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Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Dwight Taylor (screen play), Allan Scott (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Jerry Travers
Ginger Rogers ... Dale Tremont
Edward Everett Horton ... Horace Hardwick
Erik Rhodes ... Alberto Beddini
Eric Blore ... Bates
Helen Broderick ... Madge Hardwick
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Storyline

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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See them dance the sensational Piccolino! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The vast Venice canal set was constructed and filmed on newly built RKO stages 11,12 &14 on the Gower Street Hollywood lot. These three stages could be interconnected to form a single huge state with nearly 40,000 square feet. The set extended for 300 feet and at its widest was 135 feet. The same stages are now part of Paramount Studios numbered 19, 20 & 21. See more »

Goofs

When Dale and Beddini leave the hotel in London, it is obvious the drivers of the cabs are sitting on the left. The UK drives on the left, so the drivers should have been on the right. See more »

Quotes

Bates: [to Jerry] Allow us to introduce ourselves, sir. We are Bates.
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Connections

Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Alexander's Ragtime Band
(1911) (fragment) (uncredited)
Music by Irving Berlin
In the score during the opening credits
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As light as the feathers on Ginger's dress...
23 May 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If you're a fan of FRED ASTAIRE and GINGER ROGERS and their predictable screwball comedies of the '30s, you'll find this one is easy to take. First of all, the score by Irving Berlin has a variety of catchy tunes although I can't say it's his greatest, and all of the mistaken identity plot is performed with such grace by the famous dancing duo and their marvelous supporting cast that it's all as light as the feathers on Ginger's "Cheek to Cheek" dress.

Speaking of which--for me, the "Cheek to Cheek" number is worth watching just to see how skillful the two dance the number although fully aware that Astaire objected strenuously to Ginger's feathered dress. Nevertheless, it's the dancing highlight of the film, much better than the "Piccolino" number that is used for the finale.

Eric Blore and Erik Rhodes outdo themselves in great comic support. Blore we almost take for granted at this point, but Rhodes with his silly Italian accent is a scene-stealer too. His Bettini, the dressmaker, offers some of the heartiest chuckles.

Astaire is top flight here--graceful, athletic, and young enough to be seen as a dancing Cary Grant--and Ginger matches him every dancing step of the way. She's particularly delightful in the rainy park sequence for "Isn't It A Lovely Day?" And for the "Cheek to Cheek" sequence she has a braided hairdo that gives her an ultra-sophisticated, princess-like look. When she and Astaire dance, they can do no wrong.

He, of course, is more skillful with a song than she is, his voice perfectly able to deliver all the Irving Berlin numbers assigned to him, while she barely gets by with her rendition of the "Piccolino".

Great fun to watch--rainy day or not. And those art deco backgrounds for hotel rooms and Venice are a knockout. The pristine print of the film shown on TCM recently really made them stand out in glowing splendor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The World by the Tail See more »

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Budget:

$609,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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