Mark Sandrich

Director, Producer, Propman
Trained as a physicist, Sandrich began his career as a prop man in 1922 and five years later emerged as a director of comedy shorts, notably Lupino Lane two-reelers. Sandrich directed his first feature in 1928, but ... Read more »
Born: 08/26/1900 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (5)

77 Sunset Strip 1958 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Carefree 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

Shall We Dance 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

A Woman Rebels 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Top Hat 1934 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (3)

Quincy, M.E. 1976 (TV Show)

Assistant Director

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Assistant Director

The Aliens Are Coming (TV Show)

Production Manager
Other (1)

No Longer Alone 1977 (Movie)

film extract("The Gay Divorcee" (1934)) (Other)

Biography

Trained as a physicist, Sandrich began his career as a prop man in 1922 and five years later emerged as a director of comedy shorts, notably Lupino Lane two-reelers. Sandrich directed his first feature in 1928, but lacking enough experience to handle the technical demands accompanying the advent of sound, he was again consigned to shorts; his highly-regarded, Oscar-winning musical short, "So This is Harris" (1932), which was very playful with both its editing and its soundtrack, enabled him to make another go at features, which he continued to turn out until 1944.

Sandrich's best-known films are the five entries in the memorable Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers series of musicals he made at RKO in the 30s, including "The Gay Divorcee" (1934), "Top Hat" (1935)", "Follow the Fleet" (1936), "Shall We Dance" (1937) and "Carefree" (1938). Later Sandrich moved to Paramount, where he helmed several comedy vehicles for Jack Benny but continued to make musicals as well. He also started to produce as well as direct his own films; his best-known work from this period was the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire music-fest, "Holiday Inn" (1942).

Relationships

Freda Sandrich

Wife

Jay Sandrich

Son
born 1932 primarily a TV comedy director

Mark Sandrich

Son
born c. 1928 died of cancer December 2, 1995 wrote Broadway musical "Ben Franklin in Paris" formerly married to actress Vanessa Brown

Cathy Sandrich

Granddaughter
married personal manager Brad Gelfond on June 11, 2000 gave birth to son Lucas on May 8, 2001

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

1946

Had just begun directing "Blue Skies", starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, but died during production; film was ultimately directed by Stuart Heisler

1943

Last completed films, "I Love a Soldier" and "Here Come the Waves", both of which he produced and directed for Paramount

1940

Began producing as well as directing his films at Paramount with "Buck Benny Rides Again"

1939

Left RKO for Paramount; directed the first of three films starring Jack Benny, "Man About Town"

1938

Last film with Rogers and Astaire, "Carefree"

1934

First film for the team of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, "The Gay Divorcee"

1933

Began directing films at RKO

1928

Directorial debut "Runaway Girls"

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