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Director  W. S. Van Dyke
Costume design  Arlington Valles
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  1939 (1939)
Writer  James M. Cain (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play), Harvey Fergusson (screen play), Forbes Parkhill (from the story by)
Cast  Wallace Beery (Captain Boss Starkey), Robert Taylor (Blake Cantrell), Florence Rice (Susan Griffith), Helen Broderick (Amanda Griffith), Charles Bickford (Arnold), Barton MacLane (Crowder)
Genres  Western, Drama, Action Film
Similar movies  Belle, The Man with the Iron Fists 2, Azu, Knights, Mandinga, Slaves of Babylon

Stand Up and Fight is a 1939 film starring Wallace Beery and Robert Taylor. The supporting cast includes Florence Rice, Helen Broderick, Charles Bickford, Barton MacLane, Charley Grapewin, and John Qualen, and the movie was directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Playwright Jane Murfin and novelists Harvey Fergusson and James M. Cain shared screenwriting credit.


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Blake Cantrell, an aristocrat from Maryland and a well-groomed cynic, uses his organized hunt to announce his imminent bankruptcy. In order to pay off his debts, Blake is forced to sell even his slaves, instead of freeing them, which causes the disapproval of his guest Susan Griffith. Later in the evening, when he tries to seduce a girl, she bumps him back and leaves the mansion urgently. However, Blake is also forced to leave his home, since it was sold to cover his debts. He arrives to Cumberland to get a job at his father's old friend, Colonel Webb, the head of the Baltimore-Ohio railroad construction. He offers him to spy on Starkey, the head of a competing shipping company, but Blake refuses. In the evening of the same day, Blake is jailed for a fight.


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  • Wallace Beery as Starkey
  • Robert Taylor as Blake Cantrell
  • Florence Rice as Susan Griffith
  • Helen Broderick as Mandy Griffith
  • Charles Bickford as Mr. Arnold (Morgan)
  • Barton MacLane as Mr. Crowder
  • Charley Grapewin as "Old Puff"
  • John Qualen as Davy
  • Robert Gleckler as Sheriff Barney
  • Trivia

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    Helen Broderick was the mother of Broderick Crawford.

    Box office

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    According to MGM records, the film earned $1,233,000 in the US and Canada and $607,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $183,000.


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