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Tay Garnett

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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 Slave Ship
  • Director
2013
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 McGeeMarshall 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
57% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Wild Harvest
  • Director
1947
95% 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 She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet 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

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