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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Release Date:

6 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The World by the Tail  »

Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


In this film and throughout his career, Fred Astaire insisted on keeping the camera at eye level with few changes in angles to focus attention on the dance rather than on camera technique. The dances were rarely broken up into segments that could be filmed in small bits at a time; as a result, multiple takes became arduous affairs that often lasted well into the night. 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 »


Alberto Beddini: Never again will I allow WOMEN to wear my dresses!
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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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The real star of the movie
17 April 2001 | by (Minneapolis Minnesota) – See all my reviews

When whipping up the froth of a musical comedy most creators and commentators forget that fateful second word . . . COMEDY. Not to take away from Astaire & Rogers' beautiful balletic grace, but no one ever gave more comedy more modestly yet more professionally than Edward Everett Horton. His triple-barreled name alone suggests haughty dignity and sniffing puritanism, and his role in this film, as in so many others, gives him ample scope to screw up his mouth in petty disdain, look aghast at social blunders, and sputter in disbelief over the foibles of others while generously ignoring his own idiocies. Horton is a reactor, one which boosts a fairly pedestrian plot to the Moon & beyond. Like Margret DuMont with the Marx Brothers, there is something about the pernickity Horton that begs us to tilt his top hat and fling a banana peel his way just for the delightful reaction we are sure of getting. Perplexed or chagrined, the hatchet-faced Horton is a monument to the lost art of supporting clown -- those dumb bunnies and prissy busybodies that used to inhabit movies and give them life & breath even when the big-shot stars were off the screen. Horton had impeccable timing in delivering a line or flashing a double-take -- you feel he could just as easily count the nano-seconds between the neutron pulses of an atom. If he seems to intrude too much into the musical numbers of this movie it's simply because the director/editor must have been overly fond of his coy mugging. I recommend that music lovers rewatch this film and concentrate on Edward Everett Horton. Your attention will be well-rewarded with deep chuckles and an abiding affection for this New England zany.

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