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Released Runtime Category
1937 97 Comedy
Director Language
Norman Z. McLeod English
Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young


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What's it About

George and Marion Kirby (Grant and Bennett) seem to have it all: they're rich, attractive, and live the high life — that is, until they're killed when driving their roadster just a bit too fast. Now bonafide ghosts, it seems the couple have one final errand to do before going to their eternal rest: help their stifled, hen-pecked banker Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) get more out of life — while he's still living!

Why we love it

This uproarious comedy was yet another step to super-stardom for Cary Grant, who proves himself a gifted comic player as well as handsome leading man. Bennett (older sister of Joan) is the essence of high-toned style and beauty as wife Marion. Still, the true revelation is Young, who's a consistent delight as the put-upon Cosmo, a man who must cope not only with a rigid, controlling wife (Billie Burke), but a couple of goofy, upper crust specters who keep turning his well-ordered world upside down. A genuine screwball classic. (Note: the DVD also includes the sequel "Topper Returns," which brings back Young (sans Grant and Bennett), and is good fun overall, though a tad contrived and not up to the first entry.)

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