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Duke is Tops (1938)

Directed by William L. Nolte. "Duke Davis(Ralph Cooper) has invested all his savings toback his sweetheart, Ethel (Lena Horne), in aroad show over the old T.O.B.A. circuit, onwhich they have both been performers sincechildhood. Marshall (Monte Hawley), a New Yorktalent scout, makes an offer to Ethel as asingle and, to induce her to take it, Dukewrites a fake check, made out to him, for $5000pretending he has sold his contract with Ethelto Marshall. Resentful and heartbroken, sheaccepts and becomes a big hit in New York.Marshall then books her at the swanky CenturyClub, plans her show himself, and it flopsmiserably. Meanwhile, Duke has used his lastresources to start a new show, but withoutEthel it also fails. He joins the Doc Dorando(Lawrence Criner) medicine show, and with himas the speiler for the quack elixir sold byDorando, it is successful. He becomes Doc'spartner with an elaborate trailer and a companyof entertainers, including Willie Covans, theBasin Street Boys, The Cats and the Fiddle,"Rubberneck" Holmes and Joe Stevenson. Money isrolling in but he drops everything to hurry toEthel's side when he hears of her misfortune.Ella (Neva Peoples), Ethel's faithful companionand maid, has also told Ethel of Duke'ssacrifice in order to give her a chance in NewYork. Duke talks the Century Club owner, Fenton(Edward Thompson),into allowing him to build anelaborate show based on a medicine showconcept, and sends for Doc Dorando and theother entertainers." [InternetMovie Database] 80 min. ;
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