Favorite things about… Top Hat (1935)

Back by popular demand, it’s Favorite Things Friday here on TMP! The first Friday of each month, I’ll share my favorite things about one of my favorite films. For July, we celebrate a joyful musical-comedy full of miscommunication… The favorite film: Top Hat, a 1935 musical directed by Mark Sandrich The synopsis: An American dancer meets a dressmaker’s model in a hotel and falls in … Continue reading Favorite things about… Top Hat (1935)

Mill Creek Musings: Second Chorus (1940)

Danny O’Neill (Fred Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Burgess Meredith) are what today’s youth would call “frenemies.” They’re friends and roommates, but also rivals. Both play the trumpet in a college band, “O’Neill’s Perennials.” Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) works for a debt collector and has hunted the men down to serve them a collection notice. When she loses her job over their case, they decide to … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Second Chorus (1940)

Dancing Lady (1933)

Young dancer Janie Barlow (Joan Crawford) works at a burlesque show since she can’t find work on a “respectable” stage. When she and some of her fellow dancers are arrested for indecent exposure after a performance, Janie is bailed out by a millionaire named Tod (Franchot Tone) who took a liking to her after seeing her dance at the club. Janie desperately wants to make … Continue reading Dancing Lady (1933)

You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

Martin Cortland (Robert Benchley) is a womanizing theater owner whose latest quest is to woo beautiful dancer Sheila Winthrop (Rita Hayworth). He enlists the help of the theater’s manager, Robert Curtis (Fred Astaire). In order to keep his home life happy while he’s chasing other women, Martin buys gifts for both Sheila and his wife, Julia (Frieda Inescort). For Sheila, a diamond bracelet; for Julia, … Continue reading You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

Royal Wedding (1951)

Tom (Fred Astaire) and Ellen Bowen (Jane Powell) are a singing, dancing brother-sister stage duo. When their show in New York City closes, their agent books them in London, where preparations are being made for Elizabeth II’s quickly approaching Royal Wedding. On the ship to England, Ellen meets and falls for Lord John Brindle (Peter Lawford), who seems to be her perfect match. But Tom … Continue reading Royal Wedding (1951)

Flying Down to Rio (1933)

Flying Down to Rio (1933): 4/5 This is another musical where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers steal the show in supporting roles. It was their first film together, and from the first scene it is clear what a perfectly matched pair they were! Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond are their leads this time around, starring as womanizing hotel band leader Roger and the Brazilian … Continue reading Flying Down to Rio (1933)