus."

The Perfect Clown (story/co-titles)
Dec. 15, 1925 - Chadwick/First National - 6 reels - Larry Semon feature

Filmed late July to mid Aug. 1925. ©Nov. 16, 1925.


1926

It seems apparent that Crizer landed a job at Paramount sometime during the latter half of this year, which may have had something to do with his involvement with other companies, like Lloyd and Christie, that released their films through Paramount. By this time, he had left the field of film editing to become a writer.

Stop, Look And Listen (co-writer)
Jan. 1, 1926 - Semon/Pathé - 6 reels - Larry Semon feature

©Feb. 1, 1926. Listed as co-author in copyright deposit. Credited as Tom Crizer.


1927

The Kid Brother (co-story)
Jan. 22, 1927 - Lloyd/Paramount - 8 reels - Harold Lloyd feature

Filmed in 1926. ©Jan. 18, 1927. Credited as Tom Crizer.

Paradise For Two (co-adaptation)
Jan. 23, 1927 - Paramount - 7 reels - Richard Dix feature

©Feb. 3, 1927. Credited as Tom J. Crizer.

Rubber Heels (co-story and adaptation)
June 11, 1927 - Paramount - 6 reels - Ed Wynn feature

©June 11, 1927. Credited as Tom J. Crizer.

No Publicity (co-story)
Aug. 1, 1927 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©Aug. 1, 1927. Credited as T. J. Crizer.

Find The King (co-story)
Nov. 5, 1927 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©Nov. 5, 1927. Credited as T. J. Crizer.


1928

Dad's Choice (co-story)
Jan. 7, 1928 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©Jan. 7, 1928. Credited as T. J. Crizer.

Sporting Goods (co-screenplay)
Feb. 11, 1928 - Paramount - 6 reels - Richard Dix feature

©Feb. 11, 1928. Credited as Tom Crizer.

Behind The Counter (co-story)
Mar. 3, 1928 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©Mar. 3, 1928. Credited as T. J. Crizer.

Horse Shy (co-story)
May 19, 1928 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©May 19, 1928. Credited as T. J. Crizer.

Scrambled Weddings (co-story)
June 30, 1928 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©June 30, 1928. Credited as T. J. Crizer.

Vacation Waves (co-story)
Sep. 15, 1928 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©Sep. 15, 1928. Credited as T. J. Crizer.

Take Me Home (unconfirmed story writer)
Oct. 13, 1928 - Paramount - 6 reels - Bebe Daniels feature

©Oct. 15, 1928.

Call Again (co-story)
Oct. 20, 1928 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Edward Everett Horton series

©Oct. 22, 1928. Credited as T. J. Crizer.


1932

Apparently, Crizer was no longer involved with Paramount by this time. After his one known credit for 1932, information on him basically dries up.

My Pal, The King (co-screenplay and dialogue)
Aug. 4, 1932 - Universal - 6 reels - Tom Mix feature

©Aug. 1, 1932. Credited as Tom J. Crizer.


©Oct. 25, 2007, by Robert Demoss.
2008 updates: 1/19, 7/6.


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