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
Twenty-two amateurish minutes of a Vitaphone "broadway Brevity" short, this is strictly cornball stuff that should have been discarded, just as vaudeville died.
Nothing I can say about the musical interludes except that they fall flat, the dancing is clumsy and the intentionally funny clumsiness of Gil Lamb is barely good for a few chuckles.
It's a sort of "42nd Street" sketch with the rooftops of Manhattan supposedly telling the stories of a disparate group of patrons who enter the club, all with weak back stories that are supposed to give some significance to the "rooftops of Manhattan" theme.
Evidently, there was no Busby Berkeley around to give this a shot in the arm. It's barely watchable and highly forgettable as entertainment.
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