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Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 4 May 1934 (USA)
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
Sylvia Froos
John Boles
John Harly
Shirley Dugan
Secretary to President
Tess Gardella ...
Aunt Jemima (as 'Aunt Jemima')
Frank Mitchell ...
Senator Danforth (as Mitchell)
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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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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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| (original release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tess Gardella who appears in a "specialty number" in the film, and Sammy Lee, who choreographed it, previously worked together in both the 1927 original Broadway version of "Show Boat" and the 1932 revival. Tess Gardella, in blackface, played the African-American cook Queenie in both productions, which Lee choreographed. 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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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »


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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Depression movie is depressing...big time!
15 May 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Only the scene featuring SHIRLEY TEMPLE singing the title tune is worth watching. Othersise, this has got to be one of the worst musicals ever to come out of the '30s.

The script is a mess, the editing is downright atrocious, the performances are flat, and nothing to keep your eyes open happens until Shirley bursts upon the screen with James Dunn and chorines in one of her most charming song-and-dance routines.

Believe me, the rest is worthless as entertainment and not even satisfying as a curiosity piece of the Depression era.

Let's face it. Shirley Temple became a star despite this mess of a movie and all because of one great number.

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