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Top Hat (30-Aug-1935)

Director: Mark Sandrich

Writers: Dwight Taylor; Allan Scott

From a play by: Alexander Faragó; Aladar Laszlo

Lyrics and Music by: Irving Berlin

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Keywords: Musical Comedy

Jerry Travers interrupts Dale Tremont's slumber with his exuberant tap dancing in the hotel room directly above hers. They flirt, but the next day Dale mistakes Jerry for producer Horace Hardwick, who is very married; confusion ensues. Of the ten pairings of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Top Hat is at or near the top. Received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Direction, and Best Original Song, "Cheek to Cheek." Entered 1990 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fred Astaire
10-May-1899 22-Jun-1987 Broadway ballroom dancer
Eric Blore
23-Dec-1887 2-Mar-1959 Sullivan's Travels
Helen Broderick
11-Aug-1891 25-Sep-1959 Top Hat
Edward Everett Horton
18-Mar-1886 29-Sep-1970 Prolific 1930s comedic actor
Erik Rhodes
10-Feb-1906 17-Feb-1990 Top Hat
Ginger Rogers
16-Jul-1911 25-Apr-1995 The Gay Divorcee


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


Review by Ninna (posted on 20-Apr-2009)

As usual Mr Astaire danced his feet off, & Miss Rogers was beautiful as ever. In this movie Mr Astaire became attracted to Miss Rogers but she mistook him for her friend Miss Helen Broderick's husband. It is a treat to watch! Mr Astaire's danced to the great Irving Berlin's music. This movie also includes Mr Edeward Everett Horton & Mr Eric Blore, who were always very talented. Miss Roger's wardrobe is fantastic.

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