Directed by Mark Sandrich. US. 1935. NR. 1 hour 41 minutes. Warner Bros. 35mm.
Sun., May 6, 2018
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ most successful film partnership (and the second biggest hit of 1935) Top Hat not only spotlights the on-screen chemistry and fancy footwork of its leads, it’s also a showcase for the amazing talents of ace songwriter Irving Berlin. After arriving in London to star in a new musical production, American dancer Jerry (Astaire) awakens his hotel neighbor, Dale (Rogers), while rehearsing a tap dance routine. Instantly falling in love with Dale, Jerry proceeds to follow her all over town in an effort to win her love. This marvelous musical comedy features such standout numbers as “Cheek to Cheek” and “Top Hat ,White Tie and Tails.”