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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 Gail Richards (Blondell), who was mistakenly murdered while staying at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. With Topper's help, Gail 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Gail is driving Topper's car in the chase, there is a close-up of the steering wheel moving on its own, and there is no assist knob present on the steering wheel. But, at the end of the chase when she gets out of the car, the knob is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Roberts: Well, what are YOU doin' here?
Eddie, the Chauffeur: If you'd've asked me that a second later, you'd have been talkin' to yourself.
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Follows Topper Takes a Trip (1938) See more »

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Topper Returns is more fun than the original.
26 December 2004 | by juicyfruitsSee all my reviews

Since both films were on my DVD I watched both of them tonight. I found this film more charming than the Cary Grant film (and that is saying something!) Not only was Joan Blondell a barrel of fun but the house was great. There were secret staircases, chairs that tuned into secret hallways. I found Jack Benney's sidekick (Chester, I believe) a total riot. This man did not mind playing this role I am sure. (Jack Benney for all his "stingy" ways was not stingy in real life, especially with this man.) The other character that was completely zany and filled with great fun was Billie Burke. She did not carry the same personality over from the first film. In the original "Topper" she played a snobbish upper crust lady who had no fun in her. For "Topper Returns" she plays a zany character so much like Gracie Allen you would think that George Burns was "Topper" and Gracie his wife. Anyway, it was a very funny, delightful film.

This film may not have been one of the "greats", but if you just want to laugh--have a go at this one.


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