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
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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 »
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 »
This is one of the funniest films I have seen in a long time! Leslie Howard plays a rigid, naive accountant who is sent to Hollywood to look at the books of a movie studio. Blondell plays his boarding house neighbor,a movie stand-in who becomes his secretary, teacher and confidant. Humphrey Bogart has a rare comic role as a movie producer, and does extremely well in it. In fact, he has one of the funniest scenes. Thrown out of a bar because he's drunk, he and his little Scottie dog stand outside it. Bogart wears a placard saying "this cafe is unfair to me", and the dog wears a placard saying the same thing. Shirley Temple is also satirized in this film. If you love old movies, you shouldn't miss this one!
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