John Farrow

Director, Screenwriter, Author
A former naval officer, in Hollywood from 1927 as a scriptwriter, Farrow as a director turned out several well-crafted entertainments often marked by the imaginative use of locations, such as the huge skyscraper in ... Read more »
Born: 02/09/1904 in Australia

Filmography

Director (28)

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Unholy Wife 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

(Spanish sequences) (Director)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

A Bullet Is Waiting 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Botany Bay 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Hondo 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Ride, Vaquero 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

California 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

China 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Back from Eternity (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond Glory (Movie)

(Director)

Blaze of Noon (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Musketeers (Movie)

(Director)

Calcutta (Movie)

(Director)

Men in Exile (Movie)

(Director)

Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Movie)

(Director)

Red, Hot and Blue (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Clock (Movie)

(Director)

The Commandos Strike at Dawn (Movie)

(Director)

The Invisible Menace (Movie)

(Director)

The Saint Strikes Back (Movie)

(Director)

Two Years Before the Mast (Movie)

(Director)

Wake Island (Movie)

(Director)

West of Shanghai (Movie)

(Director)

Where Danger Lives (Movie)

(Director)

Women in the Wind (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Woman of Experience 1930 (Movie)

("The Registered Woman") (Play as Source Material)

A Woman of Experience 1930 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

First Kiss (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Red, Hot and Blue (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Seven Days Leave (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Shadow of the Law (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Tarzan Escapes (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Bad One (Movie)

(Screen Story)

The Common Law (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Three Week-Ends (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Wolf Song (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (5)

The Unholy Wife 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Back from Eternity (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Clock (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Forbidden Island 1959 (Movie)

Stuart Godfrey (Actor)

King of the Khyber Rifles 1953 (Movie)

Corporal Stuart (Actor)

Biography

A former naval officer, in Hollywood from 1927 as a scriptwriter, Farrow as a director turned out several well-crafted entertainments often marked by the imaginative use of locations, such as the huge skyscraper in which his 1948 thriller "The Big Clock" is largely set. The genres he was most often associated with were suspense and action drama, and his best work is both well-paced and intelligent. Farrow's best remembered efforts include "Five Came Back" (1939), detailing the struggles of plane crash survivors, "Wake Island" (1942), a gritty WWII drama, and "Alias Nick Beal" (1949), a modernized retelling of "Faust" about political corruption. He also pursued careers as a historian and novelist, and married actress Maureen O'Sullivan in 1936; daughters Mia and Tisa are also actresses.

Relationships

Mia Farrow Actor

Daughter

Prudence Farrow

Daughter

Stephanie Farrow

Daughter

Theresa Farrow

Daughter

John Farrow

Son
appeared in "John Paul Jones" (1959) directed by his father

Michael Farrow

Son
died in a plane crash in 1958

Patrick Farrow

Son

Maureen O'Sullivan

Wife
married from September 12, 1936 until his death

EDUCATION

Royal Naval Academy

Newington College

Winchester College

Milestones

1959

Last film, "John Paul Jones"

1941

Received Oscar nomination as Best Director for his work on the war film, "Wake Island"

1937

First feature film as director, "Men in Exile"

1934

Debut as director of short, "The Spectacle Maker"

1928

First screenplay credit, "The First Kiss"

1927

First film credit, as title writer, "White Gold"

Served as lieutenant in Royal Canadian Navy, first in information depeartment, later at sea in North Atlantic

Bonus Trivia

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Created a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Pius XI in 1937

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