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Top Hat -- Debonaire hoofer Fred Astaire ("Easter Parade") and the graceful Ginger Rogers ("Stage Door") star in this Oscar-nominated musical comedy about a woman who mistakenly thinks her best friend's husband is in love with her.

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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 »
NewsDesk:
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Sublime Soufflé See more (98 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)
Lorinne Crawford ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Guest Leaving Elevator (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
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
 
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
Steve Rez .... paint boss (uncredited)
 
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
Willard Barth .... first assistant camera
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator
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 stager
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
For the "Cheek to Cheek" number, Ginger Rogers wanted to wear an elaborate blue dress heavily decked out with ostrich feathers. When director Mark Sandrich and Fred Astaire saw the dress, they knew it would be impractical for the dance. Sandrich suggested that Rogers wear the white gown she had worn performing "Night and Day" in The Gay Divorcee (1934). Rogers walked off the set, finally returning when Sandrich agreed to let her wear the offending blue dress. As there was no time for rehearsals, Ginger Rogers wore the blue feathered dress for the first time during filming, and as Astaire and Sandrich had feared, feathers started coming off the dress. Astaire later claimed it was like "a chicken being attacked by a coyote". In the final film, some stray feathers can be seen drifting off it. To patch up the rift between them, Astaire presented Rogers with a locket of a gold feather. This was the origin of Rogers' nickname "Feathers". The shedding feathers episode was recreated to hilarious results in a scene from Easter Parade (1948) in which Fred Astaire danced with a clumsy, comical dancer played by Judy Garland.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Alberto Beddini:I promised my dresses that I would take them to Venice and that you would be in them!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Alexander's Ragtime BandSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Sublime Soufflé, 1 January 2006
Author: drednm from United States

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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