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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?


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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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »


Baby, Take a Bow
(1934) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Music by Lew Brown and Jay Gorney
Performed by Shirley Temple, James Dunn
c. 1934 Movietone Music Corportation
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Okay, But Not Really A 'Temple' Movie
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a billed as a "Shirley Temple film," but it really isn't because she hardly appears in it. In fact, she doesn't appear until after 20 minutes have gone by, and then after the scene and a subsequent dance routine with James Dunn, disappears again until the very end. When she's here, she's as cute as ever, especially being so young.

Warner Baxter had the main role as "Lawrence Cromwell." He was assisted by his secretary played by a very pretty Madge Evans, whom I didn't know until trying to find out on this website because the video box doesn't even have her listed in the billing.

The rest of the cast included a couple of people I was familiar with from other roles, such as Nigel Bruce, who played Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes. We also have a lady who played Aunt Jemima and Stepin Fetchit, both a couple of embarrassing stereotypes of the period. I was never a fan of Fetchin, not for PC reasons but simply because of his whiny voice and stupid characters he played. He was the same here except when he dove into a fish tank, which made gave me a big laugh.

This film had a good share of strange characters but, despite that, overall isn't anything that memorable....perhaps because Shirley had such a small role.

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