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Director:
Writers:
Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
Allan Scott (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
6 September 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're Dancing Cheek-To-Cheek Again! (re-release) See more »
Plot:
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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"Simply Reeks With Class" See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Jerry Travers

Ginger Rogers ... Dale Tremont

Edward Everett Horton ... Horace Hardwick
Erik Rhodes ... Alberto Beddini
Eric Blore ... Bates
Helen Broderick ... Madge Hardwick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... London Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Lucille Ball ... Flower Clerk (uncredited)
Tito Blasco ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Brandon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roy Brent ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... Dancer (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Venice Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Tom Costello ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Ellison ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Geiger ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Hobbes ... Theatre Callboy (uncredited)
Ben Holmes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Impolito ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lora Lane ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Lido Waiter (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Flower Salesman (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... London Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Elevator Passenger / Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Thackeray Club Waiter (uncredited)
Rita Rozelle ... Dancer (uncredited)
Genaro Spagnoli ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Dancer (uncredited)
Anya Taranda ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
 
Writing credits
Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
Allan Scott (screen play)

Dwight Taylor (story)

Sándor Faragó  play (uncredited)
Ben Holmes  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Aladar Laszlo  play (uncredited)
Károly Nóti  adaptation (uncredited)
Ralph Spence  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Newman (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... unit manager (uncredited)
C.J. White .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Green .... assistant director (uncredited)
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
C.C. Thompson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Thomas Little .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
George Marsh .... sound cutter
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
Eddie Harman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Richard Van Hessen .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Wise .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irving Berlin .... lyrics and music by
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Max Steiner .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... music arranger (uncredited)
Arthur Knowlton .... music arranger (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... music arranger (uncredited)
Gene Rose .... music arranger (uncredited)
Eddie Sharpe .... music arranger (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... ensembles staged by
Fred Astaire .... choreographer (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
William Hetzler .... dance director (uncredited)
Roy Horton .... stand-in: Edward Everett Horton (uncredited)
S. Barret McCormick .... press representative (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... research director (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
Helen Weber .... stand-in: Helen Broderick (uncredited)
Trudy Wellman .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min | USA:81 min (re-release) (re-edited version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

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Trivia:
The dress Ginger Rogers wore in the Piccolino number is on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Jerry Travers:Are you afraid of thunder?
Dale Tremont:Oh, no. It's just the noise.
Jerry Travers:You know what thunder is, don't you?
Dale Tremont:Of course. It's something about the air.
Jerry Travers:No, no. When a clumsy cloud from here meets a fluffy little cloud from there, he billows towards her. She scurries away and he scuds right up to her. She cries a little and there you have you showers. He comforts her. They spark. That's the lightning. They kiss. Thunder.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wombling Free (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
Isn't This a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)?See more »

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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
"Simply Reeks With Class", 23 June 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

The stage star, Jerry Travers, disturbs a young woman's sleep by tap-dancing on the floor of a hotel room directly above hers. The young woman is Dale Tremont, a beautiful fashion model. In the course of the movie plot, by way of London, Venice and the usual snags of mistaken identity, the two youngsters flirt, dance and fall in love.

Fred Astaire was a huge Broadway star and social lion long before he ever saw the inside of a film studio. A lucky pairing with Ginger Rogers (a film star in her own right) in "Flying Down To Rio" (1933) led on to a series of smash hits throughout the 1930's. "Top Hat" was the third film the couple made together, and for this one RKO Radio started getting serious, bringing in the legendary Irving Berlin to write the sparkling songs.

This picture was preceded a year earlier by "The Gay Divorcee", and is a repeat prescription of that successful formula - wealthy, elegant characters, frivolous lifestyles, light-hearted love and sumptuous dance numbers. It is not merely the storyline of 'Divorcee' that is repeated here - alongside Fred and Ginger, several of the cast members reappear. Edward Everett Horton was the lawyer Egbert in the earlier film, and here he is Horace the impresario, but is still Fred's bumbling buddy. Eric Blore was the wisecracking waiter, now he is the sarcastic valet: Erik Rhodes plays Italian buffoons in both films - Tonetti in 'Divorcee', Beddini here. Watch out for the girl florist ... it's Lucille Ball, two years into a very long and busy showbiz career.

The film's first number is "Fancy Free", an amiable little ditty which sets the prevailing tone of easy gaiety. Fred leads into it very nicely, his speech becoming more and more rhythmic until he lifts off into song.

"It's A Lovely Day" has a great tune, witty choreography, a thunderstorm and a superb bandstand set. Yet the song everyone associates with this movie is "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails": it doesn't involve Ginger at all, but Fred makes up for that by being in breathtaking form, his performance exuding athleticism, grace, poise and assurance.

Ginger gets her turn to sing with "The Piccolino", a song designed to accord with the plot's Venetian setting. It is the weakest number in the movie, and Ginger sings it without conviction.

In order for the plot knots to unravel, it is necessary for Horace to be kept apart from his wife Madge for 24 hours, even though they haven't met for weeks and they are staying in the same hotel. This is highly artificial, but such flaws are rendered negligible by the sweeping climax of "Cheek To Cheek", the splendid finale in which Fred and Ginger get to dance as lovers.

Verdict - Immortal stylish music and dance.

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