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Topper Returns
     

Topper Returns

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Director: Roy Del Ruth

Cast: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis

 

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Roy Del Ruth's third film in the Topper series, Topper Returns, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but

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Roy Del Ruth's third film in the Topper series, Topper Returns, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this inexpensive Alpha release should please fans of old-time Hollywood entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
UPC:
0089218311894
Original Release:
1941
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
80,313

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[None specified]

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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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Index
2. Chapter 1 [18:59]
3. Chapter 2 [9:30]
4. Chapter 3 [26:30]
5. Chapter 4 [13:24]

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Topper Returns 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Brigit More than 1 year ago
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.