Hal Roach Presents
Topper Takes a Trip (1938)
Topper Takes a Trip is the first of two sequels to the original supernatural comedy in which wealthy banker Cosmo Topper’s life is complicated by ghosts. The story opens in divorce court, where Clara Topper has accused her husband of marital infidelity.
When Cosmo insists that the other woman is merely the ghost of a former bank stockholder, Marion Kerby, an angry judge throws the case out of court. Clara’s meddling pal, Mrs. Parkhurst, ultimately persuades Clara to leave the country and obtain a divorce in France. Meanwhile, Marion Kerby learns of her old friend Toppy’s desperate situation and resolves to help save his marriage.
In France, Marion discovers that a phony Baron is seducing Clara, seeking to gain control of her vast fortune. Assisted by a ghostly canine companion, Mr. Atlas, Marion conspires to put Baron de Rossi in his place and reunite Cosmo and Clara. Fans of The Thin Man series will surely recognize the famous Wire Fox Terrier, Asta, who plays Marion’s sidekick.
Topper Takes a Trip is loosely based on the novel by Thorne Smith. In the film George Kerby appears in flashbacks, while in the novel Marion and George return together to help their friend Cosmo. The third film in the series, Topper Returns, bore little resemblance to the first two. Only Roland Young and Billie Burke reprised their roles.
Topper Takes a Trip
A Novel by Thorne Smith (Kindle Edition)
Topper Takes a Trip (1938)
A Ribald Comedy Starring Roland Young and Constance Bennett
Topper Takes a Trip is the first of two sequels to Topper, which was released in 1937. Although Cary Grant’s character George Kerby appears only in flashbacks, the other main stars reprise their roles: Constance Bennett as Marion Kerby, Roland Young as Cosmo Topper, Billie Burke as Clara Topper, and Alan Mowbray as Wilkins the butler. Asta, the Wire Fox Terrier who delighted audiences in The Thin Man series, shines as Mr. Atlas, the Ectoplasmic Pup.
Starring as Marion Kerby
Constance Bennett … Marion Kerby
Roland Young … Cosmo Topper
Billie Burke … Clara Topper
Alan Mowbray … Wilkins the Butler
Verree Teasdale … Mrs. Parkhurst
Alexander D’Arcy … Baron de Rossi
Asta … Mr. Atlas
Starring as Clara Topper
Topper Facts & Trivia
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
- Producers: Milton H. Bren and Hal Roach (Uncredited)
- Director: Norman Z. McLeod
- Writers: Thorne Smith (Novel) – Jack Jevne, Eddie Moran, and Corey Ford (Screenplay)
- Release Date: January 12, 1939 (USA)
- Genres: Comedy – Fantasy – Romance
- Oscar Nomination for Best Effects, Special Effects: Roy Seawright (Photographic)
- Grateful Acknowledgment: Mr. Cary Grant appears in scenes from Topper
Starring as Wilkins, the Butler
Mr. Atlas, the Ectoplasmic Pup
Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film
Edited by by Adrienne L. McLean
Skippy aka Asta, the Wire Fox Terrier who delighted audiences in The Thin Man series shines as Mr. Atlas, the Ectoplasmic Pup. Asta (shown on the cover) appeared in dozens of movies during the 1930s.
Who Let the Dogs Out?
Skippy the Wire Fox Terrier was an A-list star in the 1930s. He starred as Asta in The Thin Man series with Myrna Loy and William Powell. He played George opposite Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby. He worked with Cary Grant again portraying Mr. Smith in The Awful Truth, which also starred Irene Dunne. Though not shown in these clips, Asta played Mr. Atlas, the Ectoplasmic Pup in Topper Takes a Trip.
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