Norman Taurog


Director
Norman Taurog

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
February 23, 1899
Died
April 07, 1981

Biography

Archetypal "contract," studio director who entered films as an actor, began making comedy shorts, and moved up to features in 1929. Working most often for MGM and Paramount, Taurog specialized in comedies and other light entertainments, though he made several dramas as well, such as "The Beginning or the End" (1947), about the birth of the atomic bomb. By the mid-50s, he began directing ...

Photos & Videos

Boys Town - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Young Tom Edison - Movie Poster
Mad About Music - Behind-the-Scenes Stills

Family & Companions

Susan Taurog
Wife
Maternal aunt of Jackie Cooper.

Biography

Archetypal "contract," studio director who entered films as an actor, began making comedy shorts, and moved up to features in 1929. Working most often for MGM and Paramount, Taurog specialized in comedies and other light entertainments, though he made several dramas as well, such as "The Beginning or the End" (1947), about the birth of the atomic bomb. By the mid-50s, he began directing formula vehicles for box-office stars such as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)
Director
Speedway (1968)
Director
Double Trouble (1967)
Director
Spinout (1966)
Director
Sergeant Deadhead (1965)
Director
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Director
Tickle Me (1965)
Director
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Director
Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
Director
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Director
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Director
All Hands on Deck (1961)
Director
G.I. Blues (1960)
Director
Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
Director
Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)
Director
Onionhead (1958)
Director
The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)
Director
Pardners (1956)
Director
Bundle of Joy (1956)
Director
The Birds and the Bees (1956)
Director
You're Never Too Young (1955)
Director
Living It Up (1954)
Director
The Stooge (1953)
Director
The Stars Are Singing (1953)
Director
The Caddy (1953)
Director
Room for One More (1952)
Director
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Director
Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
Director
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Director
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)
Director
Please Believe Me (1950)
Director
That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Director
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
Director
Big City (1948)
Director
Words and Music (1948)
Director
The Beginning or the End (1947)
Director
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Director of prologue and retakes
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
Director
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Director of addl scenes
Rationing (1944)
Retake Director
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Director
Girl Crazy (1943)
Director
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)
Director
A Yank at Eton (1942)
Director
Married Bachelor (1941)
Fill-In Director
Design for Scandal (1941)
Director
Men of Boys Town (1941)
Director
Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
Director
Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
Fill-In Director
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Director
Young Tom Edison (1940)
Director
Lucky Night (1939)
Director
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Director
Boys Town (1938)
Director
Mad About Music (1938)
Director
The Girl Downstairs (1938)
Director
You Can't Have Everything (1937)
Director
Fifty Roads to Town (1937)
Director
Fifty Races to Town (1937)
Director
Strike Me Pink (1936)
Director
Reunion (1936)
Director
Rhythm on the Range (1936)
Director
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
Director
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)
Director
College Rhythm (1934)
Director
We're Not Dressing (1934)
Director
L'amour guide (1933)
Director
A Bedtime Story (1933)
Director
The Way to Love (1933)
Director
If I Had a Million (1932)
[Prologue and Epilogue]
Girl Crazy (1932)
Addl scenes Director
The Phantom President (1932)
Director
Hold 'Em Jail (1932)
Director
Huckleberry Finn (1931)
Director
Skippy (1931)
Director
Finn and Hattie (1931)
Director
Sooky (1931)
Director
Forbidden Adventure (1931)
Director
Troopers Three (1930)
Director
Follow the Leader (1930)
Director
Hot Curves (1930)
Director
Sunny Skies (1930)
Director
Lucky Boy (1929)
Director
All Steamed Up (1929)
Director
The Medicine Men (1929)
Director
The Farmer's Daughter (1928)
Director
The Ghetto (1928)
Director
Blondes Beware (1928)
Director
Oh! What a Day! (1923)
Director
The Rent Collector (1921)
Director

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Problem Child (1990)
Other
This Is Elvis (1981)
Other

Director (Short)

Andy's Stump Speech (1924)
Director

Life Events

1912

Stage acting debut, "The Good Little Devil" (with Mary Pickford)

1917

Film acting debut at IMP Studios, New York

1929

Co-directed first feature film, "Lucky Boy"

Photo Collections

Boys Town - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Boys Town (1938), starring Mickey Rooney.
Young Tom Edison - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Young Tom Edison (1940), starring Mickey Rooney. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Mad About Music - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Universal's Mad About Music (1938), starring Deanna Durbin and Herbert Marshall.
Broadway Melody of 1940 - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Broadway Melody of 1940, starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, and George Murphy and directed by Norman Taurog.
Men of Boys Town - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Men of Boys Town (1941), starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney.

Videos

Movie Clip

Girl Crazy (1943) - Grinding Coffee Their first meeting in their last co-starring MGM Musical, frisky Mickey Rooney as east-coast publishing-heir playboy Danny, banished to college out west, meets taller and prettier Judy Garland, whom we’ll learn is the college post-mistress Ginger, in the all-Gershwin full-tilt Freed Unit production, Girl Crazy, 1943.
Girl Crazy (1943) - But Not For Me Feeling a fairly complex disappointment for having become vested in the college beauty pageant, post-mistress Ginger (Judy Garland) finds another George & Ira Gershwin tune from the original Broadway hit, good guy Rags (Ragland) attempting consolation, in MGM's Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Mickey Rooney.
Girl Crazy (1943) - Could You Use Me? One of only a couple numbers they perform together in their last MGM co-starring vehicle, it’s fallen to pretty college post-mistress Ginger (Judy Garland) to take departing playboy-heir student to the train to go home, his only regret in leaving her behind, with a George & Ira Gershwin tune, in Girl Crazy, 1943.
Girl Crazy (1943) - Embraceable You The boys at Cody College throw a birthday for their beloved post-mistress Ginger (Judy Garland) who offers George and Ira Gershwin's Embraceable You, including an extended performance with dance director Charles "Chuck" Walters, in return, in Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Mickey Rooney.
Girl Crazy (1943) - Treat Me Rough With Tommy Dorsey and orchestra, George and Ira Gershwin's Treat Me Rough, first by June Allyson as a specialty, then by youthful playboy Danny (Mickey Rooney), about to be sent to college out west, in the lavish MGM Freed Unit musical Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Judy Garland.
Living It Up (1954) - I Mean A Female Girl New Mexico doctor Steve (Dean Martin) is sorry he can’t pretend patient Homer (Jerry Lewis) really has radiation poisoning, even though it’s costing him a trip to New York, until he meets reporter Wally (Janet Leigh) from the sponsoring newspaper, in the remake of Nothing Sacred, Living It Up, 1954.
Living It Up (1954) - Money Burns A Hole In My Pocket Reporter Wally (Janet Leigh) in New York doesn’t want romantic doctor Steve (Dean Martin) to know she’s having his buddy-patient (Jerry Lewis) seen by experts, guides him into a song from the Broadway musical (Hazel Flagg) based on the movie Nothing Sacred, 1937, of which this movie is a remake, in Living It Up, 1954.
Living It Up (1954) - First Time I Saw A Radioactive Early in Paramount's Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis re-boot of Nothing Sacred, 1937, Jerry as obscure New Mexico railroad employee Homer discovers he's slept in a radioactive car, then in New York reporter "Wally" (Janet Leigh) sees it as a pitch for her editor Oliver Stone (Fred Clark), in Living It Up, 1954.
Living It Up (1954) - You're Gonna Dance With Me Now the toast of Manhattan because he’s supposed to be dying of radiation poisoning (in the remake of Nothing Sacred, 1937, and based on the Broadway musical version Hazel Flagg), MC Sid Tomak introduces Jerry Lewis as doomed Homer for a song by Jule Styne and Bob Hilliard, with Sheree North dancing in her movie debut, Dean Martin and Janet Leigh watching, in Living It Up, 1954.
Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Atom Bomb Special A wholly fictional prologue, as the ceremony covered in this fake newsreel never took place, and all the identified historical figures are portrayed by actors (Brian Donlevy, Hume Cronyn prominent), in MGM’s government-approved story of the atom bomb, The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
Please Believe Me (1950) - No Point Getting On The Boat We've already met Deborah Kerr as English Alison, believing reports she's inherited a vast Texas estate, now boarding the ship from London, she meets Robert Walker and James Whitmore, whose motivations are not quite clear, then Peter Lawford and Mark Stevens who are more forthright, in MGM's Please Believe Me, 1950, produced by Val Lewton.
Boys Town (1938) - No Such Thing As A Bad Boy Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) lobbies Nebraska newspaper magnate Hargraves (Jonathan Hale), a montage creates the buildings, and financier Dave (Henry Hull) frets, in MGM's Boys Town, 1938.

Trailer

Girl Crazy (1943) - (Original Trailer) A womanizing playboy finds true love when he's sent to a desert college in Girl Crazy (1943) starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
You're Never Too Young (1955) -- Original Trailer Original trailer for Paramount’s You’re Never Too Young, 1955, another hit vehicle for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (based on the same original story as Paramount’s The Major And The Minor, 1942, with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland), featuring Diana Lynn, Nina Foch and Raymond Burr.
Blue Hawaii - (Original Trailer) A playboy (Elvis Presley) returns from the Army to the shores of Blue Hawaii (1961). Co-starring Angela Lansbury.
Young Tom Edison -- (Original Trailer) Mickey Rooney is Young Tom Edison (1940), defying authority to develop his first inventions.
Caddy, The - (Original Trailer) Jerry Lewis hits the links while Dean Martin sings "That's Amore" in the comedy hit The Caddy (1953).
Gold Rush Maisie - (Original Trailer) For the third of the series Ann Sothern becomes Gold Rush Maisie (1940) after her car breaks down in Arizona.
Girls! Girls! Girls! - (Original Trailer) Elvis is back in Hawaii and Stella Stevens and Laurel Goodwin are just two of the many Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962).
G.I. Blues - (Original Trailer) Elvis returned from his Army stint with a case of the G.I. Blues (1960). Featuring the hits "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Wooden Heart".
Bride Goes Wild, The -- (Re-issue Trailer) A womanizing author of children's books (Van Johnson) borrows a son to woo his illustrator in The Bride Goes Wild (1948).
Beginning or the End, The - (Original Trailer) Two years after the events, MGM recounts how the United States developed and dropped the atomic bomb in The Beginning or the End (1947).
Words And Music - (Original Trailer) Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Perry Como perform the songs of Rodgers and Hart in Words And Music (1948).
Bundle of Joy - (Original Trailer) A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling in the musical remake of Bachelor Mother, Bundle of Joy (1956), starring Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds.

Family

Jackie Cooper
Nephew
Actor, director.

Companions

Susan Taurog
Wife
Maternal aunt of Jackie Cooper.

Bibliography