American dancer Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) arrives in London to star in a show produced by his friend Horace. Horace informs him that after the show, they will travel to Italy to meet up with Horace's wife, Madge. Horace also informs Jerry that Madge is trying to set Jerry up with a friend of hers. Jerry begins to dance in Horace's apartment, awakening his below neighbor Dale (Ginger Rogers) who complains to the building management. After a fumble with the building management, Dale takes matters into her own hand and visits her noisy upstairs neighbor. Jerry is immediately smitten with Dale and begins to pursue her. However, another fumble occurs when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace, her friend Madge's husband. After the show, they all travel to Italy to visit Madge. There, put off by who she presumes is her friend's husband, Dale decides to marry a fashion designer and resists Jerry's advances. The story is one of mistaken identity and has all of the necessary prototypes of a good screwball comedy.
Overall, Top Hat is an ok film. I was bored during certain parts surely; but I wouldn't label the film a complete waste of time. I don't think it has aged well. It feels like the film was holding back the entire runtime.