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The Duke Is Tops (aka: The Bronze Venus)

-- Synopsis:
A classic African-American film. Duke (Ralph Cooper) plays a theatrical producer puts aside his own success to boost the career of a young, talented singer as the Bronze Nightingale or Bronze Venus (Lena Horne.) Ralph Cooper is best remembered as the MC at the Apollo Theater. Lena Horne makes her film debut and Duke Ellington does not appear in this film. The DVD version includes Van Beuren Studios animated Mr. Bang, a newsreel with footage of Hitler, the Hindenberg disaster, and Joe Louis preparing for a fight.

* Features:
There is a half-dozen " specialty" acts in this film. It shows some great historical figures in dance such as Willie Covan and Rubberneck Holmes doing their thing, plus ... Lena Horne. Plenty of average chorus line dancers. If you are a fan of early jazz and African-American cinema and/or dance, like Tap dance this is an excellent film to own.

Duke Is Tosp / Bronze Venus Screenshot 3 Duke Is Tosp / Bronze Venus Screenshot 1 Duke Is Tosp / Bronze Venus Screenshot 2 Duke Is Tosp / Bronze Venus Screenshot 4

More Film Information below





1938 Ryko / Ventura Distribution William L. Nolte DVD | VHS


Country Made:



73 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Musical / Music Rubberneck Holmes, Willie Covan Tap Dance Excellent

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Lena Horne Lou Frohman (Musical Director) Charles Hawkins
Laurence Criner Edward Thompson
Marie Bryant Guernsey Morrow
Monte Hawley Johnny Taylor
Rubberneck Holmes Laurence Criner
Willie Covan Lena Horne
Monte Hawley
Neva Peoples
Ralph Cooper
Ray Martin
Vernon McCalla

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

Eccentric DaNcE n/a n/a traveling patent medicine show
Tap Dance Swing Dance
Tap Dance

Some Music Titles in Film

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Killing Jive Cats and the Fiddle The Duke Is Tops
Basin Street Boys
Swing Band Harlemania Orchestra

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Duke Is Tops / Bronze Venus Poster1 Duke Is Tops / Bronze Venus Poster Duke Is Tops / Bronze Venus Poster
Duke Is Tops / Bronze Venus Poster1 Duke Is Tops / Bronze Venus Lobby Card 1


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