Topper Takes a Trip (1939)

80 or 85 mins | Comedy | 12 January 1939

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Producer:

Milton H. Bren

Cinematographer:

Norbert Brodine

Editor:

William Terhune

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in LAEx , producer Milton Bren had originally planned to have Cary Grant reprise his role as "George Kerby" from the 1937 film Topper . When he was unable to obtain Grant, Bren instead substituted a clip from Topper in which George has his fatal automobile accident. The onscreen credits read "grateful acknowledgement is expressed to Mr. Cary Grant for his consent to the use of scenes from the original film Topper . Roy Seawright was nominated for a Best Special Effects Academy Award. This was the second of three Topper films. For more information about the films, See Entry for Topper ... More Less

According to a news item in LAEx , producer Milton Bren had originally planned to have Cary Grant reprise his role as "George Kerby" from the 1937 film Topper . When he was unable to obtain Grant, Bren instead substituted a clip from Topper in which George has his fatal automobile accident. The onscreen credits read "grateful acknowledgement is expressed to Mr. Cary Grant for his consent to the use of scenes from the original film Topper . Roy Seawright was nominated for a Best Special Effects Academy Award. This was the second of three Topper films. For more information about the films, See Entry for Topper More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 Jan 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Dec 38
p. 3.
Life
2 Jan 39
pp. 22-25.
Motion Picture Daily
29 Dec 38
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Oct 38
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Dec 38
p. 52.
New York Times
30 Dec 38
p. 11.
Variety
4 Jan 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Constance Bennett's gowns
Billie Burke's gowns
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
Mus supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith (New York, 1932).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
12 January 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 30 December 1938
Production Date:
late August--early October 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 February 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8598
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80 or 85
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4773
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Meek New York bank president Cosmo Topper is hauled into divorce court by his wife Clara, who accuses her husband of adultery. In court, Topper explains how he met the "other woman," the ghost of Marion Kerby, after she and her husband George were killed in an auto accident. The judge throws the case out of court and Clara is coached by her troublemaking friend, Mrs. Parkhurst, to sail to France and get a divorce. Meanwhile, Marion, learning of her old friend Toppy's troubles, comes back to earth and forces the mild-mannered Topper to follow and fight for his home. They arrive at the Riviera to find Clara being courted by the fortune hunting Baron de Rossi. Weird occurences on the Riviera abound when Topper and Marion are forced to lodge in the same tiny room and Marion decides to win a bundle of money at the casino. The Baron loses his suavity as Marion resolves to remove him from Clara's life, and after a series of comic incidents, her campaign succeeds and the muddled Toppers are ... +


Meek New York bank president Cosmo Topper is hauled into divorce court by his wife Clara, who accuses her husband of adultery. In court, Topper explains how he met the "other woman," the ghost of Marion Kerby, after she and her husband George were killed in an auto accident. The judge throws the case out of court and Clara is coached by her troublemaking friend, Mrs. Parkhurst, to sail to France and get a divorce. Meanwhile, Marion, learning of her old friend Toppy's troubles, comes back to earth and forces the mild-mannered Topper to follow and fight for his home. They arrive at the Riviera to find Clara being courted by the fortune hunting Baron de Rossi. Weird occurences on the Riviera abound when Topper and Marion are forced to lodge in the same tiny room and Marion decides to win a bundle of money at the casino. The Baron loses his suavity as Marion resolves to remove him from Clara's life, and after a series of comic incidents, her campaign succeeds and the muddled Toppers are reconciled. +

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