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.
This is a classic Hal Roach screw-ball comedy with a huge cast of familiar character actors. It's one of my favorite Cary Grant movies, although we really don't see that much of him.
George (Grant) and Marion Kerby (Constance Bennett) are the fun-loving idle rich married couple, while stuffy, middle-aged, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) is a stick-in-mud banker.
In a car accident George and Marion are both killed and think that they can't go to heaven without doing a good deed. They take on poor Cosmo as their project to loosen him up, despite the objections of his class-conscious wife, played by Billie Burke.
Maybe it's a mid-life crisis, or maybe it's just Cosmo Topper seeing George and Marion dying so early in their lives and him not feeling that he's having as much fun in his and his wife's life. Cosmo holds onto George and Marion's repaired V-12 Duesenburg despite being more than a handful to drive.
Once he starts seeing George and Marion in his life, he's in for even more trouble.
One thing that I liked in the film was the sports car that looked and sounded so cool.
One thing that I never understood were the issues for which Mr. Toppers wife found fault for in things such as the car and I never quite understood the relationship between the Toppers because they never acted like a couple that really loved each other very much. The husband seemed more into his work and never really into love each other.
The other thing why were people so quick to jump to conclusions without hearing their side of the story or finding the evidence? Why were people liking Mr. Topper once they heard about the fight in the newspaper? And why was Mr. Toppers wife so quick in jumping to believe that he was in a relationship with another woman. I never understood those social ideals in society of that day. It did not make sense to me. Those particular aspects did not translate into my mental comprehension.
I was expecting a better ending to the film. I really was expecting them to resolve with a better good deed than was presented in the film.
I liked the opening sequence of the film with The two main characters driving in the car. They were also a great singing duo. It was also hilarious seeing them sleep in the car and just park for the board meeting since they had been partying all night. It was funny seeing the reaction of the people watching them sleep in the car. How Cary Grant's character reacted in the board meeting was hilarious as well.
Charming stuff, and Constance Bennett is a real cutie who I'm just discovering in this film.
Marion and George Kerby are a carefree couple that don't take life too seriously and love having fun drinking, singing, and dancing. One unfortunate day, they have a car accident and pass away. They realize shortly after passing that they haven't done too many good deeds and now as ghosts they need to get their number of good deeds up. They decide to help an aging gentleman that has a pain in the ass wife and rarely has any fun. They'll find it hard to make his life better without completely ruining it.
"I think we're dead."
"I think you're right.
Norman McLeod, director of Road to Rio, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Alias Jesse James, Casanova's Big Night, and The Kid from Brooklyn, delivers Tropper. The storyline for this picture is okay but the script is awesome. The acting is outstanding and Cary Grant is wonderful as the main character with his charm and charisma. The cast also includes Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke, and Alan Mowbray.
"Hey, what is this?"
"It's a dog."
"Are you trying to make a sap out of me?"
"It's too late."
This marks another film DVR'd off the great Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I am a huge Cary Grant fan and was surprised I never heard of this film. It was pretty good but not great. This is definitely an above average picture that is worth a viewing but far from my favorite Grant film.
"Make him go away."
"I can't, he's a C-O-P."
"Oh, tell him we don't want any."