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Top of the Town (1937)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  18 April 1937 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Nolan ...
Diana Borden
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Ted Lane
Ella Logan ...
Dorine
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Hubert
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
Borden Executive
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Hamlet
Gregory Ratoff ...
J.J. Stone
Peggy Ryan ...
Peggy
J. Scott Smart ...
Beaton (as Jack Smart)
Ray Mayer ...
Roger
Henry Armetta ...
Bacciagalluppi
Gertrude Niesen ...
Gilda Norman
Claude Gillingwater ...
William Borden
Ernest Cossart ...
Augustus Borden
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Henry Borden
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Auf den Dächern von New York  »

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There Are No Two Ways About It
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Sometimes Things are Little-Known For a Reason...
1 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reason is they are horrible. Such is Top of the Town, an ambitious musical from Universal, which, despite stellar production values, never gets off the ground. Most fluffy musical comedies like this one have something resembling a plot, but Top of the Town really doesn't, though it attempts to. There is a dizzy dame type of an heiress (Doris Nolan) who arrives in Manhattan just having come back from Russia and her heart is now supposedly full of the plight of the proletariat. OF COURSE, the best way to help the suffering masses to build a GIGANTIC NIGHTCLUB for the rich and elite only, with musical numbers that convey the pain of the poor! It is far too nonsensical in a bad way to be amusing in the slightest. The heiress has nothing else interesting to her character besides that, she is a run-of-the-mill glamorous blonde who doesn't have one good line to say. George Murphy does his usual song-and-dance-man thing, which is fine, but the rest of the cast is terrible and forgettable. None of the songs in this film have become standards, and it's a good thing, because they are unoriginal and presented badly. The musical number that is meant to bad, "Fireman, Fireman, Save My Child" is the most entertaining of the lot. Everything else was either your usual 30s kitsch done un-charmingly, or incredibly bizarre, like people in blackface wearing light-up costumes with fake gems on them with Mischa Auer being Hamlet in the background...Don't bother seeking this one out. You may think you love 30s musicals, but really, you don't love them this much.


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