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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.


Tay Garnett


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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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 »


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. See more »


[last lines]
Atterbury Dodd: I'm sure we're going to be very happy, Miss Plum.
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Featured in Going Hollywood: The '30s (1984) See more »


I Can't Give You Anything but Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
One line sung a cappella by Jack Carson
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You too can run a motion picture studio
25 October 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Colossal studios is in the financial toilet. The bank that's holding the mortgage sends one of their top men, Leslie Howard, to figure out what to do to save the studio or sell it to C. Henry Gordon a rival movie mogul.

Howard may not know the first thing about making movies and his people skills leave something to be desired, but he's now wondering why Gordon is so anxious to acquire this property.

Howard supersedes Colossal studio head Humphrey Bogart as head of the company and gets a crash course in film making. Of course he's helped quite a bit by Joan Blondell who he meets accidentally while on the way to the studio. She's an extra and a stand-in and she gives him a few lessons in management and a few other things.

This was the second and last pairing of Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart. At Howard's insistence, Bogey was brought to Warner Brothers to repeat his stage role in The Petrified Forest which he and Howard co-starred in on Broadway.

Stand-in is not The Petrified Forest, but it's still an amusing comedy and good entertainment.

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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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