Sam Taylor

Highest Rated: 97% Safety Last! (1923)
Lowest Rated: 42% Guy X (2005)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Not to be confused with Broadway director/playwright Samuel Taylor, American film director Sam Taylor received a B.A. from Fordham University before entering films as a gag writer at Kalem Studios in 1916. Anxious to break into directing, Taylor served as Fred Newmeyer's assistant on the Harold Lloyd feature Safety Last (1923), then was given the plum assignment of directing Bea Lillie's first film Exit Smiling (1925). Back with Lloyd, Taylor directed For Heaven's Sake (1926), then moved onward to such major productions as John Barrymore's Tempest (1928) and Mary Pickford's My Best Girl (1927). Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks chose Taylor to helm their only costarring feature, 1929's all-talking Taming of the Shrew. This was the notorious film for which Taylor demanded that the credits read thusly: "Based on William Shakespeare's Comedy...with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor." The ridicule heaped upon Taylor by the Hollywood community was intensified when Shrew ended up an enormous flop. His talkie career never reached the heights of his silent days, though Harold Lloyd nostalgically re-engaged Taylor to direct The Cat's Paw (1934). In 1937, Sam teamed with his brother Matt to write a Broadway play, Stopover. Working as a publicist during the '40s, Sam Taylor was invited by MGM to direct one last film, the Laurel and Hardy vehicle Nothing But Trouble (1945). Though the film included an amusing small-scale recreation of Harold Lloyd's skyscraper sequence from Safety Last, Nothing But Trouble was tragic proof that the glory days of Sam Taylor -- and Stan and Ollie -- had long since passed. Sam Taylor's final contribution to the arts was a good suspense novel, The Man with My Face, which he helped adapt into a feature film in 1951.

Highest Rated Movies



88% The President Producer 2016
81% White Lightnin' Producer 2009
42% Guy X Producer 2005
No Score Yet My Brother Is A Dog (Mein Bruder Ist Ein Hund) Producer 2004
No Score Yet Nothing but Trouble Director 1944
No Score Yet Vagabond Lady Director Producer 1935
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw Director Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Skyline Director 1931
No Score Yet Ambassador Bill Director 1931
No Score Yet Du Barry Director 1930
No Score Yet The Taming of the Shrew Director Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Coquette Producer Screenwriter Director 1929
No Score Yet The Woman Disputed Director 1928
No Score Yet Tempest Director 1928
No Score Yet My Best Girl Director 1927
No Score Yet For Heaven's Sake Director 1926
No Score Yet Exit Smiling Screenwriter Director 1926
93% The Freshman (College Days) Screenwriter Director 1925
No Score Yet Hot Water Screenwriter Director 1924
No Score Yet Girl Shy Screenwriter Director 1924
97% Safety Last! Director Screenwriter 1923
No Score Yet Dr. Jack Screenwriter 1922
No Score Yet Grandma's Boy Screenwriter 1922
No Score Yet Never Weaken Director Screenwriter 1921
No Score Yet I Do Screenwriter 1921
No Score Yet Among Those Present Screenwriter 1921


No Score Yet Undercover Boss
  • 2012


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