Top Hat

(USA, 1935, 100 minutes)

An American dancer in London falls in love with the girl he unwittingly awoke in the room downstairs while practising, but she mistakes him for her best friend’s husband and stubbornly resists the attraction she feels for him as well. Second and probably the most fondly remembered of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers RKO musicals, following on the formula laid by The Gay Divorcee: a comedy of errors with added song and dance numbers, all of which remarkable, and a strong supporting cast making it a very enjoyable night out. Nominated for four Academy Awards (for best picture, best art direction, best dance direction and best original song for "Cheek to Cheek").

RKO Radio Pictures present a Pandro S. Berman production. Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers; with Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Helen Broderick. Directed by Mark Sandrich; produced by Pandro S. Berman; screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott, from a story by Dwight Taylor; songs by Irving Berlin; musical director, Max Steiner; director of photography (b&w), David Abel; art director, Van Nest Polglase; gowns by Bernard Newman; film editor, William Hamilton; dance director, Hermes Pan.


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