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Film: Top Hat
Top Hat is a 1935 Screwball Comedy Musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and is often cited as the most successful production in their joint career, with music by Irving Berlin.

Jerry Travis (Astaire) is an American dancer who comes to London to star in a show produced by his friend, Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). 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 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).

Hilarity Ensues 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 stage production 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.

Tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: The song "Let's Face The Music And Dance" was added to stage production, which had been in Follow The Fleet, another film with music by Berlin and it served as a dance number between Astaire and Rogers.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Several more songs were added to the stage production. All of them were songs by Irving Berlin, who had written the music for the original film.
  • Amusing Injuries: Horace putting a cooked steak on his black-eye.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Jerry loves answering questions with remarks like this.
    Horace: What kind of plane [do you want]?
    Jerry: One with wings.
  • Bad Habits: Bates disguises himself as a priest. He's the one who marries Dale and Alberto, which makes the marriage void.
  • Beef Bandage: 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.
  • Bilingual Backfire: 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.
  • Call Back: 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.
  • Camp Gay: The director Jerry asks for advice on women, in the stage version.
  • Caught in the Rain: 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.
  • Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: 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.
  • The Chew Toy: Horace.
  • Costume Porn: Invoked. Dale is hired by Alberto to wear the dresses he designs as advertisement. Understandably, it works.
  • The Cover Changes The Meaning: 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.
  • Curse Cut Short: When discussing horses.
    Dale: Who was his dam?
    Jerry: I don't know, Miss, he didn't give a da— [Dale closes the hatch]
  • Dance of Romance: "Cheek To Cheek".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Madge, with mostly comments about Horace.
  • Deconfirmed Bachelor: Jerry, but he changes his mind for Dale.
  • Disguised in Drag: One of Bates' many disguises, in the stage version.
  • Fake American: Jerry is played by Tom Chambers (British) in the stage production.
  • Fake Nationality: Alberto Beddini (Italian) was played by American actor, Erik Rhodes, in the film.
    • In the stage production, Alberto was played by Ricardo Afonso, who is Portuguese.
  • Fear of Thunder: Dale.
    Jerry: Are you afraid of thunder?
    Dale: Oh, no. It's just the noise.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: One of Dale's dresses is covered with feathers.
  • Forced Kiss: Dale to Jerry, when she's pretending to be a forgotten fling. Not that Jerry minds.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: 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.
  • Funetik Aksent: Alberto Beddini.
  • Happy Dance: "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)" is all about how great it is to be single, which is how he ends up meeting Dale.
  • Happy Ending: 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Alberto Beddini, but he does get to marry her. Then it turns out it didn't count.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Alberto, Dale and Madge believe that Horace, married to Madge, has been having an affair with Dale (who has fallen for him).
  • Irrelevant Act Opener: The opening sequence (in the stage version) is part of a fictional show starring Jerry.
  • The Jeeves: Bates, Horace's valet.
  • Love at First Sight: Jerry towards Dale, from the moment he saw her standing in the doorway.
  • Love Triangle: Alberto and Jerry both love Dale, who is far too confused.
  • The Matchmaker: Madge, who wants to pair up Jerry and Dale.
  • Malaproper: Alberto, regularly.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: 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.
  • Mistaken Identity: The entire premise of the story.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: 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. Played for Laughs due to Alberto's ineptitude and the misunderstanding.
  • The Musical Musical: The musical produced by Horace, starring Jerry.
  • No Antagonist: All the conflict stems from the mistaken identity and Alberto is generally likeable.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Dale's feather dress
  • Pretty in Mink: Dale has a white ermine coat.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder:
    Dale: What is this strange power you have over horses?
    Jerry: Horse power.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Alberto Beddini.
  • Royal "We": Bates speaks like this, Jerry copies it when they start talking.
    Bates: Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Bates.
  • Serenade Your Lover: The "Sandman" dance, "Isn't This A Lovely Day", and "Cheek To Cheek".
  • Shown Their Work: The sets of the stage production are exact copies of the film sets.
  • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: Jerry is waiting for Horace in one, finding their "silence" rule annoying and irritates them as he leaves by tap dancing.
  • Stealth Insult: 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 interesting.
    Horace: Yes, no wonder... I resent that!
  • Talk About the Weather: "Isn't This a Lovely Day" is all about the rain.
  • They Do
  • Those Two Actors: Astaire and Rogers
  • Title Drop: During the song "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails".
  • Unwanted Rescue: Jerry attempts to "rescue" Dale from being stranded in the rain and she tells him she'd rather stay in distress.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Marge doesn't mind that Alberto kisses Horace.
  • Your Cheating Heart: 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.

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