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William Taylor "Tay" Garnett (June 13, 1894 – October 3, 1977) was an American film director and writer.
William Taylor Garnett
June 13, 1894
Los Angeles, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 1977 (aged 83)|
Sawtell, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, writer|
|Children||William John ("Bill") Garnett (b. 1942)|
Tiela Aldon Garnett Daniels (b. 1955)
He entered the film industry as a screenwriter in 1920, writing for Mack Sennett. His credits included The Quack Doctor (1920).
He wrote the comedy shorts Honeymoon Hardships (1925), Somewhere in Wrong (1925) with Laurel, Twins (1925) with Laurel, Pie-Eyed (1925) with Laurel, The Snow Hawk (1925) with Laurel, Navy Blue Days (1925) with Laurel, Hold Tight (1925), The Sleuth (1925) with Laurel, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925) with Laurel, No Sleep on the Deep (1925), Three Wise Goofs, Salute (1925), On the Links (1925), Who's Your Friend (1925), The Funnymooners (1926), Puppy Lovetime (1926), Smith's Visitor (1926) and A Beauty Parlor (1926).
Garnett wrote the feature That's My Baby (1926) for William Beaudine at Paramount; Up in Mabel's Room (1926), adapting a stage farce, with Marie Provost; The Strong Man (1926), starring Harry Langdon and directed by Frank Capra, his first feature as director; and There You Are! (1926), with Conrad Nagel.
He joined Pathé.
20th Century FoxEdit
Garnet turned producer as well as director with Joy of Living (1938) at RKO. He produced and directed then three films of Wanger: Trade Winds (1938) (based on his story), Eternally Yours (1939), and Slightly Honorable (1939). He provided a story for Cafe Hostess (1940), at Columbia.
He created the NBC Red comedy-detective radio program 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, and Helga Moray, which ran for six months at 11:30pm Sunday nights. The show was intended by Garnett to be the pilot for a film, though the film was never made. A demonstration episode of the radio show with Brian Donlevy in the leading role exists. Wayne, not Donlevy, played the role throughout the series run on NBC.
Garnett went to MGM where he directed The Cross of Lorraine (1943), and Bataan (1943). He did some second unit directing on Since You Went Away (1944) and uncredited directing on See Here, Private Hargrove (1944).
Garnett had some big hits with two Greer Garson films, Mrs. Parkington (1944), The Valley of Decision (1945), then made The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), starring John Garfield and Lana Turner, which is probably his best known film.
Paramount and Howard HughesEdit
He wrote and directed a Mickey Rooney film, The Fireball (1950), based on his story. He went back to MGM to direct one of Loretta Young's last theatrical films, Cause for Alarm!, in 1951, and the adventure film Soldiers Three (1951).
Garnett returned to the US and worked increasingly on television, directing such shows as Screen Directors Playhouse (for which he also provided some stories), Alcoa Theatre, Goodyear Theatre, The Loretta Young Show, The Untouchables, and Overland Trail.
He directed a feature in Ireland, A Terrible Beauty (1960), with Robert Mitchum, then went back to TV: Wagon Train, Riverboat, The New Loretta Young Show, Frontier Circus, Laramie, Naked City, The Deputy, Whispering Smith, 87th Precinct, The Tall Man, Rawhide, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Death Valley Days, The Beachcomber, Bonanza, The Loner, The Legend of Jesse James, and Gunsmoke.
Garnett married three actresses. First was Patsy Ruth Miller in Los Angeles on 8 September 1929. She filed for divorce which was granted 18 September 1933 on grounds of desertion while she was in Vienna, Austria and Garnett in London, England. While in London, Garnett met South African author Helga Moray whom he married on his yacht in November 1934. They had a second ceremony on 31 March 1935 in Yuma, Arizona to safeguard her American citizenship. Six months after their son, William John ("Bill") Garnett was born, Moray filed for divorce on grounds of cruelty in 1942. Garnett then married Mari Aldon in London, England on 13 August 1953. Their daughter Tiela Aldon Garnett Daniels was born in Los Angeles on 25 October 1955.
He died of leukemia at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Sawtelle, California, at the age of 83. His ashes were scattered on his Paso Robles ranch. He was survived by his son with Helga Moray, William John Garnett and his daughter with Mari Aldon, Tiela Aldon Garnett Daniels. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Broken Chains (1922)
- The Hottentot (1922)
- Who's Your Friend (1925)
- That's My Baby (1926)
- Up in Mabel's Room (1926)
- The Strong Man (1926)
- There You Are! (1926)
- The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
- Rubber Tires (1927)
- Getting Gertie's Garter (1927)
- White Gold (1927)
- Long Pants (1927)
- No Control (1927)
- The Wise Wife (1927)
- Turkish Delight (1927)
- Skyscraper (1928)
- The Cop (1928)
- Power (1928)
- Celebrity (1928)
- The Spieler (1928)
- The Flying Fool (1929)
- The Spieler (1928)
- Celebrity (1928)
- The Flying Fool (1929)
- Oh, Yeah? (1929)
- Officer O'Brien (1930)
- Her Man (1930)
- Bad Company (1931)
- Prestige (1932)
- Panama Flo (1932, uncredited)
- Okay, America! (1932)
- One Way Passage (1932)
- Destination Unknown (1933)
- S.O.S. Iceberg (1933)
- China Seas (1935)
- She Couldn't Take It (1935)
- Professional Soldier (1935)
- Love Is News (1937)
- Slave Ship (1937)
- Stand-In (1937)
- Joy of Living (1938)
- Trade Winds (1938)
- Eternally Yours (1939)
- Slightly Honorable (1939)
- Seven Sinners (1940)
- Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
- My Favorite Spy (1942)
- The Boy from Stalingrad (1943, uncredited)
- Bataan (1943)
- The Cross of Lorraine (1943)
- Since You Went Away (1944, uncredited)
- Mrs. Parkington (1944)
- The Valley of Decision (1945)
- The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
- Wild Harvest (1947)
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
- The Fireball (1950)
- Cause for Alarm! (1951)
- Soldiers Three (1951)
- The Racket (1951, uncredited)
- One Minute to Zero (1952)
- Main Street to Broadway (1953)
- The Black Knight (1954)
- Seven Wonders of the World (1956, documentary)
- A Terrible Beauty (1960)
- Cattle King (1963)
- The Delta Factor (1970)
- Challenge to Be Free (1975)
- Timber Tramps (1975)
- RICHARD F. SHEPARD (October 19, 1977). "Tay Garnett, Film Director for Half Century, Dies: Made 'A Connecticut Yankee'". New York Times. p. B2.
- Thomas, Kevin (October 10, 1979). "'Skyscraper' at the Silent Movie". Los Angeles Times. p. g11.
- Kingsley, Grace (May 16, 1928). "WRITER IS CHOSEN DIRECTOR: De Mille Appoints Tay Garnett to Handle "Celebrity;"". Los Angeles Times. p. A10.
- Schallert, Edwin (August 17, 1932). "MAN-HUNT TALE REAL THRILLER". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.
- "Tay Garnett's Yawl Sails on World Cruise". Los Angeles Times. November 25, 1935. p. A1.
- "FILM DIRECTOR RETURNS: FILM TROUPE BACK FROM TRIP Tay Garnett Brings Much Background Film". Los Angeles Times. October 13, 1936. p. A1.
- "NEW SCREEN UNIT FORMED: Tay Garnett, Director, Plans Production of Features in Orient Settings". Los Angeles Times. September 3, 1935. p. A3.
- Higham, Charles (October 16, 1977). "Toy Garnett, a Noble Film Pioneer". Los Angeles Times. p. t42.
- "MR. GARNETT SEES THE WORLD". New York Times. May 1, 1938. p. 154.
- Britton, Wesley Alan (2005). Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film. ISBN 9780275985561.
- Dunning, John (May 7, 1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. ISBN 9780199770786.
- "The New Frontier: John Wayne's Forgotten Radio Show". December 9, 2011.
- "LIBERTY FILMS BUY NOVEL BY BELDEN: George Stevens Will Produce 'Give Us This Night,' Story of Australian War Bride Of Local Origin". New York Times. June 13, 1946. p. 24.
- "Drama: 'African Queen' Bought by Horizon; Tay Garnett Directs Loretta Young". Los Angeles Times. March 31, 1950. p. 23.
- Ryon, Art (November 18, 1962). "Director Tay Garnett Finds Lessons in TV". Los Angeles Times. p. L16.
- "Tay Garnett Slates Story Conference". Los Angeles Times. July 4, 1963. p. D9.
- Jones, Jack (October 5, 1977). "Film Director and Writer Tay Garnett Dies at 83". Los Angeles Times. p. a3.
- Martin, Betty (June 4, 1969). "MOVIE CALL SHEET: Spillane Film for Yvette". Los Angeles Times. p. d16.
- Jones, Jack (October 6, 1977). "Film Director and Writer Tay Garnett Dies At 83". The Los Angeles Times. p. 35. Retrieved December 30, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.