Topper Returns (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery  |  21 March 1941 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Carrington
George Zucco ...
Dr. Jeris
Donald MacBride ...
Sgt. Roberts
Rafaela Ottiano ...


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 <>

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Topper's having girl trouble again!


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Release Date:

21 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ich suche meinen Mörder  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Ann Carrington: Where did you last see her?
Cosmo Topper: She was sitting on a table in the hall and she hung my hat on a Chinaman's foot.
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Follows Topper Takes a Trip (1938) See more »

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Excellent Comedy/Mystery
15 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the comments that this 1941 "sequel" to the 1937 classic is actually a better film despite the absence of Cary Grant. This movie is loaded with talented people - Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke, George Zucco, Patsy Kelly, Eddie Anderson, Dennis O'Keefe, Rafela Ottiano, all of whom have their moments to shine. Blondell is the only bona fide major movie star in the group but it's very much an ensemble cast picture in a way you don't often see in movies from the period. Mainly a slapstick comedy, it works as a mystery too, I was surprised by the murderer's identity. Anderson and Burke are particularly funny and Blondell is a delight, very sassy and very sexy, she looks a few pounds heavier than in her 1930's Warner Bros. films but those extra curves look sensational on her, making her more Mae West-like than ever.

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