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
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When the film was originally released, the names of Leslie Howard and Joan Blondell were above the title, and the name of Humphrey Bogart, who played a supporting role, was below. When it was re-released in 1948, Howard had been dead for 5 years, and Bogart was riding the crest of the wave, so the billing was re-arranged and Bogart was now top billed. See more »
A little way in accountant Atterbury Dodds walks through the accounts dept. A clerk gives him a slip containing a list of figures which total 1296221. Dodds says "There's an error in the addition the total should be 1296321, have the machine fixed". The total however is correct. The figures are - 63155; 122925; 57005; 54685; 404200; 56705; 122925; 54685; 305250; 54686 which total 1296221 See more »
[Plum has just thrown him on the floor]
Why Miss Plum, you're... you're wonderful!
I don't see anything wonderful about it, just plain jujistu; a trick of leverage.
Leverage? The principle of Archimedes, the Greek mathematician.
Well I don't know anything about that; all I know is it comes in very handy when some guy who's driving you home tries to shift gears with your knee.
Miss Plum, teach me how to do that
I taught you how to do the tango, and look what happened. By the way, how'd you make ...
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Worth it for the boarding house and its inmates alone, this is a glorious satire on '30s Hollywood. Leslie Howard is at his comic best (see also 'It's Love I'm After'), vague and unworldly. The supporting cast is excellent. Joan Blondell is gorgeous and *funny*. Humphrey Bogart, Howard's good mate and progege - Howard insisted that Bogart got the convict role in Petrified Forest in the film, having appreciated acting with him in the play, and that was his big break in films. And Bogart acknowledged the friendship by calling his first child Lesley (she was a girl). Alan Mowbray and Jack Conway also add to the fun.
A sharp commentary on the wonderful world of B movies!
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