McLeod, the film showcases some cute tricks and a deft comic timing in simply, allowing Grant to do his thing. The special effects sequences are especially amusing and were nominated for an Oscar. The basic plot of a murdered woman coming back as a ghost to find her murderer was humorous, but it would never have worked without such an excellent cast! Only Grant and the less-talked about Bennett could pull off a couple who aren't terribly concerned that they die and become ghosts within the first 20 minutes of the film. Landis and Blondell look great in gowns by Royer but get to show off their talent as well here. I found Jack Benney's sidekick Chester, I believe a total riot.
Topper's maid had some very funny lines! The Invisible Woman is an inferior example but Rene Claire's I Married a Witch is a delight. Now a ghost, Gail appears to Topper for help in solving her own murder. When The Kerby's die in the car crash and become ghosts they go after Topper. More inspired by the late Thorne Smith's characters than based on anything he wrote, the film nonetheless will appeal to fans of this extraordinary novelist's humorous works. Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson's character wore a bit thin for me. All of that said, the overall look here is quite good, given the aforementioned context, with decent if not overwhelming detail and generally secure sharpness there are some odd moments of lack of clarity toward the left and center left of the frame at certain times.
Joan Blondell is at her best in this one, and Billie Burke will keep you in stitches as the ditzy Mrs. This man did not mind playing this role I am sure. But not one second is wasted in a brilliant 88 minutes, it all adds up to a breathtaking roller-coaster ride and wildly improbable fantasy fun. Bille Burke has some hilarious moments when she comes to help Topper. Special mention for the black servant , Eddie Anderson , as the coward and unfortunate chauffeur. A shame that films like this one aren't seen much anymore.
Read More Kim Morgan at her blog What Do You Think? Carole Landis is also attractively cast as the heiress targeted for murder. Dennis O'Keefe, mostly known for Western and action films and later film noir provides a nice showcase for his considerable talent in comedy parts, here as a beleaguered cabbie. More reactive than wisecracking, Kelly is funny in that underdeveloped part. Warner , whom she has never met. Losing the breeziness and classy insouciance of Topper as well as Grant, who, smartly, bowed out of the ensuing films little of Topper Returns is charming. Large old mansion, plenty of secret passageways, a phantom killer on the loose, a ghost, bungling police and a cast of zany characters pull off a film enjoyable for the whole family to watch.
Billie Burke is back as his heartbroken wife who fears she's losing her husband to yet another blonde. He's also having trouble with Eddie, who sleeps in a full-length fur coat and wants nothing to do with spooks! Warner as Miss Landis' invalid father; menacing George Zucco as his sinister doctor; Rafaela Ottiano as a frightened housekeeper; Donald MacBride as a moronic cop; and the delightful Patsy Kelly, underused as the Toppers' tough maid. Do not miss this movie! And though Topper's not the best in the screwball genre, its still a charming, entertaining and elegant comedy that every Cary Grant fan should watch. He did have one great line about going back to work for Jack Benny. The film then turns into Topper's story of liberation. That's how I first saw it, back in the 1970s, and like many it was my first and still favorite of the three Topper films.
I love that maid Patsy Kelly. It's preceded by two movies with similar actors : ¨Topper¨ 1937 directed by Norman Z McLeod with Gary Grant and Constance Bennett ; and ¨Topper takes a trip¨ 1939. At the palatial but creepy Carrington estate, Ann is introduced to her invalid father, Henry H. The brash and fun-loving middle-class is seen in contrast with the stogy moneyed class, the pursuit of truth against the keeping up of appearances… and somehow Topper himself, with different ghosts and in difficult circumstances, comes out as that unassuming, honest, just man. Benny is an endearing reference for fans of old radio. One of the shows I had never heard of before that I started watching pretty regularly when I got home from school every day was the old fifties sitcom , a show which posited an uppity guy named Cosmo Topper Leo G. While I wouldn't go so far as to say that Topper's presence within this context is redundant, it does feel a bit contrived and, at times, he seems reduced to a supporting player in his own star vehicle.
This time it's ail Richards Joan Blondell. She'd left a starring career at Warner Bros. In upstate New York, a capped assassin, dressed in black and his face covered, shoots at a taxicab, crashing it and nearly sending it over a perilous cliffside. Sexy, wise-cracking Joan Blondell, who has accompanied her best friend back to her stately home to meet her father after many, many years, mysteriously is knifed after having traded rooms with Carole Landis - the intended victim. Landis' Ann has some nice moments also as a love interest develops with the cab driver.
The girls end up changing bedrooms to sleep in and Gail is murdered, the murderer intended on killing Ann instead for the inheritance: money and home. This is one of my favourite movies and another one that my daughter and I have watched repeatedly over the years. Instead, the party-going duo decide a good deed's in store—perhaps then they'll enter the Pearly Gates. The film actually begins with a mysterious masked figure traipsing around menacingly like some kind of bizarre mash up of and. She does what every person in Topper's world does when they die - she contacts him to help her find out whodunnit. Carole Landis and her friend Joan Blondell are on their way to spend the night with her father, H.