The Moviegoer

Top Hat Seems to Get Better and Better; Bette Davis Well Cast in Special Agent

At this season to review "Top Hat" as though everyone in the world had not already seen it at least once strikes the particular reviewer in question as nothing short of a waste of time.

Suffice it to say, seen the fourth time "Top Hat" is even more amusing than the first--more amusing perhaps since one waits for each line with a feeling of warm anticipation and is each time rewarded by being made to laugh again if not more loudly at least with greater glee.

With the possible exception of "I won't Dance" in Roberta, the "Cheek to Cheek" number in "Top Hat" is our favorite bit of Astairia. Ginger Rogers still has that faintly sullen expression, and her dancing has improved miraculously since her first faltering steps in the "Gay Divorce."

As for "Special Agent" with Bette Davis and George Brent--it is another of the G-men cycle. George Brent is with the government. Bette Davis isn't but wishes she were.

By the end of the picture by one means of another all is made safe for the inevitable honeymoon or whatever does happen after that final clinch.


The March of Time covers a variety of subjects and leaves you with the feeling that the world is a pretty dangerous place to live in.