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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See them dance the sensational Piccolino! See more »


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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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Technical Specs


| (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The two-minute dance of "The Piccolino" was filmed in one take. See more »


When Jerry is dancing, it appears that the main room in Horace's Suite is directly over the bedroom of the downstairs suite of Dale. Most hotels are built to an identical pattern on each floor. It is more economical that way. So for the dancing to wake Dale, Jerry should be dancing in one of the bedrooms, especially as his dancing appears to dislodge a ceiling tile in Dale's Suite. See more »


Dale Tremont: How could I have ever fallen in love with a man like you!
[Dale slaps Jerry, then storms off]
Jerry Travers: She loves me.
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Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
(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 Men's Chorus
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Flying down to Venice
21 May 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Top Hat" is one of the best films Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together. Jay Sandrich, the director of most of their films knew what to bring to the story to make it perfect. It also helps the genial Irving Berlin was on hand to write some of his most beautiful songs to be sung in Fred Astaire's usual impeccable style. The sets were designed by Van Nest Polglase, who is equally at home showing Manhattan interiors as well as the Venetian fantasy sets.

Much has been said in this forum about the film, so we'll only add that Fred Astaire's Jerry was one of his best creations. Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont, the high fashion model, shows an exquisite figure and is fine in keeping pace with Fred Astaire's dancing "cheek to cheek". The other best thing about "Top Hat" are: Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, and Eric Blore. These three character actors are at their finest in the film. They make everything work because they are always there to lend a hand for the stars to shine without being on the way.

"Top Hat" is a happy film that keeps delighting viewers any time one is lucky enough to fall under its spell.

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