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Stand-In (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 29 October 1937 (USA)
A former child star falls in love with a stuffy accountant, who wants to learn why his firm's movie studio is losing money.

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Atterbury Dodd
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Lester Plum
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Quintain
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Cheri
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Nassau
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Tom Potts
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Fowler Pettypacker
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Atterbury Dodd is an efficiency expert who believes everything can be reduced to mathematics. He is sent to Hollywood to see whether Colossal Pictures is a good investment. He soon learns that movie production doesn't fit his formulaic mindset. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The former silent film star in the boarding house, desperate for a small role in a film, is played by Mary MacLaren, a former leading lady of the silent film era who, by the time this film was made, was working as a (sporadically successful) extra. Coincidentally, MacLaren's character is named Naomi; in the 1930's, one of MacLaren's silent era contemporaries, Naomi Childers, was also frequently employed as a background actor in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

A little way in accountant Atterbury Dodds walks through the accounts dept. A clerk gives him a slip containing a list of figures which total 1296221. Dodds says "There's an error in the addition the total should be 1296321, have the machine fixed". The total however is correct. The figures are - 63155; 122925; 57005; 54685; 404200; 56705; 122925; 54685; 305250; 54686 which total 1296221 See more »

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Mrs. Mack: He's the only trained seal in pictures. He gets more fan mail than Clark Gable.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Leslie Howard (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything but Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
One line sung a cappella by Jack Carson
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You too can run a motion picture studio
25 October 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Colossal studios is in the financial toilet. The bank that's holding the mortgage sends one of their top men, Leslie Howard, to figure out what to do to save the studio or sell it to C. Henry Gordon a rival movie mogul.

Howard may not know the first thing about making movies and his people skills leave something to be desired, but he's now wondering why Gordon is so anxious to acquire this property.

Howard supersedes Colossal studio head Humphrey Bogart as head of the company and gets a crash course in film making. Of course he's helped quite a bit by Joan Blondell who he meets accidentally while on the way to the studio. She's an extra and a stand-in and she gives him a few lessons in management and a few other things.

This was the second and last pairing of Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart. At Howard's insistence, Bogey was brought to Warner Brothers to repeat his stage role in The Petrified Forest which he and Howard co-starred in on Broadway.

Stand-in is not The Petrified Forest, but it's still an amusing comedy and good entertainment.


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