Tay Garnett

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Upon his return to the U.S., he worked mainly in television in popular series such as The Loretta Young Show, Wagon Train, Laramie, The Untouchables, Naked City, Rawhide, and Bonanza. Garnett died from leukemia in Sawtelle, California at the age of 83. He has a star ...

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Cause for Alarm (1951)

A bedridden and gravely ill man believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him, and beings to outline his suspicions in a letter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Bruce Cowling  •  Margalo Gillmore

A bedridden and gravely ill man believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him, and beings to outline his suspicions in a letter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Bruce Cowling  •  Margalo Gillmore

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  John Garfield  •  Cecil Kellaway  •  Hume Cronyn

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  John Garfield  •  Cecil Kellaway  •  Hume Cronyn

Mrs. Parkington (1944)

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Edward Arnold  •  Agnes Moorehead

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Edward Arnold  •  Agnes Moorehead

The Valley of Decision (1945)

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Panama Flo (1932)

An engineer makes a thieving entertainer work off her debts as a housekeeper at his jungle mining camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Murphy  •  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Helen Twelvetrees  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Charles Bickford  •  Marjorie Peterson

An engineer makes a thieving entertainer work off her debts as a housekeeper at his jungle mining camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Murphy  •  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Helen Twelvetrees  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Charles Bickford  •  Marjorie Peterson

Prestige (1932)

A woman joins her fiance at a Malaysian prison camp only to discover he's become an alcoholic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Ann Harding  •  Adolphe Menjou  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Ian Maclaren

A woman joins her fiance at a Malaysian prison camp only to discover he's become an alcoholic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Ann Harding  •  Adolphe Menjou  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Ian Maclaren

My Favorite Spy (1942)

The Army takes a bandleader (Kay Kyser) away from his bride (Ellen Drew) and sends him on a spy mission with a woman (Jane Wyman).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Kay Kyser  •  Ellen Drew  •  Jane Wyman  •  Robert Armstrong

The Army takes a bandleader (Kay Kyser) away from his bride (Ellen Drew) and sends him on a spy mission with a woman (Jane Wyman).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Kay Kyser  •  Ellen Drew  •  Jane Wyman  •  Robert Armstrong

Soldiers Three (1951)

Kiplingesque tale of British forces in 19th-century India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Stewart Granger  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  David Niven  •  Robert Newton

Kiplingesque tale of British forces in 19th-century India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Stewart Granger  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  David Niven  •  Robert Newton

Joy of Living (1938)

Falling in love with the voice of Broadway chanteuse Margaret Garret, cocksure young tycoon Daniel Brewster decides to rescue the star from her hectic lifestyle of frenzied fans and mooching relatives. When Margaret has her ardent suitor arrested, the judge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Irene Dunne  •  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  Alice Brady  •  Guy Kibbee

Falling in love with the voice of Broadway chanteuse Margaret Garret, cocksure young tycoon Daniel Brewster decides to rescue the star from her hectic lifestyle of frenzied fans and mooching relatives. When Margaret has her ardent suitor arrested, the judge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Irene Dunne  •  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  Alice Brady  •  Guy Kibbee

Celebrity (1928)

"After eight years as a gagman for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, Garnett graduated to directing with this remarkably assured character comedy, with Robert Armstrong (King Kong) as a prizefighter who poses as a poet as a publicity ploy. As an actress hired to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Robert Armstrong  •  Clyde Cook  •  Lina Basquette  •  Dot Farley

"After eight years as a gagman for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, Garnett graduated to directing with this remarkably assured character comedy, with Robert Armstrong (King Kong) as a prizefighter who poses as a poet as a publicity ploy. As an actress hired to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Robert Armstrong  •  Clyde Cook  •  Lina Basquette  •  Dot Farley

The Spieler (1928)

After being released from jail, two con artists take their grift to a carnival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Alan Hale  •  Clyde Cook  •  Renée Adorée  •  Fred Kohler

After being released from jail, two con artists take their grift to a carnival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Alan Hale  •  Clyde Cook  •  Renée Adorée  •  Fred Kohler

Main Street to Broadway (1953)

In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Tallulah Bankhead  •  Tommy Morton  •  Mary Murphy  •  Agnes Moorehead

In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Tallulah Bankhead  •  Tommy Morton  •  Mary Murphy  •  Agnes Moorehead

Officer O'Brien (1930)

Bill O'Brien is promoted to lieutenant in the police department for his arrest of Mike Patello, gang leader and racketeer, for murder. Ruth Dale, who loves Bill, is concerned when her brother, Johnny, who witnessed the murder, proposes to testify against the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Ernest Torrence  •  Dorothy Sebastian  •  Russell Gleason

Bill O'Brien is promoted to lieutenant in the police department for his arrest of Mike Patello, gang leader and racketeer, for murder. Ruth Dale, who loves Bill, is concerned when her brother, Johnny, who witnessed the murder, proposes to testify against the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Ernest Torrence  •  Dorothy Sebastian  •  Russell Gleason

Love Is News (1937)

When a crafty reporter uses false pretenses to get a story out of heiress Tony Gateson, she turns the tables on him, telling the press that they are engaged. Suddenly he's front page news, every salesman is at his doorstep, and he loses his job. A series of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Loretta Young  •  Don Ameche  •  George Sanders

When a crafty reporter uses false pretenses to get a story out of heiress Tony Gateson, she turns the tables on him, telling the press that they are engaged. Suddenly he's front page news, every salesman is at his doorstep, and he loses his job. A series of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Loretta Young  •  Don Ameche  •  George Sanders

Stand-In (1937)

An east coast efficiency expert who stakes his reputation on his ability to turn around a financially troubled Hollywood studio receives some help from a former child star who now works as a stand-in for the studio.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Leslie Howard  •  Joan Blondell  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Alan Mowbray

An east coast efficiency expert who stakes his reputation on his ability to turn around a financially troubled Hollywood studio receives some help from a former child star who now works as a stand-in for the studio.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Leslie Howard  •  Joan Blondell  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Alan Mowbray

China Seas (1935)

Captain Alan Gaskell sails the perilous waters between Hong Kong and Singapore with a secret cargo: a fortune in British gold. That's not the only risky cargo he carries; both his fiery mistress and his refined fiancee are aboard!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Jean Harlow  •  Wallace Beery  •  Lewis Stone

Captain Alan Gaskell sails the perilous waters between Hong Kong and Singapore with a secret cargo: a fortune in British gold. That's not the only risky cargo he carries; both his fiery mistress and his refined fiancee are aboard!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Jean Harlow  •  Wallace Beery  •  Lewis Stone

Seven Wonders of the World (1956)

Seven Wonders of the World is a 1956 film in Cinerama. Lowell Thomas searches the world for natural and man made wonders and invites the audience to try to update the ancient Greek list of "Seven Wonders of the World."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett  •  Andrew Marton  •  Ted Tetzlaff
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Seven Wonders of the World is a 1956 film in Cinerama. Lowell Thomas searches the world for natural and man made wonders and invites the audience to try to update the ancient Greek list of "Seven Wonders of the World."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett  •  Andrew Marton  •  Ted Tetzlaff
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Okay, America! (1932)

A gossip columnist's rise to fame. Based closely on the real life of Walter Winchell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Lew Ayres  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Louis Calhern  •  Edward Arnold

A gossip columnist's rise to fame. Based closely on the real life of Walter Winchell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Lew Ayres  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Louis Calhern  •  Edward Arnold

Professional Soldier (1935)

Mercenary Donovan is hired to kidnap King Peter II. He learns that the party in power is evil and that the King is in danger, so kidnaps the King to keep him safe while a revolution is planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Victor McLaglen  •  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Gloria Stuart  •  Constance Collier

Mercenary Donovan is hired to kidnap King Peter II. He learns that the party in power is evil and that the King is in danger, so kidnaps the King to keep him safe while a revolution is planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Victor McLaglen  •  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Gloria Stuart  •  Constance Collier

Cattle King (1963)

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President Arthur helps a rich rancher (Robert Taylor) fight advocates of open grazing in the Territory of Wyoming.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Robert Loggia  •  Joan Caulfield  •  Robert Middleton

President Arthur helps a rich rancher (Robert Taylor) fight advocates of open grazing in the Territory of Wyoming.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Robert Loggia  •  Joan Caulfield  •  Robert Middleton
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