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Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

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Mrs. Topper's friend Mrs. Parkhurst has convinced Mrs. Topper to file for a divorce from Cosmo, due to the strange circumstances of his trip with ghost Marion Kirby. Marion comes back from ... See full summary »

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Verree Teasdale ...
Mrs. Parkhurst
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Hotel Manager
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Baron
Paul Hurst ...
Bartender
Armand Kaliz ...
Hotel Clerk
Eddie Conrad ...
Jailer
Spencer Charters ...
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Leon Belasco ...
Bellboy
Georges Renavent ...
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'Mr. Atlas' - Dog (as Skippy)
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Mrs. Topper's friend Mrs. Parkhurst has convinced Mrs. Topper to file for a divorce from Cosmo, due to the strange circumstances of his trip with ghost Marion Kirby. Marion comes back from heaven's door to help Cosmo again, this time only with dog Mr. Atlas. Due to the strange behavior of Cosmo, the judge refuses to divorce them, so Mrs. Parkhurst takes Mrs. Topper on a trip to France, where she tries to arrange the final reasons for the divorce, with the help of a gold-digging French baron. Marion takes Cosmo to the same hotel, to bring them back together and to get her own final ticket to heaven, but the whole thing turns out to be not so easy... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The dog, "Asta," is listed in the opening credits, but is missing in the final end credits. Hence the opening credits are listed first, followed by those end credits not yet listed. See more »

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Wistful, fragile, souffle of a fantasy comedy!
7 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

"Topper Takes A Trip" is a charming, airy, lyrical fantasy comedy. No one ever made a fantasy comedy like this. The playing of all actors and the set design mix screwball comedy with fantasy elements, making an appealing, sexy, subtly witty comedy that was the best sophisticated comedy feature ever to come out of the Hal Roach Studios.

The cast is a dream. Although all three actors' characters do not appear to each other, the chemistry between Roland Young, Constance Bennett, and Billie Burke is a joy to watch. The musical score by Marvin Hatley not only complements the film beautifully, it features pieces that sound more from the 1960's than 1939. A remarkable score that deserves major recognition by film scholars, students, and buffs.

Roland Young and Billie Burke made several films together for different studios however it was in this film and in Selznick's "The Young In Heart" that showed them at their absolute best as a team. They also deserver greater critical recognition for their work.

The camerawork and set design evoke a polish and sheen common to '30's romantic comedies. A handsome look that stimulates suspending disbelief for a fantasy film. "Topper Takes A Trip" is, undeniably, the best of the three Topper films produced by Hal Roach.


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