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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 (135 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 (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ7B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,297 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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211 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both films look perfectly gorgeous on this DVD. July 29, 2003
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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111 of 116 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
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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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
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
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear DVD from Artisan May 7, 2004
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Please buy a different version of these two movies. The 2010 reprint by Big D is horrible. The first movie shuddered throughout and the second froze after 42 minutes. Both were poor prints.

Topper is top rate screwball comedy with Cary Grant and Constance Bennett; while Topper Returns is a mix of screwball, Draculaesque scenery and elements of film noir mystery. Topper returns features Joan Blondell, Carole Landis with Roland Young and Billy Burke returning from Topper.

Again, buy the movies, but buy from a more reliable company.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Topper/Topper Returns
I happen to love the old classic movies. This is one of the best. And I really love Cary Grant, so I can't go wrong. Great movies.
Published 15 days ago by Tracy A. Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to my youth.
Cary Grant could play comedy and drama equally well in his heyday. This movie is fun, some would say silly, but if you just watch and enjoy it with no great expectations you will... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Pat N.
5.0 out of 5 stars cary grant rules!!!
I love old movies. amazon has the best prices anywhere. cant beat it with a stick. ive tried. go wildcats
Published 26 days ago by david
3.0 out of 5 stars not as described
It was sold as containing closed captions. It did not. The picture and sound quality was extremely rough. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Virginia Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Love these films.
I absolutely love these films. The film quality was so poor however, that I actually requested my money back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Movies
One of the Classic Classics, hard if not impossible to find rental or otherwise. Extatic that I was able to find these works of comic genius. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Full of Fun
Hard to find classic. Cary Grant is in Topper. Roland Young plays Topper in both of these classics as well as Billie Burke (Glenda the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz) who plays... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Topper
This movie brings back lots of memories. Im sorry but movies of today are great but have nothing on the greats from yesteryear. Don't miss it.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant
If you love Cary Grant you will love this double feature. Both are very well made and the story is quite true for a lot of people today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jules
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs!
I forgot how funny this movie was. It brought back memories of when I was much younger and would watch classic movies like this with my Mother and Grandmother. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacqueline Lutey
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