Top Hat

Top Hat

Mark Sandrich (1935)

93min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is the quintessential Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie; Swing Time may be more sophisticated, but there's no question that this fabulous production was more popular - an instant classic, and rightly so. The mistaken identity plot actually works and the casting is simply flawless. Astaire consolidates his image once and for all with the title number Top Hat, White Tie and Tails and the Irving Berlin score is a constant delight. Also terrific are Cheek to Cheek, Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)? and the fabulous Piccolino finale. Good-natured, warm-hearted and very witty (especially the hansom-cab scene), this is a movie to treasure for its sumptuous Art Deco design and the pairing of its principal players.

Summary

A woman on holiday in London meets a famous dancer staying in the same hotel when his enthusiastic rehearsing wakes her up. Attraction instantly develops between them, but she mistakenly believes he is a producer married to her friend. Musical, starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick and Edward Everett Horton, with a score by Irving Berlin, including songs Cheek to Cheek and White Tie and Tails.

Cast & Crew

Jerry Travers Fred Astaire
Dale Tremont Ginger Rogers
Madge Hardwick Helen Broderick
Horace Hardwick Edward Everett Horton
Alberto Beddini Erik Rhodes
Bates Eric Blore
Curate Donald Meek
Curate's wife Florence Roberts
Director Mark Sandrich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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