The Info List - Jacques Tourneur

Jacques Tourneur (French: [tuʁnœʁ]; November 12, 1904 – December 19, 1977) was a French film director known for the classic film noir Out of the Past
Out of the Past
and a series of low-budget horror films he made for RKO Studios, including Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie
I Walked with a Zombie
and The Leopard Man. He is also known for directing Night of the Demon, which was released by Columbia Pictures.


1 Life 2 Career 3 Filmography

3.1 Director 3.2 Editor

4 References 5 External links

Life[edit] Born in Paris, France, Tourneur was the son of film director Maurice Tourneur.[1] At age 10, Jacques moved to the United States
United States
with his father.[1] He started a career in cinema while still attending high school as an extra and later as a script clerk in various silent films.[1] Both Maurice and Jacques returned to France
after his father worked on the film The Mysterious Island in 1925.[1] Tourneur died in 1977 in Bergerac, Dordogne, France. Career[edit] Tourneur began work as an editor and assistant director. He made his debut as a director on French short film Tout ca ne vaut pas l'amour in 1931.[1] Tourneur went back to Hollywood in 1934 where he had a contract with MGM Studios.[1] While working as the second unit director on the film A Tale of Two Cities he met film producer Val Lewton.[1] Tourneur made his feature debut as director in the 1939 film They All Come Out.[1] After Tourneur was dropped by MGM in 1941, he was picked up by Lewton to film several acclaimed low-budget horror films for RKO Studios including Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie.[1] Cat People was considered to be a B movie and didn't have a very big budget, yet the style of lighting and cinematography gave it an edge that has been imitated countless times. Tourneur was promoted to the A-list at RKO, directing films including Out of the Past
Out of the Past
and Berlin Express.[1] In the 1950s, Tourneur became a freelance director, filming various genre films including The Flame and the Arrow, Stars In My Crown and Night of the Demon.[1] His last films both starred Vincent Price, with The Comedy of Terrors (1963) and War-Gods of the Deep
War-Gods of the Deep
(1965) for American International Pictures.[1] After his final days working for film, Tourneur began directing television episodes.[1] Tourneur filmed episodes of The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Bonanza, The Twilight Zone and The Alaskans. Tourneur's final director credit was for an episode of T.H.E. Cat
T.H.E. Cat
in 1966.[1] Tourneur then retired and returned to France.[1] Filmography[edit] Director[edit] Short films

1931 – Tout ça ne vaut pas l'amour (French) 1936 – The Jonker Diamond 1936 – Harnessed Rhythm 1936 – Master Will Shakespeare 1936 – Killer Dog 1937 – The Grand Bounce 1937 – The Boss Didn't Say Good Morning 1937 – The King Without a Crown 1937 – The Rainbow Pass 1937 – Romance of Radium 1937 – The Man in the Barn 1937 – What Do You Think? 1938 – What Do You Think? (Number Three)            1938 – The Ship That Died 1938 – The Face Behind the Mask 1938 – What Do You Think?: Tupapaoo 1938 – Strange Glory 1938 – Think It Over 1939 – Yankee Doodle Goes to Town 1942 – The Incredible Stranger 1942 – The Magic Alphabet 1944 – Reward Unlimited

Feature films

1933 – Toto (French) 1933 – Pour être aimé (French) 1934 – Les Filles de la concierge (French)            1938 – They All Come Out 1939 – Nick Carter, Master Detective 1940 – Phantom Raiders 1941 – Doctors Don't Tell 1942 – Cat People 1943 – I Walked with a Zombie 1943 – The Leopard Man 1944 – Days of Glory 1944 – Experiment Perilous 1946 – Canyon Passage 1947 – Out of the Past 1948 – Berlin Express 1949 – Easy Living 1950 – Stars In My Crown 1950 – The Flame and the Arrow 1951 – Circle of Danger 1951 – Anne of the Indies 1952 – Way of a Gaucho 1953 – Appointment in Honduras 1955 – Stranger on Horseback 1955 – Wichita 1956 – Great Day in the Morning 1957 – Nightfall 1957 – Night of the Demon 1958 – The Fearmakers 1959 – Timbuktu 1959 – Frontier Rangers 1959 – Giant of Marathon 1964 – The Comedy of Terrors 1965 – War-Gods of the Deep


1930 – Accused, Stand Up! 1931 – Maison de danses 1931 – Departure 1932 – In the Name of the Law 1932 – Fun in the Barracks 1933 – Rothschild 1933 – La Fusée 1933 – Le Voleur


^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Earnshaw 2004, p. 102


Earnshaw, Tony (2004). Beating the Devil: The Making of Night of the Demon. Tomahawk Press. ISBN 0-9531926-1-X. 

Further reading

Young, Gwenda (2001) 'Shadows: Jacques Tourneur's Cinema of Ambiguity'. Film Ireland, 83 (*):47–51. Young, Gwenda (1999) 'Jacques Tourneur's World War II Films: From Unity to Chaos'. Popular Culture Review, 10 (2):55–65. Young, Gwenda (1998) 'The Cinema of Difference: Jacques Tourneur, Race and I Walked with a Zombie
I Walked with a Zombie
(1943)'. ''Irish Journal of American Studies, 7:101–121.

External links[edit]

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Films directed by Jacques Tourneur

Romance of Radium (short, 1937) They All Come Out
They All Come Out
(1939) Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) Phantom Raiders
Phantom Raiders
(1940) Doctors Don't Tell
Doctors Don't Tell
(1941) Cat People (1942) I Walked with a Zombie
I Walked with a Zombie
(1943) The Leopard Man
The Leopard Man
(1943) Reward Unlimited
Reward Unlimited
(short, 1944) Days of Glory (1944) Experiment Perilous
Experiment Perilous
(1945) Canyon Passage
Canyon Passage
(1946) Out of the Past
Out of the Past
(1947) Berlin Express
Berlin Express
(1948) Easy Living (1949) The Flame and the Arrow
The Flame and the Arrow
(1950) Stars in My Crown (1950) Circle of Danger
Circle of Danger
(1951) Anne of the Indies
Anne of the Indies
(1951) Way of a Gaucho
Way of a Gaucho
(1952) Appointment in Honduras
Appointment in Honduras
(1953) Stranger on Horseback
Stranger on Horseback
(1955) Wichita (1955) Great Day in the Morning
Great Day in the Morning
(1956) Nightfall (1957) Night of the Demon
Night of the Demon
(1957) The Fearmakers
The Fearmakers
(1958) The Giant of Marathon
Giant of Marathon
(1959) Timbuktu (1959) The Comedy of Terrors
The Comedy of Terrors
(1964) City Under the Sea
City Under the Sea

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