Top Hat

related topics
{film, series, show}
{@card@, make, design}
{album, band, music}
{day, year, event}
{son, year, death}
{specie, animal, plant}
{build, building, house}
{church, century, christian}
{line, north, south}

August 29, 1935 (NY)[2]

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]

Contents

Full article ▸

related documents
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
Leaving Las Vegas
Hee Haw
Jennifer Saunders
Alan Rickman
The Mickey Mouse Club
Duck Amuck
Frontline (Australian TV series)
Lars von Trier
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
Burns and Allen
Mack Sennett
Leonard Nimoy
Jack Webb
British comedy
Sideshow Bob
David O. Selznick
Sergei Bodrov, Jr.
Paul McGann
Irvine Welsh
Don Rickles
The Castle of Cagliostro
Matlock (TV series)
Roseanne Barr
Gary Coleman
Action film
Tony Robinson
Harpo Marx
The Tigger Movie
Sam Raimi