This comedy is an adaptation of Thorne Smith's novel by Eric Hatch, and directed by Norman McLeod (1937). This screwball slapstick was a great success, and Roland Young won a nod from Academy, in the nomination process, in the best supporting actor category. This success was translated into two more sequels; Topper Takes a Trip (1939), and Topper Returns (1941); followed by a TV series during 1953 to 1956.
George Kirby (Cary Grant) and his beautiful wife Marion Kirby (Constance Bennett) are fun loving couple. They are successful stockholders in a bank, never knew what problems in life are, and enjoyed life like an open ended party. Life takes an unexpected turn for Kirby's when they die in a car accident, and reappear as ghosts to fill the void of the lives they left behind, like doing some good deeds. When George's boss, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young), crashes his new car in the same spot, the Kirby's take him under their wing, and try to "liven" of his boring life. Until then Topper would have lead an ordered life with his wife Clara Topper (Billie Burke), who schedules his day at work and home. When Cosmo is subjected into an (mis)adventure after another, he becomes a care free man. The two ghosts never give up their wild party lifestyle. Clara Topper becomes concerned with Cosmo's behavior, and Butler Wilkins (Alan Mowbray) finds it odd. No matter how drastically the intentions backfire, leading to arrest & scandal, Cosmo Topper remains as cool as ever. My favorite scenes are physical contortions brought by invisible ghosts which are hilarious. Roland Young offers an outstanding performance, and Constance Bennett is beautiful and funny.