Monday, November 26, 2012

Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

The ghost of Marion Kerby (Constance Bennett) returns to earth when it turns out that her good deed, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) needs a little more work.  Since Marion’s last visit, Mrs. Topper (Billie Burke) has filed for divorce and is traveling to Europe under the urging of meddlesome friend Mrs. Parkhurst (Verree Teasdale).  It’s up to Marion to reunite husband and wife once more, so she and her ghostly dog Mr. Atlas accompany Topper on a trip to France.  They wind up at the same hotel where Mrs. Topper is staying, and find that she’s being courted by a gold digging Baron (Alexander D’Arcy).  Soon strange things begin happening when Marion sets her plan into action!

Topper Takes a Trip, sequel to 1937's Topper, is charming, fun, and hilarious!  It's just as enjoyable as the first one.

Cary Grant's absence doesn’t adversely affect the film in the slightest.  Constance is excellent on her own, glamorous and sweet and fun, well-meaning though a bit troublesome at the same time!  Roland Young gives another fantastic performance, great comedic timing with such really funny scenes, while Billie Burke is so wonderfully vague with some of the story's best lines.

The special effects are fabulous once more, and the supporting cast is top-notch.  Highly recommended!

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