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Topper Returns (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery | 21 March 1941 (USA)
A fun-loving young woman finds herself murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. Her ghost seeks aid from a banker to find out why and by whom.

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Roy Del Ruth

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Thorne Smith (based on: the fictional characters conceived by the late), Jonathan Latimer (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Gail Richards
Roland Young ... Cosmo Topper
Carole Landis ... Ann Carrington
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Topper
Dennis O'Keefe ... Bob
Patsy Kelly ... Topper's Maid
H.B. Warner ... Mr. Carrington
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Topper's Chauffeur
George Zucco ... Dr. Jeris
Donald MacBride ... Police Detective Roberts
Rafaela Ottiano ... Lillian - the Housekeeper
Trevor Bardette ... Rama - the Butler
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Storyline

Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This time, it's Joan Blondell, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. With Topper's help, Joan sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Topper's having girl trouble again!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich suche meinen Mörder See more »

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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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When Gail says, "Just like the Pot O' Gold program", she is referring to the popular radio show that was on NBC from September 1939 to December 1941. The premise was whoever answered the phone from a number chosen at random would win $1,000 ($17,000 in 2016). Of course calling random numbers out of the phone book would result in a lot of calls not being answered. See more »

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After falling into the water numerous times, Eddie should be soaked to the skin. Yet, even with his full length fur coat and chauffeurs uniform, he's often dry a few scenes later. See more »

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Sgt. Roberts: I'm not supposed to think - I'm from the city hall.
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Final film in the Topper trilogy - probably the best
11 June 2007 | by StanleyStrangeloveSee all my reviews

Most of the film takes place in a spooky mansion with secret doors, hidden passageways and a creepy knife-wielding killer lurking in the shadows.

Roland Young reprises his role as Cosmo Topper, the straight-laced, bespectacled banker. In the original, Cary Grant and Constance Bennet were the ghosts who only Topper could see. This time it's Joan Blondell who is accidentally murdered.

Billie Burke is the hysterical and somewhat dotty Mrs. Topper. Donald MacBride is a flustered police sergeant straight out of keystone cops.

Check out Joan Blondell's friend, Carole Landis, as the rich girl who was the intended murder victim. Landis was in her early 20's and committed suicide at 29. She was an absolutely gorgeous woman who, unfortunately, is not remembered.

The actor who steals the film is Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as the chauffeur. He played Jack Benny's sidekick Rochester on radio and TV. He has the movie's best lines and was an extremely talented comedian.

This was the final film in the series after TOPPER (1937) and TOPPER TAKES A TRIP (1939).

If you want to see one of the original haunted house mysteries with lots of darkness, sound effects and screams this is it.


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