Top Hat

Musical | English| 101 minutes


Jerry Travers, an American dancer, comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. While Jerry is practicing his tap routine in his room, the noise awakens Dale Tremont occupying the room below. She storms upstairs and complains. For Jerry, seeing Dale, it’s love at first sight. Jerry pursues Dale to Venice where she is visiting her friend Madge and modeling gowns created by Alberto Beddini.  Jerry proposes marriage. But Dale, thinking Jerry is Madge’s husband, is appalled by the proposal. This is an Astaire/Rogers musical so it’s certain the confusion will get sorted as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance away into the Venetian sunset.

Fred Astaire (Jerry Travers) / Ginger Rogers (Dale Tremont) / Edward Everett Horton (Horace Hardwick) / Helen Broderick (Madge Hardwick) / Erik Rhodes (Alberto Beddini)
Why Stream This Film?
VARIETY put it simply and clearly: “This is a film one can’t miss.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 93
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Dance Direction (Hermes Pan); Best Original Song (Irving Berlin, “Cheek to Cheek”
  • Top Hat received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
  • Top Hat was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
At a point when many dancers would be gasping for breath, Astaire and Rogers are smiling easily, heedlessly. To watch them is to see hard work elevated to effortless joy.
Roger Ebert

TOP HAT – a stylishly madcap dance film with Astaire and Rogers dancing cheek to cheek.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

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