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Stand-In  /  Footlight Parade

November 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Stand-In  (1937)

When a respected banker (Leslie Howard) is appointed head of a Hollywood film studio on the verge of insolvency, he learns the ropes of the company town from a former-child-star-turned-stand-in (Joan Blondell) who also has a thing or two to teach him about romance.  A behind-the-scenes Hollywood comedy with a surprisingly liberal view of labor relations, Stand-In finds Blondell at her most naturally charming.

35mm, b/w, 91 mim.  DIR: Tay Garnett.  SCR: Gene Towne, C. Graham Baker.  CAST: Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart.

Footlight Parade  (1933)

In arguably Warner Bros.’ best backstage musical extravaganza of the era, Joan Blondell gives arguably her best comedic performance.  As the long-suffering assistant of James Cagney’s producer of theatrical prologues, Blondell fires off acerbic zingers on the front lines of love and show business.

35mm, b/w, 102 min.  DIR: Lloyd Bacon.  SCR: Manuel Seff, James Seymour.  CAST: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler.