Mini Tribute: Producer Pandro S. Berman

Born March 28, 1905 Legendary Producer Pandro S. Berman!

Before I start, I must add a quick ‘disclaimer’ —  this post is only labeled a ‘Mini’ tribute because it is ‘mini’ in ‘written’ content — but given that Pandro S. Berman produced some of my all-time favorite films — this post is by no means ‘mini’ in terms of my respect for him!

So to celebrate Berman’s birthday, a pictorial tribute…

First, some behind-the-scenes photos:

Pandro S. Berman with Katharine Hepburn & Vincente Minnelli on set of Undercurrent Producer Pandro S. Berman (right) with Katharine Hepburn & Director Vincente Minnelli on set of Undercurrent (film released 1946)

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Ginger Rogers, director Garson Kanin and producer Pandro S. Berman on the set of Bachelor MotherProduction Manager Pandro S. Berman (aka executive in charge of production) (right) with Ginger Rogers and Director Garson Kanin on the set of Bachelor Mother (film released 1939)

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Elvis Presley,  Barbara Lang and Producer Pandro S. Berman on the set of Jailhouse RockProducer Pandro S. Berman with Elvis Presley near the MGM or Paramount Studio gates (location not confirmed) around the time of Jailhouse Rock (film released 1957);  also pictured is actress Barbara Lang who was originally slated to appear opposite Presley in Jailhouse Rock (but the part ultimately went to Judy Tyler)

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Now for some of my personal favorite Berman films:

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, dancing to Cole Porter's "Night and Day"  in The Gay Divorcee (Pandro S. Berman producer, Mark Sandrich director, 1934)Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, dancing to Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”  in The Gay Divorcee (Pandro S. Berman producer, Mark Sandrich director, 1934)

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing to Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" in Top Hat (Pandro S. Berman producer, Mark Sandrick director, 1935)Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing to Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek” in Top Hat (Pandro S. Berman producer, Mark Sandrich director, 1935)

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Harriet Hilliard (Harriet Nelson) and Randolph Scott in Follow the Fleet (Pandro S. Berman producer, Mark Sandrich director, 1936Harriet Hilliard (Harriet Nelson) and Randolph Scott in Follow the Fleet (Pandro S. Berman producer, Mark Sandrich director, 1936)

Bilge (Randolph Scott): Well, watch my maneuvers — you can’t beat the navy.
Connie Martin (Harriet Hilliard): All right, sailor, I surrender.
Bilge: unconditionally?
Connie Martin: Well, I’m will to discuss terms.

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 Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in the original Father of the Bride (Pandro S. Berman producer, Vincente Minnelli director, 1950)Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in the original Father of the Bride (Pandro S. Berman producer, Vincente Minnelli director, 1950)

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Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers in Stage Door (Pandro S. Berman producer, Gregory La Cava director, 1937)Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers in Stage Door (Pandro S. Berman producer, Gregory La Cava director, 1937)

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And, yes, there are SO many more wonderful Pandro S. Berman films including National Velvet, Sweet Bird of Youth, Of Human Bondage, Roberta, The Hunchback of Notre Dame — so I’m sure this post will be continued at some point soon 🙂

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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One Response to Mini Tribute: Producer Pandro S. Berman

  1. Javier Valverde says:

    Thank you Annmarie for this beautiful tribute to Pandro S. Berman. What beautiful photos! Many that I’ve never seen before.

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