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Top Man (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 17 September 1943 (USA)
Musical in which a family puts on a show to boost the morale of the local factory workers.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Zachary Gold, Ken Goldsmith (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald O'Connor ... Don Warren
Susanna Foster ... Connie Allen
Lillian Gish ... Beth Warren
Richard Dix ... Tom Warren
Peggy Ryan ... Jane Warren
Anne Gwynne ... Pat Warren
Noah Beery Jr. ... Ed Thompson
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Fairchild
Louise Beavers ... Cleo - the Warrens' Maid
Dickie Love Dickie Love ... Tommy Haley
Marcia Mae Jones ... Erna Lane
David Holt ... Archie Fleming
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Martha Fairchild
Count Basie and His Orchestra Count Basie and His Orchestra ... Count Basie's Orchestra
Borrah Minevitch Rascals Borrah Minevitch Rascals ... Harmonica Rascals (as Borrah Minevitch's Rascals)
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Musical in which a family puts on a show to boost the morale of the local factory workers.

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1943 (USA) See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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To promote another Universal Film, Peggy Ryan's character at one point says (for no apparent reason): "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man." See more »

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References Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Lover
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Lyric by Clifford Grey
Music by Victor Schertzinger
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Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan...And Susanna Foster?
16 November 2011 | by mggbikeluvrSee all my reviews

"Top Man" is a cute movie. Decent and fun. But it's definitely not up to par with some of the other Donald O'Connor-Peggy Ryan musicals, like "Mister Big" or "Patrick the Great". The songs and dances in "Top Man" are alright. I particularly liked the gypsy number done by O'Connor and Ryan at towards the end of the movie. And Susanna Foster gets some nice songs, too. It was also a joy to see Lillian Gish in a talkie, since I've only seen her in silents.

The only thing about this movie that bothers me is the cast. Yes, this sounds silly, since I was just praising the cast for their talent. And they are all very talented. But, take this for example. O'Connor was 17, and Ryan and Foster were 18. However, Foster looks as if she's in her 20's and sings like she's in her 30's. Thus, her being the love interest for O'Connor is a bit strange. Don't get me wrong. Foster has a gorgeous voice. In fact, she's one of my very favorite singers. But here's what I find very odd: The same year that "Top Man" was made (1943), Foster was in the lavish production of "The Phantom of the Opera", playing the lead, Chrstine. So, the same year Foster's in a very sophisticated and high class movie, they put her in a corny little teenage musical?

Anyways, "Top Man" is cute and all. But if you want some better O'Connor and Ryan, check out "Mister Big", "Patrick the Great", or "The Merry Monahans", where O'Connor has better love interests.


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