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Night Club Acts

7/10
Author: boblipton from New York City
11 September 2002

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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Another not quite ready for full-length film extravaganza!

5/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
4 March 2017

The Vitaphone division of Warner Brothers was mostly devoted to producing sound shorts--both BEFORE "The Jazz Singer" debuted and through much of the 1930s. The acts in these shorts mostly consisted of night club acts, vaudeville entertainers and a few were soon to be stars being given their chance in these shorts (such as June Allyson). In "Rooftops of Manhattan" you have a nightclub supposedly set atop a huge skyscraper and act after act come and go on the screen...mostly of the nightclub quality. Most of the acts are pleasant enough but not especially memorable or super-talented. And, because of this, you've probably never heard of any of the acts. If you are curious, check the IMDb page for this film.

So is it worth seeing? Well, if you are a nut about Vitaphone, of course. For the average viewer, however, it's very hit or miss. The comedy of Bob Burns and his 'bazooka' (a homemade trombone sort of contraption) is nice and I enjoyed his mother-in-law jokes. The rest...well they were fine...but nothing special.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

This "Broadway Brevity" wasn't brief enough...

4/10
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.
15 October 2008

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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