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?


Fred Astaire supervised every other aspect of the development of a dance number from orchestration through final shooting and editing. He was particularly adamant about how a number should be filmed. He disliked interrupting the flow of the dance with unusual camera angles, cuts to the face or feet of the dancer, or reaction shots of people watching. 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 »


[He is reading a telegram]
Alberto Beddini: 'Come ahead. stop. Stop being a sap. stop. You can even bring Alberto. stop. My husband is stopping at your hotel. stop. when do you start. stop.' I cannot understand who wrote this.
Dale Tremont: Sounds like Gertrude Stein.
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The Piccolino
(1935) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
In the score during the opening credits
Song performed by Ginger Rogers and Chorus
Dance performed by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Chorus
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You can't help but smile watching this movie.
23 December 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I'm only just now beginning to realize how silly the plot and some of the comedy was in this movie. When I watched it, it was perfectly wonderful, and I smiled all the way through. Fred and Ginger, of course, are perfect, whether dancing so memorably to the likes of "Isn't It a Lovely Day" and "Cheek to Cheek" or pitching woo. Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, and Helen Broderick kept it moving with their throughly entertaining comedy relief. Even almost 65 years after its premeire, it's still in tip-top condition, both in the print and in its impact, on first viewing, at least. (I'm afraid to watch it again, for fear the impact will be destroyed.)

I've seen almost all of Fred and Ginger's pictures since viewing this. Some are good, some less so, and all have their moments of excellence. But none of them matched this one in my mind for sheer feel-goodness. The ones that came closest were Swing Time, Shall We Dance, and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle and The Barkleys of Broadway, the last two because they had quite plausible stories, (and in the case of Castle, one based on real life). But still, Top Hat is Fred and Ginger at their best, and hopefully will always stay that way in my mind.

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