Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  4 May 1934 (USA)
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President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Adams
James Dunn ...
Sylvia Froos ...
Sylvia Froos
John Boles
Arthur Byron ...
John Harly
Shirley Dugan
Secretary to President
Tess Gardella ...
Aunt Jemima (as 'Aunt Jemima')
Frank Mitchell ...
Senator Danforth (as Mitchell)
Jack Durant ...
Senator Short (as Durant)
Nick Foran (as Nick Foran)
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Hill-Billy (as 'Skins' Miller)
Stepin Fetchit ...


President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new secretary soon runs afoul of political lobbyists out to destroy his department. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fox Movietone Follies of 1934  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shirley Temple was cast in this movie because of a chance meeting with Jay Gorney at a movie theater; Gorney noticed Temple dancing in the lobby and arranged with an audition with her. See more »


Lawrence Cromwell: Now, Miss Monroe...
Mary Adams: Er, Adams.
Lawrence Cromwell: Oh, yes, step here a minute, will you, please... something I want to show you. There's one phase in this amusement campaign which I think you ought to understand. The zones in...
[overcome by her good looks, he stops]
Lawrence Cromwell: You're beautiful.
Mary Adams: Ah, of course I'm not.
Lawrence Cromwell: What's that?
Mary Adams: I said I'm not beautiful.
Lawrence Cromwell: Young woman, you're talking to Lawrence Cromwell... Lawrence Cromwell, the world's recognized authority on feminine beauty and charm. Do you mean to stand there and ...
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I'm Laughin'
(1934) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Music by Lew Brown and Jay Gorney
Performed by Dick Foran, Tess Gardella and Ensemble
c. 1934 Movietone Music Corportation
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Shirley Temple is one reason to watch this; Stepin Fetchit is another reason.
7 February 2007 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again, and I think it is wonderful. Shirley Temple is adorable, as always. Madge Evans is terrific. She was way underrated as an actress. She was so good in so many films; Dinner at Eight , Beauty For Sale, and Mayor of Hell are a few that come to mind. Warner Baxter is good, but his role does not offer him the acting opportunity that 42nd Street did , one year earlier.

As for Stepin Fetchit, he is marvelous!!! The man was a comic genius. I rate him as good as Stan Laurel. People nowadays keep stressing the stereotypes of minorities in old films. That's true, but even so, actors like Fetchit displayed great talent. And didn't most comedians, of any color, play stereotypical roles? Silliness has always been a source of comedy, whether it was performed by Stepin Fetchit, Stan Laurel, Cary Grant, or Willie Fung.

I love the musical numbers! They are upbeat, and happy. my favorite one is not Baby, Take A Bow, but Broadway's Gone Hillbilly. I think that The Picken Sisters sing in this number, although they are not listed in the cast.

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