Topper Returns

Topper ReturnsBBB.5

(out of 5)


The first one was just fun and games, but in a new era that looks down on carefree pleasure, we need to have an actual plot.  is once again the befuddled husband and his airheaded wife who are being pestered by phantoms. This time it’s in the form of , who stays at her wealthy girlfriend’s mansion as a guest and is accidentally murdered in her hostess’ stead.  Blondell posthumously enlists Young’s services to help solve the mystery of who killed her, but not without making him look crazy to the authorities and unfaithful to his spouse.  Imagine a lightweight Agatha Christie whodunit with the added pleasures of clever visual effects and you have this thoroughly enjoyable romp, one that pleases while it plays and does not last for a millisecond after its conclusion.


USA, 1941

Directed by

Screenplay by , , additional dialogue by , based on fictional characters conceived by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nominations
Best Sound Recording (Hal Roach Studio sound Department, Elmer Raguse, sound director)
Best Special Effects (Photographic effects by Roy Seawright; sound effects by Elmer Raguse)

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