Tay Garnett

Tay Garnett

  • Highest Rated: 92% The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
  • Birthday: Jun 13, 1894
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Infected with wanderlust almost from birth, Taylor Garnett joined the Naval Air Service in 1917. While serving as a flight instructor in San Diego, Garnett was seriously injured in a training crash, which left him with a pronounced but fortunately not debilitating limp. While still in uniform, Garnett had staged a few serviceman revues; after his discharge, he parlayed what he'd learned about comedy into a job as gagman for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, where he wrote material for stars ranging from Ben Turpin to Stan Laurel. He even reportedly worked as a stunt man, despite his reliance on a cane due to his service injuries. After scriptwriting for directors like Frank Capra and Cecil B. DeMille, Garnett was given his first opportunity to direct with 1928's Celebrity. Making a seamless transition to talkies, Garnett turned out such romantic dramas and adventures as Her Man (1930), One Way Passage (1932) and China Seas (1935); many of these were seafaring efforts, in keeping with Garnett's lifelong love of all things maritime. One of his best 1930s efforts was Trade Winds, wherein private detective Fredric March chased murder suspect Joan Bennett all over the world; in fact, the stars never left the studio, but instead played out their scenes in front of globe-trotting footage lensed by Garnett on one of his own vacations. Garnett's most celebrated 1940s production was the slick "film noir" The Postman Always Rings Twice. He went independent in 1949, forming Thor Productions with producer Bert Friedlob. In the 1950s, Garnett cut back on his theatrical film schedule to direct individual episodes of such TV series as Wagon Train and The Untouchables. Even with his crowded private and public life, Garnett found time to write a novel, A Man Laughs Back (1935), and an autobiography, Light Up Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights (1977). Tay Garnett's three wives, actresses all, were Patsy Ruth Miller, Helga Moray and Mari Aldon respectively.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Director 2013
No Score Yet Seven Wonders of the World Director 2006
No Score Yet S.O.S. Eisberg Screenwriter Director 2005
No Score Yet Challenge To Be Free Marshal McGee Marshall McGee Screenwriter Director 1975
No Score Yet The Big Push Director 1975
No Score Yet The Delta Factor Screenwriter Producer Director 1970
No Score Yet Cattle King Director 1963
No Score Yet The Black Knight Director 1954
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Director 1953
No Score Yet One Minute to Zero Director 1952
No Score Yet Four Star Playhouse Director 1952
No Score Yet Soldiers Three Director 1951
No Score Yet Cause for Alarm Director 1951
No Score Yet The Fireball Screenwriter Director 1950
50% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Director 1949
No Score Yet Wild Harvest Director 1947
92% The Postman Always Rings Twice Director 1946
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Director 1945
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Actor Director 1944
No Score Yet The Cross of Lorraine Director 1943
No Score Yet Bataan Director 1943
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three) Producer 1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop Director 1941
No Score Yet Seven Sinners Director 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Reporter Director Producer 1940
No Score Yet Eternally Yours Producer Director Pilot 1939
No Score Yet Trade Winds Director Producer 1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living Director 1938
No Score Yet Stand-In Director 1937
No Score Yet Love Is News Director 1937
No Score Yet Slave Ship Director 1937
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer) Director 1935
80% China Seas Director 1935
No Score Yet Sos Iceberg Director 1933
No Score Yet One Way Passage Director 1932
No Score Yet Okay, America! Director 1932
No Score Yet Her Man Director 1930
No Score Yet Officer O'Brien Director 1930
No Score Yet Flying Fool Director Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Skyscraper Screenwriter 1928
No Score Yet Power Screenwriter 1928
No Score Yet White Gold Screenwriter 1927
No Score Yet The Strong Man Actor 1926
No Score Yet Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde Screenwriter 1925

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Director
  • 1966
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Director
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Director
  • 1962

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