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Topper (1937)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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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

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1) | DVD (4)

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

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, as the reincarnated Kerbys, do their assignments with great skill.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are Thorne Smith's continental ghosts, haranguing tired businessman Roland Young in arch screwball style.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Boasting strong performances from Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, this sophisticated screwball comedy was so popular that it led to two sequels (without Grant).

July 28, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The film is noted for making Cary Grant a major star.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Sophisticated, but a touch too mild, saved by an ebullient cast.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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[C]harming and witty darlings... get to spend eternity wandering around in their evening clothes...

October 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Stylish, whimsical comedy-fantasy with great cast.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A frightfully funny mix of special effects and languid humour which inspired two excellent sequels...

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.
February 22, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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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?
September 18, 2010
ajv2688

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What a hilarious movie. Bennett and Grant have great chemistry. Young is hysterical. A wonderfully charming film.
April 19, 2009
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