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Sam Taylor

Highest Rated:   97% Safety Last! (1923)
Lowest Rated:   36% Guy X (2005)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
87% The President
  • Producer
2016
81% White Lightnin'
  • Producer
2009
36% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Undercover Boss
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2012

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