*Tars and Spars*. 1946. USA. Directed by Alfred E. Green

Tars and Spars. 1946. USA. Directed by Alfred E. Green. 86 min.

Screenplay by John Jacoby, Sarett Tobias, Decla Dunning, based on a story by Barry Trivers. With Alfred Drake, Janet Blair, Marc Platt, Sid Caesar, Jeff Donnell. This winsome Columbia Pictures wartime comedy, a sort of Coast Guard equivalent of This Is the Army, miraculously incorporates dance and real-world tragedy. America’s unexpected ally, the Soviet Union, is celebrated in Cole’s choreography with Russian dance motifs for mega-talented Marc Platt. And for Sid Caesar, making his movie debut, Cole creates a wild comedy dance on the theme “I Love Eggs.” Platt and Anita Alvarez return for the film’s most ambitious piece, the carnival-themed “Love Is a Merry-Go-Round.”

  1. Tuesday, February 2, 2016,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Saturday, January 30, 2016,
    7:00 p.m.

    Introduced by Eddy Friedfeld, co-author with Sid Caesar of Caesar’s Hours, My Life in Comedy
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies All That Jack (Cole).