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Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 12 January 1939 (USA)
To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Jack Jevne (screen play), Eddie Moran (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Marion Kerby
Roland Young ... Mr. Topper
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Topper
Alan Mowbray ... Wilkins
Verree Teasdale ... Mrs. Parkhurst
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Manager
Alexander D'Arcy ... Baron
Paul Hurst ... Bartender
Armand Kaliz ... Hotel Clerk
Eddie Conrad ... Jailer
Spencer Charters ... Judge
Irving Pichel ... Prosecutor
Leon Belasco ... Bellboy
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Magistrate
Asta ... 'Mr. Atlas' - Dog (as Skippy)
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Storyline

Mrs. Topper's friend Mrs. Parkhurst has convinced Mrs. Topper to file for a divorce from Cosmo, due to the strange circumstances of his trip with ghost Marion Kirby. Marion comes back from heaven's door to help Cosmo again, this time only with dog Mr. Atlas. Due to the strange behavior of Cosmo, the judge refuses to divorce them, so Mrs. Parkhurst takes Mrs. Topper on a trip to France, where she tries to arrange the final reasons for the divorce, with the help of a gold-digging French baron. Marion takes Cosmo to the same hotel, to bring them back together and to get her own final ticket to heaven, but the whole thing turns out to be not so easy... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantômes en croisière See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dog, "Atlas," is listed in the opening credits, but is missing in the final end credits. Hence the opening credits are listed first, followed by those end credits not yet listed. See more »

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When Topper loses control while driving the sports car, we see him in closeup, then in long shot careening up a hill, between trees. It is obvious that it is not Roland Young because he is bald and the stunt driver has dark hair. See more »

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Opening credits are displayed as Luggage Labels for cast and crew. See more »

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The film was colorized in the late 1980s. See more »

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Repairing A Marriage You Damaged
14 January 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After creating enough mayhem in the life of Cosmo Topper in the first Topper film, Marian Kerby comes back from the afterlife to do a little more damage than before. She means well of course and by chance things do work out in the end.

Roland Young as Topper, Constance Bennett as Marian, and Billie Burke as the ditzy but patient Mrs. Topper are back again. Cary Grant as George Kerby is here too, but only in a flashback from the original Topper movie. The flashback occurs when Topper is on the witness stand in a divorce case as Billie Burke is filing for divorce. Topper takes the stand and tries to explain that wasn't a real woman in his room, just an other world spirit.

Judge Spencer Charters won't grant a divorce, but come back the next day he might sign some commitment papers. So Billie Burke and her friend Verree Teasdale are off to France. Now it becomes clear what Marian Kerby is back on terra firma for.

Connie and Roland are off to France where they have to deal with fussy hotel managers and pretentious gigolos like Franklin Pangborn and Alexander D'Arcy.

Best scenes in the film, in the casino with Paul Porcasi as the manager and in the bar with Paul Hurst as bartender.

It's not as good as the original Topper film, but still has a lot of laughs left in the old spirit.


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