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Top Hat (1935)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Top Hat (1935)

In director Mark Sandrich's Depression-Era musical/dance classic (with an Irving Berlin score) - a tale of mistaken identity:

  • the early scene of Jerry Travers' (Fred Astaire) disturbing hotel room tap-dance "No Strings" - in which he slapped the walls - that upset sleeping Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in a room below
  • his ability to put both Dale and Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton) back to sleep
  • the delightfully dreamy song-dance: "Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?" in a sheltering band shell during a rain shower
  • the backdrop of an art-deco Venice with fabulous sets
  • Jerry's firing of his cane as a gun to creatively shoot down his chorus during "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" (Astaire's signature number)
  • the most memorable Astaire-Rogers duet ever -- Gershwin's "Cheek to Cheek" (with the famous opening lyric "Heaven, I'm in Heaven...") with Rogers dancing in a gown made of shedding ostrich feathers


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