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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 »
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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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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
 
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
 
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 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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Trivia:
After Fred Astaire met Irving Berlin while filming Top Hat (1935) they became lifelong friends.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:
Bates:We are Bates.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Isn't This a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)?See more »

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45 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
It's like dancing on air..., 7 June 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

TOP HAT is the quintessential Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film--it might be the first of their nine pairings together that I've seen, but already I can tell just what it is that makes 'Fred & Ginger' almost a brand-name everywhere. Neither Fred Astaire nor Ginger Rogers wanted to get too stereotyped as being the other's partner (Rogers especially took roles specifically to get away from being typecast as one half of a dancing team), but watching them dance, you really couldn't imagine their names coming apart in conversation. It will always have to be 'Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers', because their dancing takes your breath away. The fact that it is incredibly technically complicated is itself astounding... what makes it all the better is that they make it look so darn easy and natural.

Astaire plays Jerry Travers, a professional dancer who meets and falls in love with Dale Tremont (Rogers). He tries very hard to woo her, by filling her room with flowers and singing her through a storm (the beautiful "Isn't This A Lovely Day"). Dale, unfortunately, mistakes him for her friend Madge's husband, Horace Hardwick (played with acerbic relish by Edward Everett Horton). The comedy of errors continues for most of the film, since Dale continually mistakes Jerry for Horace (regaling Madge with 'Horace's' attempts at romancing her), and her costume designer Alberto Beddini is therefore convinced that Horace is the one he must 'kill'--so as to avenge Ms. Tremont.

The plotline itself is slightly fantastical, littered with just enough eccentric characters to have you falling off your seat laughing at some of the things they do and say. Erik Rhodes as Beddini, for example, has some of the best lines in the film--"I'm a-rich and a-pretty..." He practically steals the show, which is hard given the presence of veteran scene-stealers like Horton and Helen Broderick as Madge Hardwick. Although the comedy of errors arising from the mistaken identity wears a bit thin after a while, it *does* provide some absolutely top-notch comic moments. Take the scene when Madge urges Dale to dance with Jerry--the look of utter *un*comprehension on Dale's face when Madge keeps urging them to dance closer is most certainly one for the DVD pause button. ;)

Aside from the dancing (which is sublime, and undescribable--'Fred & Ginger' is something you have to see in action for yourself to believe), the score is brilliant. Irving Berlin has penned some of the most beautiful songs ever, and here we have just a small but certainly representative sampling of them, with "Isn't This A Lovely Day", "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails", and, of course, "Cheek To Cheek"... a classic by any standard.

What Fred & Ginger lack in palpable, explosive chemistry (along the lines of that shared by Tracy and Hepburn, or Bogart and Bacall), however, they more than make up for in their perfect synchronicity with each other--they're perfectly in tune through every dance sequence, and that's a delight, and amazing, to see.

Overall the film is a bit uneven, coasting along on the charm of its dancing leads. But it's most certainly one that's worth watching, quite simply so you can finally say that you've seen a Fred/Ginger movie, and now know what all that fuss was about. Because, goodness, there really is nothing quite so magical as when Astaire takes Rogers in his arms and spins her around a dance floor, defying gravity and all laws of motion.

Physics means nothing when it comes to these two...

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