THE TAY GARNETT COLLECTION!
Tay Garnett (1894-1977) was one of the great American film directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. His nearly sixty-year-long career began when movies began, spanning silent films for Mack Sennett, Hal Roach and Pathé, moving on to major studio blockbusters like China Seas, Mrs. Parkington, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the MGM film noir masterpiece, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and finally culminating in television. The material in this archive, privately held by his daughter Tiela, is on public offer for the first time. It includes working scripts with directorial notes, behind-the-scenes photographs from movie sets, books inscribed to him by other directors, correspondence from other great filmmakers including Truffaut, Cukor and Capra, as well as personal diaries and records. This is a comprehensive archive and one that reflects the creative work of this multi-talented personality and the complexity of the man himself. The complete archive: $37,500.
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FILM AND TELEVISION SCRIPTS
CORRESPONDENCE – DIRECTING and WRITING
CORRESPONDENCE - FILM DIRECTORS - TRUFFAUT et al
CORRESPONDENCE - PUBLISHING
CORRESPONDENCE - MISCELLANEOUS
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ARTIFACTS
THE TAY GARNETT BOOK COLLECTION
PORTRAIT IN OIL OF ACTOR BRODERICK CRAWFORD
FILM AND TELEVISION SCRIPTS DIRECTED OR WRITTEN BY GARNETT:
(Film) The Mad Trapper of the Yukon. 84 pp., with extensive directorial and shooting notes by Garnett, folded in half by him, lengthwise, by page as each page was shot, with his signature front cover.
(Film). Main Street to Broadway. Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson. October 15, 1952. Cinema Productions Inc., with extensive directorial and shooting notes by Garnett, folded in half by him, lengthwise, by page as each page was shot.
(Film). One Way Passage. Warner Bros. Story by Robert Lord. Screenplay by Wilson Mizner and Joseph Jackson. Directed by Tay Garnett. 5/3/32.
(TV).The Carroll Formula. A screenplay by John L. Greene and Tay Garnett, photocopy, 122 pp.
(TV). Joe Denver by Montgomery Pittman. Original title The Ill Wind. Shooting script, 117 pp, with Garnett’s directorial notes in pen and pencil throughout.
PHOTOGRAPHS (148 items):
Most of the b&w glossies (approx 9.5” x 7.5”) in the collection have either Garnett’s personalized handwritten notes on the verso or captions typed by him affixed to the verso or on the bottom front edge of the photo. In his comments is the hand of scriptwriter who cut his teeth on composing title captions for the silents. Besides identifying the principals in the picture, each caption sets the scene for the photo, plus, with detached empathy characteristic of the most skilled writers, conveys something about the personality of the photo’s subjects. For the most part, Garnett prepared these for the photos used in his autobiography, Light Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights (Arlington House, 1973).
There are about 82 of these glossies in the motion picture photo collection, with either production stills, mostly of lead actors, or behind-the-scenes, on location photos of Garnett with actors or crew of the following motion pictures: Bataan (5 photos), Bad Company, The Barbarians (unproduced), The Black Knight, Celebrity, China Seas, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Cross of Lorraine, Destination Unknown (6), Eternally Yours (8), The Flying Fool, Her Man, The Hottentot, Joy of Living, The Night Fighters, O.K. America, One Minute to Zero, One Way Passage, The Mad Marriage, Main Street to Broadway, Oh Yeah!, One Way Passage (4), Power, Prestige, Slave Ship, Slightly Honorable (5), SOS Iceberg (6), The Spieler (5), The Stand-In (8), Trade Winds (16) and The Valley of Decision. Among those pictured in these are (in no particular order): Robert Mitchum, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Eve Arden, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell, William Boyd, Renée Adorée, and Joan Bennett. There are also nine unidentified pictures of miscellaneous actors and actresses. There are 7 others for which the film or actors remain unidentified (all early 1930s).
There are also 8 b&w stills from television episodes directed by Garnett including The Beachcomber and Death Valley Days.
There are also 14 b&w stills which picture miscellaneous film industry events or figures. They are: a publicity picture staged with five members of the principal cast of China Seas – including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Rosalind Russell - each reading quietly their own copy of Man Laughs Back, a book written by Garnett, under a sign that says “Actors on China Seas Positively Forbidden to Read Man Laughs Back” while Garnett quizzically looks on (1935); Garnett with Greer Garson costumed for Mrs. Parkington (1944); Cecil B. DeMille and Sam Goldwyn as the two who gave silent screen actress Vilma Banky away at her wedding to actor Rod LaRoque (1927); group picture of cast of a benefit stage performance identifying 16 actors, most of whom appeared in the silents, composed and signed by actor Bill Desmond (1920); veteran actor Rollo Lloyd (c 1930s); a very young King Vidor on the set of Street Scene (c1930s); Garnett with King Vidor and George Cukor (1971); Garnett at lunch with Federico Fellini (c 1970s); Garnett with Michael Wilding and young wife Elizabeth Taylor visiting the set of The Black Knight (1955); Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chaplain (Paulette Goddard) (c.1930s); Garnett with cameraman Rudy Maté (c1930s); Garnett with film producer Robert Fellows (c1930s); an inscribed photo of actress Martha Scott as the title character in Cheers for Miss Bishop: “Dear Tay/ You’re the best!!!/ Martha S/Your/ ‘Miss Bishop’/ but devoted.”; a snapshot of the cast party, which roasted Tay, of Connecticut Yankee, with Bing Crosby, Virginia Field, Murvyn Vye, Richard Webb, Joe Vitale, Rhonda Fleming Bob Fellows, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Tay Garnett; and, snapshot of Tay in Inuit outergear from the shoot of SOS Iceberg.
Most interesting is a group photo of 47 Hollywood-related individuals taken at the beach house of Norma Talmadge in May 1926. Most individuals are identified by diagram and corresponding legend, listed on separate sheets of paper. Among the most notable are Roscoe ("Fatty") Arbuckle, Ronald Colman, Rudolph Valentino, Pola Negri, Jack Pickford, Louella Parsons, Beatrice Lillie and Howard Hughes (around 19 years of age).
In the collection are 36 personal photographs, family photographs, pictures of his yachts, and photographs of Garnett himself from his days as a Naval Pilot to his last years in retirement.
CORRESPONDENCE – DIRECTING and WRITING:
A small file containing: three items relating to Garnett’s withdrawal from Delta Factor, a television project c1970; self-addressed envelopes containing copyrighted story ideas, treatments or screenplays; a letter of agreement between Garnett and Jack Preston for the production of “The Prospector” based on a story idea by Preston and a screenplay by Garnett; three documents of agreement relating to the production of The Carroll Formula for Screen Director’s Playhouse; and, two letters of agreements, one, a copy of an agreement with John Wayne, the other an original signed by Robert Mitchum.
The original, three-page agreement between Garnett and Robert Mitchum, dated June 6, 1954 is executed by both men and records their mutual intent of Mitchum starring in a project called “Mau-Mau,” a project based on a story-line by Garnett, who agreed to secure financing for the project by October of that year. The two agreed to Mitchum’s salary and top billing, a production schedule and share of profits from the project (that never materialized).
CORRESPONDENCE - FILM DIRECTORS – TRUFFAUT, et al:
Besides many photocopies of letters which Garnett sent, soliciting the participation of world-class, international film directors for his book Directing: Learn from the Masters (published posthumously), this file contains original, signed correspondence from the following:
Clair, René (2). 1-page TLS, 12/20/1974. 1-page TNS, 02/02/1975
Dwan, Allan. 1-page, TNS on letterhead, 01/15/1975
Forbes, Bryan. 1-page TLS on letterhead, Wentworth, 04/26/1977
Kazan, Elia (2). 5-page TLS on letterhead, 08/13/1974. 1 page TLS on letterhead, 03/06/1975.
Lattuada, Alberto (3). 1-page ALS, 08/12/1975. 2-page ALS, 12/03/1975. 1-page 02/25/1977.
Malle, Louis. 1- page TLS, Paris, 07/08/1975
Nilsson, Leopoldo Torre. 1-page TNS on letterhead, Buenos Aires, 06/03/1977.
Resnais, Alain. 1-page TLS, Paris, 09/02/1975.
Risi, Dino. 2-page, TLS, undated.
Truffaut, François (4). 1-page TLS on letterhead, Paris, 10/16/1974. 1-page TLS on letterhead, Paris, 10/27/1975. 1-page TLS on letterhead, Paris, 12/04/1976. 1-page TLS on letterhead, Paris, 09/01/1977.
Walsh, Mary for Raoul Walsh. 1-page ANS, undated.
Zinnemann, Fred. 2-page, TLS on letterhead, 08/22/1974.
CORRESPONDENCE – PUBLISHING:
A file of business correspondence with literary agents, lawyers etc, relating to Garnett’s two books – Light Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights and Directing: Learn from the Masters.
CORRESPONDENCE – MISCELLANEOUS:
A small file including letters from Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, French film director Jean Charles Tacchella, etc.
As a young man, before and after his air service in WWI, Garnett returned to his native Los Angeles and sought work as a cartoonist and commercial illustrator. His professional fortunes set their course with a job as title writer in the silents for Mack Sennett Studios, but he turned his hand to cartooning for personal occasions throughout his life. The archive contains (all from around 1915-1917): three original pen and ink illustrations by him on board; a copy of a brochure for LA School of Cartooning illustrated by him; approximately 25 pages that include title page or text decorations for The Movie Magazine; and, 4 copies of his personal bookplate designed and illustrated by him . This part of the archive also includes a small caricature of Garnett - from the back sitting on his walking stick - by Richard Whorf, signed and dated by Whorf, MGM Studio, Culver City, 1943.
Hot Cargo, 16mm print, Screen Directors Playhouse (1956), in Kodascope 1600 ft. reel can.
The Carroll Formula, 16mm print, Screen Directors Playhouse (1956), in Kodascope 1600 ft. reel can
SHEET MUSIC FOR SONGS WITH LYRICS BY GARNETT AND/OR FILMS DIRECTED BY HIM:
“I’m That Way About Baby” words by George Wagner, music by George Green, from The Flying Fool directed by Garnett.
“The Man’s in the Navy” words by Frank Loesser, music by Fredrick Hollander, from Seven Sinners starring Marlene Dietrcich with John Wayne directed by Garnett.
“I Fall Overboard” by Frank Loesser, music by Fredrick Hollander, from Seven Sinners .
“I’ve Been in Love Before” by Frank Loesser, music by Fredrick Hollander, from Seven Sinners .
“Far Far Away” lyrics by Tay Garnett and Joe Seitman, music George Green, from Her Man directed by Garnett.
Approximately a dozen items: family geneology, documents relating to legal name change to Tay, divorce decrees, wills and sympathy notes to daughter Tiela on Garnett’s death 1977, including guest book at memorial service signed by (among others) Loretta Young, King Vidor, Mervyn Le Roy, Pat O’Brien, etc.
Personal address/date/phone books, a stack of approximately 7”, some loose sheets, mostly 1960s-70s.
Income tax records for 1927, 1928 and 1930 and record book of personal expenses for 1928.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ARTIFACTS:
“Aero Club of America Hydroaeroplane Certificate” – April 2nd, 1919
Light meter in leather case
Metal stencil/plate used for letterhead for his yacht, engraved “Tay Garnett S.Y. Athene”
THE TAY GARNETT BOOK COLLECTION: FILM OR LITERARY-RELATED TITLES:
Arnold, Elliot. A Night of Watching. NY: Scribners, 1967. First edition, near fine in very good dw. Signed by the author. Arnold was an author and screenwriter, husband of actress Glynnis Johns.
Anderson, William C. Penelope, The Damp Detective. NY: Crown Publishers, 1969. Inscribed to Garnett: “To Tay… World’s greatest director, writer and indoor lover. Necessarily in that order. May Penelope provide a porpoise in your life in this great new year -1975. With great affection from your old friend, Bill” Tay’s friend Bill Anderson served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, retiring as colonel. He was a magazine writer, screenwriter and author of twenty novels. Near fine in very good dw.
Anderson, William C. The Apoplectic Palm Tree. NY: Crown Publishers, 1974. Inscribed by Anderson to Garnett. Near fine in very good dw.
Blondell, Joan. Center Door Fancy NY: Delacorte Press, 1972 . Inscribed by Blondell to Garnett. Actress Joan Blondell was most frequently cast as a wisecracking career woman, often in supporting roles. She worked with all the Hollywood greats. IMDB lists 158 credits for Blondell as an actress. Here, she tries her hand at writing a novel. Near fine in near fine dw.
(Dwan, Allan.) Bogdanovitch, Peter. Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer NY: Praeger Publishers, 1971. Inscribed by Allen Dwan : “ To Tay, In great admiration for his past work and the appreciation for what he is doing for the motion picture of the future.” Dwan was probably best known for “Robin Hood,” “Heidi” and “Sands of Iwo Jima.” Trade paperback, very good.
Boone, Pat. A New Song Illinois: Creation House, 1970. Inscribed by Boone, quoting the Bible: “Tay. It gets better every day! Gal. 5:22 Oat and the Boones 12/25/70” . Crooner, actor and outspoken Christian conservative Pat Boone writes a memoir about healing his troubled marriage. Near fine in chipped dw.
Bromfield, Louis. Mrs. Parkington NY and London: Harper & Brothers, 1943.. Inscribed by Bloomfield with lengthy thanks for Garnett’s directing Bloomfield’s ‘Mrs. (Susie) Parkington’: “Malabar Farm 1944. Dear tay Garnett, This is just a line to thank you for the beautiful job of transferring “Susie’ to the screen. She is one of my favorite people and I am grateful to you for having kept her essence and for having embellished it. This is something for which an author must be deeply grateful. Thanks again. With the best of everything, Lousi Bromfield. (PS) I delayed sending you this as I hoped to find a first edition but there seems to be no such thing available – LB” Early printing, near fine, lacking dw.
(Bunuel, Luis). Durgnat, Raymond. Luis Bunuel Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968. Inscribed by Luis Bunuel to Tay Garnett. Bunuel was a highly acclaimed Spanish director who, along with Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca, formed the core of the Spanish Surrealist movement. Very good copy.
Frank, Gerold. Judy. NY: Harper & Row, 1975. First edition. Near fine in near fine dw. Signed by the author.
Capra, Frank. Frank Capra: The Name Above the Title NY: Macmillan, 1971. Inscribed by Capra: “To Tay – With fond memories of our long friendship and the cock-eyed but wonderful early Mack Sennett days. Frank”. Frank Capra was an Oscar-winning American director, famous for such films as “It Happened One Night,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Book club edition, very good in good dw.
(Capra, Frank). Scherle, Victor and Levy, Wm. Turner. The Films of Frank Capra New Jersey: The Citadel Press, 1977. Signed by the authors. Near fine in very good dw.
Carco, Françis. Brumes Paris: Albin Michel, 1935. Inscribed, in French, by Carco to Tay Garnett. Françis Carco was a French author, poet, member of the Académie Goncourt and lover of Katherine Mansfield. Paper wrappers, spine browned, else near fine.
Carco, Françis. Ford, Maddox Ford (translation). Perversity Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1938. Inscribed by Carco to Tay Garnett. Near fine, lacking dw. (Novel in English, translated by Ford Madox Ford, and signed by the author.)
Clair, René. Cinema, Yesterday and Today NY: Dover Publications, 1972. Inscribed in French by Rene Clair to Tay Garentt. René Clair was a French author and filmmaker who also made movies in America and the U.K. Two of his best-known English language films were “I Married A Witch,” and the Agatha Christie tale, “And Then There Were None.” Trade paperback, very good.
(Cukor, George). Lambert, Gavin. On Cukor Great Britain: W.H. Allen, 1972. Inscribed to Garnett by Cukor. George Cukor was one of the greatest directors in American movie history. He directed such classics as “The Philadelphia Story,” “Gaslight,” “Adam’s Rib,” “Born Yesterday,” “A Star is Born,” and “My Fair Lady.” Near fine in very good dw.
Drinkwater, John. Bird in Hand, A Play in Three Acts London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1936. Inscribed by Drinkwater: “Tay Garnett. A souvenir until we meet again – I hope soon. From John Drinkwater 29.9.36. This is one of a few proofs privately issued before publication.” Proof copy, paper wrapper, near fine
Forbes, Bryan. Notes for a Life Manchester, Eng.: Everest Books, 1977. Inscribed by Forbes to Tay Garnett. English actor, screenwriter, novelist and director, known for such films as “Whistle Down The Wind” and “The Stepford Wives.” Paperback, very good.
(Hawks, Howard). McBride, Joseph. Focus on Howard Hawks. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1972. Inscribed by Howard Hawks to Tay Garnett. Hawks was a screenwriter, director, producer and one of the “greats” of American cinema. He made countless classic films such as, “Scarface,” “Bringing Up Baby,” “His Girl Friday,” “Sergeant York,” “The Big Sleep,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” and “Rio Bravo. Trade paperback, near fine.
Higgins, Colin. Harold and Maude London: Heinemann, 1971. Inscribed by Higgins to Tay Garnett. Higgins, an Australian-American screenwriter and director, is best known for his screenplays “Harold and Maude” and “Silver Streak” and, as both screenwriter and director for “Foul Play,” “9 to 5” and “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Very good in chipped dw.
(Kazan, Elia). Ciment, Michel. Kazan on Kazan NY: The Viking Press, 1974. Inscribed by Elia Kazan to Tay Garnett. Kazan was a Greek-American producer, writer and actor as well as a director in Hollywood and on Broadway. He was co-founder of The Actors’ Studio and as such, introduced Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty and Julie Harris to movie audiences. Many of his films dealt with social issues and some of his best-known works were “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “On The Waterfront,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “East of Eden.” Better than very good in chipped dw.
Lambray, Maureen. The American Film Directors. NY: Rapoport Press, 1977. Near fine in very good dw.
(Lattuada, Alberto.) De Sanctis, F.M. Premier Plan: Alberto Lattuada Lyon, France: SERDOC (Société d’Études, Recherches et Documentation), 1965. Inscribed by Lattuada: To Tay Garnett a friend and a great colleague with admiration Alberto Lattuada August 1975” Alberto Lattuada was an Italian director, writer, producer and actor who – as a director – made films in a variety of genres, including neorealism, satire, comedy and erotica. He collaborated with Federico Fellini on at least two screenplays.
(Lattuada, Alberto). Bruno, Edoardo. Lattuada: o la Proposta Ambigua. Edizione Luglio, 1968. Inscribed by Lattuada: To Tay Garnett because of a mutual but not secret love Albertio Lattuada April 1975”. Paperback, very good.
(Lattuada, Alberto.) Zanellato, Angelo. L’Uomo (Cattiva Sorte): Il Cinema de Lattuada Padova, Italy: Liviana Editrice, 1973. Inscribed by Lattuada to Tay Garnett in April 1975. Softcover, very good.
LeRoy, Mervyn (as told to Dick Kleiner). Mervyn LeRoy: Take One NY: Hawthorne Books, 1974. Inscribed by Mervyn Leroy: “For Tay whose ‘Take One’ was always the best , and so was his last take and he is one of the best I knopw, Love Mervyn.” Mervyn LeRoy was a Hollywood legend – a director, producer and occasional actor. As a director, he was responsible for classics such as, “Little Caesar,” “Waterloo Bridge,” “Mister Roberts,” “I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” and “The Wizard of Oz” (although he was not credited for the latter). Near fine in very good dw.
MacLaren, Mary. The Twisted Heart NY: Exposition Press, 1952. Inscribed by MacLaren: “October 23, 1952/ To Tay Garnett:/ A gentleman and a/ scholar and a helluva/ swell director –/ Love Mary MacLaren” Mary MacLaren was a Hollywood actress, who began in silent films and is credited with 157 movie roles. Lesbian themed: girl likes girl but a real man saves her from the temptation. This is her only book. Near fine chipped dw.
Marion, Frances. Valley People NY: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1935. Inscribed by the author. Frances Marion was a writer, director, actress and producer. She is one of the most renowned screenwriters of the 20th Century, credited with more than three hundred screenplays, including two Oscar-winners – “The Big House” in 1930 and “The Champ” in 1932. She published nine books. Very good, lacking dw.
Miller, Max. The Great Trek NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1935. Inscribed by Miller to Tay Garnett. Max Miller was a journalist and author, best known for his bestseller, “I Cover The Waterfront,” which was later made into a popular film. Very good, lacking dw.
Monks, John. A Ribbon and A Star NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1945. Inscribed by the author. John Monks was a playwright, screenwriter and actor, best known for his 1936 stage hit, “Brother Rat.” He also wrote the screenplay for Tay Garnett’s 1947 film, “Wild Harvest,” starring Alan Ladd. Very good, lacking dw.
Preston, Jack. Assembly Call Hollywood: Murray & Gee, 1943. Inscribed by Preston: “for my friend Tay Garnett – his name on a film is always an invitation to look up Webster’s definition of ‘entertainemnet’. Sincerely, Jack Preston April 1956. Play, signed by the playwright. John Preston Buschlen was a Canadian author, who wrote under several pseudonyms, including Jack Preston, John Preston, Don Juan and “A Flyer’s Dad.” Very good paperback.
(Preston, Jack.) Don Juan. Señor Plummer Hollywood: Murray & Gee, 1943. Preston uses the pseudonym Don Juan here. Inscribed by the author as both Preston and Don Juan. Very good, lacking dw. $50
Renoir, Jean. My Life and My Films London: Collins, 1974. Inscribed by the author: “To Tay Garnett with my affection Jan Renoir.” Renoir was French director, screenwriter, actor, producer, author and son of the painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He is perhaps best known for his masterpiece, “La Grande Illusion.” Fine copy in very good dw, chipped around edges.
Sale, Richard. Is A Ship Burning? NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1938. Authors’s copy, signed by Sale “My Own Copy”. Sale was a novelist, screenwriter and director. Some of his best known film titles were “The Oscar,” “The White Buffalo,” and “Strange Cargo,” all of which were adapted from novels he’d written. Very good copy, lacking dw.
Sanford, Donald. Midway NY: Bantam Books, 1976. Inscribed by Sanford to Tay Garnett. Donald Sanford was an author as well as a television, radio and film writer. He is probably best known for the novel Midway, which was made into a classic film of the same title.
Schulberg, Budd. What Makes Sammy Run? NY: Random House, 1941. Inscribed to Tay Garnett by Schulberg: “For Tay and Helga – The kind of Holllywood people who more than make up for the Sammy Glicks. Always, Budd. Storer Canyon Sept 11, 1941” Schulberg was an American screenwriter, television producer, novelist and sports writer, best known for his novels, What Makes Sammy Run?, The Harder They Fall, and his Academy Award winning screenplay for “On The Waterfront.” Very good, lacking dw.
Sekiya, Toshiko. Onatsu Kyoran Tokyo: Sakurakai, 1935. Inscribed by Sekiya: “To Dear mr. Tay Garnett with good remembrance of Nippon. Toshiko Sekiya 1936 Tokio” Japanese libretto from the Nippon Grand Opera, composed and sung by Toshiko Sekiya, signed by Sekiya) * Toshiko Sekiya was a Japanese singer and actress. Very good.
Sheldon, Sidney. The Naked Face NY: William Morrow & Company, 1970. Inscribed by the author; “For Tay – One of the giants of motion pictures. With love, Sidney Sheldon July 23, 1973”. Sheldon was an American television and movie writer as well as one of the best-selling novelists of all times. Best known for his Oscar-winning original screenplay, “The Bachelor and The Bobby-Soxer,” as well as “The Patty Duke Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and countless novels. Near fine in very good dw.
Silver, Charles. Marlene Dietrich NY: Pyramid Publications, 1974. Inscribed by Silver to Garnett. Charles Silver is curator of the Film Department at MoMA and contributor to an assortment of film publications. Trade paperback, very good.
Slatzer, Robert F. The Life and Curious Death of Marilyn Monroe NY: Pinnacle House, 1974. Inscribed by the author. Slatzer was an American writer and director, who was largely famous for his claim to have been married briefly to screen legend Marilyn Monroe.
Sorenson, Willhelm. Sigvard, Prins (illustrator) Hollywood U. P. A. Stockholm: Saxon & Lindstroms Förlag, 1932. Inscribed to Tay Garnett by illustrator Sigvard: “To one cartoonist to another. Sigvard. Berlin April 1938” In Swedish, author Sorenson was a screenwriter and friend of actress Greta Garbo.
Thomas, Bob. Thalberg: Life and Legend NY: Doubleday, 1969. Inscribed by the author. Bob Thomas was a journalist and Hollywood biographer. Very good, lacking dw.
Thomas, Lowell. Seven Wonders of the World NY: Hanover House, 1956. Inscribed by Lowell Thomas: “To Tay Garnett – Who can even put the life and laughter in a static thing like – well – like The Seven Wonders! Lowell” Thomas was an actor, writer, broadcaster, director and producer, best known for dubbing T. E. Lawrence “Lawrence of Arabia.” In this inscription Thomas is referring to Garnett’s directing of the feature-length documentary film based on his book, which had a theatrical release. Very good in good dw.
Thompson, Thomas. They Brought Their Guns NY: Ballantine Books, 1954. Inscribed by Thompson: “To Tay – Who’s friendship is lot more rewarding than the ‘Spur’ – ‘Tommy’ Thomas Thompson”. Thompson was a journalist with LIFE for many years and author, his most popular book being Blood and Money.
Thompson, Thomas. Bitter Water. NY: Doubledy, 1960. Inscribed by Thompson: “1/14/63. To Tay- With happy memories of ‘Cattle King’ and a million thanks for all you taught me. Let’s do it again! Sincerely, ‘Tommy’ Thomas Thompson” Near fine in very good dw.
(Truffaut, Francois.) Allen, Don. François Truffaut NY: Viking Press, 1974. Inscribed by François Truffaut: “Pour Tay Garnett/ avec mon admiration/ et mon plus cordial/ Francos Truffaut” Truffaut - film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and film critic –along with Jean-Luc Goddard, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Agnès Varda, Jacques Demy and Jacques Rivette, was responsible for creating the French New Wave. He is probably best known for his Antoine Doinel series, beginning with “Les Quatre Cents Coups” (“400 Blows). Near fine in very good dw. $1500
Truffaut, Francois. Small Change NY: Grove Press, 1976. Inscribed by Truffaut to Garnett. Near fine paperback.
Vidor, King. King Vidor: On Film Making NY: David McKay Company, 1972. Inscribed by King Vidor: “To Tay, a long time and cherished frend. King Dec 11 – 73.’ Vidor was an American director, producer and screenwriter and one of the greats of the American flm industry. His career spanned nearly seven decades, during which he made countless popular and classic films, such as “The Big Parade,” “The Crowd,” “Duel in the Sun” and “War and Peace.” Near fine in dw.
Walsh, Raoul. Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974. Inscribed by Walsh: “To Tay, My good old pal in the golden days of Hollywood. His many great pictures on the silver screen has placed him among the top ten directors of all time. God bless, all the best, Raoul” Walsh was an American director, actor, writer and Hollywood legend famous for films such as, “White Heat,” “Gentleman Jim” and “They Died With Their Boots On.” Near fine in very good dw.
River, W. L. and Wead, Frank. Dark Canyon NY: Frederick A. Stokes & Company, 1935. Very good copy in fair dw. Inscribed to Tay Garentt by Wead: “ Dear Tay. This ain’t much of a novel but there’s a swell picture in it. The old salesaman Sprig Wead” Wead, was a U.S. Naval aviator who became a Hollywood screenwriter.
Winchester, Clarence. An Innocent in Hollywood London: Cassell & Company, 1934. Inscribed to Tay Garnett by the author: “Mary has been an innocent in Hollywood but – by God – TG was no innocent in London for heaven’s sake. Clarence Winchester Sept 23, 1936” Very good copy, lacking dw.
(Wyler, William). Madsen, Axel. William Wyler: The Authorized Biography NY: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. Inscribed by Wyler with a ANS from Wyler to TG taped onto pastedown). "Dear Tay -/ Sorry I haven't/ kept my promise to/ call - but anything/ worth knowing about me/ is in this book. Just/ help yourself to any part/ of it - and don't work too/ hard! Good luck and/ best regards from your lazy friend/ Willy.” Inscribed on the ffe: “For my esteemed colleague Tay Garnett –regards and best wishes Willy.” William Wyler was an American film director, considered by many to be second only to John Ford. He directed such beloved classics as “Wuthering Heights,” “The Little Foxes,” “Mrs. Miniver,” “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “Roman Holiday,” “Ben Hur,” “The Children’s Hour,” and “Funny Girl.” Very good in chipped dw.
TITLES OF MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS:
Braddell, Roland. The Lights of Singapore London: Methuen & Co., 1935. Inscribed by Braddell: “To Mr. Tay Garnett, hoping he will find Singapore not to bad. 12/3/36” Roland Braddell was a lawyer and author of many legal and historical publications about Singapore and Malaya. Very good, lacking dw.
De Jean, Louis. Winged Trails San Francisco: California Press, 1927. Inscribed by de Jean to Tay Garnett. Louis de Jean was an aviator in the Canadian Royal Air Force who became known as the “balladeer of the air.” Near fine in dw missing spine.
Dromgold, George. Two Lugs on a Lugger London: Hutchinson & Co., 1938. Inscribed by the author to Tay Garnett and his second wife, Helga Moray. George Dromgold was an American silent film actor and writer, who wrote this book about exploring the South Seas. Very good, lacking dw.
Handel, Leo A. A Dog Named Duke Philadelphia/New York: J.B. Lippincott. Inscribed by author to Garnett. Leo A. Handel was a Vienna-born writer, director and producer and head of his own company, Handel Film Corporation. This versatile man worked for U.S. Military Intelligence, was director of audience research for MGM, New York, and held a PhD in economics. This book is a collection of true stories about German Shepherds who worked with the police.
Holmes, Ernest and Hornaday, Wm. H.D. Help For Today NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1958. Inscribed by Holms to Garnett. Hornaday. Ernest Holmes was one of the principal leaders of the New Thought Movement and founder of the Church of Religious Science. William Hornaday studied under Carl Jung, Albert Schweitzer, Karl Barth, and Roland Niebuhr. Known as “Dr. Bill,” he was the leading minister at Founder’s Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles for a 7,000-person congregation, many of whom were in the movie business. (Tay Garnett and his third wife, Mari both became ordained ministers in the Church of Religious Science under Dr. Hornaday.)
Lanyon, Walter C. Without the Smell of Fire L.A.: DeVorss & Co., 1956. Inscribed by Lanyon to Tay Garnett. Walter Lanyon, a prominent figure in the New Thought Movement, was author of more than 40 books.
Mason, F. van Wyck. Three Harbours Philadelphia, NY, Toronto: Lippincott, 1938 . Incribed by Mason to Tay Garnett. .F. van Wyck Mason was an American historian and prolific, best-selling novelist. Very good, lacking dw.
Michael, Arnold. Brothers of the Grape Los Angeles: Scrivener & Co., 1971. Inscribed by Arnold to Tay Garnett. Arnold Michael was a PhD and Doctor of Divinity, trained in Religious Science, who started the Madonna Ministry, a worldwide spiritual community. Trade paperback, very good.
Murray, Ken. The Body Merchant: The Story of Earl Carroll. Inscribed by Murray to Tay Garnett. Near fine in near fine dw.
Swanner, Charles D. 50 Years A Barrister in Orange County Claremont, CA: Fraser Press, 1965. . Inscribed to Tay Garnett by the author.
Swanner, Charles D. Those Were The Days Elsinore, CA: Mayhall Printshop, 1971. Inscribed to Tay Garnett by the author.
Webb, Richard. Great Ghosts of the West L.A.: Nash Publishing, 1971. Inscribed to Tay Garnett by the author. Richard Webb was an American film, television and radio actor who also wrote four books on psychic phenomena.
Woodson, James B. The Visa Circuit NY: Pageant Press, 1956. Inscribed to Tay Garnett by the author.
Personal diaries or date books (3), c1970s.
Journal containing notes tracking correspondence with film directors in researching and writing Directing: Learn from the Masters.
Newspaper and magazine clippings, approximately 2” stacked, about Garnett and his work, mostly 1950s-1970s, some from the 1930s.
Transcribed interview of Tay Garnett by Charles Higham, 117p, undertaken for the American Film Institute, undated, most likely early 70s.
PORTRAIT IN OIL OF ACTOR BRODERICK CRAWFORD!
In later years, when offers to direct became less frequent, Tay Garnett revisited his artistic beginnings and began to paint. Still a cartoonist at heart, he began with clowns, working in oil for the first time. Searching for unusual subjects, he then began staging his daughter's dolls and toys in creative scenes, which he captured on canvas. He continued to experiment with a variety of styles and themes, including flowers and then landscapes - in particular, his beloved Paso Robles ranch house and surrounding property. As he progressed, he was especially proud of a third-dimensional effect he was able to produce by means of a palette-knife.
During the last fifteen years of his life Garnett produced over fifty paintings, twenty or so of which survive, yet in all that time Garnett did only one portrait, that of actor Broderick Crawford, whose tough and tempestuous persona the artist captured by portraying Crawford against a background of angry, grey clouds, slashed with the fire-orange light of a setting sun. An unsmiling Crawford is attired in character, with fedora and trench-coat, a lit cigarette hanging from one corner of his mouth.