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Director:
Writers:
Jack Jevne (screen play) &
Eric Hatch (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
16 July 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
90 ROARING MINUTES OF LAUGHS! (original 11x14 title lobby card) See more »
Plot:
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
The Kerbys in purgatory See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Constance Bennett ... Marion Kerby

Cary Grant ... George Kerby

Roland Young ... Mr. Topper

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Topper

Alan Mowbray ... Wilkins

Eugene Pallette ... Casey
Arthur Lake ... Elevator Boy

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Stuyvesant
Virginia Sale ... Miss Johnson
Theodore von Eltz ... Hotel Manager
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Policeman (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Elaine Shepard ... Secretary

Doodles Weaver ... Rustic
Si Jenks ... Rustic
Three Hits and a Miss ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Reporter (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Marvin Bailey ... Member of 'Three Hits and a Miss' (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Clem Bevans ... Board Member (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Goodrich (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Eddie - Cab Driver Slugged by Topper (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Hoagy Carmichael ... Hoagy - Piano Player (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Nurse (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Donna Dax ... Hat-Check Girl (uncredited)
Vince Degen ... Member of 'Three Hits and a Miss' (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Sales Clerk (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Board Member (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Kenneth Harlan ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Outraged Heavy Woman (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Hen-Pecked Motorist (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Tony - Nightclub Owner (uncredited)
William Irving ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Board Member (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Irate Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Sea Breeze Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Onlooker at Street Brawl (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Car Salesman (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ... Member of 'Three Hits and a Miss' (uncredited)
Martha Tilton ... Member of 'Three Hits and a Miss' (uncredited)

Lana Turner ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russell Wade ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Judge (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Hen-Pecked Motorist's Wife (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Onlooker at Street Brawl (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Onlooker at Hotel (uncredited)

Claire Windsor ... Mrs. Simpkins (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
 
Writing credits
Jack Jevne (screen play) &
Eric Hatch (screen play) &
Eddie Moran (screen play)

Thorne Smith (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Milton H. Bren .... associate producer
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hatley (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Terhune (film editor) (as William Terhune)
 
Art Direction by
Arthur I. Royce 
 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (set decorations) (as W.L. Stevens)
Arthur I. Royce (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Samuel Lange (gowns) (as Samuel M. Lange)
Irene (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Rettig .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alex de Sakhnoffsky .... special sets (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marvin Hatley .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... musical arrangements
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Harvey Parry .... drove car (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | Germany:o.Al. | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3272) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
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:
Revealing mistakes: You can see through various people and objects when George and Marion appear and disappear.See more »
Quotes:
Casey:[referring to Topper] Did you notice something funny about that guy?
Elevator Boy:That guy ain't funny, he ain't even human!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Penny Dreadful (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old Man MoonSee more »

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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Kerbys in purgatory, 30 August 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Topper", the delightful and original film directed by Norman Z McLeod, should be seen more often. It is one of the best things Hollywood ever produced at the height of the madcap comedy craze of the thirties. In fact, just to watch Roland Young, Constance Bennett and Cary Grant in the same film is a dream come true.

"Topper" has always been an old time favorite. We were treated the other night to watching it again, courtesy of TCM. The film's great black and white cinematography by Norbert Brodine looks good, even after these many years.

Constance Bennett and Cary Grant made a fabulous couple. Ms. Bennett had the uncanny gift of blending with all her leading men well. She was a charming actress with such a sense of style and an amazing figure to boot that made her an irresistible presence on the screen. Cary Grant is also seen at his best in the film as the careless and fun loving George Kerby.

Roland Young, in our humble opinion, steals the show! He plays the staid banker Cosmo Topper, who is all business until he starts being made the object of the Kerby's antics. Cosmo Topper's wife is the incomparable Billie Burke, one of the most gracious actresses of that era.

The rest of the cast is not too shabby. Alan Mowbray, Eugene Palette, Ward Bond, Hoagy Carmichael, and as an extra, Lana Turner could be seen backing the principals with their usual elegance and enormous screen presence.

"Topper" is a film that should be "rediscovered" by new audiences, as it shows how great Hollywood could be when it wanted to be original. But above all, "Topper" should be seen for the fantastic Roland Young, who is nothing short of perfection in the film!

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