Saturday, January 26, 2008

Stand-In

This is an odd movie, which I realized halfway through that I'd already seen. Leslie Howard plays an "efficiency expert" who works for the bank that owns a movie studio and acts a lot like David Hyde-Pierce crossed with Tim Gunn. He has to go to California and become mixed up with wacky characters including Joan Blondell (as the stand-in) and Humphery Bogart (as a movie producer who carries a Scottish Terrier everywhere he goes -- I suspect this of being Bogart's own dog).

It's mostly a screwball comedy, but the subplot involving a nefarious scheme to buy the studio is kind of tiresome, especially once it degenerates into heartfelt speeches about how the workers need to unite against the capitalists or something.

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