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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  »

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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Significant changes were made to the original script to beef up Fred Astaire's character. Astaire complained that his part was juvenile, cocky, and arrogant, without charm or sympathy or humor. He observed that once he went to the Lido, he "dissolved into practically nothing." Scenes were added to further feature Astaire and his character was given greater depth, but the actor still found his character rather unlikable and frequently remarked that the film had no real story or plot. See more »


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 »


Bates: [to Jerry] Allow us to introduce ourselves, sir. We are Bates.
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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
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Fred and Ginger at their very best
8 June 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Top Hat" has everything to make a perfect musical - great leading stars in Astaire and Rogers, good character support from Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, and Eric Blore, fabulous numbers ("Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", "Isn't it a Lovely Day", "The Picolina", and "Cheek to Cheek"), an hilarious plot of mistaken identity, and breathtaking designs which transport you into a Hollywood fantasy of Venice. This was the stars' greatest teaming and the film packs a great deal of energy, fun, and sex all these years later. A true musical classic and one of RKO's finest.

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