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Mark Sandrich is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 26 october 1901 at New York City (USA)

Mark Sandrich

Mark Sandrich
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Nationality USA
Birth 26 october 1901 at New York City (USA)
Death 4 march 1945 (at 43 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Mark Sandrich (born Mark Rex Goldstein; October 26, 1900 – March 4, 1945) was an American film director, writer, and producer.


Mark Sandrich est issu d'une famille juive new-yorkaise le 26 octobre 1901 ou 1900, les sources divergent. Après ses études secondaires, Mark Sandrich commence des études d'ingénieurs à l'Université Columbia de New York . C'est en donnant des conseils à un ami accessoiriste qu'il découvre le monde du cinéma. Il commence sa carrière dans le cinéma en 1922 comme gestionnaire du matériel et accessoires de studio .

Puis, à partir de 1926, il commence à tourner des courts métrages avec Jerry the Giant , il en réalise jusqu'en 1933 avec le film Thru Thin and Thicket, or Who's Zoo in Africa. C'est avec un court métrage So This Is Harris ! qu'il remporte, en 1933, son premier Oscar (mention meilleur court métrage).

En 1928, il tourne son premier long métrage Runaway Girls, suivi en 1929 par The Talk of Hollywood.

Sa période de courts métrages aussi bien pour le cinéma muet que pour le début du parlant l'ont préparé à maîtriser le genre de la comédie.

C'est ainsi que Mark Sandrich s'appuyant sur son expérience va devenir l'un des maîtres hollywoodiens de la comédie musicale. Il crée le couple Ginger Rogers et Fred Astaire qui deviendra légendaire grâce à des films comme La Joyeuse Divorcée (The Gay Divorcee), Le danseur du dessus (Top Hat) En suivant la flotte (Follow the fleet) L'Entreprenant Monsieur Petrov (Shall we dance), Amanda (Carefree).

C'est en pleine ascension que Mark Sandrich décède d'un infarctus lors du tournage de La Mélodie du Bonheur, il a 44 ans privant Hollywood d'un réalisateur prometteur.

Mark Sandrich repose au Home of Peace Cemetery dans le East Los Angeles.

Best films

The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Holiday Inn (1942)

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Filmography of Mark Sandrich (23 films)

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Blue Skies
Blue Skies (1946)
, 1h44
Directed by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Sol C. Siegel, Mark Sandrich, Arthur Sheekman, Irving Berlin, Stuart Heisler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Olga San Juan, Billy De Wolfe, Frank Faylen
Rating64% 3.2487353.2487353.2487353.2487353.248735
The story is told in a series of vignettes and musical numbers that serve to show events in flashback. Our narrative link is New York radio star Jed Potter, who once was a renowned Broadway hoofer. The conceit is that he is on the air, telling his life story... which does not yet have an ending. The tale starts just after World War I and centers on two men who became friends while serving in the Army: rising dancer Potter and the business-minded Johnny Adams. While young, hardworking Potter dreams of and works for stardom, the more laid-back and less disciplined Adams has hopes of becoming a successful nightclub owner. In time, dancer Potter falls in love with a band singer, a "very pretty girl" named Mary O'Hara. He takes Mary to Adams' nightclub, and she takes a shine to Adams. Potter warns Mary that his old buddy is not the marrying kind. So, of course, she marries Adams. The union is not a happy one, despite the birth of a child. Adams' nightclub business is anything but a resounding success, and it turns out Potter was right: Adams is self-centered and unable to commit to his nightclubs, his marriage, or his daughter. The couple divorces, and Mary tries again with Potter. The two even become engaged. But Mary can't go through with the wedding and takes off. A devastated Potter turns to booze and subsequently suffers an accident that puts an end to his dancing career. He winds up behind a radio microphone, sharing his story with his audience, hoping that wherever Mary is, she can hear him.
So Proudly We Hail, 2h6
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Cora Witherspoon, George Reeves, Barbara Britton
Rating75% 3.789423.789423.789423.789423.78942
The story covers many day-to-day events and contrasts the brutality of war against the sometimes futile efforts of the nurses to provide medical aid and comfort. Each of the nurses has a past or present love story with a soldier, with the longest-term one between the characters played by Colbert and George Reeves. Flashback narration and a sequence where the nurses and injured soldiers are stranded in Malinta Tunnel pinned down by aircraft fire are two notable aspects of the film.
Holiday Inn, 1h40
Directed by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Charles C. Coleman, Mark Sandrich, Oscar Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Musical films
Actors Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Walter Abel, Virginia Dale, Irving Berlin
Rating74% 3.748233.748233.748233.748233.74823
Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby), Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire), and Lila Dixon (Virginia Dale) have a musical act popular in the New York City nightlife scene. On Christmas Eve, Jim prepares to give his last performance as part of the act before marrying Lila and retiring with her to a farm in Connecticut. At the last minute, Lila decides she is not ready to stop performing, and that she has fallen in love with Ted. She tells Jim that she will stay on as Ted's dancing partner. While heartbroken, Jim follows through with his plan and bids the act goodbye.
Skylark (1941)
, 1h32
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, Binnie Barnes, Walter Abel, Grant Mitchell
Rating64% 3.2457753.2457753.2457753.2457753.245775
Lydia Kenyon (Claudette Colbert) feels she is neglected and treated insensitively by her husband, Tony (Ray Milland), on their fifth wedding anniversary. She meets a lawyer, Jim Blake (Brian Aherne), and though she eventually divorces her husband, and nearly marries the young lawyer instead, in a moment of crisis she realises she loves her husband, and returns to him.
Carefree (1938)
, 1h23
Directed by Mark Sandrich, Leslie Goodwins
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Jack Carson, Hattie McDaniel, Vinton Hayworth
Rating70% 3.547593.547593.547593.547593.54759
Psychiatrist Dr. Tony Flagg (Fred Astaire) does his friend Stephen Arden (Ralph Bellamy) a favor by taking on his fiancee, Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers), as a patient. Amanda, a singer on the radio, can't seem to make a decision about Stephen's many proposals of marriage, so Tony probes her subconscious, but in the process Amanda falls in love with him. He brings her interest back to Stephen with hypnosis, but then realizes that he also loves her and tries to hypnotize her again, leading to conflict with Stephen. Five minutes away from the wedding, he breaks into her dressing room with his assistant Connors (Jack Carson) and gets the chance to talk to her subconscious again when Stephen accidentally hits her instead of Tony. In the end, the two marry, much to the surprise of the guests.
Shall We Dance, 1h49
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Jerome Cowan, Ben Alexander
Rating74% 3.7488253.7488253.7488253.7488253.748825
Peter P. Peters (Fred Astaire), an American ballet dancer billed as "Petrov", dances for a ballet company in Paris owned by the bumbling Jeffrey Baird (Edward Everett Horton). Peters secretly wants to blend classical ballet with modern jazz dancing, and when he sees a photo of famous tap dancer Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers), he falls in love with her. He contrives to meet her, but she is less than impressed. They meet again on an ocean liner traveling back to New York, and Linda warms to Petrov. Unknown to them, a plot is launched as a publicity stunt "proving" that they are actually married. Outraged, Linda becomes engaged to the bumbling Jim Montgomery (William Brisbane), much to the chagrin of both Peters and Arthur Miller (Jerome Cowan), her manager, who secretly launches more fake publicity. Peters and Keene, unable to squelch the rumor, decide to actually marry and then immediately get divorced. Linda begins to fall in love with her husband, but then discovers him with another woman, Lady Denise Tarrington (Ketti Gallian), and leaves before he can explain. Later, when she comes to his new show to personally serve him divorce papers, she sees him dancing with dozens of women, all wearing masks with her face on them: Peters has decided that if he cannot dance with Linda, he will dance with images of Linda. Seeing that he truly loves her, she happily joins him onstage.
Follow the Fleet, 1h50
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Nelson, Astrid Allwyn, Betty Grable
Rating71% 3.598013.598013.598013.598013.59801
Seaman "Bake" Baker (Fred Astaire) and Sherry (Ginger Rogers) are former dance partners, now separated, with Baker in the Navy and Sherry working as a dance hostess in a San Francisco ballroom, Paradise.
A Woman Rebels, 1h28
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Katharine Hepburn, Herbert Marshall, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Allan, David Manners, Lucile Watson
Rating64% 3.2455553.2455553.2455553.2455553.245555
Pamela defies her autocratic father (Donald Crisp), and has a baby out of wedlock with her lover, Gerald Waring (Van Heflin, in his screen debut). Pamela raises her illegitimate daughter as her niece after her pregnant sister (Elizabeth Allan) falls and dies over the death of her young husband and becomes a crusading journalist for women's rights. Eventually she agrees to marry diplomat Thomas Lane (Herbert Marshall) after being unfairly named as co-respondent in Waring's divorce. Hepburn's performance as the defiant young woman is considered the epitome of her feminist characterizations of the 1930s.
Top Hat
Top Hat (1935)
, 1h41
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Helen Broderick
Rating77% 3.8986753.8986753.8986753.8986753.898675
An American dancer, Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) comes to London to star in a show produced by the bumbling Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). While practicing a tap dance routine in his hotel bedroom, he awakens Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) on the floor below. She storms upstairs to complain, whereupon Jerry falls hopelessly in love with her and proceeds to pursue her all over London.
The Gay Divorcee, 1h47
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Betty Grable, Eric Blore
Rating74% 3.748213.748213.748213.748213.74821
Mimi Glossop (Ginger Rogers) arrives in England to seek a divorce from her geologist husband Cyril, whom she hasn't seen for several years. Under the guidance of her domineering and much-married aunt Hortense (Alice Brady), she consults incompetent and bumbling lawyer Egbert Fitzgerald (Edward Everett Horton), once a fiancé of her aunt. He arranges for her to spend a night at a seaside hotel and to be caught in an adulterous relationship, for which purpose he hires a professional co-respondent, Rodolfo Tonetti (Erik Rhodes). But Egbert forgets to arrange for private detectives to "catch" the couple.
Hips, Hips, Hooray!, 1h8
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Robert Woolsey, Bert Wheeler, Ruth Etting, Thelma Todd, Dorothy Lee, True Eames Boardman
Rating66% 3.342333.342333.342333.342333.34233
Todd stars as Amelia Frisby, the owner of a beauty supply business. Andy Williams (Wheeler) and Dr. Bob Dudley (Woolsey) convince her to hire them as salesman to promote her new flavored lipstick, and hilarity ensues. The film features Etting singing "Keep Romance Alive" and Bert Wheeler and Dorothy Lee singing "Keep On Doin' What You're Doin'" by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.