Topper Overview:

Topper (1937) was a Comedy - Fantasy Film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and produced by Hal Roach and Milton H. Bren.

Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorRoland YoungNominated
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Topper(1937). Do you believe in ghosts?

By Dawn on Apr 14, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Constance Bennett, pictured above, was known as much for her elegant persona as for her acting career, Bennett was one of Hollywood's most brightest stars. One of my favorite Constance Bennett films, Topper (1937). Topper is a Comedy, which tells the story of a stuck-in-his-ways man who is haunted ... Read full article


The Classic Film Collective: Topper by Thorne Smith

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

This was originally published in the former The Classic Film Collective Patreon. Constance Bennett (Marion Kerby)Cary Grant (George Kerby)Roland Young (Cosmo Topper)Billie Burke (Mrs. Topper)One of the most beloved screwball comedies to come out of the thirties, Topper (1937), directed by Norman Z. ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Marion Kerby: Oh, George, I can see right through you.
George Kerby: Say, that's funny. I can see through you, too.
Marion Kerby: [seeing her body lying next to George's beside the car, which has just crashed] George, look. You know something George? I think we're dead.
George Kerby: I think you're right. Funny; I don't *feel* any different.


Mrs. Topper: Wilkins, after all these years, are you trying to be funny?


[Topper reading annual report of his bank]
Cosmo Topper: Bullion abroad and in transit, thirteen million, two hundred and two thousand, eight hundred and fifty-four dollars and no cents.
George Kerby: No sense.
Cosmo Topper: I just said that, Mr. Kerby.
George Kerby: So did I.


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The fancy finned-back car driven by the Kerbys was custom built by the Bohman & Schwartz Co. using a 1936 Buick Roadmaster chassis. Originally the producers had in mind to use a coffin-nosed Cord, but it wasn't large enough. In the custom-made Buick there were special compartments for camera equipment, etc. The Buick resembles a Cord, but the supercharger pipes on the side were just decorations (a Cord comes with an actual supercharger). After filming the Buick was bought by the Gilmore Oil Co. and was used for promotional purposes for many years. It was updated in 1954 with a Chrysler Imperial chassis and drive train. The car driven by Cosmo Topper is a 1936 Lincoln Model K.
This was the first black & white film to be "colorized" in 1985.
Producer Hal Roach wanted W.C. Fields and Jean Harlow to costar as George and Marian Kerby, but neither was available at the time.
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