Watch: Topper 1937 123movies, Full Movie Online – The funloving Kerbys, stockholders in the bank of which henpecked, stuffy Cosmo Topper is president, drive recklessly once too often and become ghosts. In limbo because they’ve never done either good or bad deeds, they decide to try a good one now: rehabilitating Topper. Lovely, flirtatious Marion takes a keen personal interest in the job. Will Topper survive the wrath of jealous ghost George? Will Mrs. Topper find that a scandalous husband isn’t all bad?.
Plot: Madcap couple George and Marion Kerby are killed in an automobile accident. They return as ghosts to try and liven up the regimented lifestyle of their friend and bank president, Cosmo Topper. When Topper starts to live it up, it strains relations with his stuffy wife.
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Cary the friendly ghost
When better than Christmas-time to watch a classic Hollywood fantasy feature, especially as it stars the great Cary Grant and sexy, sophisticated Constance Bennett. The film makes one obvious mistake in not naming the film after them, as the live-on-the-edge 24-hour-party-people couple who finally crash, literally, over to the other side when their car (and what a car it is!) hits a tree, leaving them as two disembodied spirits requiring to do a good deed before they can quit their earthly ties completely.
This then, they decide, is to be the emancipation of their middle-aged, henpecked bank manager friend, the only mildly rebellious thing about whom is his name, Cosmo Topper, played by Roland Young. Ordered about by his dull wife and domineering butler, Topper’s worm gradually turns due to the influence of alcohol, Grant and in particular Bennett’s coaxing but finally his own suppressed natural spirit coming to the surface.
A great screwball comedy, directed at high speed by Norman Z MacLeod, “Topper” is great fun from start to finish. The two separate lengthy opening scenes perfectly encapsulate the contrast between the high-flying Kerbys and the low-lying Toppers and it’s no great surprise as to who changes who for the better by the final reel.
With the usual 30’s comedy mix of sharp dialogue, slapstick and fine-for-the-time special effects to suggest ghostly comings and goings, the film entertains from first to last. Most surprising is the prominence given to a racy pair of lady’s drawers not only in clearing a fashion store of its occupants but in later proving the catalyst for Topper’s wife to go from strait-laced to frilly-laced and put the fire back into their staid marriage.
Grant and Bennett are great as the high-society duo who aren’t on the screen enough (and I don’t just mean when they’re invisible in spirit form). Shame they didn’t make another movie together, they’re well-matched here. Young is fine too as the mousy manager who finally learns to roar.
This was a fun romp of a movie, with just a gentle live-for-today (but not too fast!) moral at its heart.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Director Norman Z. McLeod
Writer Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran
Actors Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (10 reels) (USA), 2,667.3 m (UK)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm