Stand up and Cheer

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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, organizing singers, dancers, actors and other variety artists into batallion-like touring units. Cromwell is fought at every turn by a cartel of wealthy ...
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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, 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!).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162524738
  • Original Release: 1934
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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
George K. Arthur Dance Director
Aunt Jemima
Lynn Bari
Scotty Beckett
Angie Blue Dancer
Lew Brown
A.S. Byron Harley
Bobby Caldwell Gen. Lee
Wallis Clark
Gilbert Clayton
Dora Clement
Ruth Clifford Female Secretary
John Davidson Sour Radio Announcer
Dorothy Dehn
Clyde Dilson Correspondent
Elspeth Dudgeon
Harry Dunkinson
Jack Durant Senator Short
Edward Earle Secret Service Man
Bess Flowers
Tess Gardella Aunt Jemima
Carlton Elliott Griffin
Dorothy Gulliver
Sam Hayes Radio Announcer
Aggie Herring Irish Washerwoman
Arthur Stuart Hull Senator
Selmar Jackson
Si Jenks Rube Farmer
Patricia Lee
Lila Lee Zelda
Lucien Littlefield Prof. Hi De Ho
Arthur Loft
Wilbur Mack Beamish
Joe Marba Elephant Trainer
Tina Marshall Boy's Mother
Paul McVey
Frank Melton Fosdick
John Miller Hillbilly
Frank Mitchell Senator Danforth
Frances Morris
Harry S. Northrup Reformers
Dagmar Oakland
Jessie Perry
Herbert Prior
Roland Ray
Jack Richardson
Frank Sheridan
Reginald Simpson Male Secretary
Paul Stanton
Carl Stockdale Quartette
Phil Tead Vaudevillian
Lurene Tuttle
Guy Usher
Arthur Vinton Turner
Glen Walters Hillbilly's Wife
Peggy Watts
Lillian West Stenographer
Dorothy White Dancer
Gayne Whitman Voice Only
Vivian Winston Bits
Technical Credits
Hamilton MacFadden Director
Lew Brown Score Composer, Screenwriter
Margaret Clancey Editor
Margaret V. Clancy 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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