USA Today - 01/26/1994
"...Lovely costumes, wonderful Irving Berlin songs and those heavenly dance numbers..."
Total Film - 02/01/2004
"It's a chiffon-light romantic comedy....Irving Berlin's songs are unforgettable."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/26/2005
"TOP HAT is tops with two of the duo's most sublime numbers..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Perhaps the best-remembered of the 10 Astaire/Rogers musicals, Top Hat has it all: Art Deco elegance, a whimsical storyline, loopy support from skilled farceurs and the ideal chemistry of the two leads cheek-to-cheeking to Irving Berlin's finest film score. It's a wake-up call for romance when Fred's exuberant "No Strings" hotel room dance disturbs the sleeping beauty (Ginger) in the room below. Love beckons - until Ginger gets the wrong idea that Fred is a married playboy. Among the highlights: Fred mows down the chorus in his signature "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails," the shimmeringly dreamy "Isn't It A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain?)" and the tender "Cheek To Cheek." Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Top Hat is top-flight movie magic.
One of the best musicals by the Astaire-Rogers team. Features top tunes by Irving Berlin including "Cheek to Cheek," "Top Hat" and others. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Perhaps the best remembered of the 10 Astaire/Rogers musicals, Top Hat has it all: Art Deco elegance, a wonderfully addled storyline, loopy support from skilled farceurs and the incomparable chemistry of the two leads cheek-to-cheeking to Irving Berlin's finest film score.
It's a wake-up call for romance when Fred's exuberant No Strings dance in his hotel suite disturbs the sleeping beauty (Ginger) in the room below. They meet cute, Fred decides he'd like a few strings (preferably a tied knot) after all and love beckons until Ginger mistakenly gets the idea that Fred is a married playboy. But mistakes can be wonderfully, wackily resolved. Among the highlights: Fred mows down the chorus line in his signature Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, the shimmeringly dreamy Isn't It a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)' and the rhapsodically tender Cheek to Cheek. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Top Hat is top-drawer entertainment magic.
A musical comedy full of high style, romance, mistaken identity... and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing and singing 11 of Irving Berlin's best songs. When Jerry Travers meets lovely Dale Tremont, it's love at first sight for him. Unfortunately, Dale's affections chill when she mistakenly believes he's her best friend's new husband. Now she's engaged to someone else... Will she find out Jerry's real identity before she goes ahead and makes a big mistake'
TOP HAT was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.
The story was loosely based on "The Girl Who Dared (or A Scandal in Budapest)", a 1911 play by Alexander Faragó and Aladar Laszlo; because so little of the original remained in the final script, the playwrights did not receive screen credit. Karl Noti is credited with the original adaptation.