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Director:
Writers:
Jack Jevne (screen play) &
Eddie Moran (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
12 January 1939 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Mrs. Topper's friend Mrs. Parkhurst has convinced Mrs. Topper to file for a divorce from Cosmo, due... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Several of Grant's Best Films Tonight on TCM
 (From Alt Film Guide. 8 December 2014, 5:45 PM, PST)

Constance Bennett on TCM: What Price Hollywood?, Topper
 (From Alt Film Guide. 21 October 2010, 4:53 PM, PDT)

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Please take out your passport as you cross the border into whimsy See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Constance Bennett ... Marion Kerby

Roland Young ... Mr. Topper

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Topper

Alan Mowbray ... Wilkins
Verree Teasdale ... Mrs. Parkhurst

Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Manager
Alexander D'Arcy ... Baron
Paul Hurst ... Bartender
Armand Kaliz ... Hotel Clerk
Eddie Conrad ... Jailer
Spencer Charters ... Judge

Irving Pichel ... Prosecutor
Leon Belasco ... Bellboy
Georges Renavent ... Magistrate

Asta ... 'Mr. Atlas' - Dog (as Skippy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Austin ... Seated Roulette Player (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Hotel Staffer Moving Bed (uncredited)
Nanette Bordeaux ... French Girl (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Police Sergeant in Bank (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Passerby / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Hotel Porter (uncredited)
Jimmy Colman ... Hotel staff (uncredited)
George Davis ... French Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Hotel staff (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Court Bailiff at Door (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Defender (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Roulette Spectator (uncredited)

Cary Grant ... George Kerby (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Hotel Maitre d' (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Hotel Wine Steward (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... First Bailiff (uncredited)
Roger Neury ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... Casino Owner (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Policeman in Bank (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Casino Doorman (uncredited)
Duke York ... Second Bailiff (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
 
Writing credits
Jack Jevne (screen play) &
Eddie Moran (screen play) and
Corey Ford (screen play)

Thorne Smith (based on the novel: "Topper Takes a Trip")

Produced by
Milton H. Bren .... producer
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer (music score by)
Edward B. Powell (music score by) (as Edward Powell)
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Terhune (film editor) (as William Terhune)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (set decorations) (as W.L. Stevens)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Rettig .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound (as W.B. Delaplain)
William Randall .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... gowns: Constance Bennett
Omar Kiam .... gowns: Billie Burke
Ernest Schrapps .... wardrobe supervision (as Ernest Schraps)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marvin Hatley .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
 
Thanks
Cary Grant .... grateful acknowledgment: is expressed to, for his consent to use the scenes from the original "Topper" (as Mr. Cary Grant)
 
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80 min | West Germany:90 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #4773) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
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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Edited from Topper (1937)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Please take out your passport as you cross the border into whimsy, 1 March 2014
Author: jarrodmcdonald-1 from United States

The film picks up where the original story left off. If you haven't seen the first Topper, there are several flashback scenes at the beginning to bring you up to speed. This is classic screwball comedy combined with supernatural fantasy, something that seems to match writer Thorne Smith's particular talents and Hollywood's fascination with anything and everything whimsical.

Roland Young is impressive as the befuddled title character and Billie Burke delights audiences as his wacky wife. The issue one has with the series is not its continual use of thinly stretched gags (playing on the idea that only Topper can communicate with the dead), but rather its obvious use of camera editing to create magical special effects.

For example, ghostly Constance Bennett drinks a martini that seems to disappear one gulp at a time (obviously accomplished by stopping the film, emptying some of the alcohol, then resuming camera action). Most viewers probably see such an effect as fake and contrived. Despite the basic technology, the film does retain appeal, thanks in large part to the winning performances of its actors. Especially Miss Bennett who adds an element of glamour to the whole affair.

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