Sidney Lanfield (April 20, 1898 – June 20, 1972) was an American film director known for directing romances and light comedy films and later television programs.
The one-time Jazz musician and vaudevillian star started his first directing job for the Fox Film Corporation in 1930; he went on to direct a number of films for
20th Century Fox. In 1941, he directed the Fred Astaire film for You'll Never Get Rich Columbia Pictures, then moved to Paramount Pictures. There Lanfield worked on a number of film comedies. He is probably best remembered for directing actor Bob Hope in a number of films including (1942), My Favorite Blonde (1943), Let's Face It (1947), and Where There's Life (1951). Lanfield's most profitable film, however, was the first teaming of The Lemon Drop Kid Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson in 1939's . The Hound of the Baskervilles
In the early 1950s the reputedly strict taskmaster-director moved to television where his vaudeville and comic background in films were put to use in television comedies including
, Where's Raymond? and McHale's Navy . The Addams Family
Lanfield was married to film actress
Shirley Mason from 1927 until his death in 1972. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lanfield was also known as Sidney Landfield.
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