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Topper Returns (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery | 21 March 1941 (USA)
A sassy girl finds herself dead after trading bedrooms with her heiress friend. Her ghost seeks aid from banker Cosmo Topper to find out why and by whom.

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Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This time, it's Joan Blondell, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. With Topper's help, Joan sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Topper's having girl trouble again!


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According to the Internet Movie Car Database, Cosmo Topper who if one remembers, always had an eye for special automobiles, had Eddie driving his 1936 Mercedes SSK throughout the film. This was an exotic (and expensive) car from the era. Mercedes ended manufacture of the model in 1941.

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When Ann first meets her father, talks to the clock-winding woman and receives the jewels, she changes chairs from one with a straight top, to one with a curved top, and back again, as well as going from sitting properly to sitting on the arm. See more »

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Eddie, the Chauffeur: Pardon me, boss, but could I sort of inquire what we're going to the Carrington place for?
Cosmo Topper: To look for a body.
Eddie, the Chauffeur: Better look for one for me, too, 'cause the one I'm using now is numb.
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Final film in the Topper trilogy - probably the best
11 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon US) – See all my reviews

Most of the film takes place in a spooky mansion with secret doors, hidden passageways and a creepy knife-wielding killer lurking in the shadows.

Roland Young reprises his role as Cosmo Topper, the straight-laced, bespectacled banker. In the original, Cary Grant and Constance Bennet were the ghosts who only Topper could see. This time it's Joan Blondell who is accidentally murdered.

Billie Burke is the hysterical and somewhat dotty Mrs. Topper. Donald MacBride is a flustered police sergeant straight out of keystone cops.

Check out Joan Blondell's friend, Carole Landis, as the rich girl who was the intended murder victim. Landis was in her early 20's and committed suicide at 29. She was an absolutely gorgeous woman who, unfortunately, is not remembered.

The actor who steals the film is Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as the chauffeur. He played Jack Benny's sidekick Rochester on radio and TV. He has the movie's best lines and was an extremely talented comedian.

This was the final film in the series after TOPPER (1937) and TOPPER TAKES A TRIP (1939).

If you want to see one of the original haunted house mysteries with lots of darkness, sound effects and screams this is it.


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