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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. Roland Young returns as banker Cosmo Topper, who gallantly offers a lift to pretty hitchhikers Gail Richards Joan Blondell and Ann Carrington Carole Landis. This results in a few baleful glances from Topper's wife, Clara Billie Burke, but the worst is still to come. It seems that Gail and Ann are en route to a chilly old mansion, recently inherited ...
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Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke, Dennis O'Keefe September 28, 2004 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 87 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.33: ... 1. Originally released: 1941. Read more Show Less

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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. Roland Young returns as banker Cosmo Topper, who gallantly offers a lift to pretty hitchhikers Gail Richards Joan Blondell and Ann Carrington Carole Landis. This results in a few baleful glances from Topper's wife, Clara Billie Burke, but the worst is still to come. It seems that Gail and Ann are en route to a chilly old mansion, recently inherited by Ann and populated by all manner of sinister types, including old reliable menaces Dr. Jeris George Zucco and Lillian Rafaela Ottiano. The only person whom the girls can trust -- or can they? -- is Ann' father H.B. Warner. Unable to sleep in the creepy mansion, Gail suggests that she and Ann exchange bedrooms. This proves to be a major mistake when a mysterious, hooded assailant, intending to murder Ann, kills Gail instead. Seconds later, Gail's ghost arises from her body and heads to the nearby summer house where Mr. and Mrs. Topper are staying. Having had his fill of ghosts in the first two Topper films, Topper wants nothing to do with Gail's spirit, but she finally convinces him to help her identity her killer, and to rescue Ann from a similar fate. Some of the film's best moments belong to Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as Young's eternally frightened chauffeur at one point, Anderson threatens to quit the Toppers and go back to Jack Benny! More contrived and slapstick-oriented than the earlier Toppers, Topper Returns still works as a neat and entertaining comedy, even in its dreadful computer-colorized version. A decade later, Thorne Smith's "Topper" characters would be revived for a popular TV series, starring Leo G. Carroll, Anne Jeffreys, and Robert Sterling.
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Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene selection; Region free
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By the time this third entry in the Topper series came around, the characters and basic situation had become well enough established that a slight change of pace was needed, so Topper Returns goes the "old dark house" route -- with delightful results. True, Returns doesn't have the same charm as the original, largely because the inimitable Cary Grant is missing, and it's neither as fresh nor as surprising as the first; but Returns offers a nice variation on the haunted house theme, and the "find my killer" plot is a nice change of pace for the series. Returns doesn't become so concerned with its plot that it forgets to stint on the laughs, however; indeed, Returns probably contains more moments of sheer laughter than the original. If this sequel is ultimately somewhat less successful, it's because many of those laughs come out of left field, jokes that are tangential to or unsupported by the plot, or that come at the expense of character consistency. 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. Carole Landis looks lovely, and the supporting cast of character actors delivers exactly what they're supposed to deliver. Returns is not Topper, but it's an extremely enjoyable little film nevertheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 090328308742
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Vidtape
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Blondell Gail Richards
Roland Young Cosmo Topper
Carole Landis Ann Carrington
Billie Burke Mrs. Topper
Dennis O'Keefe Bob
Patsy Kelly Emily the Maid
H.B. Warner Mr. Carrington
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Chauffeur
George Zucco Dr. Jeris
Donald MacBride Sgt. Roberts
Rafaela Ottiano Lillian
Trevor Bardette Rama
Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Bernard Carr Asst. Director
Gordon M. Douglas Screenwriter
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Jonathan Latimer Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
William Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Nicolai Remisoff Art Director
Hal Roach Producer
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Seawright Special Effects
Paul Gerard Smith Screenwriter
Walace L. Stevens Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Topper Returns
1. Play Movie [13:23]
2. Chapter 1 [13:53]
3. Chapter 2 [13:30]
4. Chapter 3 [18:15]
5. Chapter 4 [12:55]
6. Chapter 5 [8:11]
7. Chapter 6 [7:28]
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Disc #1 -- Topper Returns
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good old-fashioned comedy and mystery

    Two friends, Ann Carrington (Carole Landis) and Gail Richards (Joan Blondell) are on their way to Carrinton Place which Ann has just inherited when a tire blows out on their taxi. The two end up hitching a ride with Topper (Roland Young) and as they pass Topper's house, his wife (Billie Burke) sees him with Gail sitting in his lap. Later that night, Ann and Gail switch rooms and Gail is murdered. Her ghost finds its way to Topper's house and Topper finds himself, once more, having to help a ghost. This is a fun and entertaining comedy, who done it, murder-mystery, with quite a bit of slap-stick comedy. Joan Blondell and the chauffeur are great and you just can't help liking Roland Young as Topper.

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