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Topper (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Jack Jevne (screen play), Eric Hatch (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Marion Kerby
Cary Grant ... George Kerby
Roland Young ... Mr. Cosmo Topper
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Clara Topper
Alan Mowbray ... Wilkins
Eugene Pallette ... Casey
Arthur Lake ... Elevator Boy
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Grace Stuyvesant
Virginia Sale ... Miss Johnson
Theodore von Eltz ... Hotel Manager
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Policeman (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Elaine Shepard ... Secretary
Doodles Weaver ... Rustic
Si Jenks ... Rustic
Three Hits and a Miss Three Hits and a Miss ... Three Hits and a Miss
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Storyline

The funloving Kerbys, stockholders in the bank of which henpecked, stuffy Cosmo Topper is president, drive recklessly once too often and become ghosts. In limbo because they've never done either good or bad deeds, they decide to try a good one now: rehabilitating Topper. Lovely, flirtatious Marion takes a keen personal interest in the job. Will Topper survive the wrath of jealous ghost George? Will Mrs. Topper find that a scandalous husband isn't all bad? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Roland YOUNG First hen-pecked husband who dared peck back...at a blonde! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das blonde Gespenst See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The entrance to the Seabreeze Hotel, where Topper and the ghosts check in for a little fun, was filmed in front of Bullocks Department store on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

George Kerby: My pet, resting's the sort of thing you've got to work up to gradually... very dangerous to rest all of a sudden.
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Soundtracks

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Music & Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael
Sung by Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited), Constance Bennett (uncredited) and Cary Grant (uncredited)
Played as dance music by nightclub orchestra and
Sung by Three Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
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Solid Fantasy Feature With A Fine Cast & Some Good Camera Tricks
16 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With a fine cast and some good and occasionally impressive special effect camera tricks, this is a decent fantasy feature. It makes its main gimmick work well, while also telling a light but interesting story about the main characters. The idea of ghosts returning to interact with the living is a simple and familiar idea, but in this movie it works pretty well.

Cary Grant is always entertaining in this kind of role, and Roland Young fit right into the role of "Topper" and made it his own, in this and the sequels. Constance Bennett gives a very lively and engaging performance that also drives much of the action. Billie Burke is well-cast as Topper's wife, and Eugene Palette makes very good use of his scenes as a grouchy hotel detective.

The 'ghost' effects are very good technically for their time, and they are used effectively in the story. There is a lot of variety in the various visual effects, and they show some clever ideas and careful planning. Only a couple of times do the seams show.

The story is kept very simple, probably by design, allowing the cast and the camera effects to carry the load. Although things move a little slowly at times, most of it is entertaining, and as light entertainment it works well.


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