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Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 September 1935 (USA)
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 »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$609,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,884,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,980,360
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lucille Ball makes an uncredited appearance as the Flower Shop Clerk. See more »

Goofs

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

Dale Tremont: Madge, have you any objections if I scare your husband so that he'll never look at another woman?
Madge Hardwick: Dale, no husband is ever too scared to look.
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Connections

Referenced in Poirot: The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Piccolino
(1935) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
In the score during the opening credits
Song performed by Ginger Rogers and Chorus
Dance performed by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Chorus
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Fine Entertainment, With Everything But A Plot
23 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This classic is fine entertainment with plenty of everything - humor, singing & dancing, good writing, and lavish sets and costumes. The only thing missing is a plot, but too much story might have taken attention away from everything else that makes "Top Hat" enjoyable to watch.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are talented and charming as a somewhat star-crossed couple. The whole story line is that Ginger thinks Fred is someone else (who is married instead of single) and thus misinterprets and rejects his advances. Their many abilities and a fine script make this paper-thin plot seem not only acceptable but amusing. Edward Everett Horton is both funny and indispensable as Fred's friend (and the man whom Ginger thinks Fred is), and the rest of the supporting players are also quite good.

This is the kind of carefully produced classic that offers many reasons for watching - see it if you have the chance, whether or not you usually like musicals.


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