Tag Archives: Mark Sandrich

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Holiday Inn: Where the Treetops Glisten

Contemporary viewers might find it curious to see the Fourth of July segment of this musical turn into a full-blown salute to every branch of America’s armed forces, highlighted by a loving picture of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Considering the lightweight, romantic story, it might seem completely out of place. Holiday Inn was released in … Continue reading Holiday Inn: Where the Treetops Glisten

Follow the Fleet: Facing the Music

FUN ABOARD! Director Mark Sandrich and stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had a marvelous hit with Top Hat the previous year. Of course, RKO wanted more of that and the search for new material was on. However, the filmmakers eventually decided to bring back something that had already been done as a silent picture … Continue reading Follow the Fleet: Facing the Music

The Gay Divorcee: Happy to Be Rid of You

THE KING AND QUEEN OF “CARIOCA”! “The Gay Divorce” became a Broadway hit, but once it was time for the film adaptation the folks behind the Production Code (enforced for the first time that same year) objected. There could be people who were happy to get a divorce, they reasoned, that was acceptable… but labeling … Continue reading The Gay Divorcee: Happy to Be Rid of You

Top Hat: Getting Caught in the Rain

THEY’RE DANCING CHEEK-TO-CHEEK AGAIN! There was a time in the mid-30s when director Mark Sandrich and the star combo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers simply owned the genre of musicals. They delivered the best movies, the grandest entertainment. And none of their collaborations were greater than Top Hat. Only Mutiny on the Bounty made … Continue reading Top Hat: Getting Caught in the Rain