Tay Garnett

Director, Screenwriter, Stuntman
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/13/1894 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Director (39)

Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mad Trapper 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Delta Factor 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1957 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

The Untouchables 1957 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Deputy 1959 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn of Fate 1957 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

A Terrible Beauty 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Knight 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Main Street to Broadway 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Cause For Alarm 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fireball 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Stand-In 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

China Seas 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

S.O.S. Eisberg 1932 (Movie)

(English-language version "S.O.S. Iceberg) (Director)

Bad Company 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Bataan (Movie)

(Director)

Cheers for Miss Bishop (Movie)

(Director)

Her Man (Movie)

(Director)

Joy of Living (Movie)

(Director)

Love Is News (Movie)

(Director)

One Minute to Zero (Movie)

(Director)

One Way Passage (Movie)

(Director)

Professional Soldier (Movie)

(Director)

See Here, Private Hargrove (Movie)

(Director)

Slave Ship (Movie)

(Director)

Slightly Honorable (Movie)

(Director)

Soldiers Three (Movie)

(Director)

The Cross of Lorraine (Movie)

(Director)

The Flying Fool (Movie)

(Director)

Trade Winds (Movie)

(Director)

Valley of Decision (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

The Mad Trapper 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Delta Factor 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fireball 1950 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Fireball 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bad Company 1930 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Skyscraper 1927 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cop 1927 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rubber Tires (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Street of Missing Men (Movie)

(Screen Story)

The Flying Fool (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (2)

The Mad Trapper 1971 (Movie)

Marshall McGee (Actor)

Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (2)

Slightly Honorable (Movie)

(Producer)

Trade Winds (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (2)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

film extract("Bataan" (1943)) (Other)

Hearts and Minds 1975 (Movie)

film extract("Bataan" (1943)) (Other)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Mari Aldon Actor

Wife
Married in the 1950s

Patsy Ruth Miller Actor

Wife

Helga Moray Actor

Wife
Second wife No longer together

EDUCATION

Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles , California

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge , Massachusetts

Milestones

1973

Last film, "Timber Tramp"

1928

Began as a film director at Pathe; first films, "Celebrity" (for which he also co-wrote the screenplay) and "The Spieler" (which he also co-wrote)

1927

Joined the DeMille unit at Pathe

1920

Became a screenwriter; wrote screenplays and comic material for, among others, Hal Roach and Mack Sennett

Served as a pilot for the Navy during and shortly after WWI

Directed mainly for TV beginning in the late 1950s

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