Oct 16, 2010 - Oct 19, 2010, 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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 on the part of Jerry's faithful valet Bates (Eric Blore), paving the way for the happy ending everyone knew was coming from the opening scene.
This 1935 musical finds Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the top of their form. -- Don Druker, Chicago Reader
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
All the minor players are such skilled comedians that they are able to extract merriment from this none too original comedy of errors. -- Andre Sennwald, New York Times