Top Hat

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Top Hat is a 1935 American screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). He meets and attempts to impress... read more
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Top Hat is a 1935 American screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). He meets and attempts to impress Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) to win her affection. The film also features Eric Blore as Hardwick's valet Bates, Erik Rhodes as Alberto Beddini, a fashion designer and rival for Dale's affections, and Helen Broderick as Hardwick's long-suffering wife Madge. The film was written by Allan Scott and Dwight Taylor. It was directed by Mark Sandrich. The songs were written by Irving Berlin. "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" and "Cheek to Cheek" have become American song classics. It has been nostalgically referred to — particularly its "Cheek to Cheek" segment — in many films, including The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and The Green Mile (1999). Top Hat was the most successful picture of Astaire and Rogers' partnership (and Astaire's second most successful picture after Easter Parade), achieving second place in worldwide box-office receipts for 1935. While some dance critics maintain that Swing Time contained a finer set of dances, Top Hat remains, to this day, the partnership's best-known work.

Original Release

09/06/1935

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
Lucille Ball Flower Clerk
Gino Corrado Venice Hotel Manager
Dennis O'Keefe Dancer
Tom Ricketts Thackeray Club Waiter
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mark Sandrich

Writers

Allan Scott, Dwight Taylor, Sándor Faragó, Ben Holmes, Aladar Laszlo, Károly Nóti, Ralph Spence

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
Lucille Ball Flower Clerk
Gino Corrado Venice Hotel Manager
Dennis O'Keefe Dancer
Tom Ricketts Thackeray Club Waiter
Robert Adair London Hotel Clerk
Tito Blasco Minor Role
Tom Brandon Minor Role
Roy Brent Minor Role
Tom Costello Minor Role
Jay Eaton Guest Leaving Elevator
Jack Ellison Dancer
Jack Geiger Dancer
Charlie Hall Minor Role
Peter Hobbes Theatre Callboy

Producers

Editors

William Hamilton

1936 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1936 Oscar Best Art Direction Nominated
1936 Oscar Best Dance Direction Nominated
1936 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Nominated
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