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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)

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According to the Internet Movie Car Database, Cosmo Topper who if one remembers, always had an eye for special automobiles, had Eddie driving his 1936 Mercedes SSK throughout the film. This was an exotic (and expensive) car from the era. Mercedes ended manufacture of the model in 1941.

The crashed cab is identified as a 1936 De Soto, Movie fans recognize this as a common Taxi used in films of that time, ergo the De Soto Cab Company.

A treat is a look at a 1935 Packard Super Eight Sport Phaeton.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Sgt. Roberts:So you admit there is a body.
Cosmo Topper:Yes. I came over here to look for it.
Sgt. Roberts:Well, how did you know it was here?
Cosmo Topper:She told me.
Sgt. Roberts:She? Who's she?
Cosmo Topper:The dead girl.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Phantoms (1996) (V)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Humorous third part of trilogy Topper series, 31 May 2006
Author: ma-cortes

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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