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Topper Returns -- 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...
Topper Returns -- Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit.


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Thorne Smith (based on: the fictional characters conceived by the late)
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Release Date:
21 March 1941 (USA) See more »
Topper's having girl trouble again!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Blondell ... Gail Richards

Roland Young ... Cosmo Topper

Carole Landis ... Ann Carrington

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Topper
Dennis O'Keefe ... Bob

Patsy Kelly ... Maid

H.B. Warner ... Mr. Carrington

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Chauffeur
George Zucco ... Dr. Jeris
Donald MacBride ... Sgt. Roberts
Rafaela Ottiano ... Lillian

Trevor Bardette ... Rama
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Chandler ... Jim - Police Sergeant (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Engine Room Sailor-Henchman in Striped Shirt (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Boat Captain (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Second Butler (uncredited)
Slicker the Seal ... Slicker the Seal (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Darryl - Police Officer (uncredited)
Duke York ... Engine Room Sailor-Henchman in Black (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
Writing credits
Thorne Smith (based on: the fictional characters conceived by the late)

Jonathan Latimer (original screenplay) &
Gordon Douglas (original screenplay)

Paul Girard Smith (additional dialogue) (as Paul Gerard Smith)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann (musical score by)
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom (film editor) (as James Newcom)
Art Direction by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (set decorations) (as W.L. Stevens)
Costume Design by
Royer (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Carr .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound recordist
Elmer Raguse .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... orchestra conductor
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Irene Martin .... stand-in: Joan Blondell (uncredited)
H.W. Winston .... animal trainer: Slicker the seal (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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 »
Continuity: When Bob the cab driver goes after Ann's attacker on the balcony, his hair is messed up by the wind, but when he comes back in and confronts Lillian the housekeeper, his hair is neatly combed.See more »
Clara Topper:Why, you're all wet. Is it raining out? Oh, but you haven't been out. Can't be raining in. Well, if it has, it's all cleared up.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rebecca (1940)See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Very Clever, 25 October 2006
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

I often watch films like this with a real sense of detachment. It isn't that I don't enjoy them; it's that they seem dated and irrelevant to me. The cast of this film doesn't let that happen. First of all, everything is played tongue-in-cheek. Except for the bad guys, who are themselves parodies of humorlessness and the leading lady, everyone is a viable character. From Topper to his wife (Billie Burke, the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz; she is wonderful as the flighty matriarch); from Joan Blondell, the ghost, seeking the reason for her death; to Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who actually makes a reference to working for Mr. Bennyand keeps finding himself falling down a well where there is a sea lion; to the terrific slow burns of the police detective. It all works wonderfully. I know it's not one of the great comedies of the century, but I laughed out loud several times, even though I was watching alone. This is a delight and not to be missed.

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