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Topper / Topper Returns ( Double Feature) (1941) (1941)

Cary Grant , Constance Bennett , Norman Z. McLeod , Roy Del Ruth  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Joan Blondell, Billie Burke
  • Directors: Norman Z. McLeod, Roy Del Ruth
  • Writers: Eddie Moran, Eric Hatch, Gordon Douglas, Jack Jevne, Jonathan Latimer
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Inspired Studio
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ7B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Topper / Topper Returns ( Double Feature) (1941)" on IMDb

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A classic screwball comedy with a supernatural twist, Topper stars the incomparable Cary Grant and sparkling Constance Bennett as George and Marion Kirby, a fun-loving couple who cap an evening of jazz and champagne by running their car into a tree. They return as ghosts with a mandate to liven up the straight-laced hen-pecked life of bank president Cosmo Topper (Roland Young), who's hungry for just such a shake-up. Before long he's boozing, dancing, and getting into fights, all of which gives him a rakish reputation--much to the consternation of his wife (Billie Burke, best known as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz). The sequel replaces Grant and Bennett with Joan Blondell, who can't quite compare, but she's charming in her own way. Topper Returns is a rambunctious murder mystery with some gorgeous sets and elegant cinematography--the sequence of Blondell's death and ghostly rise is dazzling. --Bret Fetzer

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In Topper, Cary Grant and Constance Bennett star as George and Marion Kerby, a fun-loving couple who find themselves in limbo as ghosts after an unfortunate auto accident. Deciding that heaven is just one good deed away, they turn their attention toward their dull friend Cosmo Topper. But Topper is one stodgy banker, and it'll take all the high jinks the Kerby's can muster to haunt Topper into loosening up and living it up. In Topper Returns, Cosmo Topper finds himself once again spooked by a ghost. This time, it's the young and beautiful Gail Richards, the accidental victim of a phantom killer whose intended target is wealthy heiress Ann Carrington. Set on finding her killer, Gail enlists the help of Topper with hilarious results in this zany and entertaining murder mystery.

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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. July 29, 2003
Format:DVD
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.
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Response to, "Disgusted Hal Roach Fan" August 2, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
Format:DVD
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price July 11, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant Made Topper A Trademark of HIs Suave Urbanity September 23, 2009
Format:DVD
Cary Grant nailed what was wanted in 1930s American film. The Depression was going on and people wanted urbanity, sauveness and carefree glamour. Cary Grant could deliver this like no one else. He was renowned for it through his entire career. This was the perfect movie to really focus the public on how perfect he was for that role.

The sauve, carefree Kirby's are rich and party all the time. On a typical night of partying, clubbing and drinking, they are driving in their roadster and they run into a tree. The crash kills them instantly. They are ghosts and seek to redeem themselves in the afterlife by taking their stodgy old banker friend, Cosmo Topper, in hand and show him how to lighten up and have a good time. This is where the film really takes off because Cosmo Topper is not a willing "debutante for the ball". So the Kirbys and Toppers are squared off for what is a high good time.

I loved this at any age I watched it, from when I was kid to today. It holds up very well. And there never was another Cary Grant.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear DVD from Artisan May 7, 2004
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie fast shipping thank you
Published 3 days ago by Karen Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These two are great movies along with Topper Takes a Trip!
Published 3 days ago by Cheryl Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these old movies
Love these old movies. Bought many for my personal collection. I would definitely recommend it for a night of smiles and complete relaxation.
Published 4 days ago by Karenlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Replacing my VHS collection
Published 16 days ago by G. L. MAJEWSKI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant laugh a minute fantastic movies at great price an excellent quality.
Published 23 days ago by William brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny, great to watch it again. thank you
Published 25 days ago by Mike Ognibene
2.0 out of 5 stars Topper
This was not the Topper I remember. In fact, I never saw Topper Returns before. Guess I found the T.V. series more to my liking.
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn S Griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movies
Liked these two movies years ago. When I found them on Amazon I bought them. They are funny and clean. I will enjoy watching them again and again.
Published 2 months ago by lremick
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE.
very funny and did not loose interest during movie. story line easy to follow. great movie for the entire family.
Published 2 months ago by sandra jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey! It's Topper
I was not disappointed! This is a must have DVD if you too enjoy going back to the days of our youth! This was just as fun to watch today as it was 50 years ago.
Published 3 months ago by Richard Anderson
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