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Debonaire hoofer Fred Astaire ("Easter Parade") and the graceful Ginger Rogers ("Stage Door") star in this Oscar-nominated musical comedy about a woman who mistakenly thinks her best friend's husband is in love with her. Considered by many to be the dancing duo's best film, it features a classic Irving Berlin score, including "Cheek to Cheek" and the title song. Look for a young Lucille Ball as a florist shop clerk!]]>
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A running commentary with Ava Astaire McKenzie (daughter) includes background information about the supporting actors and trivia, such as the significance of the ring Fred wears in the film. And even though Ginger rides the horse in this movie, we learn that Fred is the real horse lover. Ava admits she does not know everything about her dad and his career, which adds to the authenticity of what she does know and contributes.
A behind-the-scenes look, the featurette, "On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat" explains many intricacies and attention to detail in the making of the movie. Nothing is left to chance. You will appreciate all the names in the opening credits. It includes interviews with Ava Astaire McKenzie, archivists, and biographers with a mix of F&G photographs and film clips. (Run time 18:20)
"Watch the Birdie" is a comedy short with a young Bob Hope playing a prankster on a cruise ship who himself gets "pranked." It's sort of a let down after Top Hat, so I am not sure why it's included on the same DVD. (B&W, Run time 18:16)
"Page Miss Glory" (1936) is an old Merrie Melodies cartoon about the exploits around a bell boy in an upscale hotel. It has a touch of Busby Berkeley near the end. (Run time 7:43)
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I think you would have to be the biggest curmudgeon in the world not to find this movie fun and joyful. If this movie does not improve your mood, there is probably something seriously wrong with you.
I'm not kidding.
Not only am I not a fan of musicals, but I also am not a fan of dancing. I mean, watching dancing is okay, but I don't go out of my way to watch it.
But the dancing that Fred and Ginger do, here, is nothing short of brilliant. Not only that, it is so joyous. You can just tell that they (Fred, especially) just LOVES dancing! You feel it, and it makes YOU love dancing, too; you just can't help but love what they do, it is infectious.
Also, the story is very funny, full of improbably twists and turns, and very good comedic timing and jokes.
And of course, Ginger... Oh, to have been Fred, with those gorgeous eyes, that gorgeous face looking at me like that... She was way before my time, and is not "Playboy" beautiful. She's just so damned cute. How could anyone not find her irresistable?
I don't usually gush like this, you can check my other reviews. I guess this movie brings out the sap in me. What can I say?
I love this movie.
By the way, there seem to be 2 major camps: those who think this is the best of the Ginger and Fred movies, and those who think that honor goes to "Swing Time". My wife and I both found "Swing Time" to be far less satisfying than "Top Hat". Basically, the dancing and singing are about equally great; but the story of "Top Hat" is much better and the jokes much funnier in "Top Hat".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two beautiful pas de deux: watch Ginger's ostrich feathers fly!Published 13 days ago by Ross Chapman
Adorable movie. Wish all movies today could be this happy, clean and fun.Published 25 days ago by personal feedback
I love old movies and who does it better than Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire? I gave it 5 stars because it had a great story, lots of laughs, and amazing choreography and dance! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Irene