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Top Hat the movie was made by RKO Radio Pictures in 1935 and is widely regarded as the greatest of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance musicals. For RKO, it was also their most profitable costing $620,000 to make and taking $3 million (approximately equivalent to $47m today) on its initial release making it RKO's biggest earner of the 30's.

The film contained five songs, which had music and lyrics written by Irving Berlin which, according to Berlin's autobiography, he considered the finest complete film work of his long career. All of the numbers became standards and then made history when they simultaneously held five positions on the radio's new 'hit parade'.

The screenplay was written by Alan Scott and Dwight Taylor. The film was directed by Mark Sandrich and choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Song for Cheek to Cheek, Best Dance Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Picture.

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