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Stand-In (1937)

Stand-In (1937)






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Bookish bank employee Atterbury Dodd (Leslie Howard) is ordered to investigate the near-bankrupt Colossal Studios in Hollywood, to see if the firm is any sort of good risk. Dodd's first brush with Tinseltown's cuckoo atmosphere occurs when he takes a room in a boarding house for extras, where all manner of eccentrics wander about as they wait for the phone to ring (Charles Middleton comports himself in an Abe Lincoln costume, on the off-chance that Hollywood will go back to making Civil War pictures soon). He befriends Lester Plum (Joan Blondell), a former child star now working as a stand-in for haughty movie queen Thelma Cheri (Marla Shelton), and perpetually soused producer Douglas Quintain (Humphrey Bogart). Aware that the latest epic of autocratic director Koslofski (Alan Mowbray) will ruin the studio, Howard investigates further, discovering that a rival company has bribed Koslofski to pad the budget and thus bring about the foreclosure of Colossal. While his business sense tells him that this is the next logical move, Dodd has fallen in love with Plum; thus, he gives Quintain 48 hours to re-edit Koslofski's fiasco into something workable, and himself staves off the studio's shutdown by rallying all the Colossal employees to stand firm against being removed from the premises. Based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Clarence Buddington Kelland, this is a light-hearted satire of the movie industry, the sort of amiable farce in which everyone--even the most contentious of characters--is shown to be basically decent underneath.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Gene Towne, C. Graham Baker
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On DVD: Jan 28, 2003
United Artists


Leslie Howard
as Atterbury Dodd
Joan Blondell
as Lester Plum
Humphrey Bogart
as Douglas Quintain
Alan Mowbray
as Koslofski
Marla Shelton
as Thelma Cheri
C. Henry Gordon
as Ivor Nassau
Tully Marshall
as Pettypacker Sr.
J.C. Nugent
as Pettypacker Jr.
William V. Mong
as Pettypacker
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Critic Reviews for Stand-In

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Inane spoof on Hollywood, deteriorates in the second half to drivel.

Full Review… | August 26, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clever, overlooked Hollywood satire from the quirky Tay Garnett.

March 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

June 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Stand-In

a sweet satire of the movie industry. leslie howard plays a strait-laced accountant sent in to cut costs at colossal studios, only to discover not everything is reducible to a balance sheet. humphrey bogart, in only his second film role, plays a drunken producer, and joan blondell, stand-in for the studio's diva, is leslie's adorable love interest. includes a hilarious shirley temple spoof

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