Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Top Hat (1935). Screwball comedy/musical. Fred Astaire plays an dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show. Where he meets Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) and wants to win her affection. The film also features Eric Blore as Hardwick's valet, Erik Rhodes as Alberto Beddini, a fashion designer, and Helen Broderick as Hardwick's wife Madge. Written by Allan Scott, and Dwight Taylor. Director: Mark Sandrich. Songs written by Irving Berlin. "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" and "Cheek to Cheek have become song classics. The dance number"Cheek to Cheek" has been referenced in many films, including The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and The Green Mile (1999. Top Hat was the most successful picture of Astaire and Rogers' partnership (and Astaire's second most successful picture after Easter Parade) Some dance critics believe that Swing Time has a better set of dances.