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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 »
User Reviews:
The real star of the movie See more (97 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)
Lorraine Crawford ... Dancer (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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 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 »
Quotes:
Alberto Beddini:As Mrs. Adam, what would you wear?
Dale Tremont:Fig leaves!
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Soundtrack:
The PiccolinoSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The real star of the movie, 17 April 2001
Author: (tork0030@tc.umn.edu) from Minneapolis Minnesota

When whipping up the froth of a musical comedy most creators and commentators forget that fateful second word . . . COMEDY. Not to take away from Astaire & Rogers' beautiful balletic grace, but no one ever gave more comedy more modestly yet more professionally than Edward Everett Horton. His triple-barreled name alone suggests haughty dignity and sniffing puritanism, and his role in this film, as in so many others, gives him ample scope to screw up his mouth in petty disdain, look aghast at social blunders, and sputter in disbelief over the foibles of others while generously ignoring his own idiocies. Horton is a reactor, one which boosts a fairly pedestrian plot to the Moon & beyond. Like Margret DuMont with the Marx Brothers, there is something about the pernickity Horton that begs us to tilt his top hat and fling a banana peel his way just for the delightful reaction we are sure of getting. Perplexed or chagrined, the hatchet-faced Horton is a monument to the lost art of supporting clown -- those dumb bunnies and prissy busybodies that used to inhabit movies and give them life & breath even when the big-shot stars were off the screen. Horton had impeccable timing in delivering a line or flashing a double-take -- you feel he could just as easily count the nano-seconds between the neutron pulses of an atom. If he seems to intrude too much into the musical numbers of this movie it's simply because the director/editor must have been overly fond of his coy mugging. I recommend that music lovers rewatch this film and concentrate on Edward Everett Horton. Your attention will be well-rewarded with deep chuckles and an abiding affection for this New England zany.

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