Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Forgotten Movies: TOPPER
This is a screwball comedy of 1937 starring Cary Grant (in the movie that made him a star) and Constance Bennett as a couple that die in a careless accident, then come back to haunt Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) their uppercrust banker. Charming, I remembered it, and so was the TV show that followed it with Leo J. Carroll playing Topper.
(I believe in the TV show they were killed in an avalanche, somewhat making them less careless.)
Okay, here's the thing. I saw this movie was on TV and thought it would make a good choice for this post. I watched it and boy, was I disappointed. It dragged terribly and the same jokes popped up over and over again. What should have been quick bits, were not. Cary Grant disappeared pretty much after the first half hour and Constance Bennett is just not very good. Roland Young was very fine in his bits but boy, no clever dialogue and so preachy. A big disappointment. Why waste something as cool as ghosts on just dispensing advice.