Top HatDirector: Mark Sandrich
One of the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, Top Hat centers on a typical mistaken-identity plot, with wealthy Dale Tremont (Rogers), on holiday in London and Venice, assuming that American entertainer Jerry Travers (Astaire) is the husband of her friend Madge (Helen Broderick) -- who's actually the wife of Jerry's business manager Horace/i>… See more details below
One of the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, Top Hat centers on a typical mistaken-identity plot, with wealthy Dale Tremont (Rogers), on holiday in London and Venice, assuming that American entertainer Jerry Travers (Astaire) is the husband of her friend Madge (Helen Broderick) -- who's actually the wife of Jerry's business manager Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). Complicating matters is Dale's jealous suitor Beddini (Erik Rhodes), whose motto is "For the woman the kiss -- for the man the sword." Beddini is disposed of by some last-minute chicanery on the part of Jerry's faithful valet Bates (Eric Blore), paving the way for the happy ending everyone knew was coming from the opening scene. The Irving Berlin score includes "Cheek to Cheek," "Isn't it a Lovely Day?," and the jaunty title song. The charisma of the stars, the chemistry of the supporting players, the white-telephone art direction of Van Nest Polglaise, the superlative choreography by Astaire and Hermes Pan, and the effervescent direction of Mark Sandrich all combine to make Top Hat a winner. Originally released at 101 minutes, the film was for many years available only in its 93-minute reissue form; it has since been restored archivally to 99 minutes.
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- Turner Home Ent
Cast & Crew
|Fred Astaire||Jerry Travers|
|Ginger Rogers||Dale Tremont|
|Edward Everett Horton||Horace Hardwick|
|Erik Rhodes||Alberto Beddini|
|Helen Broderick||Madge Hardwick|
|Lucille Ball||Flower Clerk|
|Gino Corrado||Hotel Manager|
|Peter Hobbes||Call Boy|
|Frank Mills||Lido Waiter|
|Leonard Mudie||Flower Salesman|
|Edgar Norton||Hotel Manager|
|Dennis O'Keefe||Elevator Passenger|
|Tom Ricketts||Thackeray Club Waiter|
|Pandro S. Berman||Producer|
|Carroll Clark||Art Director|
|Thomas K. Little||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bernard Newman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Van Nest Polglase||Art Director|
|Max Steiner||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Vernon Walker||Cinematographer,Special Effects|
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Who can forget the sublime Cheek to Cheek? Or Top Hat, White Tie and Tails? Not you, after you've seen this! Throw in Edward Everett Horton in all his delightful befuddlement, and you can't love. They don't call this one a classic for nothin'.
LOve the oldies. LOve the musicals.
It's a case of mistaken identity. Through a few comedic situations, the whole affair is sorted out. The invaluable manservant Bates, and Berdini provide many memorable lines. It's marvelous! The dance scenes are delightful, and the costumes are fabulous. Definitely should be put on DVD, along with all Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' movies
Considered by many as the best of the Astaire-Rogers films, ''Top Hat'' is one of my favorites. It contains some of the dancing team's best numbers, such as ''Isn't It a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)'' and ''Cheek to Cheek.'' In the latter, Ginger wears a fabulous ice-blue gown, the shoulders and skirt of which are completely covered with ostrich feathers. These feathers proved to be a problem during rehearsal, as they came flying out with every turn. Seamstresses worked all night on it to ensure the dress would stay intact during filming. The movie itself is very enjoyable. Another case of mistaken identities, but very well done with wonderful performances by Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, and Eric Blore. Also, keep your eyes out for a cameo appearance by Lucille Ball.
Why the heck isn't this on DVD!?!
I saw this a while back, but no one could ever make a better musical like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers!! This is a must see, the best of all the movies they made together ( all ten! )