Top Hat - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Top Hat (1935), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and directed by Mark Sandrich.

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    Medium BTS shot of director Mark Sandrich and composer Irving Berlin.

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    Medium BTS shot of director Mark Sandrich, standing behind.

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    Medium BTS shot of Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont looking through hand-held movie camera.

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    Full BTS shot of Director Mark Sandrich riding the camera book with cinematographer filming sequence on Venice set with extras, a lady in a gondola and crew next to the water way.

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    Full BTS shot of Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers playing piano, Eric Blore as Bates and Erik Rhoes as Alberto stand along side.

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    Full BTS high-angle shot of camera on a dolly moving in to film Fred Astaire as Jerry Trevers and Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont performing musical finale, with dance chorus, "The Piccolino." Film crew standing under camera boom.

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    Full BTS shot of Fred Astaire as Jerry Trevers and Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont standing at the top of stairs during the "Cheek to Cheek" musical number in position as the camera on a dolly moves in for filming.

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    Full BTS shot of Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont talking with costume designer Bernard Newman while seamstress works on dress.

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    Medium BTS shot of director Mark Sandrich preparing to film scene with Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont and Fred Astaire as Jerry Trevers. Amongst camera equipment, an assistant holds clap board indicating nite, sound, May 3 and cameramen Abel and Biroc.

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    Full BTS shot of Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont seated at make-up table with mirrors.

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    Medium BTS shot of Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont being handed cake by assistant.

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    Full BTS shot of Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers standing with Erik Rhodes, who is holding sword.

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    Full BTS high-angle shot of the spectacular Venice set with the camera on a dolly at lower left capturing the dancers movements to the "Piccolino" musical number.

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    Full BTS shot of crew photographing the "Cheek to Cheek" dancing number performed by Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers and Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont .

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    Full BTS shot of Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont on slant-board having hair and wardrobe touched up.

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    Full BTS shot of director Mark Sandrich (right, with pipe and hat) standing with cameras and crew.

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    Full BTS shot of dance director Hermes Pan showing dance step to women seated on floor.

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    Medium BTS shot of director Mark Sandrich consulting with a script person while lighting crew member waits and Ginger Rogers as Dale Tremont and Fred Astaire as Jerry Trevers work out business.