Jacques Tourneur

Jacques Tourneur

  • Highest Rated: 100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% Days of Glory (1945)
  • Birthday: Nov 12, 1904
  • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • A resident of the United States from the age of ten, Jacques Tourneur became one of America's leading directors of horror and film noir, after a long apprenticeship. The son of the celebrated director Maurice Tourneur, he went to work at MGM as an office boy and subsequently became a script clerk on his father's movies, and returned to France as his father's editor in 1928. Tourneur made his debut as a director in France in 1931, but found, upon returning to Hollywood four years later, that there was no work for him in this capacity. He worked for David O. Selznick as a second-unit director on A Tale of Two Cities, in partnership with writer Val Lewton, and eventually moved back into the director's chair in short subjects and very low budget B pictures. In 1942, Lewton put together a low-budget horror production unit at RKO and arranged for Tourneur to direct the first two entries, Cat People and I Walked With a Zombie, a pair of deeply atmospheric, spine-tingling, yet subtle horror movies (the second one was based on "Jane Eyre"), both of which became major hits for the studio and established Tourneur's credentials. He was taken away from Lewton and given bigger-budget non-horror projects, and acquitted himself well in those, most notably the classic film noir Out of the Past (1947). But Tourneur also had a flair for swashbucklers, as he showed in The Flame And the Arrow (1950). He also directed one sword-and-sandal adventure film, The Giant of Marathon. Along with the first two Lewton movies, his most famous film is probably Curse of the Demon (1957), a chilling horror film whose reputation has grown during the four decades since its release.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Les Filles De La Concierge Director 2015
No Score Yet Tout ça ne vaut pas l'amour Director 2013
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows Actor 2007
No Score Yet War-Gods of the Deep Director 1965
No Score Yet War Gods of the Deep Director 1965
88% The Comedy of Terrors Director 1964
No Score Yet The Giant of Marathon Director 1959
No Score Yet The Fearmakers Director 1959
No Score Yet Ultimate Hero Director 1959
100% Curse of the Demon Director 1958
100% Nightfall Director 1957
No Score Yet Great Day in the Morning Director 1956
100% Wichita Director 1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback Director 1955
No Score Yet Appointment in Honduras Director 1953
No Score Yet Way Of A Gaucho Director 1952
No Score Yet Anne of the Indies Director 1951
No Score Yet Circle Of Danger Director 1951
100% The Flame and the Arrow Director 1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown Director 1950
No Score Yet Easy Living Director 1949
No Score Yet Berlin Express Director 1948
94% Out of the Past Director 1947
100% Canyon Passage Director 1946
50% Days of Glory Director 1945
100% Experiment Perilous Director 1944
89% The Leopard Man Director 1943
92% I Walked With a Zombie Director 1943
93% Cat People Director 1942
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective Director 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Director
  • 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Director
  • 1960

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