This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »
Leo G. Carroll
After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.
A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
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
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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 »
When George and Marion walk into the club as they are sitting down someone already seated at the table calls George "Cary". See more »
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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