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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Marion Kerby
... George Kerby
... Mr. Cosmo Topper
... Mrs. Clara Topper
... Wilkins
... Casey
... Elevator Boy
... Mrs. Grace Stuyvesant
... Miss Johnson
... Hotel Manager
... Policeman (as J. Farrell McDonald)
... Secretary
... Rustic
... Rustic
Three Hits and a Miss ... Three Hits and a Miss
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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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16 July 1937 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Songwriter and pianist Hoagy Carmichael makes an uncredited cameo appearance, early in the film, as the piano player in the sequence where George and Marion are on the town the night before the meeting at the bank. He introduces the song "Old Man Moon", which is sung by George and Marion (It's also sung later by Three Hits and a Miss). It was Carmichael's screen debut. As the couple leave the bar, George says "(Good) night and Carmichael replies "So long, see ya next time." See more »

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When George and Marion walk into the club as they are sitting down someone already seated at the table calls George "Cary". See more »

Quotes

Cosmo Topper: My wife objects to drinking.
George Kerby: Then she shouldn't drink.
Cosmo Topper: She doesn't.
George Kerby: What's her objection?
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Followed by Topper Returns (1941) See more »

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The Old Oaken Bucket
(1818) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Samuel Woodworth (1818)
Sung a cappella by Cary Grant
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Roland Young Is Wonderful
29 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Constance Bennett and Roland Young as superb in this charming comedy. Cary Grant is in it too. George and Marion get killed in a car wreck but hang around to change the life of stuffy banker, Cosmo Topper.

Nice performances by the stars and some OK 1937 special effects. Not quite a screwball comedy, but things get going toward the end. The film is rather too staid for the first hour.

Billie Burke is fun as are Eugene Palette and Arthur Lake. Alan Mowbray seems miscast. Virgina Sale is good as the secretary but Hedda Hopper is wasted.

I fondly remember the TV series but I imagine it doesn't hold up. This was a huge hit and helped establish Grant as a comedy star, revived Bennett's career, and put Young on the map with an Oscar nomination.


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