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Topper Returns (MGM 1941, Roland Young, Carole Landis)



The third of the Topper movies finds Roland Young a detective after ghostly murder victim Joan Blondell asks him to intercede and save potential victim Landis’s life. Young next took the Topper act to TV.

This would be the series’ last ghostly outing on the big screen. A decade later, the characters would reappear on TV, with Leo G. Carroll taking over as the bewildered Cosmo.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Recording; Best Special Effects.

production details
USA | MGM | 88 minutes | 1941

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Producer: Hal Roach
Cinematography: Norbert F. Brodine
Editor: James E. Newcom
Music: Dolores Hart
Script: Gordon Douglas, Jonathan Latimer
Costume Designer: Royer
Art Direction: Nicolai Remisoff

Donald MacBride as Sgt. Roberts
Brick Sullivan as Darryl – Police Officer (uncredited)
Joan Blondell as Gail Richards
Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson as Chauffeur
Trevor Bardette as Rama
William H. O’Brien as Second Butler (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler as Jim – Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Roland Young as Cosmo Topper
Carole Landis as Ann Carrington
Billie Burke as Mrs. Clara Topper
Dennis O’Keefe as Bob
Patsy Kelly as Maid
H.B. Warner as Mr. Carrington
George Zucco as Dr. Jeris
Rafaela Ottiano as Lillian
Slicker the Seal as Slicker the Seal (uncredited)