Mini Tribute: Mark Sandrich at Work

Born October 26, 1901 (?) Director Mark Sandrich!

Director Mark Sandrich began his film career working in the prop department, then moved on to directing shorts, and finally to directing feature length films.  During his 20-year film career, he directed over 75 shorts and films but he is probably best known for his work with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Bing Crosby: The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, Carefree, Holiday Inn, Blue Skies.

So, to celebrate his successful musical career, let’s take a look at some fun behind-the-scenes photos…

Mark Sandrich, Ginger Rogers, Jerome Cowan, Shall We Dance Behind the ScenesGinger Rogers, Jerome Cowan and Mark Sandrich on the set of Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich director, 1937)

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Mark Sandrich and Ginger Rogers Behind the Scenes Top Hat

Mark Sandrich and Ginger Rogers, Behind the Scenes at Top Hat (1935)

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Choreographer Hermes Pan, Director Mark Sandrich, Ira Gershwin, musical director Nat Shilkret, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, George Gershwin at the piano Production Still from Shall We Dance

How much talent can fit in one room???  Back row (left to right): Choreographer Hermes Pan, Director Mark Sandrich, Ira Gershwin, Musical Director Nat Shilkret; Front Row Seated (left to right): Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, George Gershwin (at the piano); on the set of Shall We Dance (1937)

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Mark Sandrich, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin

Mark Sandrich, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin

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Mark Sandrich and Fred Astaire

Couldn’t believe my eyes on this one, but yes indeedy, Mark Sandrich is dancing with Fred Astaire!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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