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Topper Takes a Trip [VHS] (1939)

Constance Bennett , Roland Young , Norman Z. McLeod  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Verree Teasdale
  • Directors: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Writers: Corey Ford, Eddie Moran, Jack Jevne, Thorne Smith
  • Producers: Hal Roach, Milton H. Bren
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: December 1, 1987
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301231767
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy at its best January 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Topper movies have been some of the best clean cut comedy ever. These are the types of movies you can watch over and over and still continue to laugh. More comedy movies of today should be made this way. I know there are "Topper" lovers as myself and would enjoy being able to see them on the American Movie Classic channel or just on regular tv from time to time. The only move I own is Topper Returns and would love to have these others. I grew up watching these movies and will continue to watch them. Please bring them back.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatfamilyfilm December 18, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
it would do all of us good if more movies were being made today that can make us laugh just by it being funny not by it being an effort to hurt or humiliate a person place or thing. maybe someone someday will look again at these old classics and see how refreshing it was to be entertained not by seeing people or places blowing up or being destroyd but just being allowed to sit back relax and enjoy the fact that what your watching can entertain you your grandmother and your kids all at the same time.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL SEQUEL. August 27, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This follow-up to the highly successful TOPPER - which was made earlier that year (1939) - picks up where the last film left off. After reestablishing the auto accident which killed the drunken Bennett and Grant in the first film and turned them into ghosts, we are treated (sans Cary Grant) to a hilarious 85 minutes. Clara Topper (Burke) spots Marion Kirby (Bennett) in her husband Cosmo's room. Clara goes to Paris - with Cosmo following - in order to get a divorce because she believes her hen-pecked husband has been seeing another "woman". Unable to explain to Clara that Marion is only a ghost, Cosmo tries to fast-talk Burke into a reconciliaton. Several floating martinis later, Bennett manages to reconcile the couple, and is now able to join her husband in their celestial home. The trick photography by Roy Seawright is astonishing for its day. Cushions which deflate when invisible figures sit on them, cigarettes being smoked in mid-air and pencils writing notes by themselves are all executed with great skill. The sight of the Kirby's dog Skippy - also a ghost - is hilarious when only his tail fails to become invisible or when he bites the ankles of totally flabbergasted men! A third film, TOPPER RETURNS is a surprisingly pleasant diversion from 1941: it stars Joan Blondell as Marion Kirby.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunted man goes on holiday in France October 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Topper, Scallops and Mrs Topper go to France for a rest, only to be disturbed by the ghostly George and Marion Kirby, and the raucous Colonel and Mrs Hart. This is just a truly funny book, that will have you roaring with laughter on that damed commuter special. Bright and fizzy as a champagne cocktail it never outstays its welcome. I've read it many times and will do so again. Smith was truly an underrated genius and a master of language. Here's a sample from Chapter 1: "Yes, Topper was fond of his wife, but being fond of one's wife and getting along with her were two entirely different matters, as many a husband had found out before him. Perhaps it was not to be expected. Topper did not know. The problem had been too long with him. It was barnacle encrusted." If Smith is an acquired taste, now is the time to acquire him. I have some 11 of his books and in three short years he's come from being someone I'd never heard to being my favourite author. He has many imitators, but forget them, they are not worthy. This is the first Smith novel that I read, and it is still my favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Topper Takes A trip June 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
opper Takes a Trip is the second (and last) of the Smith's books in his Topper series. One can only speculate if this was to be the last entry in the Topper series, but it's a suitable vehical for Thorne Smith's most memorable character.
The story begins with Cosmo Topper on vacation in the Riviera, studying a sun bathing, scantily-clad German model on the beach from his balcony. Again, he does his best to escape from Mrs. Topper and take some time for rest, relaxation, and a good drink. As he relaxes, he thinks of his adventures with the ghostly Marion Kirby and wonders what became of her, the Colonel, and Oscar the dog. Before he begins to grow nostalgic, a disembodied leg shows up in his bed and proceeds to make his life miserable. It begins to dawn on him that this leg and the other assorted body parts that begin to show up, belong to Marion Kirby who, after tormenting Topper, makes her appearance. Marion's presence is much to the chagrin of Mrs. Topper, causing her another bout of dyspepsia. George Kirby, in search of his wife, materializes later in the story, vowing to put an end to Topper during a clam shell duel. The Colonel and Oscar also show up to add fun and misery to Topper's vacation.
Many have sited this book as their favorite in the Smith canon and one of the most humorous of his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Topper Takes a Trip March 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a surprise...for it's time, pretty adult and well written. Kindle edition displays adequate formatting and reasonable attention to editing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spawn of a dozen movies August 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
From my younger days as a much older person in a younger person's body I had some familiarity with the old Topper movies though if the reading of this book is any judge of such things my concept of what the movies were actually ABOUT might be more than a tad askew of reality.

Cosmo Topper is an average American bank executive on holiday in the French Riveria. He's utterly normal in his generally loose moral fibre and unexceptional in most ways that are worth noting except that he happens to be plagued by the most curious company in the form of four ghosts which haunt his every step and send him on no end of random misadventures. One of the phantom quartet is bent on using Topper solely to supply a good time. Another of the foursome is Cosmo's mistress and she's bent on killing him so that they need not be bound by their differing status in the afterlife. The other two simply seem to go in whichever way the wind blows them (as the wispy and non-corporeal are wont to do anyway.)

The most noteable thing about Smith's novel, aside from its utterly bizarre and original concept (it spawned several movies) is the twisted and writhing manner in which he writes. I realize, of course, that such a phrase coming from me is, at the least, a bit shocking. I look at my own prolix prose and see tendrils that are convoluted far beyond easy human comprehension but Smith makes me look like a grunting Neanderthal by comparison. Smith's long and sometimes fruitless journeys into metaphor, combined with his copious use of French terms that are unknown to me makes him a real chore to sift through. This combined with the unfamiliar vernacular of the 1930s makes this one a tough nut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VHS Tape
This is a favorite old movie of mine.I like Joan Blondell and the other actors and actress in this movie.
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Published 7 months ago by LYNN
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Funny!
Thorne Smith has a dry humor and uses it for everything. It is a delightful read. This is the second book in a series. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I have not read this one yet; I am getting to know Cosmo Topper in the first book. So far I am really enjoying the read.
Published 14 months ago by R. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This book is loaded with not-so-sly innuendos about Americans abroad. Right up there with Thorne Smith's best. I really enjoyed the reread after quite a few years' absence. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Barbara Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip:
I rented this video many years ago (b/w), and I have been waiting a long time to get my hands on it again. This version is colorized, which I enjoy even more. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Praise The Lord, Always
1.0 out of 5 stars Topper Takes a Trip (1939) VHS -- Colorized!!
Beware! This is a wonderful film, not yet available on DVD, but at least one of the VHS versions being sold has been colorized--which is a hideous and disrespectful thing to do to... Read more
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