Topper Returns (1941)

USA, 1941
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording), English

An American comedy fantasy film directed by Roy Del Ruth.

Plot Summary

Topper is visited by another ghost, Gail Richards, a young woman who was accidentally killed when her murderer mistook her for his intended victim, her friend Ann Carrington. Topper is called upon to help Gail find the killer and prevent him from murdering Ann. Naturally, it doesn’t quite go to plan.


Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Copyright MCMXLI [1941] by Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Hal Roach presents. Released through United Artists
Original Screen Play by: Jonathan Latimer, Gordon Douglas
Additional Dialogue: Paul Gerard Smith
Based on the fictional characters conceived by the late Thorne Smith
Assistant Director: Bernard Carr
Director of Photography: Norbert Brodine
Film Editor: James Newcom
Musical Score by: Werner R. Heymann
Orchestra Conducted by: Irvin Talbot
Sound Recording by: William Randall; Elmer Raguse [uncredited]
Gowns by: Royer
Photographic Effects: Roy Seawright
Art Direction: Nicolai Remisoff
Set Decorations: W.L. Stevens

Joan Blondell (Gail Richards)
Roland Young (Cosmo Topper)
Carole Landis (Ann Carrington)
Billie Burke (Mrs [Clara] Topper)
Dennis O’Keefe (Bob)
Patsy Kelly (maid [Emily])
H.B. Warner (Mr Carrington)
Eddie (Rochester) Anderson (chauffeur [Edward])
George Zucco (Dr Jeris)
Donald MacBride (Sgt Roberts)
Rafaela Ottiano (Lillian)
Trevor Bardette (Rama)
Eddy Chandler [Sgt Jim – uncredited]
John Kelly [sailor – uncredited]
George Lloyd [boat captain – uncredited]
Bill O’Brien [butler – uncredited]
Brick Sullivan [Darryl – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Bionda in paradiso – Italian title
Henki hulluttelee – Finnish title
Ich suche meinen Mörder – Austrian/German title
Merkwürdigen Abenteuer des Mr Topper – German TV title
La mujer fantasma– Spanish title
Niewidzialny detektyw – Polish title
Le retour de Topper – French title
Topper 2: Das Gespensterschloß – German television title
Topper vender tilbage – Danish title

Sequel to
Topper (1937)
Topper Takes a Trip (1939)


Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee pp.498; 499 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.489-490
Trick Cinematography by R.M. Hayes pp.65-66