Ups and Downs (1937 film)

Ups and Downs (1937) is a short film directed by Roy Mack and starring Broadway dancer Hal Le Roy. It was released by Warner Bros. as part of its Broadway Brevities series of two-reel musical shorts, released in 1937 and 1938.[1]

Ups and Downs
Directed byRoy Mack
Produced byVitaphone Corporation
Written byJack Henley
Cyrus Wood
StarringHal Le Roy
June Allyson
Music bySammy Cahn
Saul Chaplin
Cliff Hess
CinematographyRay Foster
Edited byBert Frank
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
Running time
21 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was made in New York City, and was Bronx native June Allyson's first film for a major studio.[2]


An elevator operator Harry Smith (Hal Le Roy), who works in a luxury hotel, courts the hotel president's daughter June Dailey (June Allyson). She is engaged to another, but when her fiance leaves on a business trip, Harry asks her to join him for dinner.

During dinner, Harry is introduced to her father, who misinterprets Harry's remarks about elevators as being a tip to invest in the Ups and Downs Elevator Company. June's fiance returns and breaks off the engagement, thinking that his prospective father-in-law has lost everything on a worthless stock. However, the investment turns out to be wildly profitable, Harry and June are engaged, and the film ends with them tap-dancing away in a production number dominated by a giant stock ticker machine.


  • Hal Le Roy as Harry Smith
  • June Allyson as June Daily
  • Phil Silvers as Charlie
  • Fred Hillebrand
  • Alexander Campbell
  • Reed Brown, Jr.
  • Toni Lane as herself (singer)
  • The Deauville Boys as themselves (singers)

Home media

Ups and Downs appears as a special feature on the 2005 DVD of the film Stage Door.[3]


  1. Frank, Rusty E. 1994. Tap!: the greatest tap dance stars and their stories 1900–1955 . New York, New York: De Capo Press, Inc., p. 307. ISBN 0-306-80635-5
  2. Koszarski, Richard. 2008. Hollywood on the Hudson: Film and Television in New York from Griffith to Sarnoff. Piscataway, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, p. 542. ISBN 978-0-8135-4293-5
  3. Dab Callahan and Ed Gonzalez (February 21, 2005). "DVD Review: Stage Door". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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