The Duke Is Tops (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Duke Is Tops (1938)

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This all-black-cast musical tells the story of a theatrical producer (Ralph Cooper) who puts aside his own success to focus all his efforts on the career of a hot new singer (Lena Horne). This was Lena Horne's debut film, and it was reissued in 1943 under the title of The Bronze Venus in order to capitalize on her success in the film Cabin in the Sky.

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Cast

Ralph Cooper
as Duke Davis
Lena Horne
as Ethel Andrews
Lawrence Criner
as Doc Dorando
Monte Hawley
as Marshall
Arthur Ray
as Druggist
The Basin Street Boys
as Singing Quartet
The Cats and the Riddle
as Instrumental Trio
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...although the production quality is not always high, it captures performances by many contemporary acts including Cats and the Fiddle and the Basin Street Boys.

Full Review… | August 20, 2016
Playback:stl

Mildly entertaining all-black musical that introduced a 21-year-old Lena Horne.

May 14, 2010
Film Threat

An all-black film made in the 1930s that costars the 21-year-old Lena Horne, in her first film role.

Full Review… | October 20, 2008
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