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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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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 ... 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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Hail! The conquering hero comes!

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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

Atterbury Dodd: Hasn't anyone an answer for stupidity besides "that's the picture business"?
Studio Employee: I'm sorry Mr. Dodd, but that's the only answer.
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Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The '30s (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Good Ship Lollipop
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Joan Blondell imitating Shirley Temple
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Hollywood spoof
7 June 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

From the moment you see an epic movie about gorillas, or performing seals in a boarding house, or horrendously untalented little kids with showbiz mommas, you know you have a marvellous Follywood spoof.

This little-mentioned or cited comedy pits snappy Joan Blondell against – of all people – versatile Leslie Howard, in a studio-set tale of corruption, change, and romance. You'll also find Humphrey Bogart in one of his climbing-up-the ladder roles as a crusty, hard-drinking backroom man.

Blondell plays the ‘stand-in' of the title, that is, the girl who burns under the lights while the leading lady gets pampered and the shot gets set up. Howard is an accountant, transported into a world he doesn't initially appreciated, to discover the reason for the studio's cash-flow problems.

Do you know how it ends yet? This was the film that persuaded me of Howard's incredible gift for getting laughs as well as his dramatic skills, and I've been a fan ever since. Blondell and Bogart are also terrific, and this is a minor, but hugely enjoyable, 30s gem.


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