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Also Known As: William Taylor Garnett Died: October 3, 1977
Born: June 13, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, stuntman, novelist

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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).

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).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Challenge To Be Free (1976) Director
2.
  Timber Tramps (1975) Director
3.
  Mad Trapper, The (1972) Director
4.
  The Delta Factor (1970) Director
5.
  Cattle King (1963) Director
6.
  The Night Fighters (1960) Director
7.
8.
  The Black Knight (1954) Director
9.
  Main Street to Broadway (1953) Director
10.
  One Minute to Zero (1952) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Challenge To Be Free (1976) Marshall Mcgee
2.
 Mad Trapper, The (1972)
3.
 Seven Sinners (1940) Sailor
4.
 Slightly Honorable (1939) Reporter
5.
 Eternally Yours (1939) Pilot
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Served as a pilot for the Navy during and shortly after WWI
1920:
Became a screenwriter; wrote screenplays and comic material for, among others, Hal Roach and Mack Sennett
1927:
Joined the DeMille unit at Pathe
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)
:
Directed mainly for TV beginning in the late 1950s
1973:
Last film, "Timber Tramp"
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Education

Los Angeles High School: Los Angeles , California -
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

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wife:
Patsy Ruth Miller. Actor. Married in 1929; divorced.
wife:
Helga Moray. Writer. Second wife.
wife:
Mari Aldon. Actor. Third wife; married in the 1950s.

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"Light Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights" Arlington House

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