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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:
Host To Said Ghosts See more (40 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:
The fancy finned-back car driven by the Kerbys was custom built by the Bohman & Schwartz Co. using a 1936 Buick Roadmaster chassis. Originally the producers had in mind to use a coffin-nosed Cord, but it wasn't large enough. In the custom-made Buick there were special compartments for camera equipment, etc. The Buick resembles a Cord, but the supercharger pipes on the side were just decorations (a Cord comes with an actual supercharger). After filming the Buick was bought by the Gilmore Oil Co. and was used for promotional purposes for many years. It was updated in 1954 with a Chrysler Imperial chassis and drive train. The car driven by Cosmo Topper is a 1936 Lincoln Model K.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: You can see through various people and objects when George and Marion appear and disappear.See more »
Quotes:
Cosmo Topper:Good morning, Clara.
Mrs. Topper:Good morning, dear. You're late.
Cosmo Topper:Oh... better late than never. Only 44 seconds, anyhow.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Penny Dreadful (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Old Oaken BucketSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Host To Said Ghosts, 7 July 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Roland Young's portrayal of stuffy banker Cosmo Topper was so well received that it spawned two sequel films and a television series during the Fifties. It's a great example of that genre that was done best in the Thirties, the screwball comedy.

Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are George and Marion Kerby, a pair of rich dizzy socialites for who life is a non-stop party. Every now and then we have to tend to business, such as Cary showing up for Board of Directors meeting of the bank where Roland Young is president.

One find day while driving at a high speed Cary totals his car and he and Constance wind up ectoplasm. Stuck between this world and the next Connie concludes that a good deed must be done if they're to gain entrance through the pearly gates. Who to bestow this good deed on, but Roland Young.

Though this is now classified as a Cary Grant film, Cary has a lot less to do here than either Bennett or Young. He has his moments, but it's really their show. Though physical consummation is impossible, Bennett and Young run off to a resort hotel for a wild fling. That sets the stage for a lot of physical type comedy which Bennett does well and Young is properly maintaining dignity at all costs.

Billie Burke plays Young's wife who doesn't quite know what to make of her husband's rebellion against their well ordered life. Butler Alan Mowbray is equally nonplussed. However the best performances here among the supporting cast are Eugene Palette as the house detective and Arthur Lake as a bellboy at that resort.

Topper is one of those films that probably could do with a remake. I can see Julia Roberts in Connie Bennett's part and possibly Tom Hanks in the Cary Grant role.

But they'd have to go some to beat this one.

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