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Topper (1937)

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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The wound him up and let him run...Riot! 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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Quotes

Casey: Can't you look where I'm goin'?
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Soundtracks

The Old Oaken Bucket
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Samuel Woodworth (1818)
Sung a cappella by Cary Grant
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The MADCAP antic's of one Cosmo P. Topper Stuffy Banker "I Loved It"
18 August 2001 | by alphaspaceSee all my reviews

Two stock holders in a bank that loved living it up, real posh social folk used to living the life in the fast lane snag the BIG Detour, as their car misses a hairpin turn and crashes killing both of them. They having committed no particularly good or bad deed are in purgatory limbo caught between heaven and, earth thus existing as ghosts here.

They are charged to do one good deed. With that the object on their road to salvation becomes their former banker and friend Cosmo P. Topper. Cosmo a quiet shy hen pecked little man of respect and dignity in social circles that count in his community has a trappy motherly sort of wife who has a funny voice that simply cannot be duplicated in this film.

The ghosts act to make Cosmo Topper a changed man a person more real more free and open which yet he still remained plenty respectable a person given by today's measures of morality given the standards of the world when this film was made. Cosmo is thrust unwillingly into one mad cap adventure after another until the poor dear was numb. He became more free simply because these two ghost unable to give up their wild party lifestyle dragged poor topper with them wherever they went.

That's not to say Topper was a hostage. Oh no far from it Cosmo Topper genuinely enjoyed his new found party life drinking pink ladies, a alcoholic drink swooshing down sliding boards to enter trendy night spots, watching floor shows oh Topper was living it up. Oh yes Topper was a reluctant but willing accomplice in his own undoing. As the party life went on a more and more disturbed Mrs. Cosmo P. Topper grew concerned as she watched her mouse of a grow in self confidence. I could tell you more of the plot but won't get it on VHS or DVD yourself its awesome.

I will say that the music is so totally hot in this movie providing you like big band music. Old Man Moon is Particularly good. The whole movie is sweet. It has a little mystery in it some intrigue but its always light and gay. The movie has what I consider a sweet tearjerker ending that is only really meaningful if you watch the film from beginning to end.

This film was a product of the HAL ROACH studios and, all the trick photography you saw in this film was all done in the camera via technical means. This was a real ground breaking bit of FX technology for its day. You also get to see the actor who played Dagwood Bumstead at a very early age as the elevator dude in this film. Mergatroids the man was still a pup.

I have this one in my collection and I treasure it. I love old movies more than most of the new stuff. This movie is just good clean innocent fun. If you want sex and, naked bodies thrust so close up into your face you can see their skin cells devide this movie is not for you. If ou like a fun movie that makes you laugh at snootty upper crust posh folk of a bygone era then this movie is all that. The time is set in the distant past by todays standards but zanny people never change see this movie for yourself to see why.


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