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Top Hat (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 September 1935 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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The World by the Tail  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$609,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,782,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,420,000
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early drafts of the script called for several additional Irving Berlin songs to be included, but they ultimately never made it into the film. These songs include "Wild About You," "Get Thee Behind Me, Satan," and "You're The Cause." See more »

Goofs

When Horace and Bates are speaking to the hotel manager, the hook of the coat hanger that Bates is holding changes orientation between shots. See more »

Quotes

[talking about the horse]
Dale Treemont: Who was his dam?
Jerry Travers: What?
Dale Treemont: I said, who was his dam?
Jerry Travers: I don't know miss, he didn't give a...
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Referenced in Billy Bathgate (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't This a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)?
(1935) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Song performed by Fred Astaire
Dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Sung a cappello a bit by Ginger Rogers
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Sublime Soufflé
1 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Top Hat is a terrific musical about mistaken identity that pushes the "joke" to the limit but never takes it self very seriously. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are perfect as actors, dancers, and pals in this engaging comedy with several great dance numbers. Astaire does a great solo (with male chorus line) to Top Hat and teams with Rogers in The Piccolino, Isn't It a Lovely Day, and Cheek to Cheek. All excellent. During The Piccolino number they seem to be having so much fun it's contagious and it seems like the entire number is done in ONE TAKE! Co-starring are 4 great actors who all turn in splendid performances. Helen Broderick is Madge, the frustrated and wise-cracking wife. Edward Everett Horton is Horace, the henpecked but conniving husband. Eric Blore is the valet, and Erik Rhodes is Beddini. Each gets his/her turn in the spotlight. Broderick was the perfect "older" woman as sidekick, Horton and Blore are a great comedy team of scene stealers, and Rhodes has a ball fracturing English. Lucille Ball has a bit part as the florist's assistant. Central of course are Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The Cheek to Cheek number is a classic and is fun to watch the feathers fly off Ginger's dress. My favorite is The Piccolino, especially when it breaks into a swing number and the dancers can really cut loose. Great fun. One drawback is the UGLY set decorations that are in the same style no matter where they are. It's all that white-on-white stuff with hideous Greek decals and floral sprays everywhere. Even the scenes in Venice are all white right down to the gondolas. And just why are people swimming in the canals?


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