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Top of the Town (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Music | 18 April 1937 (USA)
Diana Borden (Doris Lloyd, a bleeding-heart rich-girl, returns from a trip to Russia filled with sympathy for the "little" people of the slums and wants to do "something" artistic and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Borden
Ted Lane
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
Borden Executive
J.J. Stone
Beaton (as Jack Smart)
Ray Mayer ...
Gilda Norman
William Borden
Augustus Borden
Henry Borden


Diana Borden (Doris Lloyd, a bleeding-heart rich-girl, returns from a trip to Russia filled with sympathy for the "little" people of the slums and wants to do "something" artistic and socially significant for them...so she opens up a nightclub atop a 100-story skyscraper. For her, that means acts such as opera singers, extracts from "Hamlet" and three sailors imitating a giraffe. Bandleader Ted Lane (George Murphy)thinks hot-music, burlesque-acts and the old razzle-dazzle is just the ticket. Her programming leads to early exits and no-returns.Film debut for 12-year-old Peggy Ryan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A champagne-charged speed show - rhythm - revelry - romance - stunning gowns and exquisite girls. You dare not miss it! See more »


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

18 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf den Dächern von New York  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1937 Cadaco, Ltd. produced a board game based upon this movie. Star Doris Nolan was pictured on the front of the game's box. See more »

Crazy Credits

No cast names are shown or presented until after all the opening credits are listed. Then, the cast members are introduced singing lines from the title song. Then in the first few scenes, the supporting players are presented delivering their dialogue in rhyme. See more »


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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