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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Topper (1937)

A wealthy socialite (Constance Bennett) and her irresponsible husband (Cary Grant) are killed in an auto accident because of her husband's reckless driving. Now ghosts, they decide to do a good deed that will get them into heaven ... encourage their stuffy banker friend Topper (Roland Young) to get some fun out of his rigid life. One of the best of the 1930s screwball comedies, it's hard to resist the silly shenanigans when the two free living imps are played by Bennett and Grant at their most charming. This is the movie where Cary Grant became the Cary Grant and Bennett reminds us why she was one of the most popular actresses of her era. But if the movie belongs to anyone it belongs to Roland Young who gamely tries to keep his sanity as his organized world comes crashing down around him. Two sequels and a TV series followed. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. With fine support from Billie Burke, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Arthur Lake and Hedda Hopper.

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