Biography of Joshua Logan (1908-1988)

Director of American cinema, born on October 5, 1908 in Texarkana (Texas) and died on July 13, 1988 in New York.


Illustrious heir to a lineage of great directors forged in Broadway musical scenarios and they were able to combine this activity with the filmmaking, Joshua Logan is located in the difficult boundary between classicism and new times that brought about radical changes. Lover of the theatre above anything else, knew how to capture the static of this medium in a dynamic medium as movies with huge acclaim, although this success did not stop preferred Broadway to Hollywood.

His father just three years, his childhood was spent in the military detachments where his stepfather, army officer, trained the future soldiers. During his student at Princeton I would highlight as an athlete, although tempted by the theatre decided to integrate into the Group at his school and, at the end of the 1920s, created a University company where began his career future films such as James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan or Henry Fondastar. Increasingly tempted by scenarios, and with a growing reputation, achieved a scholarship to seek nothing less than to the Moscow art theatre, where he taught classes the legendary pedagogue Konstantin Stanislavski, who learned the rules of his famous method.

In 1932 he returned definitely to New York and came into contact with Broadway as an actor and performer. His fame was growing, and Hollywood film industry made huge efforts to hire him. Thus, in 1936 was recruited as director of dialogues for the garden wing and midnight supper, a history of his directorial debut, which took place two years later with returned love, starring Henry Fonda and Joan Bennett. Its central activity, however, was overturned on Broadway, where the successes were happening to scale dizzying until, exhausted and with sporadic mentally deranged, decided to enter voluntarily in a psychiatric clinic where he was held about a year. This would, in fact, the first symptom of a more severe neuronal problem whose effects were felt with all its virulence during the last years of his life.

Back to active life, the outbreak of the second world war led him to enlist in the force Area. But after the war hiatus he returned with renewed vigor to Broadway, where finished erecting in one of the most brilliant theatrical figures. Hollywood did not remain impassive to this circumstance and in 1955 the Columbia got that Joshua Logan directed the film adaptation of Picnic, that he himself had put on foot with great success in the theatrical scenarios for them. Starring William Holden, however was the explosive Kim Novak , who was noted for her sensuality.

Numerous sequences conceived with theatrical approach would be present at the Bus Stop, the last interpretation (and one of the best of his career) MarilynMonroe. Sayonara, on the other hand, was a small twist in his career into genres such as melodrama and comedy, to the detriment of the musical. Fanny was, in that sense, his joyful reunion with the field that gave him fame and the possibility to show their affection by European culture, which both had in refinement and stylistic elegance.

Two recent feature films of his career would be the final flourish to this line of work: Camelot and the legend of the nameless city, risky operatic musical choreography or spectacular dance numbers were absent and where modernity emerging at every step, ushering a trend that would be imposed permanently.



1938: Returned the love (Co-Director). 1955: Picnic.1956: Bus Stop.1957: Sayonara.1958: South of the pacifico.1960: I will marry contigo.1961: Fanny.1964: brave marine! 1967: Camelot.1969: the legend of the city without a name.

As director of dialogo:1936: ala.1937 Garden: midnight dinner.


LOGAN, Joshua: My Up and Down, In and Out Life, New York: Delacorte Press, 1976.