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One of the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, Top Hat centers on a typical mistaken-identity plot, with wealthy Dale Tremont (Rogers), on holiday in London and Venice, assuming that American entertainer Jerry Travers (Astaire) is the husband of her friend Madge (Helen Broderick) -- who's actually the wife of Jerry's business manager Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). Complicating matters is Dale's jealous suitor Beddini (Erik Rhodes), whose motto is "For the woman the kiss -- for the man the sword." Beddini is disposed of by some last-minute chicanery… More

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"Finally, thanks more to Fred Astaire than any other single influence, the character of musicomedy in the cinema has now completely changed."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The third Astaire-Rogers movie and one of the best."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Most of what I liked about Top Hat centers around its two stars: full of energy and grace, they breathe life into the film whenever it threatens to lose its luster."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"The fourth pairing of Astaire-Rogers is one of their best and RKO top grosser of the year."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Every musical number works, and the mistaken identity plot is pleasant enough, even if there's too much emphatic dithering from the supporting players towards the end."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"This one can't miss and the reasons are three -- Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin's 11 songs and sufficient comedy between numbers to hold the film together."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Because we are bound by gravity and the limitations of our bodies, because we live in a world where the news is often bad and the prospects disturbing, there is a need for another world somewhere, a world where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers live."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Arguably the classiest and funniest of the RKO Astaire-Rogers musicals."
‑ , Film4
"Top Hat does not glorify wealth or upper class status - if anything it continually pokes fun at it."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"One of the best of the Astaire-Rogers best."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"This 1935 musical finds Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the top of their form."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The plot is involving, especially as it builds to its seemingly impossible-to-solve finale."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"If you want only one Astaire-Rogers musical, Top Hat is obligatory."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"...even after seventy years, the same elements delight us all over again. Good songs, good dancing, and good stars never go out of style."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Fred and Ginger's best."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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