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The Duke Is Tops Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Also known as The Duke Is Tops, this is one of the best examples of the many all-black films made in the 1930s for what were then designated as "colored" theatres. Looking about 15 years old, Lena Horne plays the main attraction for the stage shows put on by a fellow named Duke (Ralph Cooper). When she gets a chance at a Broadway show, Lena swiftly severs all ties with Duke. But when Lena's big-time debut threatens to be a disaster, it is Duke who saves the day. The dialogue is for the birds, but The Duke Is Tops is aces when it comes to musical numbers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ralph Cooper
as Duke Davis
Lena Horne
as Ethel
Lawrence Criner
as Doc Dorando
Monte Hawley
as Marshall
Vernon McCalla
as Mason
Neva Peoples
as Ella
Arthur Ray
as Druggist
Guernsey Morrow
as Lake
Marie Bryant
Charles Hawkins
as Sam

Crew

Phil Dunham
Screenwriter
Ben Ellison
Songwriter
Harvey Brooks
Songwriter
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