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Roof Tops of Manhattan (1935)

Musical performances set in a rooftop nightclub in Manhattan.



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Complete credited cast:
Singer and Acrobatic Dancer (as Gilbert Lamb)
Deane Janis ...
The Arkansas Traveler
Beverly Phalon ...
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musical | Short





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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Did You Know?


The only known film appearance of Edith Helena. She was an opera star who had a four octave range and could imitate a violin. See more »


I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the first scene of the family on the roof
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This "Broadway Brevity" wasn't brief enough...
15 October 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

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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