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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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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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When Cosmo, Gail and Eddie are walking towards the house in the snow, Eddie stops walking putting Gail to Cosmo's left (she grabs his arm). In the next shot a tree branch on Cosmo's right moves as if Gail moves it, but Cosmo still has his left arm raised as if Gail was holding his arm. See more »

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Sgt. Roberts: I've been in politics ten years, and I've never seen anything as balled up as this is!
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Humorous third part of trilogy Topper series
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After a fatal car accident driven by a cabman(Dennis O'Keefe),Anne(Carole Landis) and Gail(Joan Blondell) are going to mansion of Anne's father(H.B.Warner).There is murdered Gail and goes back as ghost.Cosmo Topper(Roland Young) married with Clara(Billie Burke)helps her find the man who mistakenly killed her.

The picture contains enjoyable humor,ghostly adventures,awesome comedy,a little bit of whodunit about the killing and besides is pretty entertained. The casting is frankly well.Thus is a gorgeous Carole Landis who unfortunately committed suicide with twenty nine years old after a romance with Rex Harrison.Joan Blondell is a likable ghost,she was a great comedian actress with much success and long career. Roland Young is agreeable,sympathetic as Topper,this personage was always played by him.He was actually nominated for an Oscar to the original film ,no this one.He along with Billie Burke make a completely delight duo.Special mention to the black servant,Eddie Anderson, as the coward and unfortunate chauffeur.In the film appear known secondaries especially of terror cinema as George Zucco(Mad ghoul,Mummy's ghost,Dead man walking)as the medic,Raffaela Ottiano(Decil doll) as a housekeeper (similar to Rebeca) and even Dennis O'Keefe(Leopard man)as the taxi driver. The special effects sequences are especially amused and were nominated for an Oscar.The film is well produced by Hal Roach(Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films) and correctly directed by Roy del Ruth. It's preceded by two movies with similar actors ¨Topper¨(1937)directed by Norman Z McLeod with Gary Grant and Constance Bennett; and ¨Topper takes a trip¨(1939).Followed by TV series and remade as TV movie(1979).


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