Musical performances set in a rooftop nightclub in Manhattan.



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Complete credited cast:
Gil Lamb ...
Singer and Acrobatic Dancer (as Gilbert Lamb)
Deane Janis ...
Bob Burns ...
The Arkansas Traveler
Beverly Phalon ...
Jack Conway ...
Pa O'Shea
Edith Helena ...
Ma O'Shea
Billy Bemis ...
Specialty Dancer
Beverly Bemis ...
Specialty Dancer


While Ma and Pa O'Shea sit on their Manhattan roof top listening to the radio with their daughter Ellen, their older daughter Mary is with her beau at the Sky High Roof, a fancy nightclub. The couple arrives and sits while singers and dancers perform. Back at the O'Shea's, Ellen leaves for the picture show, but she's actually meeting Nick Lewis, a well-dressed low-life whom Mr. O'Shea dislikes. Nick takes Ellen to another club, the Riviera Roof Garden. We see performers there, as well, including comic Bob Burns. O'Shea decides on a whim to take his wife Maggie to the Riviera to celebrate their anniversary. Will they see Ellen out with Nick? Written by <>

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Release Date:

16 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #7: Roof Tops of Manhattan  »

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1.37 : 1
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On the Roof Tops of Manhattan
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Played during the preface
Performed by Deane Janis toward the beginning and at the end
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Night Club Acts
11 September 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A superior short from Joe Henabery, featuring several good night club acts, including 'Bazooka' Bob Burns a popular performer of the period: a hillbilly Will Rogers with a homemade trombone he called a 'bazooka'. No nightclub ever featured this array of talent, but as a short variety show a lot of fun.

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