Farley Granger
American actor
Farley Granger
Farley Earle Granger was an American actor, best known for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951. Granger was first noticed in a small stage production in Hollywood by a Goldwyn casting director, and given a significant role in The North Star, a controversial film praising the Soviet Union at the height of the war, but later condemned for its political bias.
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First Nighter: "The Layover," Leslye Headland's New Play Proves a Welcome Stay-Over
Huffington Post - 6 months
From the very beginning Leslye Headland drops several hints about what she's up to in The Layover, her irresistibly intriguing new play at Second Stage. The first clue is obscure: Sherrie (Annie Parisse) and Dex (Adam Rothenberg) strike up a conversation when the New York-bound plane they're on is delayed for Thanksgiving Eve takeoff. That alert--a meet-cute variation--is made less obscure when in their quizzing each other, Sherrie says she teaches a course in American crime fiction, and not too long after that crime author Patricia Highsmith enters the chat. Highsmith's Strangers on a Train comes up, leading to an exchange where Dex asks Sherrie about her notion of the perfect murder, and she says, "The perfect murder is a murder with no motive"--to which he replies, "Like Strangers on a Train," and she comes back with the supposedly joke-y "Or plane." There you have it. Headland, who also wrote the overrated Bachelorette, has a thing for Patricia Highsmith and so decides sh ...
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#TBT: 25 Reasons We Miss 1951
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Everyone loves Bogey, baseball and backseat makeouts. Here are 25 reasons you should remember the year 1951: 1. Honey, I'm Home! "I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS. 2. Pabst airs the first television beer commercial ever, way before it was cool. 3. America's eternal sweetheart Audrey Hepburn makes her film debut... 4. "Backseat bingo" is slang for for a backseat make-out sesh. 5. People loved Cheerios. 6. Angsty kids everywhere rejoice as J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye is released and Holden Caulfield's complaints are heard far and wide. 7. The first baseball game is televised in color. It's between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves. 8. Gerber starts putting MSG in its baby food. 9. Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" hits #2 on the charts, following Johnnie Ray's "Cry." 10. Funnyman Robin Williams graces the earth with his presence. 11. The first Jack In The Box opens in San Diego, California. 12. "Classy c ...
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Right Between Your Eyes: The Bullits
Clash - almost 5 years
In an era where artists are rapidly losing social relevance and connection (despite a heavy Twitter habit), a new breed of mavericks are seizing the unclaimed territory through bold, elegant and original moves. None more so than Jeymes Samuel a.k.a The Bullitts a.k.a the tramp who accosts Rosario Dawson in that youtube a.k.a. someone who defies any sort of categorisation as he launches blockbuster idea after blockbuster idea sooner than you can ask: ‘So is this film or music?’ But West Londoner Jeymes is no overnight success. Despite being a film-maker from the age of eight, he’s been honing his songwriting and production skills since he was seventeen. Now, with an intimidating catalogue of production credits sufficient to convince anyone else they could now comfortably retire, he instead begins work on his debut album, ‘They Die By Dawn and Other Short Stories’ featuring artists which read like the World’s Cool List: Jay Electronica, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lucy Liu, Idr ...
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Reel Sex: The Conflicting Thrill of Sexy Villains - Film School Rejects
Google News - over 5 years
Rope features two young gay men (John Dall and Farley Granger) who, in a move that would Johnny Cash smile, kill a man just to feel the life leave his body then keep his remains in a box in the middle of their apartment. They look like two fraternity
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Stroj času: Bigger Than Life - filmserver.cz
Google News - over 5 years
Humphrey Bogart v dramatu Na opuštěném místě, Farley Granger v noiru Žijí v noci i James Dean v Rebelovi bez příčiny jsou různými druhy černých ovcí, někdy neschopných a jindy neochotných naplňovat očekávání svého stáda. Hrdina filmu Bigger Than Life
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TV Q&A with David Inman - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
A.That sounds like the 1944 film “The Purple Heart,” which stars Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger and Sam Levene. It's on DVD. Q. I have searched the world over for the name of an old RV that I would like to restore in my old age
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60 aniversario de Pacto Siniestro - Vanguardia.com.mx
Google News - over 5 years
“Pacto Siniestro”, es una joya desde sus primeras escenas, ya que el maestro Hitchock logra hacer magia con la historia de dos hombres, un famoso tenista profesional de nombre Guy Haines (el recientemente desaparecido Farley Granger ) y un hombre de
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Height of Hitchcock - Calcutta Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
The stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler. The genius: Rope was a Hitchcock experiment in long takes. How long? Till he had to change the camera magazine! Even then he cheated with back-to-the-camera black jackets so that it
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Ann Dvorak Movie Schedule: THREE ON A MATCH, OUR VERY OWN, COLLEGE COACH - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Dir: Lesley Selander. Cast: Ann Dvorak, Gene Evans, Douglas Kennedy. BW-85 mins. 3:45 AM OUR VERY OWN (1950) The discovery that she's adopted shakes a young girl's sense of security. Dir: Dave Miller. Cast: Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Ann Blyth
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Extraños en un tren - CanalTCM (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Nominada al Oscar por su fotografía en blanco y negro, cuenta con Farley Granger y Robert Walter a la cabeza de un reparto en el que también se encuentran Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll, y la propia hija del director, Patricia Hitchcock
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Living in the Shadow of Saddam Hussein's Son in "The Devil's Double" - PW-Philadelphia Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
In Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, Farley Granger delivers a hopelessly wooden performance as the good guy. And that's fine, because as the bad guy Robert Walker oozes enough charisma for the both of them
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Roland Petit Dead at 87 - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Additionally, he choreographed dance sequences for a handful of movies, notably Samuel Goldwyn's Hans Christian Andersen (1952), a color extravaganza starring Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, and Petit's future wife Zizi Jeanmaire; two 1955 Leslie Caron
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Big-Screen Hitchcock - Black and White
Google News - over 5 years
His partner (Farley Granger) is the closeted, self-loathing type, and he's clearly at the bottom of the relationship, if you get the drift. The professor faces the unpleasant fact that he may be responsible for creating these monsters, and hidden in
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Tony Timpone's Elegies: Summer of Savini, Part Two - FANGORIA
Google News - over 5 years
... murder (a la FRIDAY THE 13TH); THE BURNING, another revenge oriented film; MIDNIGHT and THE GRADUATION [later retitled THE PROWLER], a complicated murder mystery starring Farley Granger, who for revenge, murders people with pitchforks and bayonets
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Daily guide - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Farley Granger. NR (1948) Bolt 6:45 pm (DISN) Misadventures of a canine action star (voice of John Travolta) of a hit TV series. PG (2008) No Way Out 6:45 pm (MAX) A political love triangle turns deadly. Kevin Costner. R (1987) Beautiful Girls 8 pm
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Blu-ray Roundup: THE LINCOLN LAWYER - CultureMob (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... giving immediacy to a story that might not otherwise have it, and John Romano's script is tart and cynical, a throwback to the B-movie detective stories of the 1940's (I can see it now: Humphrey Bogart as Haller, Farley Granger as his client,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Farley Granger
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 85
    Granger died of natural causes on March 27, 2011, at age 85.
    More Details Hide Details For his contribution to television, Granger has a star located at 1551 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2007
    Age 81
    In 2007, Granger published the memoir Include Me Out, co-written with domestic partner Robert Calhoun (born 24 November 1930).
    More Details Hide Details In the book, named after one of Goldwyn's famous malapropisms, he freely discusses his career and personal life. Calhoun died of lung cancer in New York, New York on May 24, 2008, at age 77.
  • 2003
    Age 77
    In 2003, Granger made his last film appearance in Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There.
    More Details Hide Details In it, he tells the story of leaving Hollywood at the peak of his fame, buying out his contract from Samuel Goldwyn, and moving to Manhattan to work on the Broadway stage.
  • 1995
    Age 69
    Later he appeared in several documentaries discussing Hollywood in general and Alfred Hitchcock in particular. In 1995 he was interviewed on camera for The Celluloid Closet, discussing the depiction of homosexuality in film and the use of subtext in various films, including his own.
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  • 1986
    Age 60
    In 1986 he won the Obie Award for his performance in the Lanford Wilson play Talley & Son.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1970s, Granger and Calhoun moved to Rome, where the actor made a series of Italian language films, most notably They Call Me Trinity. He also appeared on several soap operas, including One Life to Live, on which his portrayal of Will Vernon garnered him a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, The Edge of Night, and As the World Turns, produced by Calhoun. Granger acted alongside Mario Adorf in the Italian slasher film La Polizia chiede aiuto, which was directed by Massimo Dallamano. In 1974, he appeared in an episode of the ABC police drama Nakia.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 53
    Granger finally achieved some success on Broadway in The Seagull, The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie, and Deathtrap. He starred opposite Barbara Cook in a revival of The King and I at the off-Broadway New York City Center, and in 1979 he was cast in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of A Month in the Country.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 33
    In 1959, Granger returned to Broadway as Fitzwilliam Darcy opposite Polly Bergen as Elizabeth Bennet in First Impressions, a musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with a book and direction by Abe Burrows.
    More Details Hide Details The tryout in New Haven was a disaster, and reviews were mixed. Things improved slightly during the Philadelphia run, but by the time the production reached New York, Bergen – who was fighting bitterly with co-star Hermione Gingold – was experiencing serious vocal problems, and some of her songs would be cut during each performance, creating confusion for the rest of the cast. Only two of seven critics wrote favorable reviews, Bergen was replaced by understudy Ellen Hanley, and the musical closed in less than three months. Later that year, he was cast in The Warm Peninsula, a play by Joe Masteroff. Co-starring Julie Harris, June Havoc and Larry Hagman, it received fair reviews and closed after only 86 performances. Despite his three unsuccessful Broadway experiences, Granger continued to focus on theater in the early 1960s. He accepted an invitation from Eva Le Gallienne to join her National Repertory Theatre. During their first season, while the company was in Philadelphia, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The President had attended NRT's opening night and post-performance gala in the nation's capital, so the news hit everyone in the company especially hard. Granger had become a close friend of production supervisor Robert Calhoun, and although both had felt a mutual attraction, they never had discussed it. That night they became lovers.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 29
    In 1955, Granger moved to New York and began studying with Bob Fosse, Gloria Vanderbilt, James Kirkwood and Tom Tryon in a class taught by Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
    More Details Hide Details During this period he made his Broadway debut in The Carefree Tree, a play with music based on an old Chinese legend. The cast included Janice Rule as Granger's love interest and Alvin Ailey, Frances Sternhagen, Jerry Stiller and Sada Thompson in supporting roles. The play closed after only 24 performances, but shortly after its demise Rule moved in with Granger, and before long they were making wedding plans. They gradually realized the love their characters had felt on stage actually had not carried over into real life, and the two went their separate ways, although they remained friends until her death in 2003. With both his film and theatrical career foundering, Granger turned to television. He starred in Beyond This Place, an adaptation of the A.J. Cronin novel of the same title, with Shelley Winters and Peggy Ann Garner, and joined Julie Harris for a remake of The Heiress. He also was featured in episodes of Climax Mystery Theater, Ford Television Theatre, The 20th Century Fox Hour, Robert Montgomery Presents, Playhouse 90, Wagon Train, Kraft Television Theatre, The United States Steel Hour, and The Bell Telephone Hour, and in later years Get Smart, Run for Your Life, Ironside, The Name of the Game and Hawaii Five-O, among others.
  • 1953
    Age 27
    Eager to work with Vincente Minnelli, Granger accepted a role opposite Leslie Caron and Ethel Barrymore in Mademoiselle, one of three segments in the 1953 MGM film The Story of Three Loves.
    More Details Hide Details The film's producer, Gottfried Reinhardt, also directed the other two segments, and he mercilessly edited Mademoiselle in order to give his stories more screen time. Unhappy with the direction his career was taking, Granger sought solace with Shelley Winters, who was separated from Vittorio Gassman, and the two friends resumed their love affair, which at one point nearly had culminated in marriage. Their relationship was complicated, but Granger felt "it works for us." Granger's next project was Small Town Girl, a musical with Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Bobby Van. Upon its completion, he bought his release from Goldwyn, a costly decision that left him with serious financial difficulties. Granger was determined to move to Manhattan to study acting and perform on stage, but his agent convinced him to accept a role in Senso, directed by Luchino Visconti and co-starring Alida Valli. Filming in Italy lasted nine months, although Granger frequently was idle during this period, allowing him free time to explore Italy and even spend a long weekend in Paris, where he had a brief affair with Jean Marais. During his time in Venice, Granger renewed his friendship with Peggy Guggenheim, whom he had met during his earlier trip to Italy with Arthur Laurents, and he met Mike Todd, who cajoled him into making a cameo appearance as a gondolier in his epic Around the World in 80 Days. He finally returned to Hollywood exhausted but happy about the experience.
  • 1950
    Age 24
    On December 31, 1950, Granger picked up close friend Shelley Winters to escort her to Sam Spiegel's traditional New Year's Eve gala.
    More Details Hide Details The actress kept him waiting for nearly two hours, and they argued while en route to the party. Once there, they went their separate ways, and Granger met Ava Gardner. The two left to hear Nat King Cole perform at a nearby nightclub and then went to Granger's home, where they began an intense affair that lasted until Gardner began filming Show Boat a month later. Having reconciled, Granger and Winters went to New York City, where they audited classes at the Actors Studio and the Neighborhood Playhouse. Winters subscribed to the concept of method acting, but Granger felt an actor "had to be faithful to the text, not adapt it to some personal sense memory," and their disagreement triggered more arguments. Their plan to pursue individual training programs was disrupted when both were called back to Hollywood. Goldwyn cast Granger in I Want You, a drama about the effect the Korean War has on an American family still trying to recover from World War II. Granger thought the screenplay by Irwin Shaw was "not only dull, but felt dated," but welcomed the opportunity to work with Dana Andrews and Dorothy McGuire. Goldwyn expected the film to be as successful as The Best Years of Our Lives, but it proved to be as "tepid and old-fashioned" as Granger feared and, opening after cease-fire negotiations with Korea had begun, no longer topical, and it died at the box office.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 14
    Granger returned to civilian life and was pleased to discover his parents had curbed their drinking and were treating each other more civilly. Goldwyn increased his weekly salary to $200 and presented him with a 1940 Ford Coupe.
    More Details Hide Details The actor was introduced to Saul Chaplin and his wife Ethyl, who became his lifelong mentor, confidante and best friend. Through the couple, Granger met Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Gene Kelly, who invited him to join his open house gatherings that included Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Stanley Donen. Most influential among his new acquaintances was director Nicholas Ray, who cast Granger in his film noir Thieves Like Us. The film was nearing completion in October 1947 when Howard Hughes acquired RKO Radio Pictures, and the new studio head shelved it for two years before releasing it under the title They Live by Night in a single theater in London. Enthusiastic reviews led RKO to finally release the film in the States in late 1949. During the two years it had remained in limbo, it had been screened numerous times in private screening rooms, and one of the people who saw it during this period was Alfred Hitchcock, who was preparing Rope.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 3
    His wealthy father owned a Willys-Overland automobile dealership, and the family frequently spent time at their beach house in Capitola. Following the stock market crash in 1929, the Grangers were forced to sell both their homes and most of their personal belongings and move into an apartment above the family business, where they remained for the next two years.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of this financial setback and the loss of their social status, both of Granger's parents began to drink heavily. Eventually the remainder of their possessions were sold at auction to settle their debts, and the elder Granger used the last car on his lot to spirit away the family to Los Angeles in the middle of the night. The family settled in a small apartment in a seedy part of Hollywood, and Granger's parents worked at various temporary jobs. Their drinking increased, and the couple frequently fought. Hoping he might become a tap dancer, Granger's mother enrolled him at Ethel Meglin's, the dance and drama instruction studio where Judy Garland and Shirley Temple had started. Granger's father found work as a clerk in the North Hollywood branch of the California Department of Unemployment, and his salary allowed him to put a small down payment on a house in Studio City, where their neighbor was actor/dancer Donald O'Connor. At his office, Granger's father became acquainted with unemployment benefits recipient Harry Langdon, who advised him to take his son to a small local theatre where open auditions for The Wookie, a British play about Londoners struggling to survive during World War II, were being held. Granger's use of a Cockney accent impressed the director, and he was cast in multiple roles. The opening night audience included talent agent Phil Gersh and Samuel Goldwyn casting director Bob McIntyre, and the following morning Gersh contacted Granger's parents and asked them to bring him to his office that afternoon to discuss the role of Damian, a teenaged Russian boy in the film The North Star.
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on July 1, 1925.
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