Stand Up and Fight (1939)

97 or 99 mins | Drama | 6 January 1939

Director:

W. S. Van Dyke

Producer:

Mervyn LeRoy

Cinematographer:

Leonard Smith

Editor:

Frank Sullivan

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Give and Take , which was also the working title of Robert Taylor's 1938 film, The Crowd Roars . Stand Up and Fight was also the working title of The Crowd Roars . According to HR news items, Taylor and Wallace Beery were assigned to this film when production was delayed on Northwest Passage , in which they were both to appear (see above). Although a news item in HR noted that Selznick player Margaret Tallichet was loaned out to M-G-M to appear in this picture, her participation in the project is unconfirmed. According to another news item in HR , Ann Morriss was considered for the lead in this film. The picture was partially shot on location at Chico, ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Give and Take , which was also the working title of Robert Taylor's 1938 film, The Crowd Roars . Stand Up and Fight was also the working title of The Crowd Roars . According to HR news items, Taylor and Wallace Beery were assigned to this film when production was delayed on Northwest Passage , in which they were both to appear (see above). Although a news item in HR noted that Selznick player Margaret Tallichet was loaned out to M-G-M to appear in this picture, her participation in the project is unconfirmed. According to another news item in HR , Ann Morriss was considered for the lead in this film. The picture was partially shot on location at Chico, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Dec 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Jan 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 38
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 38
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Jan 40
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Nov 38
p. 57.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Jan 39
p. 36, 38
New York Times
27 Jan 39
p. 17.
Variety
11 Jan 39
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Women's cost
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Give and Take
Release Date:
6 January 1939
Production Date:
began September 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 January 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8538
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97 or 99
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4870
SYNOPSIS

Blake Cantrell, a Maryland aristocrat and well-bred cad, uses the occasion of his hunt to announce his impending bankruptcy. In order to pay his debts, Blake is forced to sell his slaves, thus incurring the disapproval of his house guest, Northerner Susan Griffith. Later, when Blake tries to seduce Susan, she denounces him and leaves for the Cumberland Gap with her Aunt Amanda, who owns the Bullet Stage Line there. In Cumberland, Susan meets Captain Starkey, an old friend of Amanda and manager of the Bullet Line. To keep the line solvent, Starkey has been renting stages to Arnold, who claims to be transporting fugitive slaves to freedom. Soon afterwards, Blake arrives in Cumberland to ask Colonel Webb, the construction head of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and an old friend of his father, for a job. Webb, who is in competition with the Bullet Line, offers Blake a job spying on Starkey, but Blake refuses. Later that night, Blake meets Starkey in a drunken brawl and Starkey, short-handed since his men have quit in order to work on the railroad, frames Blake, has him thrown in jail and then arranges for him to work off his fine on the stage line. Hard, honest work makes Blake a new man, and he and Susan are about to begin a romance when Blake sees his old slave Enoch gunned down while trying to escape from Arnold's clutches. Realizing that Starkey is involved in slave running, Blake quits the line and accepts Webb's offer. Hoping to expose Morgan, the brains behind the slave racket, Blake pretends to be a highwayman and infiltrates ... +


Blake Cantrell, a Maryland aristocrat and well-bred cad, uses the occasion of his hunt to announce his impending bankruptcy. In order to pay his debts, Blake is forced to sell his slaves, thus incurring the disapproval of his house guest, Northerner Susan Griffith. Later, when Blake tries to seduce Susan, she denounces him and leaves for the Cumberland Gap with her Aunt Amanda, who owns the Bullet Stage Line there. In Cumberland, Susan meets Captain Starkey, an old friend of Amanda and manager of the Bullet Line. To keep the line solvent, Starkey has been renting stages to Arnold, who claims to be transporting fugitive slaves to freedom. Soon afterwards, Blake arrives in Cumberland to ask Colonel Webb, the construction head of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and an old friend of his father, for a job. Webb, who is in competition with the Bullet Line, offers Blake a job spying on Starkey, but Blake refuses. Later that night, Blake meets Starkey in a drunken brawl and Starkey, short-handed since his men have quit in order to work on the railroad, frames Blake, has him thrown in jail and then arranges for him to work off his fine on the stage line. Hard, honest work makes Blake a new man, and he and Susan are about to begin a romance when Blake sees his old slave Enoch gunned down while trying to escape from Arnold's clutches. Realizing that Starkey is involved in slave running, Blake quits the line and accepts Webb's offer. Hoping to expose Morgan, the brains behind the slave racket, Blake pretends to be a highwayman and infiltrates the gang. When a routine shipment turns into a slave massacre, Blake rides off to file charges against the stage line and Arnold, who is really Morgan. Because he is missing a crucial piece of incriminating evidence, Blake rides back to the scene of the massacre, where he comes into conflict with Arnold and Starkey, who has escaped from jail. In the ensuing shootout, Arnold dies, and Blake and Starkey survive to brave a life threatening snowstorm. During the storm, the two men come to understand each other, and when they are finally rescued, Blake conceals the incriminating evidence. After Susan sells the stage line to Starkey, she joins Blake as he goes West to open up the territory to the railroad. +

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