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Top Man
Released: September 17, 1943
74 Minutes

Directed by
Charles Lamont

Screen Play by
Zachary Gold

Original Story by
Ken Goldsmith

Don Warren .... Donald O'Connor
Connie .... Susanna Foster
Beth Warren .... Lillian Gish
Tom Warren .... Richard Dix
Pat Warren .... Ann Gwynne
Jane Warren .... Peggy Ryan
Ed Thompson .... Noah Beery, Jr.
Fairchild .... Samuel S. Hinds
Cleo .... Louise Beavers
Tommy .... Dickie Love
Erna .... Marcia Mae Jones
Archie .... David Holt

Count Basie and His Orchestra
Borrah Minevitch Rscals
Bobby Brooks Quartette

Director of Photography
Hal Mohr, A.S.C.

Gowns by
Vera West

Musical Director
Charles Previn

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Beth and Tom Warren (Lillian Gish, Richard Dix) are parents of three lively teen age youngsters: Don (Donald O'Connor) Jane (Peggy Ryan) and Pat (Anne Gwynne) and when Tom, a flier in 1918, goes back into Navy uniform, Don, 17, becomes "man of the family."

The situation changes Don's happy-go-lucky ways and interupts Don's indecisive courting of both Connie Allen (Susanna Foster) and Erna (Marcia Mae Jones).

In smoothing a quarrel between his sister Pat and her fiance (Noah Beery, Jr.) Don gets involved in a plan to boost production of the fiance's aircraft plant by enlisting spare time help of Don's junior college cronies.

The plan works so well that the plant wins the Army-Navy "E" award, and the kids stage a musical show in celebration.

Climaxing the pennant award exercises, Don is called upon to make a speech. He is taken by surprise at the unexpected turn in events but experiences genuine pride-tinged with embarrassment - when Lieut. Commander Tom Warren, his father, steps out to present him with an honorary Navy pin for his services in initiating the idea.

Don gallantly includes Connie in the honor and she, in turn, rewards him properly.

(from the TOP MAN Pressbook)

Over 20 years ago at the old Morosco theatre in Los Angeles, Richard Dix was the popular leading man with the Oliver Morosco stock company.

The famous Gish sisters, Lillian and Dorothy, appeared regularly every Sunday matinee, occupying the same second row aisle seats at each performance. "We were flattered at their interest," Dix recalls, "and I suspect the entire company played directly to them."

By one of Fate's ironic quirks, Lillian Gish and Richard Dix never met until years later. That happened when they were introduced during the making of Universal's "Top Man."

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