Movie Musical Challenge: Top Hat

top hatI’ve joined Charlene in her Movie Musical Challenge.  We’re watching all of The American Film Institute’s top 25 movie musicals (my sign up post).

There is nothing quite like falling way behind on a challenge, is there? Well, I’m super behind on the Movie Musical Challenge, but I’m going to do my best to catch up. Let’s talk about Top Hat.

I saw this movie once before way back when I was in high school (more than 10 years ago), and I don’t remember being particularly in love with Top Hat back then. So I wasn’t expecting to love it this time around, but I really, really did. Top Hat was such a fun movie, and I am so glad it’s on the AFI’s top Movie Musical list.

Top Hat is basically a romantic comedy musical, which, in my opinion, is the best kind of musical. It’s an older one, having been released 1935. Top Hat is probably the most well-known movie starting Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Mistaken identity tropes are so much fun, and I really loved it in Top Hat. The whole story was so much fun. Sure it’s a little silly, but I don’t care. I love silly! And both Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were so wonderful in their roles. They are both so very charming, and they had just the right amount of chemistry.

And, of course, their dancing was beautiful. I couldn’t get enough of it. It looks so effortless, which is the point, but still should be noted. And I just love the “Cheek to Cheek” number. It’s probably my favorite in the whole movie.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed Top Hat, and I want to watch more Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. What do you guys think of this oldie but goodie?

9 Responses to “Movie Musical Challenge: Top Hat”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I think this was a great film for getting introduced (or re-introduced as is the case) to the magic of Astaire/Rogers! I watched another of their films (Gay Divorcee I think) and didn’t love their dynamic as much as I did after watching this. The story is so fun so that definitely helped. I’m glad you are getting back into the challenge! We can both cram for the next few months! LOL

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’ve never seen any of their other movies that they’ve done together. I’ve seen Funny Face with Astaire, and I think Ginger Rogers was in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren.

      Yes, we need some musical binging days for sure!

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I think I have a DVD of this somewhere in my house that I got from a used bookstore. I’ve never seen it so I think I need to find my copy and give it a try. I love Ginger Rogers and “Cheek to Cheek”! Good luck getting caught up on this challenge!

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I love this movie! I have it recorded and have been wanting to rewatch it but just haven’t yet. If you’re looking for an old movie I highly recommend Stage Door if you can find it. It has a ridiculous number of stars – Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, and a few others. Just bring your tissues!

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