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Stand-In (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 29 October 1937 (USA)
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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Clarence Budington Kelland (based on the novel: "Stand-in" by), Gene Towne (screen play) | 1 more credit »




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


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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HAVE A HOWL ON HOLLYWOOD! (original print-ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Jan. 26, 1938 - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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When the film was originally released, the names of Leslie Howard and Joan Blondell were above the title, and the name of Humphrey Bogart, who played a supporting role, was below. When it was re-released in 1948, Howard had been dead for 5 years, and Bogart was riding the crest of the wave, so the billing was re-arranged and Bogart was now top billed. See more »


As accountant Atterbury Dodd walks through the accounts department, a clerk gives him a slip containing a list of figures which total 1,296,221. Dodd says: "There's an error in the addition. The total should be 1,296,321. Have the machine fixed". The total however is correct. The figures - 63,155; 122,925; 57,005; 54,685; 404,200; 56,705; 122,925; 54,685; 305,250; 54,686 - add up to 1,296,221. See more »


Doug Quintain: [to Atterbury Dodd] Say, honey, if you could cook, I'd marry ya!
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Featured in Going Hollywood: The '30s (1984) See more »


Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Caesar, Samuel Lerner and Gerald Marks (1936)
Sung by an unidentified child actress called Elvira with Anne O'Neal playing harmonica
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Quite enjoyable though the ending was a bit incomplete.
26 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is enjoyable to watch mostly because of the performances of Tully Marshall and Leslie Howard. While Marshall is in a smaller role, it's hilarious seeing him playing the old and nasty guy who is the head of a mega-corporation--and the way his son and grandson react to him. Marshall has never been funnier--and the same can also be said for Howard. Howard is in his element playing a very stuffy but funny guy--one of his best.

The film begins at a meeting of the board. Marshall learns that his corporation owns a failing movie studio and he's not sure whether they should sell it or keep it--so he dispatches Howard to investigate and makes him the temporary head of the studio. Soon, however, it becomes obvious that Howard is ill-prepared for this job. Although he's great with economics and figures, he doesn't know people. Many of his employees run all over him and he barely notices that one of them (Joan Blondell) is infatuated with him. Can he somehow work all this out or will the studio be sold to the highest bidder?

The film has some nice supporting actors. In addition to Marshall and Blondell, you've also got Humphrey Bogart in a VERY unconventional role as the head of programming. All in all, the stars did a nice job. And, it didn't hurt that the script was quite witty and fun. All in all, a nice little parody of the studios--with many of their foibles roasted here in this cute film. Worth seeing.

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29 October 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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