Top Hat

Commonly called the quintessential Astaire-Rogers musical, Top Hat is a breathless combination of glorious music, marvelous dance routines which seem to float on air, captivating and sometimes silly comedy, and a cast of characters anyone would want to invite to their next soirée. The film's contrivance of a plot centers on dancer Fred falling for model Ginger (if it works once, use it again). But through a case of mistaken identity, she thinks he's married, and to a society friend she's about to meet. Horton is just perfect as Astaire's best friend, the one who Rogers thinks is Fred. The score is one of their best, and includes "Cheek to Cheek," "Isn't This a Lovely Day to Be Caught in the Rain" and the title tune. The dancing is pure magic.

Year: 1935
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Musicals, Cult Films / After Dark, Best of the 1930s, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: USA
Director: Mark Sandrich
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton
Duration: 99 Minutes
Rating: G
Location in store: Alice's 500 Greatest Films



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