John Farrow
Film director,screenwriter
John Farrow
John Villiers Farrow, CBE KGCHS was an Australian-born American film director, producer and screenwriter. In 1957, he won the Academy Award for Best Writing/Best Screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days and in 1942 he was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island.
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Kingston WritersFest tickets on sale - Kingston This Week
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As well as onstage readings and discussions, including the much-anticipated International Marquee with JM Coetzee and Paul Auster, the festival offers cross-genre performances, including a dramatic musical presentation of a John Farrow crime novel
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Murió a los 70 años el cineasta chileno Raúl Ruiz - Télam
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Me gustan mucho Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder y también alguien como John Farrow, el papá de Mia Farrow”. Para Ruiz, quien en 2010 había sido internado en Lisboa luego de ser operado de un tumor en el hígado, “buena parte del cine de Hollywood
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Clive Owen attempts to ward off "INTRUDERS" in new trailer - FANGORIA
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Clive Owen stars as John Farrow, a father who cannot protect his young daughter from faceless intruders, in this intense psychological drama," so says the fest's synopsis. What's interesting, and we haven't exactly learned until now, is that Owen's
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John Farrow - Globe and Mail
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The central event of the third Cinq-Mars novel from John Farrow (the genre nom de plume of Montreal novelist and playwright Trevor Ferguson) is the theft of the legendary Cartier Dagger during 1955's Richard Riot, and a brutal homicide committed in the
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Ann Dvorak Movie Schedule: THREE ON A MATCH, OUR VERY OWN, COLLEGE COACH - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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(And for those who believe that remakes is something new: Three on a Mach was remade a mere six years later as Broadway Musketeers: John Farrow directed; Ann Sheridan, Marie Wilson, and Margaret Lindsay starred.) 6:00 AM CROONER (1932) A saxophone
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River City worth readers' 10-year wait - TheChronicleHerald.ca
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John Farrow, a pen name for Quebec novelist and playwright Trevor Ferguson, has written two previous works featuring Cinq-Mars as a veteran detective. The last, Ice Lake, was first published a decade ago, so it is a treat when Ferguson turns his focus
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Colossal CanLit - Telegraph-Journal (registration)
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John Farrow aims to move the crime genre into the CanLit canon with this centuries-sprawling epic. Clocking in at a sprawling 844 pages, River City's author John Farrow (the crime-novelist pseudonym of Montreal writer Trevor Ferguson) better have a
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Community meetings, performances, sales and other events - Montreal Gazette
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Greenwood StoryFest presents authors Trevor Ferguson (aka John Farrow) and Giller prizewinner Johanna Skibsrud on Sunday at 2 pm at St. Mary's Hall. Tickets $25. Call 450-458-5396. Registration to the Summer Cultural workshops starts on Monday (for
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Bette Davis Movie Schedule: THE CORN IS GREEN, JUAREZ, THE LETTER - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds. BW-94 mins, Letterbox Format. 3:45 AM JOHN PAUL JONES (1959) The hero of the Revolutionary War clashes with Congress. Dir: John Farrow. Cast: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn. C-126 mins
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Urban Planner: July 11, 2011 - Torontoist
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READING: The latest of the successful John Farrow novels (penned by Trevor Ferguson under the Farrow pseudonym) is set in Montreal, and spans four centuries. For tonight's launch of River City, Ferguson will read excerpts accompanied by
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Book Review: River City, by John Farrow - National Post (blog)
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If you are of the generation who came of age in the 1950s, the key time period of John Farrow's newest, sprawling crime novel, then the title River City conjures up a different city entirely: one where “ya got trouble,” which starts with
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Hockey riot at heart of engrossing thriller - Winnipeg Free Press
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By John Farrow VANCOUVER'S ugly riot on June 15 recalls a similar night in 1955 when fans and assorted miscreants took to Montreal streets to protest the NHL's suspension of hockey idol Maurice Richard. That disturbance is at the heart of John Farrow's
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Going South: American Noir in Mexico - East Bay Express
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Director John Farrow — who also contributes the squirrelly noir His Kind of Woman to the series — touches all the "trapped" and "no way out" bases as Dr. Jeff essentially chucks his entire life to run away to Neverland (aka Nogales) with loca rich
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If Michael Bay wrote a novel: Authors pick the best in summer reading - National Post (blog)
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... right turns to lead lost strangers through the Hampton Court maze. Hilarious, as is the burial of stinky cheese on a beach. Years later people still swarm for the recuperative scent of the seaside breeze. A fun book. John Farrow, author of River City
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Con Il Grinta in Dvd e Blu-ray arriva la Western Collection - Best Movie
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Hondo (1953) di John Farrow con John Wayne, Geraldine Page e Ward Bond. • I violenti (1956) di Rudolph Maté con Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Tom Tryon, Gilbert Roland e Forrest Turker. • Sfida all' OK Corral (1957) di John Sturges con Burt Lancaster,
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Recuerdan a la 'Jane' más famosa - El Siglo de Torreón
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En los créditos de "La fuga de Tarzán" apareció por primera vez un joven guionista y futuro director llamado John Farrow. En el terreno sentimental, Maureen se caso con John Farrow, un director de cine australiano, en septiembre de 1936;
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Deer Fly plague returns to the Cypress - Milford Beacon
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My mind flashed back to my dearest departed friend John Farrow and him plowing his beloved fields. Obviously the dream vanished as the field now grows houses and the gentleman on the tractor was cutting weeds in the “common area
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Literary calendar - Montreal Gazette
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Trevor Ferguson, aka John Farrow, and Johanna Skibsrud speak and sign their books, 2 pm at St. Mary's Hall, 261 Main Rd., Hudson. Cost: $25. Tickets available at the Greenwood Centre, 254 Main Rd. or at Pure Art, 422 Main Rd. Lydia Lockett presents
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Farrow
    FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 59
    Died on January 27, 1963.
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  • 1957
    Age 53
    In 1957, he won the Academy Award for Best Writing/Best Screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days and in 1942 he was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island.
    More Details Hide Details He had seven children by his wife, actress Maureen O'Sullivan, including actress Mia Farrow. Farrow was born in Sydney, Australia, the son of Lucy Villiers (née Savage; 1881-1907), a dressmaker, and Joseph Farrow (1880-1925), a tailor's trimmer. His mother died when he was three years old. His parents were both of English descent. Farrow was educated at Newtown Public School and Fort Street Boys' High School and then started a career in accountancy. He claimed to have run away to sea in an American barquentine, sailed "all over the Pacific", and fought in revolts in Nicaragua and Mexico.
  • FORTIES
  • 1947
    Age 43
    He also often expressed a desire to make a film back in Australia and later made two films with Australian connections, Botany Bay (1953) and The Sea Chase (1955), despite having ceased to be an Australian citizen in 1947.
    More Details Hide Details In 1927 he was described as an Australian member of Hollywood, along with May Robson, the New Zealander Rupert Julian, Franklin Pangborn, Josephine Norman and E.O. Gurney.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 39
    In July 1943 he served as technical consultant for the proposed Royal Canadian Navy show.
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    He signed a long term contract with Paramount in February 1943 and went on to become one of the leading filmmakers for the studio, working several times with Alan Ladd.
    More Details Hide Details Farrow became an American citizen in July 1947. Farrow's films became less distinguished towards the end of the 1950s. He received an offer from Samuel Bronston to make two films, a biography of John Paul Jones and a story of the life of Jesus Christ, which Farrow had been trying to make for years. He made the first one - John Paul Jones - and was replaced as director on the second by Nicholas Ray – King of Kings (1961).
  • 1941
    Age 37
    He contracted typhus fever and returned to Naval Headquarters, Ottawa, in late 1941.
    More Details Hide Details It was announced he would direct a Canadian war film starring his wife Maureen O'Sullivan while on leave, but this did not eventuate. Farrow was invalided out of the Canadian Navy with typhus in January 1942 at the rank of Commander but remained in the naval reserve.
    He worked on anti-submarine patrols and in April 1941 was loaned to the Royal Navy and appointed to HMS Goshawk naval base in Trinidad, and served as assistant to the Senior British Naval Officer, Curaçao.
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  • 1939
    Age 35
    Despite his flourishing career and recently having become a father for the first time, Farrow was keen to be involved in World War II. He went to Vancouver in November 1939 and enlisted in the Canadian Navy.
    More Details Hide Details Farrow was appointed lieutenant in March 1940 and assigned to Naval History and the Controller of Information Unit.
  • 1937
    Age 33
    Farrow finally made his directorial debut in 1937 with Men in Exile.
    More Details Hide Details Following this, he accompanied his wife to Europe, where she was making A Yank at Oxford (1938), lecturing on Father Damien, about whom Farrow had written a book, and receiving a Papal knighthood. On his return to Hollywood, Farrow resumed working as a director for Warners. He made several movies with Kay Francis and discovered a young Peggy Ann Garner. Farrow left his contract for a number of months, ostensibly to finish a book he was writing on the history of the papacy, and also due to disputes over the script of Kay Francis's Women in the Wind. However he soon re-emerged as a contract director for RKO. While there he made a number of highly successful B movies, notably The Saint Strikes Back (1939) and Five Came Back (1939). "I deliberately set out to become the damndest commercial director in the business," he said later. "The only way to get anywhere in hospital is to make money pictures. Then you can get some measure of respect and authority from the studio bosses, and little by little you get to do more of the things you want to do."
  • 1936
    Age 32
    He signed to Warner Bros in 1936 looking to direct and was linked with a number of projects, including a foreign legion story and an adaptation of The Pit and the Pendulum.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 30
    In 1934 he became engaged to actress Maureen O'Sullivan and they married on 12 September 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Farrow and O'Sullivan had seven children: four daughters, who became actresses, Mia (born 1945), Prudence (born 1948), Stephanie (born 1949), Tisa (born 1951); and three sons, Michael Damien (1939–1958), Patrick Joseph (1942–2009), and John Charles (born 1946). Maureen O'Sullivan was his second wife, after he converted to Catholicism and received an annulment of his first marriage. Farrow died from a heart attack in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 58 and was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. As one of the few high-profile Australians in Hollywood during the 1930s, Farrow's activities were well covered by the Australian media. He accepted the Oscar won by the Australian documentary Kokoda Front Line! (1943), met Australian Senator Richard Keane, the Minister for Trade and Customs, when he visited Hollywood during the war and offered to assist in the establishment of an Australian information service in the US.
  • 1933
    Age 29
    Farrow returned to Hollywood and re-established himself as a screenwriter. On 27 January 1933, while dancing at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, he was arrested for breach of his visa, as part of a general crackdown against illegal immigrants in the film industry.
    More Details Hide Details Farrow was charged with making a false statement while entering the US, having claimed he was Romanian. Although threatened with deportation, eventually he was given five years probation, before being acquitted of the charges the following year. Farrow received a plum appointment to work on Tarzan Escapes (1936) but the film was subsequently rewritten and reshot. In 1930, it was announced that Farrow would direct his own story First Love but this did not materialize.
  • 1932
    Age 28
    He compiled an English-French-Tahitian dictionary and wrote a novel, Laughter Ends (1933), In 1932 he went to England where he worked as a writer and assistant director on G. W. Pabst's film of Don Quixote, and briefly visited Tahiti again.
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  • 1927
    Age 23
    Farrow started writing while working as a sailor and became interested in screenwriting after a chance voyage in the South Seas with the film-maker Robert J. Flaherty. Re-entering the United States, allegedly by jumping ship at San Francisco, he found his way to Hollywood where from 1927 his nautical expertise brought him work as a script consultant and technical adviser.
    More Details Hide Details He had already earned minor recognition as a poet and writer of short stories. He soon established himself as a notable screenwriter. He worked for DeMille Productions, Paramount Pictures and RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 20
    Farrow was a notorious playboy in his youth, being linked to Dolores del Río and Diana Churchill among others. He married Felice Lewin in 1924.
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  • 1923
    Age 19
    Reaching the United States, he enrolled at the Jesuits' St Ignatius College in San Francisco in 1923, but left after one month.
    More Details Hide Details He traveled throughout the Pacific, including Fiji, Hawaii and Guam. On arrival in Hollywood, Farrow fabricated his education, saying he had attended Newington College in Sydney, Australia (he lived in a street below its ovals), Winchester College in England and the US Naval Academy. Many publications and websites still contain this information.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1904
    Age 0
    Born on February 10, 1904.
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