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Ups and Downs (1937)

 -  Short | Musical  -  9 October 1937 (USA)
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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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Hal Le Roy ...
Hal Smith
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June Daily
Toni Lane ...
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The Deauville Boys ...
Deauville Boys
Fred Hillebrand ...
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Reed Brown Jr.
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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 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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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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Born to Love
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Played when Hal, June and her father are sitting at the table
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Hal Leroy's usual legomania + young June Alyson
21 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another weakly plotted vehicle, existing mainly to showcase Hal LeRoy's wonderful legomania tap dancing. If you already like Hal LeRoy then I've said enough; if you've not yet seen him then this isn't a bad place to start (though the numbers here aren't as good as they are in Rhythmyitis or Picture Palace), particularly since it's one of the few Leroy films currently viewable (available as an extra on the DVD of "Stage Door").

This short also marks the first screen appearances of both June Allyson and Phil Silvers. Silvers isn't given much to do, and only shows hints of the zaniness he would eventually develop. June Allyson appears incredibly young, a tad gawky, and already projecting her typical warm charm. Unfortunately she's not in LeRoy's class as a dancer; instead of firing up his energy she somewhat holds him back when they're dancing together.

Still, all in all, well worth renting the DVD just to watch this short.


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