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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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Koslofski
Marla Shelton ...
Cheri
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Nassau
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Tom Potts
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Fowler Pettypacker
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Junior Pettypacker
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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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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 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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Leslie Howard (1962) 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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Good fun
11 April 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

A snappy, very funny spoof of the studio system by Tay Garnett, starring Leslie Howard as a rigid, conservative accountant who manages to take over a failing movie studio; Joan Blondell plays Howard's confidant and partner, a former child star now working as a stand-in for an overrated glamour queen Marla Shelton. Humphrey Bogart turns in a likable supporting role as the mean movie producer. Admittedly, some of the stuff are a bit weary and tiresome, but the camaraderie between Howard and Blondell and the brief spoof on Shirley Temple are enough to make "Stand-In" thoroughly enjoyable.


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