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Top Hat (1935) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Mark Sandrich and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

Top Hat was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionVan Nest Polglase, Carroll ClarkNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Irving BerlinNominated
Best PictureRKO RadioNominated
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You're Invited! HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM 1930s + TOP HAT at Egyptian Theatre 3/17

on Mar 4, 2018 From GlamAmor

My HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM screening series at the Egyptian Theatre continues with the 1930s on March 17! This series is 7 parts - one event per decade from the 1920s to the 1980s - and each will be followed by a screening of a film featured in the talk. Some of the incredible style we celebrate... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #3 Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936)

By Carol Martinheira on Jun 4, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #3 Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936) On June 4, 2017June 4, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized Musicals of the 1930s are pretty much screwball comedies with songs. And they?re absolutely fabulous. Especially Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ones. Ten adorable l... Read full article


Top Hat (1935) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Perhaps Astaire and Rogers most famous film together, Top Hat has them at top form once more,?seemingly defying gravity at the full peak of the powers. The beauty of their partnership is that they’re able to tell the progression of a love story through dance, but they do it with such ease and ... Read full article


Review: Top Hat (1935)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Perhaps Astaire and Rogers most famous film together, Top Hat has them at top form once more,?seemingly defying gravity at the full peak of the powers. The beauty of their partnership is that they’re able to tell the progression of a love story through dance, but they do it with such ease and ... Read full article


Review: Top Hat (1935)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Perhaps Astaire and Rogers most famous film together, Top Hat has them in top form once more,?seemingly defying gravity at the full peak of their powers. The beauty of their partnership is that they’re able to tell the progression of a love story through dance, but they do it with such ease an... Read full article


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Jerry Travers: [realising why Dale has been behaving so peculiarly] She's been mistaking me for you this whole time.
Madge Hardwick: Well, no wonder she said he was interesting.
Horace Hardwick: Yes, no wonder... I resent that!


Horace Hardwick: You mean to sit there and tell me that that girl slapped your face in front of all those people for nothing?
Jerry Travers: Well, what would you have done? Sold tickets?


Jerry Travers: Tell me something -- do you still have that awful weakness for diamond bracelets?


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Mark Sandrich, who directed five of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, was a physicist before he got into filmmaking, and would devise blueprints for every scene, so he would know exactly where to put the cameras and the actors.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance together five times in this film. They would dance that many times together in only this film.
For the "Cheek to Cheek" number, Ginger Rogers wanted to wear an elaborate blue dress heavily decked out with ostrich feathers. When director Mark Sandrich and Fred Astaire saw the dress, they knew it would be impractical for the dance. Sandrich suggested that Rogers wear the white gown she had worn performing "Night and Day" in The Gay Divorcee. Rogers walked off the set, finally returning when Sandrich agreed to let her wear the offending blue dress. As there was no time for rehearsals, Ginger Rogers wore the blue feathered dress for the first time during filming, and as Astaire and Sandrich had feared, feathers started coming off the dress. Astaire later claimed it was like "a chicken being attacked by a coyote". In the final film, some stray feathers can be seen drifting off it. To patch up the rift between them, Astaire presented Rogers with a locket of a gold feather. This was the origin of Rogers' nickname "Feathers". The shedding feathers episode was recreated to hilarious results in a scene from Easter Parade in which Fred Astaire danced with a clumsy, comical dancer played
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