Keep Smiling (II) (1938)
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But once inside the Fox lot, the background takes over our interest the casting office waiting room with its sign, "PLEASE EXIT QUIETLY", the fascinating behind-the-camera activity (Cronjager himself plays "Pete", the cinematographer of the film-within-the- film. Other members if the actual crew also appear briefly on camera (presumably IMDb has a list), although all speaking bits are handled by genuine actors. Nevertheless, we are treated to a hub-bub of voices yelling instructions in trade jargon. We also get close-ups of the production sheet detailing the number of takes, their length and whether recommended or rejected.
Needless to say, this atmosphere is wholly authentic. In fact, such meticulous care has been taken that even the rushes have a flash line. And incidentally, the script used in the test is the shooting script for "Ginger". It's worth noting that in the actual film as released, the end part of Uncle Rex's speech is not used a wise decision as it detracts audience sympathy for the character. But the point I'd like to make is that this decision was made on the set by the director of "Ginger". It could not have been made at the editing stage because in the film itself, Jane Withers is given a different cue and even the line itself has been changed.
I'd also note that the plot device of the director, out of work because of his drinking problem and thus being reduced to playing bit parts, has many industry parallels. On the other hand, his reinstatement is pure fantasy. A real Hollywood crew would never rebel against a director, no matter how incompetent he may be.