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Topper Returns (1941)

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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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21 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Ich suche meinen Mörder  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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In the film, Eddie (played by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson) says that he's going back to "Mr. Benny", an in-joke reference to the fact that Anderson played Rochester, the valet, on Jack Benny's radio program and later TV show. See more »

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After falling into the water numerous times, Eddie should be soaked to the skin. Yet, even with his full length fur coat and chauffeurs uniform, he's often dry a few scenes later. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Roberts: So you admit there is a body.
Cosmo Topper: Yes. I came over here to look for it.
Sgt. Roberts: Well, how did you know it was here?
Cosmo Topper: She told me.
Sgt. Roberts: She? Who's she?
Cosmo Topper: The dead girl.
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Topper Returns is more fun than the original.
26 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since both films were on my DVD I watched both of them tonight. I found this film more charming than the Cary Grant film (and that is saying something!) Not only was Joan Blondell a barrel of fun but the house was great. There were secret staircases, chairs that tuned into secret hallways. I found Jack Benney's sidekick (Chester, I believe) a total riot. This man did not mind playing this role I am sure. (Jack Benney for all his "stingy" ways was not stingy in real life, especially with this man.) The other character that was completely zany and filled with great fun was Billie Burke. She did not carry the same personality over from the first film. In the original "Topper" she played a snobbish upper crust lady who had no fun in her. For "Topper Returns" she plays a zany character so much like Gracie Allen you would think that George Burns was "Topper" and Gracie his wife. Anyway, it was a very funny, delightful film.

This film may not have been one of the "greats", but if you just want to laugh--have a go at this one.


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