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Item Title:

THE DUKE IS TOPS,1938, Ralph Cooper, Lena Horne Bronze Venus- rare DVD


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Current Time:23 Oct 16 21:45:08
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Item Specifics - Music Title : The Duke Is Tops, 1938
Artist : Ralph Cooper, Lena Horne
5.05 19103770   An opportunity to buy a brand-new PAL DVD of the one of the great American black musicals made specifically for black audiences in the late 1930s and early 1940s:   The Duke Is Tops, 1938, starring
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An opportunity to buy a brand-new PAL DVD of the one of the great American black musicals made specifically for black audiences in the late 1930s and early 1940s:


The Duke Is Tops, 1938, starring Ralph Cooper and Lena Horne


Running Time: approximately 75 minutes

The source material provides excellent picture quality, with very good black-and-white contrast, and excellent sound quality.


Your brand-new DVD disc will be created from this source material (without any artwork), and will be supplied in a clear plastic wallet, NOT in a DVD case.


Note that the picture attached is for illustrative purposes only, and is therefore NOT included or offered with this listing.


Region 2:

IMPORTANT NOTE for American, Canadian and other non-Region 2 buyers:

You will need a multi-region DVD player to play this disc.


Plot: Duke Davis (Ralph Cooper), singer Ethel Andrew's sweetheart, manager, and producer, finds himself in a dilemma when George Marshall, a New York booking agent, offers Ethel (Lena Horne) an opportunity to leave the show 'Sepia Scandals,' which is touring small towns, for New York City. Because Marshall has stipulated that Ethel must go without Duke, Duke anguishes over whether to encourage her departure, but he eventually consents to it when Marshall promises to launch her New York career…..


“The Duke Is Tops” was re-released in 1944 as “The Bronze Venus”, with Lena Horne’s name appearing above the title, to cash in on her two musical film successes for MGM.


Directed by William Nolte

Produced by Harry M. Popkin and Leo C. Popkin (Associate Producer)

World Premiere in Pittsburgh, PA: 15 July 1938


Please read all the details of this listing so you know exactly what you are buying.


What will I receive? Your film will come on a DVD-R disc in a plastic DVD sleeve with no artwork. The title of the film will be written on the sleeve for your convenience.

Region 2 - PAL

Note: This DVD does not contain any menus.


s                      This film is now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN.

s                      Production & Distribution Company: Million Dollar Productions, Inc.

s                      Million Dollar Productions was formed in 1937 by Ralph Cooper with black actor George Randol and white producers Harry Popkin and his brother Leo Popkin to produce race films that he often starred in, wrote, produced and directed.

s                      Although there is a copyright notice - 1938 (expressed in Roman numerals) - on the opening credit titles, there is no record that this film was actually registered for copyright at the time of its release, in 1938.  (Ref.: American Film Institute website)

s                      Therefore, when a copyright expires or is not properly renewed, or, as in this instance, has not been registered for copyright, then that work then falls into the public domain and can be freely reproduced, distributed, and displayed.

s                      Consequently, should you wish to buy a brand-new DVD disc of this film here, there is nothing legally to stop you from recording further DVDs from this disc for resale.



s                      Ralph Cooper (Duke Davis)     

s                      Lena Horne     (Ethel Andrews)            

s                      Lawrence Criner          (Doc Dorando)              

s                      Monte Hawley             (George Marshall)         

s                      Neva Peoples (Ella)     

s                      Vernon McCallum       (Mason)



s                      'I Know You Remember' and 'Don't Let Our Love Song Turn Into a Blues,' words and music by Ben Ellison and Harvey Brooks

s                      'Harlem is Harmony,' 'When You Smoke' and 'Thursday Evening Swing,' composers undetermined.

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