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Sandy Frank

For the song about him, see Sandy Frank Song.
Never trust a man with two first names. Especially if the first one's a woman's.
  — Joel Robinson


Sandy Frank (born 1929) is an American television producer and film distributor. He is best known for importing the many Gamera films to the United States. He currently lives in Manhattan.

Riffed Movies

Career

Sandy Frank began working for Paramount Pictures during the 1950s but struck out on his own in 1964 to start a program syndication company, Sandy Frank Program Sales, Inc. (renamed Sandy Frank Entertainment, Inc. in 1974). He is best known for importing and re-dubbing 1960s and 1970s Japanese films and television series - such as Gamera and Battle of the Planets - for distribution in the American market. As well as Japanese imports, Sandy Frank is known in game show circles for distributing the 1984 version of Name That Tune and Face The Music from 1980-81.

Controversy

A rumor circulated that Sandy Frank responded to his films' treatment from MST3K by refusing to renew distribution rights for any episode featuring them. Regarding this, MST3K writer Kevin Murphy later explained that Sandy Frank only pulled distribution rights because Best Brains and Comedy Central didn't have enough money to re-secure the rights. As of June 2012, all of Sandy Frank's movies used in season 3 have a commercially available release.

Gallery of on-screen credits

Sources

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