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Jacques Tourneur



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Les Filles De La Concierge
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Tout ├ža ne vaut pas l'amour
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Way Of A Gaucho
  • Director
2011
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
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Appointment in Honduras
  • Director
1953
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
97% Out of the Past
  • Director
1947
100% Canyon Passage
  • Director
1946
50% Days of Glory
  • Director
1945
100% Experiment Perilous
  • Director
1944
88% 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
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Director

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