''Top Hat'' is a 1935 ScrewballComedy [[TheMusical Musical]] starring Creator/FredAstaire and Creator/GingerRogers and is often cited as the most successful production in their joint career, with music by Music/IrvingBerlin.

Jerry Travers (Astaire) is an American dancer who comes to London to star in a show produced by his friend, Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). [[HappyDance During the night, in their shared large suite, Jerry begins to loudly sing and dance about how he loves to sing and dance]], disturbing Dale Tremont (Rogers) in the room below. Horace goes to talk to the management after their room is phoned and Dale confronts Jerry in the room upstairs, only for him to become [[LoveAtFirstSight instantly infatuated with her]]. She leaves angry and Jerry silently serenades her to sleep with a sand dance. After one more meeting and Jerry sending her flowers, Dale goes to the front desk to find out the name of the man in the room above her and they say it's Horace Hardwick, the husband of Dale's friend, Madge (Helen Broderick).

HilarityEnsues as Dale continues to mistake Jerry for Horace, as he continues to win her admirations. Then it turns out that Madge has been trying to set up Dale and Jerry for a while. All the while, Dale is modelling dresses for Alberto (Erik Rhodes), a man who is equally trying to win her affection.

Digitally remastered versions of the films have been released to DVD over the years and a ScreenToStageAdaptation toured the UK in 2011, which received positive reviews. The production moved to Broadway in the US in early-2012 and returned to the UK to settle in the West End.



[[folder: Original Film ]]

* AmusingInjuries: Horace putting a cooked steak on his black eye.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Jerry loves answering questions with remarks like this.
-->'''Horace:''' What kind of plane [do you want]?
-->'''Jerry:''' One with wings.
* BadHabits: Bates disguises himself as a priest. He's the one who marries Dale and Alberto, which makes the marriage void.
* BeefBandage: After Horace receives a black eye from Madge (due to another miscommunication), Jerry suggests a steak. Nobody told Bates or the waiter it was for a wound and not for dinner.
* BilingualBackfire: Bates is found by an Italian policeman, who tells Bates he doesn't speak English. Bates then insults him repeatedly and admits that he's broken the law. The policeman, in perfect English, then arrests him.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: "The Piccolino."
* CallBack: Jerry dancing loudly in the room above Dale. He does this after Alberto and Dale have married so he can separate them and attempt to explain the situation.
* CaughtInTheRain: Jerry and Dale in the park. This leads to him singing "Isn't This a Lovely Day" about how great it is being caught in the rain, because the two of them get to spend some time together.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: Bates and Horace aren't talking to each other at the start of the movie because they disagree on what type of tie should be worn with evening wear. Bates says a square tie, but Horace says butterfly.
* TheChewToy: Horace.
* CostumePorn: Invoked. Dale is hired by Alberto to wear the dresses he designs as advertisement. Understandably, it works.
* CurseCutShort: When discussing horses.
-->'''Dale:''' Who was his dam?
-->'''Jerry:''' I don't know, Miss, he didn't give a da-- ''[Dale closes the hatch]''
* DanceOfRomance: "Cheek To Cheek".
* DeadpanSnarker: Madge, with mostly comments about Horace.
* DeconfirmedBachelor: Jerry, but he changes his mind for Dale.
* FearOfThunder: Dale.
-->'''Jerry:''' Are you afraid of thunder?
-->'''Dale:''' Oh, no. It's just the noise.
* FlowersOfRomance: Jerry buys out the entire stock of a flower shop to fill Dale's room with roses.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: One of Dale's dresses is covered with feathers.
* ForcedKiss: Dale to Jerry, when she's pretending to be a forgotten fling. Not that Jerry minds.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Invoked. After Madge tells Dale that Horace forgets all of his flings, she decides to torment him and pretend they had a fling in Paris that he forgot. Jerry picks up the lie fairly quickly, as he was ten years old when he was last in Paris.
* FunnyForeigner: Alberto Beddini.
* HappyDance: "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)" is all about how great it is to be single, [[TemptingFate which is how he ends up meeting Dale]].
* HappyEnding: After it's revealed that Alberto and Dale's marriage was void, because the priest was Bates in disguise, Dale and Jerry reprise their "The Piccolino" dance and dance into the sunset.
* HopelessSuitor: Alberto Beddini, but he does get to marry her. Then it turns out it didn't count.
* ImaginaryLoveTriangle: Alberto, Dale and Madge believe that Horace, married to Madge, has been having an affair with Dale (who has fallen for him).
* InvoluntaryDance: Jerry claims to be suffering from a medical condition that causes this. Hopefully, he tells Dale that the nurses always cure it by putting their arms around him.
* TheJeeves: Bates, Horace's valet.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Jerry towards Dale, from the moment he saw her standing in the doorway.
* LoveTriangle: Alberto and Jerry both love Dale, who is far too confused.
* TheMatchmaker: Madge, who wants to pair up Jerry and Dale.
* {{Malaproper}}: Alberto, regularly.
* MistakenForCheating: Dale believes Jerry is trying to have an affair with her. Of course, he isn't even married.
** Alberto and Madge both believe Horace is cheating with Dale. He did in fact have an affair, but with another girl.
* MistakenIdentity: The entire premise of the story.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Alberto attempts to kill Horace because he believes he's a married man trying to get with Dale, who he is also trying to win over. PlayedForLaughs due to Alberto's ineptitude and the misunderstanding.
* TheMusicalMusical: The musical produced by Horace, starring Jerry.
* NoAntagonist: All the conflict stems from the mistaken identity and Alberto is generally likeable.
* PimpedOutDress: Dale's feather dress.
* PoirotSpeak: Alberto Beddini.
* PrettyInMink: Dale has a white ermine coat.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
-->'''Dale:''' What is this strange power you have over horses?
-->'''Jerry:''' Horse power.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Alberto Beddini.
* RoyalWe: Bates speaks like this, Jerry copies it when they start talking.
-->'''Bates:''' Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Bates.
* SerenadeYourLover: The "Sandman" dance, "Isn't This A Lovely Day", and "Cheek To Cheek."
* SmokyGentlemensClub: Jerry is waiting for Horace in one, finding their "silence" rule annoying and irritates them as he leaves by tap dancing.
* StealthInsult: Subverted multiple times and always towards Horace, just.
-->'''Jerry:''' ''[realising why Dale has been behaving so peculiarly]'' She's been mistaking me for you this whole time.
-->'''Madge:''' Well, no wonder she said he was fascinating.
-->'''Horace:''' Yes, no wonder... I resent that!
* TalkAboutTheWeather: "Isn't This a Lovely Day" is all about the rain.
* TheyDo: See HappyEnding.
* TitleDrop: During the song "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails".
* UnwantedRescue: Jerry attempts to "rescue" Dale from being stranded in the rain and she tells him she'd rather stay in distress.
* YaoiFangirl: Marge doesn't mind that Alberto kisses Horace. (Or at least pretends not to because she knows it will annoy Horace.)
* YourCheatingHeart: Straight with Horace, who has numerous small flings with pretty girls who he then forgets about. These are apparently nothing very important, as he considers the date he had with Violet to be worse/more important than the rest.


[[folder: Stage Adaptation Additions ]]

* AdaptationExpansion: Several more songs were added to the stage production. All of them were songs by Music/IrvingBerlin, who had written the music for the original film.
* CampGay: The director Jerry asks for advice on women, in the stage version.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: In the original "Sandman" dance routine, the song is played as slightly romantic but still as a comedy. In the stage production they play up the romantic aspect as high as possible.
* DisguisedInDrag: One of Bates' many disguises, in the stage version.
* IrrelevantActOpener: The opening sequence (in the stage version) is part of a fictional show starring Jerry.
* ShownTheirWork: The sets of the stage production are exact copies of the film sets.