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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.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Internet Movie Car Database, Cosmo Topper who if one remembers, always had an eye for special automobiles, had Eddie driving his 1936 Mercedes SSK throughout the film. This was an exotic (and expensive) car from the era. Mercedes ended manufacture of the model in 1941.

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Goofs

Many wires can be seen as the "ghost Gail" is changing her outfit in the Chinese room. See more »

Quotes

Cosmo Topper: I've lost the body. I've lost my car. If I don't get out of here very soon, I'll lose my mind!
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Featured in Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986) See more »

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Very Clever
25 October 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I often watch films like this with a real sense of detachment. It isn't that I don't enjoy them; it's that they seem dated and irrelevant to me. The cast of this film doesn't let that happen. First of all, everything is played tongue-in-cheek. Except for the bad guys, who are themselves parodies of humorlessness and the leading lady, everyone is a viable character. From Topper to his wife (Billie Burke, the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz; she is wonderful as the flighty matriarch); from Joan Blondell, the ghost, seeking the reason for her death; to Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who actually makes a reference to working for Mr. Bennyand keeps finding himself falling down a well where there is a sea lion; to the terrific slow burns of the police detective. It all works wonderfully. I know it's not one of the great comedies of the century, but I laughed out loud several times, even though I was watching alone. This is a delight and not to be missed.


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