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Director, Jacques Tourneur, was born on Nov 12, 1904 in Paris, France. Tourneur died at the age of 73 on Dec 19, 1977 in Bergerac, Dordogne .

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Experiment Perilous (1944, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 8, 2018 From The Stop Button

Experiment Perilous is a strange film. Not the plot?well, some of how the plot is handled?but the strangeness comes from the result of how the film is executed. It?s a Gothic family drama set in twentieth century New York City without a lot of the family. There?s a flashback sequence, but Perilous i... Read full article


Out of the Past (1947, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 14, 2015 From The Stop Button

Out of the Past always has at least two things going on at once. Not just the double crossings, which is so prevalent lead Robert Mitchum even taunts the bad guys with it, but how the film itself works. Daniel Mainwaring’s script–which gives Mitchum this lengthy narration over a flashbac... Read full article


I Walked with a Zombie (1943, )

on Dec 4, 2013 From The Stop Button

Before it stumbles through its third act, I Walked with a Zombie’s biggest problem is the pacing. It’s exceedingly boring during the second act. Its second biggest problem is it’s too short. The second act plays so poorly because there’s not enough going on, there’s jus... Read full article


What Do You Think? (1937, )

on Oct 15, 2013 From The Stop Button

Well, What Do You Think? is one bland short film. There are some definite strengths to it. Tourneur’s direction of the actors is outstanding, especially at the beginning at a Hollywood party, when he’s cutting between various actors. All of Think is told in narration (from Carey Wilson) ... Read full article


Killer-Dog (1936, )

on Oct 3, 2013 From The Stop Button

Killer-Dog is the story of a dog on trial. Really. It’s a courtroom short concerning a farm dog accused of being a sheep killer. Tourneur and producer Pete Smith take a while to get to that detail though, just referring letting the sensational title do the work of riling the viewer’s ima... Read full article


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Jacques Tourneur Facts
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1098-1103. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.


Tourneur loved the story for Stars in My Crown (1950) so much that he agreed to direct the film for scale. Although it's one of his finest and least known films and an American classic, it literally marked the end of his career: after accepting such a low salary, no studio took him seriously any more, and he was left to direct marginal films and television shows for the rest of his life.

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