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Topper (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

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The funloving Kerbys, stockholders in the bank of which henpecked, stuffy Cosmo Topper is president, drive recklessly once too often and become ghosts. In limbo because they've never done either good or bad deeds, they decide to try a good one now: rehabilitating Topper. Lovely, flirtatious Marion takes a keen personal interest in the job. Will Topper survive the wrath of jealous ghost George? Will Mrs. Topper find that a scandalous husband isn't all bad? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Constance BENNETT Showing a man a good time was her daily "Good Deed" See more »


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Das blonde Gespenst  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first black & white film to be "colorized" in 1985. See more »

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When George and Marion walk into the club as they are sitting down someone already seated at the table calls George "Cary". See more »

Quotes

[George and Marion watch a drunk Topper laying on the floor, passed out]
Marion Kerby: I don't think he's ever had a drink in his life.
George Kerby: Poor Topper.
Marion Kerby: Poor Topper.
Cosmo Topper: [mutters] Poor Topper.
George Kerby: You keep out of this.
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The Old Oaken Bucket
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Samuel Woodworth (1818)
Sung a cappella by Cary Grant
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Great film that set the standard for all supernatural comedies to follow
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Influential box office hit finds a couple of free spirited, newly deceased ghosts inspiring a dull banker to live life to the fullest. The simple, straightforward story is given a fresh approach by a witty script and terrific performances from the entire cast - Roland Young is divine in an Oscar-nominated performance in the title role, and Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are terrific as the dearly-departed couple. The film was followed by two sequels, a long-running television series, a made-for-TV remake, and a whole slew of imitators - although none of which ever approached the quality of the original. A delightful good time that remains arguably the best supernatural comedy that Hollywood has ever produced.


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