Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Topper(1937). Do you believe in ghosts?

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 by the ghosts of a fun-loving married couple. It was adapted by Eric Hatch, Jack Jevne and Eddie Moran from the novel by Thorne Smith. Director: Norman Z. McLeod. cast: Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young, and Billie Burke.Cary Grant had a percentage of the film.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Young) and Best Sound.

Topper was followed by the sequels Topper Takes a Trip (1938)and Topper Returns (1941). There was a television series of the same name, which premiered in 1953 and ran for two seasons, starring Leo G. Carroll, Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys. In 1973, a television pilot for a proposed new series Topper Returns (1973) was produced, starring Roddy McDowall, Stefanie Powers and John Fink. A TV movie remake, Topper (1979)was also produced starring Kate Jackson, Jack Warden and Andrew Stevens.

In 1985, Topper (1937) was one of the first films to be re-released in color using film colorization.

A new Topper remake starring Steve Martin is in production.


  1. Without a doubt,a perfect example of perfect casting! I can't imagine any other actors stepping into the roles essayed by Grant, Bennett, Young, and Burke. This was probably Hal Roach's best films!

  2. Dawn, you just keep on rolling with all these excellent choices for your blog. Constance is awesome. Loved her in Topper and Merrily We Live.

  3. Monty, funny how one blog rolls into another blog idea...


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