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      Tay Garnett

      Tay Garnett

      Highest Rated: 100% One Way Passage (1932)

      Lowest Rated: 44% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

      Birthday: Jun 13, 1894

      Birthplace: Sawtelle, California, USA

      A prolific, skillful director of adventure films, westerns and other hard-hitting fare, Tay Garnett began in films around 1920 as a writer. Becoming as a director near the end of the silent period, Garnett quickly demonstrated the narrative verve and technical competence typical of his work with the early talkie landmarks, the rough-housing romance, "Her Man" (1930) and the intriguing gangster film, "Bad Company" (1931). Though his output is variable, Garnett was a reliable and very talented craftsman who helmed such fine genre fare as "One Way Passage" (1932), a lovely romantic duet for Kay Francis and William Powell; "China Seas" (1935), a lively comic adventure at sea teaming up Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Wallace Beery; "Slave Ship" (1937), a grim, potent seafaring saga with Beery and Warner Baxter; "Stand In" (1937), a highly enjoyable spoof of Hollywood filmmaking with Leslie Howard and Joan Blondell; and one of Marlene Dietrich's best films, the rowdy yet touching "Seven Sinners" (1940). His most famous film, though, is arguably that classic film noir pairing of Lana Turner's blondeness and John Garfield's swarthiness, "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946).

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      THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, from left: Cecil Kellaway, Lana Turner, director Tay Garnett on set, 1946 WILD HARVEST, Alan Ladd, director Tay Garnett, Dorothy Lamour on set, 1947 THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, Lana Turner, John Garfield, Tay Garnett, 1946 THE FIREBALL, Mickey Rooney, Tay Garnett (right), 1950, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. WHISPERING SMITH, Director Tay Garnett, Alan Ladd, on-set, 1948 CHINA SEAS, from left, Clark Gable, Dudley Digges, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, director Tay Garnett, on-set, 1935 STAND-IN, front from left: director Tay Garnett, visitor Joan Bennett, Leslie Howard on set, 1937 TRADE WINDS, director Tay Garnett at the helm, 1938

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timber Tramps Director - 1977
      No Score Yet 72% Challenge to Be Free Old Marshal McGee (Character),
      Director
      - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Delta Factor Director - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cattle King Director - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Fighters Director - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7 Wonders of the World Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Knight Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 25% One Minute to Zero Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 30% Cause for Alarm Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 25% Soldiers Three Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 17% The Fireball Director - 1950
      44% 51% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Harvest Director - 1947
      89% 79% The Postman Always Rings Twice Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 81% The Valley of Decision Director - 1945
      No Score Yet 72% Mrs. Parkington Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 53% The Cross of Lorraine Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 67% Bataan Director - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Director - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Weekend for Three Producer - 1941
      No Score Yet 35% Cheers for Miss Bishop Director - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unexpected Uncle Director - 1941
      No Score Yet 42% Seven Sinners Director - 1940
      No Score Yet 83% Slightly Honorable Director - 1939
      No Score Yet 28% Eternally Yours Director,
      Producer
      - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trade Winds Director - 1938
      No Score Yet 53% Joy of Living Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Slave Ship Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 77% Love Is News Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 68% Stand-In Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Professional Soldier Director - 1936
      80% 74% China Seas Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Unknown Director - 1933
      100% 80% One Way Passage Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Okay, America! Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prestige Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Company Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Officer O'Brien Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Man Director,
      Writer
      - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh, Yeah? Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying Fool Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cop Screenwriter - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1928
      No Score Yet 20% Skyscraper Screenwriter - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Power Screenwriter - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spieler Director - 1928
      No Score Yet 73% Long Pants Screenwriter - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There You Are! Writer - 1926
      No Score Yet 67% Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde Screenwriter - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sleuth Screenwriter - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half a Man Screenwriter - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Detained Screenwriter - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hottentot Screenwriter - 1922

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Director 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Director 1961-1962 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Director 1963-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Director 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Director 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Director 1959-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn of Fate Director 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Director,
      Writer
      1956