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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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Tom Potts
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Fowler Pettypacker
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Cyrus 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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Hail! The conquering hero comes!

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29 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Mr. Dodd geht nach Hollywood  »

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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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Featured in Biography: Humphrey Bogart (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Feeling
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Played at the nightclub and sung by an unidentified chorus
Later sung a cappella by Leslie Howard while working
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A golden oldie for our times!
27 March 2009 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a satire on big business types who let a perfectly viable business (in this case, a film studio) fail for their own profit, leaving all the "little people" in the lurch. The words "capital" and "labor" even get bandied around! A few years ago modern viewers might have found this boring, but with today's economy, people may find that they can relate to it better than they expected! Besides that, it's an interesting "behind the camera" look at Hollywood, 1930s style.

Leslie Howard is great as the sheltered accountant who comes to Hollywood to see what's up with his bank's film studio, Joan Blondell is also great in her usual breezy, funny style as the former child star now working as a stand-in for a famous actress. There's also a youngish Humphrey Bogart as a film producer. I really wonder if Howard and Blondell did those ju-jitsu throws themselves, and if those outdoor scenes really were shot in downtown Los Angeles! Quite funny and definitely recommended!


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