Norman Taurog

Director, Actor
Archetypal "contract," studio director who entered films as an actor, began making comedy shorts, and moved up to features in 1929. Working most often for MGM and Paramount, Taurog specialized in comedies and other ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1899 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (58)

Live a Little, Love a Little 1968 (Movie)

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Speedway 1968 (Movie)

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Double Trouble 1967 (Movie)

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Spinout 1966 (Movie)

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Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine 1964 (Movie)

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Sergeant Deadhead 1964 (Movie)

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Tickle Me 1964 (Movie)

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It Happened at the World's Fair 1963 (Movie)

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Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962 (Movie)

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Palm Springs Weekend 1962 (Movie)

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All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

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Blue Hawaii 1961 (Movie)

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G.I. Blues 1960 (Movie)

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Visit to a Small Planet 1960 (Movie)

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Don't Give Up the Ship 1958 (Movie)

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Onionhead 1958 (Movie)

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The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown 1957 (Movie)

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Bundle of Joy 1956 (Movie)

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Pardners 1956 (Movie)

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The Birds and the Bees 1956 (Movie)

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You're Never Too Young 1955 (Movie)

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Living It Up 1954 (Movie)

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The Caddy 1953 (Movie)

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Room For One More 1952 (Movie)

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Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938 (Movie)

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Boys Town 1937 (Movie)

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Mad About Music 1937 (Movie)

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The Big Broadcast of 1936 1934 (Movie)

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A Bedtime Story (Movie)

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A Yank at Eton (Movie)

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Broadway Melody of 1940 (Movie)

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College Rhythm (Movie)

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Design for Scandal (Movie)

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Fifty Roads to Town (Movie)

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Girl Crazy (Movie)

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Hold 'em Jail (Movie)

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If I Had a Million (Movie)

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Jumping Jacks (Movie)

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Little Nellie Kelly (Movie)

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Lucky Night (Movie)

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Men of Boys Town (Movie)

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Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (Movie)

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Presenting Lily Mars (Movie)

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Rhythm on the Range (Movie)

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Rich, Young and Pretty (Movie)

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Skippy (Movie)

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Strike Me Pink (Movie)

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That Midnight Kiss (Movie)

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The Beginning or the End (Movie)

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The Big City (Movie)

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The Bride Goes Wild (Movie)

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The Hoodlum Saint (Movie)

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The Phantom President (Movie)

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The Toast of New Orleans (Movie)

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The Way to Love (Movie)

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Young Tom Edison (Movie)

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Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

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Other (1)

Problem Child 1990 (Movie)

film extract("Boys Town" (1938)) (Other)

Biography

Archetypal "contract," studio director who entered films as an actor, began making comedy shorts, and moved up to features in 1929. Working most often for MGM and Paramount, Taurog specialized in comedies and other light entertainments, though he made several dramas as well, such as "The Beginning or the End" (1947), about the birth of the atomic bomb. By the mid-50s, he began directing formula vehicles for box-office stars such as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Relationships

Jackie Cooper

Nephew

Susan Taurog

Wife
maternal aunt of Jackie Cooper

Milestones

1929

Co-directed first feature film, "Lucky Boy"

1917

Film acting debut at IMP Studios, New York

1912

Stage acting debut, "The Good Little Devil" (with Mary Pickford)

Film directing debut of two-reel comedies

Moved to Hollywood; worked in film production as property boy

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