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Stand-In (1937)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  29 October 1937 (USA)
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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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Koslofski
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Cheri
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Nassau
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Tom Potts
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Fowler Pettypacker
J.C. Nugent ...
Junior Pettypacker
William V. Mong ...
Cyrus Pettypacker
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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29 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Mr. Dodd geht nach Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The character of Lester Plum bares some resemblance Marie Osborne, a child actress in the silent era who returned to the film industry in the 1930's as an extra and stand-in. It's unclear if Osborne's life story was directly influential on this film or the role played by Joan Blondell. 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 »

Quotes

Koslofski: Great pictures are not made... they are remade!
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Soundtracks

Is it True What They Say About Dixie?
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Written by Irving Caesar, Samuel Lerner and Gerald Marks (1936)
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Leslie Howard in Top Comic Form
1 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leslie Howard is a surprisingly good comic lead in "Stand-In," as a human counting machine sent to Hollywood to oversee a failing movie studio and the crooks running it.

This is a spoof of Hollywood as well as "big business" as Howard tries to learn the movie business with the help of a pretty has-been child star now working as a double (Joan Blondell) and an oddly effete Humphrey Bogart as a director battling an overblown star (Marla Shelton) and hack director (Alan Mowbray).

Howard, Blondell, and Boagrt all give terrific performances, but if someone like Preston Sturges had been involved this would have been a classic. As it is, it's a small but funny film, but rather minor.

Jack Carson is the blowhard press agent, Tully Marshall the ancient board chairman, C. Henry Gordon as the head crook, Esther Howard is the landlady, Anne O'Neal is the stage mother, Charles Middleton is Abe Lincoln, and then there's that gorilla....


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