Stand up and Cheer

Stand up and Cheer

Director: Hamilton MacFadden

Cast: Hamilton MacFadden, Warner Baxter, Madge Evans, James Dunn

     
 

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Based on an idea by Will Rogers, the story concerns the efforts by the President of the United States to get the public's mind off the Depression. To this end, he appoints Broadway impresario Lawrence Cromwell (Warner Baxter) to the new cabinet position of "Secretary of Amusement." Wasting no time, Cromwell sets about to nationalize the entertainment industry,… See more details below

Overview

Based on an idea by Will Rogers, the story concerns the efforts by the President of the United States to get the public's mind off the Depression. To this end, he appoints Broadway impresario Lawrence Cromwell (Warner Baxter) to the new cabinet position of "Secretary of Amusement." Wasting no time, Cromwell sets about to nationalize the entertainment industry, organizing singers, dancers, actors and other variety artists into batallion-like touring units. Cromwell is fought at every turn by a cartel of wealthy industrialists, who've been profiting from the Depression and have no desire to see America pull itself upward. Happily, every effort to bribe or cajole Cromwell into giving up his mission is thwarted and the Department of Amusement goes on to help the the country at a time when its citizens most needed it. Among the highlights are an energetic "revival-meeting" musical number by Aunt Jemima (Theresa Gardella), and 6-year-old Shirley Temple's rendition of "Baby Take a Bow." Originally released at 80 minutes, Stand Up and Cheer was edited to 69 minutes for reissue, then to 65 minutes (removing most of Stepin Fetchit's scenes) for television: it was this last version which was computer-colorized in 1987.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
For something that was supposed to be a "feel good" movie, Fox Studios' Stand Up and Cheer seems curiously grim when seen today. This "happy-go-lucky" musical seems at times to be as carefree as a funeral dirge: The two musical production numbers performed by Nick (later Dick) Foran, "I'm Laughin'" and "We're Out of the Red," are as grotesquely photographed and staged as a Frankenstein picture, while the climactic parade of America's uniformed "working class" -- policemen, milkmen, maids, garbagemen, domestics, all marching in lock-step -- looks like something out of Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will. The racist routines of black comedian Stepin Fetchit go far beyond tasteless, reaching a nadir when Fetchit chases after a bigoted talking penguin (whose "Jimmy Durante" voice was supplied by Lew Brown, one of the film's musical composers). Equally hard to take are the knockabout antics of Frank Mitchell and Jack Durant and the monumentally unfunny hillbilly routine by John "Skins" Miller (though all three of these comedians received excellent reviews when the picture was first released!).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
UPC:
0024543381952
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
52,211

Special Features

Shirley Temple theater: The Little Princess featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Baxter Lawrence Cromwell
Madge Evans Mary Adams
James Dunn Dugan
John Boles himself
Shirley Temple Specialty Number
Ralph Morgan President's Secretary
Dick Foran Specialty Number
Nigel Bruce Eustace Dinwiddie
Stepin Fetchit George Bernard Shaw
Morris Ankrum Actor
George K. Arthur Dance Director
Aunt Jemima Actor
Lynn Bari Actor
Scotty Beckett Actor
Lew Brown Voice Only
A.S. Byron Harley
Bobby Caldwell Gen. Lee
Wallis Clark Actor
Gilbert Clayton Actor
Dora Clement Actor
Ruth Clifford Female Secretary
John Davidson Sour Radio Announcer
Dorothy Dehn Actor
Clyde Dilson Correspondent
Elspeth Dudgeon Actor
Harry Dunkinson Actor
Jack Durant Senator Short
Edward Earle Secret Service Man
Bess Flowers Actor
Tess Gardella Aunt Jemima
Carlton Elliott Griffin Actor
Dorothy Gulliver Actor
Sam Hayes Radio Announcer
Aggie Herring Irish Washerwoman
Arthur Stuart Hull Senator
Selmar Jackson Actor
Si Jenks Rube Farmer
Lila Lee Zelda
Patricia Lee Actor
Lucien Littlefield Prof. Hi De Ho
Arthur Loft Actor
Wilbur Mack Beamish
Joe Marba Elephant Trainer
Paul McVey Actor
Frank Melton Fosdick
John Miller Hillbilly
Frank Mitchell Senator Danforth
Frances Morris Actor
Harry S. Northrup Reformers
Dagmar Oakland Actor
Herbert Prior Actor
Roland Ray Actor
Jack Richardson Actor
Frank Sheridan Actor
Reginald Simpson Male Secretary
Paul Stanton Actor
Carl Stockdale Quartette
Phil Tead Vaudevillian
Lurene Tuttle Actor
Guy Usher Actor
Arthur Vinton Turner
Peggy Watts Actor
Lillian West Stenographer
Gayne Whitman President
Jessie Perry Actor
Vivian Winston Bits
Tina Marshall Boy's Mother
Glen Walters Hillbilly's Wife
Dorothy White Dancer
Angie Blue Dancer

Technical Credits
Hamilton MacFadden Director
Lew Brown Score Composer,Screenwriter
Margaret Clancey Editor
Jay Gorney Score Composer
Art Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Sammy Lee Choreography
Lewis William O'Connell Cinematographer
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Russell Patterson Art Director
Winfield R. Sheehan Producer
Ralph Spence Screenwriter
Gordon Wiles Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shirley Temple, Vol. 15: Stand Up and Cheer
1. Chapter 1 [3:19]
2. Chapter 2 [4:20]
3. Chapter 3 [3:57]
4. Chapter 4 [2:55]
5. Chapter 5 [1:24]
6. Chapter 6 [1:00]
7. Chapter 7 [2:18]
8. Chapter 8 [1:27]
9. Chapter 9 [4:11]
10. Chapter 10 [2:50]
11. Chapter 11 [3:28]
12. Chapter 12 [6:06]
13. Chapter 13 [1:45]
14. Chapter 14 [3:49]
15. Chapter 15 [1:44]
16. Chapter 16 [5:05]
17. Chapter 17 [5:11]
18. Chapter 18 [4:36]
19. Chapter 19 [3:35]
20. Chapter 20 [5:44]

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