Jacques Tourneur

Director, Editor, Script clerk
Master of macabre suspense who hit his peak in the 1940s with such atmospheric gems as the Val Lewton-produced horror classic "Cat People" (1942), the quietly absorbing psychodrama "Experiment Perilous" (1944) and one ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1904 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (23)

War Gods of the Deep 1965 (Movie)

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The Comedy of Terrors 1963 (Movie)

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The Alaskans 1959 - 1961 (Tv Show)

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The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1960 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

Curse of the Demon 1958 (Movie)

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The Fearmakers 1958 (Movie)

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Timbuktu 1958 (Movie)

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Nightfall 1957 (Movie)

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Great Day in the Morning 1956 (Movie)

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Stranger on Horseback 1955 (Movie)

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Wichita 1955 (Movie)

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Appointment in Honduras 1953 (Movie)

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The Flame and the Arrow 1950 (Movie)

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Out of the Past 1947 (Movie)

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Canyon Passage 1946 (Movie)

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Cat People 1942 (Movie)

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Berlin Express (Movie)

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I Walked with a Zombie (Movie)

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Nick Carter, Master Detective (Movie)

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Phantom Raiders (Movie)

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Stars in My Crown (Movie)

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The Leopard Man (Movie)

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Way of a Gaucho (Movie)

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Biography

Master of macabre suspense who hit his peak in the 1940s with such atmospheric gems as the Val Lewton-produced horror classic "Cat People" (1942), the quietly absorbing psychodrama "Experiment Perilous" (1944) and one of the masterworks of film noir, "Out of the Past" (1947). Tourneur worked on the films of his father, the gifted visual stylist Maurice Tourneur, in the US and then in Paris, where he made his directorial debut in 1931. He returned to America in 1935, making shorts and B features at MGM before hitting his stride with several brilliantly understated features for producer Val Lewton at RKO: "Cat People", "I Walked With a Zombie" (1942), and "The Leopard Man" (1943).

Tourneur inherited his father's gift for atmospheric, evocative compositions and put it to good use in westerns ("Canyon Passage" 1946), films noirs ("Out of the Past" 1947) and thrillers ("Berlin Express" 1948). His films from the mid-1950s, for various studios, were less effective, though the British-made "Curse of the Demon" (1957) marked a notable return to his earlier form.

Relationships

Fernande Petit

Mother

Christianne Tourneur

Wife

Maurice Tourneur

Father
born February 2, 1876, died August 4, 1961

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

1966

Retired to France

1941

Joined RKO where he began directing for producer Val Lewton; helmed "Cat People"

1939

First US feature as director, "They All Came Out"

1936

Directed over 20 short sujects for MGM

1935

Met Val Lewton when both worked as special unit directors for Jack Conway on "A Tale of Two Cities" (together they staged the "storming of the Bastille" sequence for that film)

1935

Moved back to USA; began working on shorts and as second unit director at MGM

1931

Directed first feature, "Un Vieux Garcon"

1928

Returned to Paris with father; worked as his editor

1924

Signed as actor with MGM; first film, "Scaramouche"

1923

Began working as office boy at MGM

1914

Moved to USA with father; grew up in CA

Began directing for TV in the late 1950s

Worked as script clerk, assistant and actor on father's last six American films

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