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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 »
User Reviews:
Final film in the Topper trilogy - probably the best See more (38 total) »

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)

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 
 
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)
 
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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:
Continuity: 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:Where's your husband?
Clara Topper:In the icebox.
Sgt. Roberts:Has he got the body with him?
Clara Topper:Certainly. Under his overcoat.
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Movie Connections:
References Rebecca (1940)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Final film in the Topper trilogy - probably the best, 11 June 2007
Author: Stanley Strangelove from Portland, Oregon US

Most of the film takes place in a spooky mansion with secret doors, hidden passageways and a creepy knife-wielding killer lurking in the shadows.

Roland Young reprises his role as Cosmo Topper, the straight-laced, bespectacled banker. In the original, Cary Grant and Constance Bennet were the ghosts who only Topper could see. This time it's Joan Blondell who is accidentally murdered.

Billie Burke is the hysterical and somewhat dotty Mrs. Topper. Donald MacBride is a flustered police sergeant straight out of keystone cops.

Check out Joan Blondell's friend, Carole Landis, as the rich girl who was the intended murder victim. Landis was in her early 20's and committed suicide at 29. She was an absolutely gorgeous woman who, unfortunately, is not remembered.

The actor who steals the film is Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as the chauffeur. He played Jack Benny's sidekick Rochester on radio and TV. He has the movie's best lines and was an extremely talented comedian.

This was the final film in the series after TOPPER (1937) and TOPPER TAKES A TRIP (1939).

If you want to see one of the original haunted house mysteries with lots of darkness, sound effects and screams this is it.

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