Topper (1937)




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By 1937, producer Hal Roach was hoping to wean himself away from the Laurel & Hardy-Our Gang slapstick on which he had built his studio's reputation by delving into the "screwball comedy" genre. Roach selected the racy Thorne Smith fantasy novel Topper for adaptation, and the result was one of the most endearingly funny films of the decade. Constance Bennett and Cary Grant play Marion and George Kerby, a wealthy, freewheeling young married couple whose uninhibited lifestyle is the talk of the … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Thorne Smith, E. Edwin Moran, Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran
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Hallmark Entertainment


as Marion Kerby

as George Kerby

as Cosmo Topper

as Henrietta Topper

as Wilkins

as Elevator Boy

as Mrs. Stuyvesant

as Miss Johnson

as Hotel Manager

as Secretary

as Rustic

as Hat Check Girl at Ra...

as Bill, the Piano Play...

as Hotel clerk

as Car mechanic/salesma...

as Lounge singer
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Critic Reviews for Topper

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Signalizes [Roach's] entry into full-length sophistication.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, as the reincarnated Kerbys, do their assignments with great skill.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Top Critic

Too gentle and leisurely to survive as a solid classic, though there's pleasure to be found in the cast's graceful way with comedy and their smooth ensemble playing.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are Thorne Smith's continental ghosts, haranguing tired businessman Roland Young in arch screwball style.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Boasting strong performances from Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, this sophisticated screwball comedy was so popular that it led to two sequels (without Grant).

Full Review… | July 28, 2012

The film is noted for making Cary Grant a major star.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Topper


Topper, a serious minded, by-the-book sort of fellow, is in danger of being trapped in the monotony of complacency when two freewheeling buds decide to loosen him up just a little. Nothing too serious, mind you, except for ... oh, but they're dead. They're ghosts.
By modern standards its hard to tell the difference much between the monotony of complacency and freewheeling depicted here, but still a grand time is had by all in this, the film that solidified Cary Grant as major star material. But this is a team effort, everyone onscreen contributing to the smiles that follow.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I liked this movie, not just because I love Grant, but it's a very funny movie. It has a great story, uses old special effects, and has great actors. What more could you want?

Aj V

Super Reviewer


What a hilarious movie. Bennett and Grant have great chemistry. Young is hysterical. A wonderfully charming film.

nefnie lee

Super Reviewer

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