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Director:
Writers:
Jack Jevne (screen play by) &
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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:
Constance, Cary and The Car See more (38 total) »

Cast

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

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 (art direction)
 
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 direction
Arthur Morton .... musical arrangements
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presents
Harvey Parry .... drove car (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was the first black & white film to be "colorized" in 1985.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: You can see through various people and objects when George and Marion appear and disappear.See more »
Quotes:
George Kerby:My pet, resting's the sort of thing you've got to work up to gradually... very dangerous to rest all of a sudden.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Old Oaken BucketSee more »

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Constance, Cary and The Car, 24 November 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Some great sight gags made this a big hit in its day, enough that two sequels were made (although not nearly as good.)

Cary Grant and Constance Bennett certainly are a handsome leading couple but it's Roland Young, as "Cosmo Topper," who steals the show. He's a stiff old man who quickly loosens up and the transformation is fun to watch.

Bennett was a legitimate 1930s glamor girl who looks just great in here and pairs off well with the handsome Grant. The two of them also exhibit a good comedic touch. They had a lot to offer besides good looks. Even more handsome than those two was the automobile - wow, what a great-looking sports car! I''m glad to see other reviewers comment on it. It was awesome.

By the way, I know Hollywood liked to preach in some of these classic films that everyone gets into heaven, but this was "topped" them all. In here, the theology was that "all it takes is ONE good deed" during your lifetime.

Ohhhhh-kay.

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