Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.Written by
When Horace and Bates are speaking to the hotel manager, the hook of the coat hanger that Bates is holding changes orientation between shots. See more »
[emerges from hiding]
There! You see? I was right! Of all the scheming, brazen creatures, trying to pretend she'd met you in Paris! Do you realize she's deliberately trying to trap you? Now, what are you going to do about it?
Jerry! This is no time for you to be funny!
All right then, you be funny. I'm going down and ask her to marry me right now.
Wh-uh-Jerry! Please, wait! Now-now-now-now, before you make a complete fool of yourself, uh- promise me ...
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"Top Hat" has everything to make a perfect musical - great leading stars in Astaire and Rogers, good character support from Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, and Eric Blore, fabulous numbers ("Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", "Isn't it a Lovely Day", "The Picolina", and "Cheek to Cheek"), an hilarious plot of mistaken identity, and breathtaking designs which transport you into a Hollywood fantasy of Venice. This was the stars' greatest teaming and the film packs a great deal of energy, fun, and sex all these years later. A true musical classic and one of RKO's finest.
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