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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 »
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User Reviews:
If you Liked the Original, You May Like this More 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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Runtime:
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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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
If you Liked the Original, You May Like this More, 21 December 2012
Author: audiemurph from United States

This may be an odd suggestion, but I think this film actually benefited from the absence of Cary Grant. Now I love Cary Grant, but in the original Topper, he is conspicuous by his absence from much of the action, and it is a distraction: after all, he was supposed to be the star. Here, however, we get to focus exclusively on the wonderful Roland Young and the drop-dead gorgeous Constance Bennett.

Young is quite frankly great as the bumbling and often mumbling Cosmo Topper. He is so good at pretending to be pulled, pushed and twisted around by the invisible Mrs. Kirby that you really completely believe unseen forces are constantly roughing him up. And he so thoroughly throws himself into dancing by himself, kicking his feet around in a jig, and kicking at invisible dogs, that it is a real joy.

Have I mentioned that Constance Bennett is gorgeous? How many marriages on the set must have been broken up by her walking around in a bathing suit for a good portion of the film? Billie Burke was also much more interesting here than in the original. The writers surely delighted in giving her so many inane and nonsensical lines, which she, in her well-meaning but confusing daffiness, plays to perfection.

Finally, Franklin Panghorn has a lovely and meaty role as a manager of a French hotel; but his French accent has to be one of the worst ever. Luckily the film is filled with upset, screaming Frenchmen all always yelling at the same time.

I don't think everyone will agree with me, but I found "Topper Takes a Trip" to be at least as enjoyable as the original (except for the long introduction with its extensive borrowing from the original). Highly recommended.

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