Topper Returns (1941)

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“Topper Returns” is a supernatural comedy film released in 1941, directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Joan Blondell, Roland Young, and Carole Landis. The film is the third and final installment in the “Topper” film series, based on the characters created by Thorne Smith in his 1930 novel “Topper.”

The film tells the story of Gail Richards (Landis), a beautiful young woman who is murdered while staying at a remote country mansion. Her ghost returns to earth to seek revenge on her killer, and enlists the help of Cosmo Topper (Young), a stuffy banker who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Together, they must solve the mystery of Gail’s murder before the killer strikes again.

As they investigate, they encounter a colorful cast of characters, including a suspicious butler (played by Eddie “Rochester” Anderson), a flirtatious French maid (Blondell), and a bumbling detective (Billie Burke). Along the way, they uncover a complex plot involving inheritance, blackmail, and hidden identities.

“Topper Returns” was well-received by audiences and critics for its clever script, zany characters, and impressive special effects. It is often regarded as the best film in the “Topper” series and has since become a cult classic in the genre of supernatural comedies.

Roy Del Ruth

Thorne Smith, Jonathan Latimer, Gordon Douglas

Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis

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