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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...

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Director:
Writers:
Thorne Smith (based on: the fictional characters conceived by the late)
Jonathan Latimer (original screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
21 March 1941 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Topper's having girl trouble again!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Cast

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

Jonathan Latimer (original screen play by) &
Gordon Douglas (original screen play by)

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 (art direction)
 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (set decorations) (as W.L. Stevens)
 
Costume Design by
Royer (gowns by)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Carr .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound recording by
Elmer Raguse .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
 
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... orchestra conducted by
 
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presents
Irene Martin .... stand-in: Joan Blondell (uncredited)
H.W. Winston .... animal trainer: Slicker the seal (uncredited)
 
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88 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When an interrogated suspect is about to reveal something crucial, the lights go out, leaving the room in complete darkness. This shouldn't be since there's a fire burning in a large fireplace nearby.See more »
Quotes:
Rama the Butler:[appearing suddenly on the stoop] Good evening.
Gail Richards:[startled] Why don't you knock before you come out?
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References Charlie Chan in London (1934)See more »

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Murder Most Funny, 21 April 2006

Sexy, wise-cracking Joan Blondell, who has accompanied her best friend back to her stately home to meet her father after many, many years, mysteriously is knifed after having traded rooms with Carole Landis - the intended victim. In true Topper fashion, her ghost finds the next-door neighbor who had given them both a lift earlier, one Cosmo Topper. He sees dead people all the time, way before it became quite so fashionable in The Sixth Sense. Topper Returns is the third and last of the Topper series, all of which starred Roland Young as the lead and Billie Burke as his annoying wife. Young plays the role to perfection again and Burke is equally up to the challenge. Lots of support in this one for Young and Burke as the old, spooky haunted house genre serves as primary backdrop when Topper goes to the scene of the crime and then we get mixed identities, hidden panels, scores of red herrings pointing out everyone's guilt except for the killer but generously dosed with lots of amusing quips from Young, wise-cracking one-liners from Blondell in ghostly form, by-play between Burke and her maid, the underrated Patsy Kelly, and chauffeur/fraidy cat Eddie "Rochester" Anderson basically playing himself and hamming it up as only he can. Anderson is easily the brightest spot in the film for me, even at one point making reference to former employer Jack Benny! But the cast also has the eerie likes of George Zucco, H. B. Warner, Donald MacBryde, and Rafaela Ottiano playing one creepy housekeeper. While definitely not as polished a production as the original Topper, Topper Returns is a whole lot more fun in Hal Roach fashion. It is my favourite of the three Topper films as it mixes comedy with horror rather well for its time.

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