Top Man (1943)

81 or 82.5-83 mins | Comedy-drama | 17 September 1943

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writer:

Zachary Gold

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Editor:

Paul Landres

Production Designers:

John Goodman, Robert Clatworthy

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Man of the Family . Universal producer and writer Ken Goldsmith died at the age of forty-three while working on the pre-production of this film. He was replaced as associate producer by Bernard W. ... More Less

The working title of this film was Man of the Family . Universal producer and writer Ken Goldsmith died at the age of forty-three while working on the pre-production of this film. He was replaced as associate producer by Bernard W. Burton. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Sep 1943.
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Daily Variety
10 Sep 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Sep 43
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 43
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jul 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 43
p. 4, 21
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 Jul 43
p. 1456.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Sep 43
p. 1541.
New York Times
29 Oct 43
p. 23.
Variety
15 Sep 43
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Contr to scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Basie Boogie" by Count Basie and Milton Ebbens
"Otchi Tchorniya (Dark Eyes)," traditional Russian folk song.
SONGS
"Wrap Up Your Troubles in Dreams," words and music by Ted Koehler and Billy Moll, music by Harry Barris
"Dream Lover," words by Clifford Grey, music by Victor Schertzinger
"Júrame," words and music by María Grever. English words by Frederick H. Martens
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SONGS
"Wrap Up Your Troubles in Dreams," words and music by Ted Koehler and Billy Moll, music by Harry Barris
"Dream Lover," words by Clifford Grey, music by Victor Schertzinger
"Júrame," words and music by María Grever. English words by Frederick H. Martens
"Romany Life," words by Harry B. Smith, music by by Victor Herbert
"The Road Song," words and music by Inez James and Buddy Pepper
"Wishing," words and music by Inez James, Buddy Pepper and Milton Schwarzwald
"Git It, I'd Like to See You Wit' It," words by Robert Russell, music by Milton Ebbens.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Man of the Family
Release Date:
17 September 1943
Production Date:
1 July--early August 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
24 September 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12285
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81 or 82.5-83
Length(in feet):
7,424
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9594
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tom and Beth Warren are worried about the poor grades that their teenage son Don is getting at Burlington Junior College. When questioned by his father, Don states that he is only interested in becoming a flyer, as Tom was in World War I. As he is being chastised for his laziness by his two sisters, Jane and Patricia, Don sneaks out of the house and discovers a new family moving in across the street. The new neighbors include an attractive young girl named Connie Allen. Don takes Connie to Higgins' soda fountain, where she is an immediate hit with all the young men, if not with the jealous young ladies. Don soon falls in love with Connie, but Pat is not as lucky, as her longtime boyfriend, Ed Thompson, is spending all his time working at the Federated Aircraft factory. The Warrens' lives are further disrupted when Tom re-enlists in the U.S. Navy. Jane, however, misunderstands her parents' conversation and tells all that Don has been accepted into flyer training. Don's joy is short-lived, as he soon learns the truth, along with the fact that his childhood friend, Bud Haley, has just been killed in an air battle. After his father leaves, Don becomes "the man of the family," and begins to take his studies more seriously. His commitment to the books is so complete that he is even called into the principal's office to discuss his vastly improved grades and misses numerous rehearsals at Connie's house for the college variety show. Later, Ed and Pat have a fight and break up, so Don goes to the aircraft factory ... +


Tom and Beth Warren are worried about the poor grades that their teenage son Don is getting at Burlington Junior College. When questioned by his father, Don states that he is only interested in becoming a flyer, as Tom was in World War I. As he is being chastised for his laziness by his two sisters, Jane and Patricia, Don sneaks out of the house and discovers a new family moving in across the street. The new neighbors include an attractive young girl named Connie Allen. Don takes Connie to Higgins' soda fountain, where she is an immediate hit with all the young men, if not with the jealous young ladies. Don soon falls in love with Connie, but Pat is not as lucky, as her longtime boyfriend, Ed Thompson, is spending all his time working at the Federated Aircraft factory. The Warrens' lives are further disrupted when Tom re-enlists in the U.S. Navy. Jane, however, misunderstands her parents' conversation and tells all that Don has been accepted into flyer training. Don's joy is short-lived, as he soon learns the truth, along with the fact that his childhood friend, Bud Haley, has just been killed in an air battle. After his father leaves, Don becomes "the man of the family," and begins to take his studies more seriously. His commitment to the books is so complete that he is even called into the principal's office to discuss his vastly improved grades and misses numerous rehearsals at Connie's house for the college variety show. Later, Ed and Pat have a fight and break up, so Don goes to the aircraft factory to talk to the engineer. He is stopped at the gate by a security guard, but is later let in by Mr. Fairchild, the plant superintendent and Connie's uncle. Learning that the factory has a man-power shortage, Don suggests the he and his college friends come to work at the factory on a part-time basis. At first, his friends are unwilling to sacrifice their leisure time, but with Don's encouragement, they all agree to go to work to help the war effort. With the extra workers, the factory's production increases drastically, so Fairchild agrees to let the students put on their canceled variety show at the plant. As an extra attraction, Connie uses her uncle's money to hire Count Basie and His Orchestra. The show is a great success, and the plant itself is decorated by the U.S. Army and Navy for its contribution to the war effort. Don himself receives a special citation from the Bureau of Aeronautics, which is presented to him by his father. The young man, however, insists on sharing the credit with Connie. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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