Stand-In (1937)

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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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27 March 2009 | Jessica-656
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| A golden oldie for our times!
This is a satire on big business types who let a perfectly viable business (in this case, a film studio) fail for their own profit, leaving all the "little people" in the lurch. The words "capital" and "labor" even get bandied around! A few years ago modern viewers might have found this boring, but with today's economy, people may find that they can relate to it better than they expected! Besides that, it's an interesting "behind the camera" look at Hollywood, 1930s style.

Leslie Howard is great as the sheltered accountant who comes to Hollywood to see what's up with his bank's film studio, Joan Blondell is also great in her usual breezy, funny style as the former child star now working as a stand-in for a famous actress. There's also a youngish Humphrey Bogart as a film producer. I really wonder if Howard and Blondell did those ju-jitsu throws themselves, and if those outdoor scenes really were shot in downtown Los Angeles! Quite funny and definitely recommended!

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Trivia

This is one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild productions, originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for television broadcast in 1950. It was first telecast in Chicago Monday 19 June 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Phoenix Sunday 30 July 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Saturday 26 August 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Sunday 3 September 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Boston Sunday 17 September 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Saturday 14 October 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Detroit Sunday 22 October 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Monday 18 December 1950 on WOR (Channel 9), in Pittsburgh Friday 26 January 1951 on WDTV (Channel 3), and in San Francisco Saturday 24 February 1951 on KGO (Channel 7).


Quotes

Mrs. Mack: He's the only trained seal in pictures. He gets more fan mail than Clark Gable.


Goofs

Naomi is crestfallen to learn that she can only get work as an extra in the remake of the film she had starred in. While the scene is meant to underscore the transitory and cruel nature of show business (a point made later when Lester attempts to explain to the clueless Dodd why she can't book a role, despite having been a star as a child), it's inconceivable that the producers would pass on the opportunity to capitalize on the nostalgic aspect of the remake by not offering a role to the star of the original.


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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Genres

Comedy | Romance

Details

Release Date:

29 October 1937

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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