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Top Hat (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  6 September 1935 (USA)
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An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.



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Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace. Written by Anonymous

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They're Dancing Cheek-To-Cheek Again! (re-release) See more »


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Release Date:

6 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The World by the Tail  »

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$609,000 (estimated)


$3,000,000 (USA)

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| (re-release) (re-edited)

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Earned $3 million at the box office (a huge amount at the time), the only other film in 1935 to outgross it being Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). See more »


When Jerry goes to sprinkle sand on the floor, it is obvious from the lack of carpet pattern that there is already lots of sand on the floor. See more »


Dale Tremont: Madge, have you any objections if I scare your husband so that he'll never look at another woman?
Madge Hardwick: Dale, no husband is ever too scared to look.
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Referenced in The Muppet Show: Danny Kaye (1978) See more »


Cheek to Cheek
(1935) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
In the score during the opening credits
Song performed by Fred Astaire
Dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Fine Entertainment, With Everything But A Plot
23 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This classic is fine entertainment with plenty of everything - humor, singing & dancing, good writing, and lavish sets and costumes. The only thing missing is a plot, but too much story might have taken attention away from everything else that makes "Top Hat" enjoyable to watch.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are talented and charming as a somewhat star-crossed couple. The whole story line is that Ginger thinks Fred is someone else (who is married instead of single) and thus misinterprets and rejects his advances. Their many abilities and a fine script make this paper-thin plot seem not only acceptable but amusing. Edward Everett Horton is both funny and indispensable as Fred's friend (and the man whom Ginger thinks Fred is), and the rest of the supporting players are also quite good.

This is the kind of carefully produced classic that offers many reasons for watching - see it if you have the chance, whether or not you usually like musicals.

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