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Ups and Downs (1937)

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June Daily, daughter of stockbroker J. C. Daily, is engaged to father's assistant Richard Burton, but is enamored of tap-dancing elevator operator Hal Smith. J.C. has a hot tip on stock for... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Hal Le Roy ...
Hal Smith
June Daily
Toni Lane ...
The Deauville Boys ...
Deauville Boys
Fred Hillebrand ...
Reed Brown Jr.
Alexander Campbell


June Daily, daughter of stockbroker J. C. Daily, is engaged to father's assistant Richard Burton, but is enamored of tap-dancing elevator operator Hal Smith. J.C. has a hot tip on stock for the Upsadaisy Elevator Company. When Richard goes out of town, June invites Hal to dinner with J.C. J.C. is no snob, and seizes the opportunity to ask an "expert" about Upsadaisy Elevators. Hal gives them a ringing endorsement, and J.C. buys all the stock he can get. When Richard learns this, he breaks his engagement to June, thinking J.C. has gone broke. But the stock flourishes, and J.C. introduces Hal as his new partner and future son-in-law. Lots of songs and dance in 21 minutes. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Musical





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9 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1937-1938 season) (#8): Ups and Downs  »

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Vitaphone production reels #B36-B37. See more »


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What Goes Up Must Come Down
Written by Cliff Hess
Opening number performed by Hal Le Roy and The Deauville Boys
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24 March 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ups and Downs (1937)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Charming Vitaphone two-reeler has an elevator operator (Hal LeRoy) falling in love with a business man's daughter (June Allyson) and soon he gets the chance to give daddy a big stock tip. The only problem is that the operator doesn't realize what type of information he's actually giving. UPS AND DOWNS clocks in at just over twenty-minutes and for the most part it's charming from start to finish. The actual story here isn't anything special but then again not many Vitaphone shorts had a good story as they were pretty much just filler to keep the viewer entertained in between musical acts. The musical acts here aren't the most thrilling ever made but The Deauville Boys do a nice number towards the end and we've also got Allyson singing a song. I'd say the main reason this picture was made was to show off the tap dancing skills of LeRoy. His dancing is actually very good and if you've seen his other shorts from this era then you know that the studio was obviously very high on him as he managed to do quite a bit of films but he's pretty much been forgotten today. However, that's the great thing about Turner Classic Movies because they show these forgotten films and introduce us to people we certainly wouldn't have known otherwise. It's also nice getting to see Allyson in such an early role and there's no question she too adds plenty of charm.

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