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Also Known As: Died: May 5, 1972
Born: February 19, 1913 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Weehawken, New Jersey, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, gagman, print cartoonist, film cartoonist, producer, story editor

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Former cartoonist who entered features as a comedy writer ("The Paleface" 1948, etc.) and turned to directing with "The First Time" (1952), bringing his exuberant, exhilarating comic-strip style with him. Besides his eight films with the appropriately cast Jerry Lewis, Tashlin's name is chiefly connected with Jayne Mansfield, whose only notable films--"The Girl Can't Help It" (1955) and the brilliant satire of the advertising business, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1956)--he engineered.Tashlin tried to repeat similar formulas with Anita Ekberg and Doris Day, but their personae did not lend themselves to parody as readily as Mansfield's. He was in later years praised for his inventiveness and sharp satirical edge by several French critics, particularly Godard and Truffaut.

Former cartoonist who entered features as a comedy writer ("The Paleface" 1948, etc.) and turned to directing with "The First Time" (1952), bringing his exuberant, exhilarating comic-strip style with him. Besides his eight films with the appropriately cast Jerry Lewis, Tashlin's name is chiefly connected with Jayne Mansfield, whose only notable films--"The Girl Can't Help It" (1955) and the brilliant satire of the advertising business, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1956)--he engineered.

Tashlin tried to repeat similar formulas with Anita Ekberg and Doris Day, but their personae did not lend themselves to parody as readily as Mansfield's. He was in later years praised for his inventiveness and sharp satirical edge by several French critics, particularly Godard and Truffaut.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Porky Pig in Hollywood (1986) Director
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  Uncensored Cartoons (1981) Director
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  Caprice (1967) Director
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  The Alphabet Murders (1966) Director
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  The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) Director
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  The Disorderly Orderly (1964) Director
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  Bachelor Flat (1962) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Big Show (1957)
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1926:
Sold newspapers, ran errands and worked in a brassiere factory
:
Became messenger for animator Max Fleischer
1933:
Moved to Los Angeles
1933:
Worked as animator on Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series with Leon Schlesinger's Vitaphone Corporation
1934:
Created comic strip, "Van Boring" under the signature "Tish-Tash"
1935:
Left animation to serve as gagman and scritpwriter at Hal Roach Studios (writing for Charlie Chase, Laurel and Hardy, Thelma Todd and Our Gang)
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Rehired by Leon Schlesinger and directed Porky Pig cartoons
1938:
Joined Walt Disney as scriptwriter on "Mickey and the Beanstalk" (date approximate)
1944:
First screenplay for non-animated film, "Delightfully Dangerous"
1947:
Directed 18-minute puppet film for the Lutheran Church warning against danger of atomic holocoaust
1949:
First solo writing credit, "Kill the Umpire"
1952:
Feature film directorial debut, "The First Time"
1952:
TV debut working for NBC as writer, director and producer
1954:
Made first film featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, "Artists and Models"
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Notes

He was a founding member of the Cartoonists Guild (1938)

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wife:
Mary Costa. Opera singer. Second wife.

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"The Bear That Wasn't"
"The Possum That Didn't"
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