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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.

  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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Cast verified as complete

Jerry Travers
Dale Tremont
Horace Hardwick
Alberto Beddini
Madge Hardwick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ...
London Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Flower Clerk (uncredited)
Tito Blasco ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Club Member (uncredited)
Tom Brandon ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Roy Brent ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Venice Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Tom Costello ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lorinne Crawford ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Guest Leaving Elevator (uncredited)
Jack Ellison ...
Dancer (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Geiger ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Hobbes ...
Theatre Callboy (uncredited)
Ben Holmes ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
John Impolito ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lora Lane ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Lido Waiter (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Flower Salesman (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
London Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Elevator Passenger / Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Thackeray Club Waiter (uncredited)
Rita Rozelle ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Genaro Spagnoli ...
Fisherman (uncredited)
Dancer (uncredited)
Dancer (uncredited)
Italian Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

Mark Sandrich

Written by

Dwight Taylor ... (screen play) and
Allan Scott ... (screen play)
Dwight Taylor ... (story)
Aladar Laszlo ... (play) (uncredited)
Sándor Faragó ... (play) (uncredited)
Ben Holmes ... (contributor to treatment) (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)
W. 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)

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)

Script and Continuity Department

Trudy Wellman ... script clerk (uncredited)

Additional 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)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A gay, glad, glorious romance...with scenes of lavish splendor...and lovely girls enough to send you home a nervous wreck! (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Rochester, Penna.)) 2 October 1935) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • The World by the Tail (United States)
  • Le Danseur du dessus (France)
  • Ich tanz mich in dein Herz hinein (Germany)
  • Sombrero de copa (Spain)
  • Barret de copa (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget $609,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,980,360

Did You Know?

Trivia The finale of "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" production number with Fred Astaire miming his cane as a weapon "attacking" his supporting dancers, 13 canes were prepared for it. During shooting, Astaire, ever the unforgiving perfectionist, was continually breaking his canes in frustration at his mistakes, which concerned the crew that he was running out of them. As it turns out, the shooting of the scene was finished with the very last cane. See more »
Goofs The opening scenes shows Fred already seated in the lounge of the club. No gentlemen's club, at least a London club, to this day allows guests to be seated in the lounge before their sponsor arrives and vouches for them. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Fabulous Musicals (1963). See more »
Soundtracks Alexander's Ragtime Band See more »
Quotes Jerry Travers: In dealing with a girl or horse, one just lets nature take its course.
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