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Topper (1937)

Passed  -  Comedy | Fantasy | Romance  -  16 July 1937 (USA)
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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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Casey
Arthur Lake ...
Elevator Boy
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Mrs. Stuyvesant
Virginia Sale ...
Miss Johnson
Theodore von Eltz ...
Hotel Manager
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Policeman (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Elaine Shepard ...
Secretary
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Rustic
Si Jenks ...
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Three Hits and a Miss ...
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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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90 ROARING MINUTES OF LAUGHS! (original 11x14 title lobby card) See more »


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16 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das blonde Gespenst  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Producer Hal Roach wanted W.C. Fields and Jean Harlow to star as, respectively, Cosmo Topper and Marion Kerby, but neither was available at the time. See more »

Goofs

You can see through various people and objects when George and Marion appear and disappear. 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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Soundtracks

The Old Oaken Bucket
(1818) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Samuel Woodworth (1818)
Sung a cappella by Cary Grant
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Roland Young Is Wonderful
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Constance Bennett and Roland Young as superb in this charming comedy. Cary Grant is in it too. George and Marion get killed in a car wreck but hang around to change the life of stuffy banker, Cosmo Topper.

Nice performances by the stars and some OK 1937 special effects. Not quite a screwball comedy, but things get going toward the end. The film is rather too staid for the first hour.

Billie Burke is fun as are Eugene Palette and Arthur Lake. Alan Mowbray seems miscast. Virgina Sale is good as the secretary but Hedda Hopper is wasted.

I fondly remember the TV series but I imagine it doesn't hold up. This was a huge hit and helped establish Grant as a comedy star, revived Bennett's career, and put Young on the map with an Oscar nomination.


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