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Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 4 May 1934 (USA)
President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new ... See full summary »

Director:

Hamilton MacFadden

Writers:

Lew Brown (story and dialogue: collaborator), Will Rogers (story idea suggested) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Lawrence Cromwell
Madge Evans ... Mary Adams
James Dunn ... Jimmy Dugan
Sylvia Froos ... Sylvia Froos
John Boles ... John Boles
Arthur Byron ... John Harly
Shirley Temple ... Shirley Dugan
Ralph Morgan ... Secretary to President
Jimmy Dallas Jimmy Dallas ... Boy Scout
Tess Gardella Tess Gardella ... Aunt Jemima (as 'Aunt Jemima')
Frank Mitchell ... Senator Danforth (as Mitchell)
Jack Durant ... Senator Short (as Durant)
Dick Foran ... Nick Foran (as Nick Foran)
Nigel Bruce ... Dinwiddle
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... Hill-Billy (as 'Skins' Miller)
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Storyline

President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new secretary soon runs afoul of political lobbyists out to destroy his department. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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1,000 players and performers...Vocal chorus of 500...1,200 wild animals...5 great bands of music...4,891 costumes...335 scenes...500 dazzling beauties...6 song hits...5 breathtaking spectacles. (Print Ad-Leader-Post, ((Regina, sask.)) 31 May 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fox Movietone Follies of 1934 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tess Gardella who appears in a "specialty number" in the film, and Sammy Lee, who choreographed it, previously worked together in both the 1927 original Broadway version of "Show Boat" and the 1932 revival. Tess Gardella, in blackface, played the African-American cook Queenie in both productions, which Lee choreographed. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Cromwell: Now, Miss Monroe...
Mary Adams: Er, Adams.
Lawrence Cromwell: Oh, yes, step here a minute, will you, please... something I want to show you. There's one phase in this amusement campaign which I think you ought to understand. The zones in...
[overcome by her good looks, he stops]
Lawrence Cromwell: You're beautiful.
Mary Adams: Ah, of course I'm not.
Lawrence Cromwell: What's that?
Mary Adams: I said I'm not beautiful.
Lawrence Cromwell: Young woman, you're talking to Lawrence Cromwell... Lawrence Cromwell, the world's recognized authority on feminine beauty and charm. Do you mean to stand there and ...
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Soundtracks

Baby, Take a Bow
(1934) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Music by Lew Brown and Jay Gorney
Performed by Shirley Temple, James Dunn
c. 1934 Movietone Music Corportation
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A Weird Fantasy from the mind of Will Rogers
25 November 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There's a famous story about President Herbert C. Hoover meeting Rudy Vallee during the midst of his term which as we know coincided with the Great Depression. Hoover supposedly said to Vallee it would be great if he could sing some hit song that would make people forget their troubles, economic and otherwise.

Well maybe that story got back to the ears of Will Rogers because he was the one who came up with the idea of a Cabinet position for Secretary of Amusement. Maybe Rogers had himself in mind for the job, he was sure doing it unofficially.

Fox was Rogers's home studio, but he makes no appearance here. Instead the president of the United States hires Warner Baxter for that job.

Baxter essentially reprises his role of Julian Marsh the driven director from 42nd Street. I guess the money from that hit show didn't last long for Baxter so he's got this job.

But can you imagine; instead of trying to get financial backers for a show, Baxter goes before a Congressional committee for an appropriation? I'm not sure which is a worse ordeal.

So the movie is Baxter trying to find a talent enough for a big extravaganza that will do what Herbert Hoover wanted from only one song.

Stand Up and Cheer survives today because of the appearance of Shirley Temple, on her way to becoming the movies' biggest box office attraction of the decade. She only does one number here, with hoofer James Dunn as her father. But it's one of her biggest, Baby Take a Bow.

If it weren't for Shirley, the film would have been a curious forgotten relic of some very tough times. Still it's worth watching for more than just Shirley Temple.


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