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Now, Miss Monroe...
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]
Ah, of course I'm not.
I said I'm not beautiful.
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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STAND UP AND CHEER (Fox, 1934), directed by Hamilton MacFadden,
features Warner Baxter as Lawrence Cromwell, a Broadway producer who is
appointed by the U.S. president as secretary of amusement to rid the
country of the Depression blues. Madge Evans co-stars as Cromwell's
secretary, Mary Adams, and Arthur Byron as John Hartly, a corrupt
politician who wants to keep the Depression going so he can stay in
political power, but fails in trying to bribe Cromwell to give up his
An enjoyable Depression musical which reflects upon the people and the
times, is noted virtually as a Shirley Temple movie. With Baxter and
Evans enjoying more screen time, Temple, with her limitations to the
plot, became an overnight sensation playing little Shirley Dugan,
daughter to song and dance man, Jimmy Dugan (James Dunn). The musical
numbers in STAND UP AND CHEER do not play for the audiences in the
movie (there are none), but mainly to its viewers. The song and dance
appears during the course of the story, beginning with Dick (billed
Nick) Foran coming out of a front page newspaper as Baxter and Evans
read the headlines, and singing "I'm Laughing," later sung by a
cross-country of citizens, and concluding with Aunt Jemima (Tess
Gardella) and chorus. Next comes "Baby, Take a Bow" performed by Dunn,
a chorine, and Temple; "Broadway's Gone Hillbilly" (sung by Sylvia
Froos and chorus); "She's Way Up Thar" (sung by John "Skins" Miller);
"This Is Our Last Night Together" (an audition number, sung by John
Boles and Sylvia Froos); and the big parade march of happy Americans
singing "We're Out of the Red" (introduced by Foran as the Paul Revere
bearer of good news on a horse riding across the sky).
As many classic movies in recent years have been nearly restored to its
original length, such as the 1933 classic, KING KONG, for example,
STAND UP AND CHEER seems to have never played in its entirety on
television since the 1960s, and currently is the victim of further
butchery. While the Stepin Fetchit segment, in which he encounters a
penguin dressed, acting and talking like Jimmy Durante, has been
restored, other scenes have been deleted, making the print in
circulation since 1984 choppy and confusing. There's one scene in the
story in which Baxter says "No" to Fetchit before hearing what he has
to say. The violent gags of comedy team of Mitchell and Durant as U.S.
senators are either trimmed or completely cut out. I was fortunate to
have watched the complete version of STAND UP AND CHEER at a revival
theater in New York City in the 1980s. Scenes missing from current
prints are Aunt Jemima's introduction to "I'm Laughing," and Nick
Foran's introduction to the finale, "We're Out of the Red." 'Skins'
Miller, billed as the hillbilly, seen looking for a gal named Sally,
bursting into song, "She's Way Up Thar," while Fetchit is out in the
mountains with a butterfly net hired to get a hillbilly by Dinwiddie
(Nigel Bruce), is completely gone. The closing cast credits is shown on
screen in freeze frame and ends abruptly. Originally presented in
theaters at 80 minutes, it can now be seen on video cassette (sometimes
colorized) and on TV at the 69 minute length. A pity, because those
seeing this for the first time today will think this is how it was
presented to 1934 audiences, and it wasn't.
STAND UP AND CHEER, which formerly played on American Movie Classics
from 1996 to 2001, can be seen once in a while on the Fox Movie
Channel. While no great masterpiece, this is one movie that deserves
restoration to its original 80 minute length to be fully appreciated.
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