Tay Garnett Film Director

Tay Garnett (born William Taylor Garnett 13 June 1894 – 3 October 1977) was an American film director and writer. Born in Los Angeles, California, Garnett served as a naval aviator in World War I and entered films as a screenwriter in 1920. He was a gagwriter for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, then joined Pathé and began to direct films in 1928. Among his films are One Way Passage (1932), China Seas (1935), Eternally Yours (1939), Seven Sinners (1940), Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941), The Cross of Lorraine (1943), and Bataan (1943). He is best known as the director of the 1946 thriller The Postman Always Rings Twice with John Garfield and Lana Turner. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) with Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming was also well received. Garnett also worked in radio as a writer, director and narrator. He created a show titled "Three Sheets to the Wind"(1942) which starred John Wayne as Dan O'Brien, an American private eye posing as a drunk on a luxury liner sailing from England in 1939. After directing one of Loretta Young's last theatrical films Cause for Alarm! (1951), Garnett travelled to the United Kingdom in the early 1950s for a few films.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 13th, 1894
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
October 3rd, 1977 at age of 83
Place of death
Sawtelle
Cause of death
Leukemia

Family

Spouses
Children

Movie performances

1. Challenge to Be Free (1975)

Adventure, Family
played Old Marshal McGee
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
88.0
1 Show list

Challenge to Be Free is a 1972 film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Mike Mazurki. The film was made and briefly released in 1972 as Mad Trapper of the Yukon and Mad Trapper. It was re-released as Challenge to be Free in 1975.

Awards

Top cast

Trapper
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Albert Johnson
English
United States of America

Movies produced

Title Year Budget Awards Co-producers Directors Writers External resources
Trade Winds
Drama
1938
Frank R. Adams
Joy of Living
Comedy,Musical,Romance
1938
Felix Young

Movies directed

Average rating of directed movie by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Drama256.5
Crime76.23
Film-Noir36.97
Comedy126.57
Romance86.86
War66.35
Adventure106.0
Family26.65
Action26.55
Musical26.4
Music25.95
Title Year Budget Awards Producers Co-directors Writers External resources
The Timber Tramps
Adventure
1975
Chuck D. Keen
Chuck D. Keen
Challenge to Be Free
Adventure,Family
1975
The Delta Factor
Adventure,Crime,Drama
1970
Cattle King
Western
1963
A Terrible Beauty
War,Drama,Action
1960
Seven Wonders of the World
Documentary,History
1956
The Black Knight
Adventure
1954
Main Street to Broadway
Music,Romance
1953
One Minute to Zero
War,Drama
1952
The Racket
Crime,Drama,Film-Noir
1951
Cause for Alarm!
Crime,Drama,Film-Noir
1951
Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
Larry Marcus
Mel Dinelli
Soldiers Three
Adventure,Comedy,War
1951
Pandro S. Berman
Tom Reed
The Fireball
Drama
1950
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Comedy,Family,Fantasy
1949
Edmund Beloin
Wild Harvest
Drama
1947
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Crime,Drama,Film-Noir
1946
Harry Ruskin
The Valley of Decision
Drama
1945 USD 2.16M
Mrs. Parkington
Drama,Romance
1944 1
Leon Gordon
See Here, Private Hargrove
Comedy,Romance,War
1944
George Haight
The Cross of Lorraine
War,Drama
1943
Alexander Esway
Robert Hardy Andrews
Bataan
War
1943
Irving Starr
Robert Hardy Andrews
My Favorite Spy
Comedy,Musical
1942
Frank Ryan
Cheers for Miss Bishop
Drama
1941
Seven Sinners
Comedy,Drama,Romance
1940 USD 760K
Slightly Honorable
Crime,Drama,Music
1940
Eternally Yours
Comedy,Drama
1939
Trade Winds
Drama
1938
Frank R. Adams
Joy of Living
Comedy,Musical,Romance
1938
Felix Young
Stand-In
Comedy,Romance
1937
Love is News
Comedy,Romance
1937
Slave Ship
Adventure,Drama
1937
Professional Soldier
Adventure
1935
China Seas
Action,Drama,Adventure
1935
She Couldn't Take It
Comedy
1935
SOS ICEBERG - SOS EISBERG
Adventure,Drama
1933
One Way Passage
Comedy,Drama,Romance
1932 1
Joseph Jackson
Prestige
Adventure,Drama
1932
Charles R. Rogers
Rollo Lloyd
Okay, America
Drama
1932
Bad Company
Drama
1931
Officer O'Brien
Crime,Comedy,Drama
1930
Her Man
Drama
1930
The Spieler
Crime
1928
Hal Conklin
John W. Krafft
Celebrity
1928

Movies written

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy125.87
Short105.7
Drama36.57
Crime27.15
Title Year Budget Awards Producers Directors Co-writers External resources
Prestige
Adventure,Drama
1932
Charles R. Rogers
Rollo Lloyd
The Spieler
Crime
1928
Hal Conklin
John W. Krafft
The Cop
Crime,Drama
1928
John W. Krafft
Skyscraper
Drama
1928
Howard Higgin
John W. Krafft
The Wise Wife
Comedy
1927
John W. Krafft
Cruise of the Jasper B
Comedy,Romance
1926
Half a Man
Comedy,Short
1925
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde
Short,Comedy,Horror
1925
The Sleuth
Comedy,Short
1925
Navy Blue Days
Comedy,Short
1925
The Snow Hawk
Short,Comedy
1925
Pie-Eyed
Comedy,Short
1925
Somewhere in Wrong
Comedy,Short
1925
West of Hot Dog
Short,Western,Comedy
1924
Detained
Short,Comedy
1924
Mandarin Mix-Up
Short,Comedy
1924
The Hottentot
1922

Wikipedia

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