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Stand-In (1937)

A New York bank plans to sell a Hollywood studio at a big loss. But the head accountant is suspicious and goes to investigate. He finds chicanery, romance, and help to save the studio.

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Tay Garnett

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Clarence Budington Kelland (based on the novel: "Stand-in" by), Gene Towne (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Howard ... Atterbury Dodd
Joan Blondell ... Lester Plum
Humphrey Bogart ... Quintain
Alan Mowbray ... Koslofski
Marla Shelton ... Cheri
C. Henry Gordon ... Nassau
Jack Carson ... Tom Potts
Tully Marshall ... Fowler Pettypacker
J.C. Nugent 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Dodd geht nach Hollywood See more »

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Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Lester Plum bears some resemblance to 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 »

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Doug Quintain: [to Atterbury Dodd] Say, honey, if you could cook, I'd marry ya!
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Is it True What They Say About Dixie?
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Funny but Imperfect Hollywood Comedy/Romance
31 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Atterbury Dodd is opposed to his New York banker bosses selling off Colossal Studios for only half of what he thinks its worth. Being the first person ever to stand up to the big boss he's sent off to see whats going on with the seemingly failing studio. Once there he finds that the buyer is manipulating the latest Colossal movie into being a turkey so he can buy the studio cheap and turn a profit when he closes it down. Dodd also runs into Miss Plum who will soon becomes Dodd's guide through the madness of film making.

Much of the film is concerned with Dodd dealing with the insanity of film studios while not realizing that he's falling in love with Miss Plum. The last third of the film concerns efforts to turn save the studio and the film.

This is really a Leslie Howard movie. Howard and Joan Blondell, as Miss Plum are a wonderful screen couple and one wishes there was even more time of them together. Although Humphrey Bogart is listed third he's in maybe 20 minutes of this often funny film. He is wonderful in a the role of the previous studio head and producer of the turkey in the making.

The film is filled with funny lines and fleeting appearances, Charles Middleton is a scream; as is a stuntman who refuses to do his stunt for money. This is a funny funny movie especially if you love old movies.

The problem is that the film is at times unfocused. Is it a comedy? A Romance? The sequences with the villain seem to be from another movie. I question why some of the characters are allowed to be so annoying, Potts, the publicity man in particular, is the screen version of fingernails on a blackboard. I'm sure there were people like that in Hollywood, but I never want to meet them.

I also have a problem with the ending which ends too soon for my tastes.

Still this is 90 minutes of great fun, especially if you love old films.

Worth seeking out, possibly even buying.

7 out of 10 with spikes of truly wonderful moments (Going under the table for one)


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