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On Top: Inside the Success of 'Top Hat' (2005)

Focusing on Top Hat, Astaire and Rogers experts and aficionados expound on the legendary duo's dancing partnership.


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Credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
Ava Astaire-McKenzie Ava Astaire-McKenzie ... Herself
Pandro S. Berman ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Billman Larry Billman ... Himself
Hal Borne Hal Borne ... Himself (archive footage)
Barrie Chase ... Herself
Jeffry Denman ... Himself
Edward Everett Horton ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick Jewell Rick Jewell ... Himself
Nancy Lemenager ... Herself (as Nancy Lemenanger)
Leonard Maltin ... Himself
John Mueller John Mueller ... Himself
Hermes Pan ... Himself (archive footage)
Noah Racey Noah Racey ... Himself
Ginger Rogers ... Herself (archive footage)


Focusing on Top Hat, Astaire and Rogers experts and aficionados expound on the legendary duo's dancing partnership.

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16 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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A very nice little film about a terrific film!
20 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the special features included on the DVD for "Top Hat"--one of the best musicals in Hollywood history. And, it's a 'making of' film that examines the film and reason for its success. To do this, it uses stills, film footage and quite a few interviews (with the likes of Fred Astaire's daughter as well as Leonard Maltin). Considering that the original film was made 70 years earlier, it's a very good short film--but you really can't help but wish a film like this had been made decades before--when the principles in the film were still alive and able to contribute. But, considering the difficulties of doing an examination of this older film, it worked well and really made me appreciate the artistry of "Top Hat". Well worth seeing.

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