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Top Hat is a 1935 screwball comedy musical 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 referenced — 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.[4] While some dance critics maintain that Swing Time contained a finer set of dances,[4][5] Top Hat remains, to this day, the partnership's best-known work.[6]

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CastGinger Rogers, Fred Astaire
DirectorMark Sandrich
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  1935
MPAA Rating:  G
Studio:  RKO Radio Pictures
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review by . January 28, 2011
Dancing Cheek to Cheek
Read an additional review about the film: I'm in Heaven      Jason and I finally attended one of the Based on the Book Film Series at the Humboldt County Library. I was able to convince him to go because they were showing musicals all month, and he's always been a fan of musicals.       On Tuesday, January 4, at 6:30pm, we went to the library to see Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Everett Horton in a film called Top Hat. We hadn't …
review by . January 06, 2011
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Read an additional review about the film: Dancing Cheek to Cheek      Top Hat was a pleasant surprise for my husband and I because neither of us had ever seen it before. The opening sequence was especially cute because the top hat turned out to be an actual hat on Fred Astaire's head. In fact, the entire beginning was engaging despite the quiet mood in the club room. The comedy plays off the setting a lot, and it was fun to see Astaire do a little tap dance …
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2011
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This was the first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical that I saw. It's one that I will never forget, and I highly recommend it to all viewers, even if you are not a musicals fan. I loved this film so much that I wrote two reviews about it:      Dancing Cheek to Cheek, posted in The Silver Screen Community I'm in Heaven, posted in Movie Hype    I don't usually write multiple reviews for one topic, so you know it's got to be good if I took the …
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