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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.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

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 ... 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
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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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Taglines:

IT'S A HOLLYWOOD PICTURE...ABOUT HOLLYWOOD! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas -Jan. 27, 1938 - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Clarence Budington Kelland's story "Stand-In" was a 6-part serial in "The Saturday Evening Post" during February 13 - March 20, 1937. See more »

Goofs

Elvira's mother tells Dodd that she read in the newspaper he was coming to Hollywood to take charge of Colossal, but it doesn't explain how she knew when he would arrive and where he would be staying. See more »

Quotes

Koslofski: Great pictures are not made... they are remade!
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Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The '30s (1984) 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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Fast and snappy spoof
10 December 1999 | by rfkeserSee all my reviews

Fast and snappy spoof of the studio system from the bottom looking up, as stand-in Joan Blondell guides a newcomer to "who's through in Hollywood". Bogart has a good supporting role as a boozing producer who has to salvage an unwatchable gorilla epic. Not a classic, but very enjoyable for its energy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stand-In See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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