Norman Taurog

Highest Rated: 100% Skippy (1931)
Lowest Rated: 0% G.I. Blues (1960)
Birthday: Feb 23, 1899
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago-born Norman Taurog was performing on stage from his early childhood, long before he began work as a child actor in movies. He entered films at age 14 with Thomas Ince's studios, and turned to directing comedy in 1919 with Larry Semon. For the next four decades, right up to the end of the '60s, Taurog was one of Hollywood's busiest directors, winning the "Best Director" Oscar in 1931 for Skippy, and although he was best known for comedy, he occasionally worked very successfully in more serious movies, most notably Boys Town (1938), which got him an Academy Award nomination. Additionally, he directed one of the liveliest and most successful of all movie adaptations of classic literature, David O. Selznick's 1938 production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, starring Tommy Kelly, and was in the director's chair for the last of MGM's big pre-war musical showcases, Broadway Melody of 1940 (one was planned for 1942, but seemed inappropriate during the war and the series ended). Taurog was especially well liked by Elvis Presley (and, one presumes, his manager Colonel Tom Parker), and directed the former King of Rock 'N Roll in nine movies between 1960 and 1968, including Blue Hawaii, Spinout, and Live a Little, Love a Little. Additionally, he directed Jerry Lewis, both in partnership with Dean Martin and solo, in The Stooge, The Caddy, Living It Up, Don't Give Up the Ship, and Visit to a Small Planet (the latter a distant predecessor to the TV series Mork and Mindy). Never a noted stylist in either comedy or drama, Taurog knew how to stage a scene for the strongest audience reaction, whether that entailed tears or laughter, and also how to do so quickly and economically, especially with child stars, neophyte performers, and non-actors.

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CREDIT
No Score Yet Visit To A Small Planet Director 1999
No Score Yet Words and Music Director 1998
No Score Yet The Trouble with Girls Director 1969
No Score Yet Speedway Director 1968
No Score Yet Live a Little, Love a Little Director 1968
No Score Yet Double Trouble Director 1967
No Score Yet Spinout Director 1966
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead Director 1965
No Score Yet Tickle Me Director 1965
29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine Director 1965
No Score Yet Palm Springs Weekend Director 1963
17% It Happened at the World's Fair Director 1963
40% Girls! Girls! Girls! Director 1962
29% Blue Hawaii Director 1961
No Score Yet All Hands on Deck Director 1961
0% G.I. Blues Director 1960
No Score Yet Don't Give Up the Ship Director 1959
No Score Yet Onionhead Director 1958
No Score Yet The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown Director 1957
No Score Yet Bundle of Joy Director 1956
No Score Yet Pardners Director 1956
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young Director 1955
No Score Yet Living It Up Director 1954
80% The Caddy Director 1953
No Score Yet The Stooge Director 1953
No Score Yet Jumping Jacks Director 1952
No Score Yet Room for One More Director 1952
No Score Yet Rich, Young and Pretty Director 1952
No Score Yet The Toast of New Orleans Director 1950
No Score Yet Please Believe Me Director 1950
No Score Yet That Midnight Kiss Director 1949
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild Director 1948
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Director 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Director 1946
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Director 1943
No Score Yet Presenting Lily Mars Director 1943
No Score Yet A Yank At Eton Director 1942
No Score Yet Men of Boys Town Director 1941
No Score Yet Design for Scandal Director 1941
No Score Yet Little Nellie Kelly Director 1940
No Score Yet Young Tom Edison Director 1940
No Score Yet Broadway Melody of 1940 Director 1940
No Score Yet Lucky Night Director 1939
89% Boys Town Director 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Director 1938
No Score Yet Mad About Music Director 1938
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range Director 1936
No Score Yet Strike Me Pink Director 1936
No Score Yet Reunion Director 1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936 Director 1935
No Score Yet College Rhythm Director 1934
No Score Yet We're Not Dressing Director 1934
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Director 1934
No Score Yet A Bedtime Story Director 1933
No Score Yet The Phantom President Director 1932
No Score Yet Hold 'em Jail Director 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Director 1932
100% Skippy Director 1931
No Score Yet Sunny Skies Director 1930

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