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Norman Taurog

Highest Rated:   100% Skippy (1931)
Lowest Rated:   0% G.I. Blues (1960)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
17% 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 That Midnight Kiss
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Director
1946
75% 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 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 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 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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