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Topper & Topper Returns [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Joan Blondell , Roland Young , Norman Z. McLeod , Roy Del Ruth    DVD
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  • Actors: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Carole Landis
  • Directors: Norman Z. McLeod, Roy Del Ruth
  • Writers: Eddie Moran, Eric Hatch, Gordon Douglas, Jack Jevne, Jonathan Latimer
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ7B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topping, Toppy 1 April 2006
You can tell your life is REALLY pathetic when ghosts have to show you how to live.
But that is what happens to Cosmo Topper, in the charming "Topper" and its equally charming sequel "Topper Returns." It's basically your typical screwball comedy (complete with Cary Grant), but with an injection of supernatural pranking and murder mystery. In other words, it's loads of fun.
George and Marion Kirby (Cary Grant, Constance Bennett) love fun, partying until clubs kick them out, and generally not taking life seriously. So it's a shock to them when they die in a car accident, and linger on as ghosts. Apparently they have not done any good deeds to go to the Great Beyond.
So when George's boss, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young), crashes his new car in the same spot, the Kirbys take him under their wing. Poor Cosmo is stodgy and timid, with a domineering wife who schedules his day down to the minute. So it's up to the Kirbys to show the poor man how to live life and have fun, but their good deed rapidly gets away from them...
And most sequels stink, but goofy murder mystery "Topper Returns" is just as funny as the first movie. Instead of a ghostly screwball, this time it's a spoof of "haunted house" stories, with a nod to Hitchcock's "Rebecca."
Ann Carrington (Carole Landis) is returning to her ancestral home and inheritance, with cheeky pal Gail (Joan Blondell) in tow. But after the girls switch bedrooms, someone murders Gail. Confused, she drifts over to the house of Cosmo Topper (Roland Young), whose car she hijacked earlier in the day.
Gail blackmails Topper into helping her discover who murdered her, and who is trying to kill Ann.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic ... and a sequel 20 Sep 2010
Thorne Smith (1892-1934) was one of the most popular American writers of the Prohibition Era. Like many clever and witty members of his generation, he punched in at the New Yorker Magazine. He wasn't especially successful there and he didn't stay very long but he associated with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and the usual crowd of assorted, egotistical boozers. His success came with a string of highly popular comic novels. He might be thought of as an American P. G. Wodehouse, although he was not nearly as accomplished a wordsmith as the great British master and his books dealt more in giddy titillation than in high comedy.

As a writer, Smith is best remembered for his novel "Topper" (1926) and its sequel "Topper Takes a Trip" (1932), but no less than five of his books were filmed and one generated a successful television series. The Hollywood versions of his novels were "Night Life of the Gods" (1935, all prints apparently lost), "Topper" (1937), "Topper Takes a Trip" (1939), "Turnabout" (1940) and "I Married a Witch" (1942, based on Smith's final, unfinished novel, "The Passionate Witch"). "Topper Returns" (1941) was not based on anything written by Smith but simply a commercial outing very loosely based on Smith's original set up.

In "Topper," the quiet, repressed and not very happily married banker, Cosmo Topper, finds himself haunted by the ghosts of the recently departed George and Marion Kirby. They are very much a Jazz Age couple and Marion, in particular, maintains some very earthy ideas for such an unearthly creature. In the sequel, "Topper Takes a Trip," Topper's marriage, as usual, is in a rocky state. The Toppers are in Paris in at attempt at reconciliation when George and Marion turn up again.

The movie version of "Topper" is a true classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Touch of a Pair of Ghosts 21 Sep 2007
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.
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214 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both films look perfectly gorgeous on this DVD. 29 July 2003
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I couldn't be more pleased with the image quality of both TOPPER and TOPPER RETURNS on this DVD from Hallmark & Artisan, and I'm a demanding viewer. Both prints are top-notch and the transfers are outstanding, offering extremely clean, clear presentations. I'm so pleased with this DVD that I was compelled to write this (my first note on Amazon) just to assure fellow fans of these great comedies that you should by all means order this disc with confidence.
112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Response to, "Disgusted Hal Roach Fan" 2 Aug 2003
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The "Disgusted Hal Roach Fan" seems to be in his own tormented little world! I read his review prior to buying the Topper/Topper Returns video because I love this movie and had not seen it in a very long time. I thought, oh well, even if it is as bad as the "DHRF" said it was, at least I would get to see this movie again.
My only explanation for the "DHRF" is that his sight isn't very good, he needs a new DVD player, or he just has an ax to grind against Artisan Video. The Topper video is crystal clear and the sound is great. If you like Cary Grant and want to see one of his earlier screwball comedies, this is a great DVD.
50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 1937 Original w/1941 sequel now on remastered DVD!! 1 Aug 2003
By forrie - Published on
ARTISAN Home Entertainment brings us a remastered DVD of Hal Roach Studios (who brought us Laurel & Hardy and the Little Rascals in 1920's through the 1930's on the side experimented with full length feature films,greater than 65 minutes in length) original 1937 Topper. In 1937 Hal Roach used trick photography, camera magic and ground breaking FX technology for the amazing ghost creations.
"Topper" with a Star studded cast Cary Grant as Millionaire George Kirby (at his comedic best), Constance Bennett as his wife Marion (a beautifully devine actress), Roland Young as their Banker Cosmo Topper (nominated for Best Supporting Actor as "Topper") and Billie Burke as Mrs. Topper (best known as Glenda the "Good Witch" from the 1939 "The Wizard of OZ"). Included is a very young song writer/singer Hoagy Carmichael.
This wonderfully remastered Black / White Standard Feature DVD is delightful. Worth the price of admission alone but the 1941 sequel "Topper Returns" is also included. Note: a very weak sequel but still a cute storyline featuring Roland & Burke in reprise. A double feature DVD with no extras.
Summary: The jet setting, ever partying Millionaire Kirby's die in an automobile accident on a late night country road. They enter a state of limbo (earthbound ghosts) until they perform a good deed. So they go about trying to free their banker "Topper" from his dull routine high collar lifestyle and make him a jet setting man of high society. This is a great story with ghosts, floating objects and Topper talking to himself. Mrs Topper has the hardest time trying to figure out whats happening to her timid obedient husband. Lots of laughs here. Enjoy.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price 11 July 2004
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Although I don't think Topper with Cary Grant is as good as some of his other B&W comedies, "Bringing up Baby", "The Bachelor and Bobby Soxer" or even "Monkey Business", it is a good old B&W movie to watch. However, I think I like "Topper Returns" even better, "Topper" gets bettter as the movie nears the end, but "Topper Returns" seems to keep laughs coming throughout the picture. I find the scenes with "Rochester" from the old Jack Benny show most memorable, the comments he makes ( he has a very memorable voice) , the way he rolls his eyes and responds to the ghost extremely funny. "Topper Returns" has more people doing the funny scenes, little things throughout the movie.
The picture and sound quality on this DVD seems better on our Hitachi 57S700 better than "Topper Returns" by Alpha Video. We have one of our Dtivos getting every Cary Grant movie for the past few years but never seemed to get Topper. We were at a store and saw "Topper Returns" by Alpha Video. After buying this I decided to buy Topper/Topper Returns here on Amazon, just to get "Topper" with Cary Grant, and glad I did. Once again, for those of you that like old B&W comedies, this DVD is welll worth the Amazon price.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear DVD from Artisan 7 May 2004
By Raechel Reiter - Published on
This is a good transfer indeed. I know Artisan is hit and miss. This DVD title is clear. The 1st Topper is always my favorite. Why? Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are in it. Wow she has a figure no man today would turn away. And I am a woman saying that.
The second movie has the couple that play the Toppers. But Not the Kirbys. (No Grant and Bennett). he Kirby's haven't been re cast, they aren't in it. It is still an interresting movie though. A comedy/murder movie.
At the price this DVD can be bought at it is a steal. A must get for your collection.
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