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Topper (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Jack Jevne (screen play), Eric Hatch (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Marion Kerby
Cary Grant ... George Kerby
Roland Young ... Mr. Cosmo Topper
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Clara Topper
Alan Mowbray ... Wilkins
Eugene Pallette ... Casey
Arthur Lake ... Elevator Boy
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Grace Stuyvesant
Virginia Sale ... Miss Johnson
Theodore von Eltz ... Hotel Manager
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Policeman (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Elaine Shepard ... Secretary
Doodles Weaver ... Rustic
Si Jenks ... Rustic
Three Hits and a Miss Three Hits and a Miss ... Three Hits and a Miss
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The wound him up and let him run...Riot! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hal Roach immediately wanted Cary Grant to play George Kerby, but he had difficulty getting the actor to agree to play the part, since Grant was concerned about the supernatural aspects of the story. Assurance from Roach that the screwball aspects of the story would be played up - plus a fee of $50,000 - were sufficient to convince Grant to do the film. See more »

Goofs

You can see through various people and objects when George and Marion appear and disappear. See more »

Quotes

Cosmo Topper: So I'm a ditherer? Well, I'm jolly well going to dither, then!
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Connections

Referenced in Penny Dreadful (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Man Moon
(1937)
Music & Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael
Sung by Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited), Constance Bennett (uncredited) and Cary Grant (uncredited)
Played as dance music by nightclub orchestra and
Sung by Three Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
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"Why don't you stop being a mummy for a few minutes and come to life?"
10 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A carefree couple (Cary Grant, Constance Bennett) are killed in a car crash. They come back as ghosts to help their bank manager friend, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young), break out of his stuffy little rut and find happiness. I first saw this years ago and I remember being disappointed that Cary Grant isn't really the star of it, Roland Young is. This is probably the role Young is best remembered for, although it's very similar to some of his other roles. Namely that of a meek little man who mumbles and has funny deadpan reactions to things. He's likable and easy to root for. For their parts, Grant and Bennett are a lot of fun. They sing "Old Man Moon" with Hoagy Carmichael in one delightful scene. The supporting cast includes Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, and a very funny Eugene Palette. The film was a success and led to two sequels and a TV series. It's a light screwball comedy with enjoyable performances and a good script. People expecting it to be a vehicle for Cary Grant might be disappointed but hopefully they'll give it a shot anyway.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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