Topper Return (1941) A Comedy / Crime Movie Full Length Movie
Taglines: TOPPER’S back as a Super Snooper trying to find out who done it to who – with all the laughs that can be crammed into one picture!
DON’T LOOK NOW! There’s a Ghost in Your Bed!
Topper’s having girl trouble again!
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IMDb Rating: 6.9 out of 10
A fun-loving young woman is murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. Her ghost seeks aid from Topper to find the murderer. —statmanjeff
Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This time, it’s Gail Richards (Blondell), who was mistakenly murdered while staying at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. With Topper’s help, Gail sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results. —Daniel Bubbeo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rating Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer: 89%
Audience Score: 80%
Gail (Joan Blondell) and Ann (Carole Landis) are making their way to Ann’s family estate and are forced by circumstance to hitch a ride with Cosmo Topper (Roland Young), a dithering banker, and his wife, Clara (Billie Burke). Gail finds the mansion plenty spooky but is even more dismayed when she is killed by a frightening costumed figure. Her ghost reaches out to Topper, who is inexplicably sensitive to the spirit world, and they bumble along together to solve her murder.
Wealthy young heiress Ann Carrington and her best friend Gail Richards are riding in a speeding taxi driven by Bob, along the coast. A figure dressed all in black, with covered face and hat, aims a rifle with the telescopic sight crosshairs focused on the cab from a distance and shoots out the rear tire. The taxi flips over on its side at the very edge of a cliff, inches away from having fallen into crashing ocean waves below. Bob, the taxi driver, extracts his passengers from the vehicle and leaves them at the side of the road so he can walk back to a garage they passed back down the road to seek help.
Ann and Gail try hitchhiking and get passed by the first car. Gail raises Ann’s skirt to expose her leg when a second car passes, and the driver ends up leaving the road and crashing into a tree. Next, they block the road by sitting on their suitcases in the middle of the road so the next car is forced to stop. In the sports car is banker Cosmo Topper and his chauffeur, Eddie. The two girls brazenly load their luggage and climb into the car. They insist on being driven to Ann’s destination, the Carrington mansion. The back seat of the car is loaded with luggage and Ann, so Gail volunteers to ride sitting on Cosmo’s lap, ignoring his protests.
As they drive past Topper’s house, Mrs. Clara Topper is out front with her maid and waves to the approaching car. She is surprised to see her husband drive past with a young blonde sitting on his lap, and distraughtly concludes he is having an adventure. The girls are dropped off at the stately cliff top mansion next door to Topper’s residence, where they are received by three creepy staff members, butler Rama, housekeeper Lillian, and another unnamed staff member.
Ann is directed to the study to see her father by the housekeeper, but her friend Gail is to stay behind. Ann is then intercepted by the creepy Dr. Jeris. Dr. Jeris warns Ann that her father, Henry Carrington, is in poor health and takes her to meet her father, who is sitting in a chair with a blanket over his legs. In the conversation we find out that Ann has been raised in the East at her mother’s request. Ann has no memories of her father, as they have been separated since her mother and Carrington’s business partner died in a cave while inspecting a company mine. Ann’s father also reveals that the next day would be Ann’s twenty-first birthday and, according to her mother’s will, she is to come into full control of the family fortune.
After leaving her father, Ann and Gail are to be shown upstairs to their rooms. Gail is waiting on the stairs, and as Ann crosses the main hall, a giant chandelier breaks loose from the ceiling.
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