Director: Tay Garnett Cast: Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2019
UPC: 0851968007408
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Classicflix
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 28,526

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Howard Atterbury Dodd
Joan Blondell Lester Plum
Humphrey Bogart Douglas Quintain
Alan Mowbray Koslofski
Marla Shelton Thelma Cheri
Jack Carson Potts
C. Henry Gordon Ivor Nassau
J.C. Nugent Pennypacker, Jr.
Tully Marshall Pennypacker, Sr.
William V. Mong Pennypacker

Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
C. Graham Baker Screenwriter
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Charles Kerr Asst. Director
Otho Lovering Editor
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Rox Rommel Musical Direction/Supervision
Wade B. Rubottom Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Helen Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Toluboff Art Director
Gene Towne Screenwriter
Walter Wanger Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stand-In
255. Chapters
1. Opening Titles [1:14]
2. Pettypacker & Sons [4:46]
3. It's Hijacking! [4:43]
4. Hey Mickey! [3:44]
5. Elvira [3:13]
6. Who Is Ms. Temple? [7:25]
7. 3,000 Units [9:07]
8. Close Both Doors [4:12]
9. Happy Birthday [1:03]
10. Normal Male Instincts [6:53]
11. Honored Sufficiently [5:20]
12. I've Mastered It! [3:28]
13. St. Moritz In October [5:16]
14. Next Time Rattle [1:56]
15. I'm Not Different [2:20]
16. The Answer For Both Of Us [3:22]
17. Scandal [7:17]
18. 48 Hours [14:20]
19. End Credits [:26]
20. Chapter 20 [:01]

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