38 of 41 people found this review helpful. Being one of the best actresses around, she knows exactly how to use the lines for ultimate comedic effect. Cosmo Topper is bedeviled by two ghosts whom only he can see and hear. Joan Blondell Roland ... Having just watched Topper, I watched Topper Returns as part of the same DVD set. This time, it's Gail Richards, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. Topper Returns is a 1973 TV pilot that updates the classic Cary Grant film to the 1970s into a half-hour situation comedy. Returns also boasts a first-rate cast, with Roland Young and Billie Burke inhabiting the Toppers like a pair of comfortable old shoes and Joan Blondell providing some sassy, wisecracking spice. U.S TV Shows/Television Movies/Documentaries: Late 40s - Present. Though all three Hollywood versions of one of his best character creations leave out much of the satire they are each highly entertaining romantic comedies with many sexual innuendos considered bawdy when released in the late 30's and early 40's. Reviewer: The Bridge - favorite favorite favorite favorite - November 21, 2010 Subject: Yes, a fun film. Hal Roach Studios - 8822 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA. In Topper Returns Cosmo Topper is again visited by ghosts. The 1936 M/B 540K which appeared in the movie, "Topper Returns" is arguably one of the most beautiful automobile designs ever, but I would imagine that the producers of the movie later regretted their choice. Alas, Grant's ghostly presence hangs over the entire film and puts a big hole in this movie. Mystery. Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This is what I remembered! With Topper's help, Gail sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results. There's one scene in "Topper Returns" involving Rochester that's a gem when the raven flies to his shoulder and he gives a double take. Topper is an American fantasy sitcom television series based on the 1937 film Topper, which was based on two novels Topper and Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith.The series was broadcast on CBS from October 9, 1953, to July 15, 1955, and stars Leo G. Carroll in the title role. When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. It followed the original film Topper (1937) which starred Cary Grant and Constance Bennett and sequel, Topper Takes a Trip (1938) which starred the same cast as the original, except that Cary Grant did not return. This sequel is a bit weirder and less fun than its precursor. A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs. Two sisters of differing temperaments, the younger's milquetoast fiancé, and a free-spirited artist in an auto trailer are all experiencing romantic complications. Overview of Topper Returns, 1941, directed by Roy Del Ruth, with Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, at Turner Classic Movies This pilot updated the 1937 film premise in that the ghosts died forty years earlier and haven't adjusted to the hip 1970s. A recently deceased couple try, any way they can, to get into heaven rather than wander the Earth as invisible souls with no purpose. Cast. All the folks in this do what they got paid for, they did a good job with this script. Society members start dropping ... See full summary ». When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. 5 stars . The third of producer Hal Roach 's Topper films, Topper Returns eschews the frothy "screwball" format of the first two in favor of an "old dark house" comedy-mystery. 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No idea why I couldn't find this listed before.Roddy McDowell basically in a remake of Topper, with apparently Stefanie Powers in the Constance Bennett role and John Fink as Cary Grant.I think this was a single pilot that wasn't picked up. You could remove Topper, and it would basically still be the same movie. Topper Returns (1941) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Was this review helpful to you? The made for TV "Topper Returns" actually deals with Cosmo Topper Jr. and though OK is nowhere near the caliber of this "Topper Returns.". Overall, a great mystery with a great cast and great direction. This pilot updated the 1937 film premise in that the ghosts died forty years earlier and haven't adjusted to the hip 1970s. Or you know what to expect and he delivers.He was flabbergasted at the thought of having ghosts in his car.He was McDowell. This third film adds an element of mystery, suspense and chills to the comedy. Don't miss it. I don't know whose idea it was to have him wear a fur coat but that one prop adds tremendously to the fun.So much has already been said by IMDb reviewers about the sensational Joan Blondell who deservedly got top billing in this film. With Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll, Buck. This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. Topper Returns - (Original Trailer) Alicia Malone Intro -- Topper Returns (1941) Ben Mankiewicz Intro -- Topper Returns (1941) The series of ghostly comedies kicked off with Topper (1937), which starred Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as freewheeling marrieds George and Marion Kerby. With Topper's help, Gail sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results. Topper Returns - DVD-R (1941) for $10.00 from OLDIES.com Comedy Topper's having girl trouble again! This time, it's Gail Richards, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. Roland Young returns as banker Cosmo Topper, who gallantly offers a lift to pretty hitchhikers Gail Richards (Joan Blondell) and … Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson was one of the funniest men around at the time. Check out what we'll be watching in 2021. https://www.allmovie.com/movie/topper-returns-v50463/cast-crew Cast. Topper Returns is a 1941 American film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Joan Blondell, Roland Young, and Carole Landis. This film may contain variations in audio and video quality due to limitations of the original source material. Adding to the creepiness of this truly scary comedy is the performance of Rafaela Ottiano as the housekeeper. To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. 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. An adopted boy's parents are killed, and to keep him from returning to the state's custody, he and his grandfather run away. Along with stars Joan Blondell and Roland Young, Topper Returns included an impressive cast of supporting players. ... As far as I know, "Topper Returns" is the only sequel Cary Grant ever did. A fun-loving young woman is murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. With Topper's help, Gail sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results. Joan Blondell‘s film, Topper Returns (1941) is the third and final entry in the initial series of supernatural comedy films inspired by the novels of Thorne Smith. 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. View production, box office, & company info. Add the first question. This results in a few baleful glances from Topper's wife, Clara (Billie Burke), but the worst is still to come. Certificate: Passed Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife. A fun-loving young woman is murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. If you want to continue to explore the fascinating world of "WandaVision," we have you covered with some inspired recommendations. Directed by (5) Writing credits (13) Cast (163) Produced by (3) Cinematography by (3) Film Editing by (7) Casting By (1) Art Direction by (5) Set Decoration by (3) Production Management (1) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (3) Unsold pilot for a proposed CBS comedy series about the comic misadventures of a band trying to make it big on the music scene. With Roddy McDowall, Stefanie Powers, John Fink, Reginald Owen. Stars: Roland Young, Joan Blondell, Carole Landis Director: Roy Del RuthA sassy girl finds herself dead after trading bedrooms with her heiress friend. Alas, Grant's ghostly presence hangs over the entire film and puts a big hole in this movie. Comedy, Certificate: Passed This time it is the ghost of Gail Richards, who persuades Topper to go to the home of her friend Ann Carrington to uncover her murderer. This time, it's Gail Richards, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. 64. Reviewer: The Bridge - favorite favorite favorite favorite - November 21, 2010 Subject: Yes, a fun film. Comedy, Certificate: Passed The man behind them, Roy Seawright, had also been in charge of the special effects for the first two Topper's. 30's Film You Are Most Embarrassed to Have Not Seen (Popular and High Grossing). Carole Landis looks lovely, and the supporting cast of character actors delivers exactly what they're supposed to deliver. Joan Blondell in Topper Returns 2.jpg 326 × 454; 31 KB Joan Blondell in Topper Returns.jpg 502 × 532; 66 KB Billie Burke and Patsy Kelly in Topper Returns.jpg 695 × 534; 73 KB Find out when and where you can watch Topper Returns on tv with the full listings schedule at TVGuide.com. This time it is the ghost of Gail Richards, who persuades Topper to go to the home of her friend Ann Carrington to uncover her murderer. An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner. TMDb Score. Known as the “Ping Girl” (short for “purring” coined by a Hal Roach publicist), Landis’ Hollywood tale was a tragic one. Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. In 1973, NBC-TV aired the TOPPER RETURNS TV Show in an effort to bring some Thorne Smith magic back to the small screen. A classic screwball comedy with a supernatural twist, Topper stars the incomparable Cary Grant and sparkling Constance Bennett as George and Marion Kirby, a fun-loving couple who cap an evening of jazz and champagne by running their car into a tree. Directed by Hy Averback. A woman is murdered and her spirit seeks out Topper to find out who killed her and why. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of Topper Returns with exclusive news, pictures, videos and more at TVGuide.com Plus the later TV series added a ghost St. Bernard named Neil who just happened to be an alcoholic. Billie Burke was back for a third go as Mrs. Topper. He's shown in the beginning as the film goes over how George and Marion got to be ghosts in the first place. Find out when and where you can watch Topper Returns on tv with the full listings schedule at TVGuide.com. Free Blu-Ray offer: http://oldclassics.tv/publicdomainDownload hundreds of Public Domain Films at: http://oldclassics.tv/publicdomain/ Billie Burke as Mrs. Cosmo Topper is given more clever lines this go around. Topper Returns ( 381 ) IMDb 6.9 1 h 28 min 1941 ALL Returning for their third portrayal of Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo Topper, Roland Young and Billie Burke are consistently upstaged by a sparkling new addition to the "Topper" troupe, Jack Benny's famed manservant, … You could remove Topper, and it would basically still be the same movie. Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track. Donald MacBride as the police sergeant in charge of investigating the murders plays the part of a dumb policeman (typical for Hollywood in those days) in such a lofty comic manner than his stupidity is actually believable and this time funny. This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. Search for "Topper Returns" on Amazon.com, Title: Topper is again thrown into a series of crazy situations as he uncovers the true identity of the killer. View production, box office, & company info. Was this review helpful to you? Daniel Bubbeo , Thorne Smith is just now beginning to be taken seriously as a writer. Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. Later during the civil rights movement Jack Benny told Rochester to do an errand for him. Use the HTML below. 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