Series: All Star feature

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Producer: Hal Roach, Milton H. Bren
Screenplay: Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran
Photography: Norbert Brodine
Editor: William H. Terhune
Art director: Arthur I. Royce

Stars: Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 16 July 1937
Length: 10 reels
Production No.: F-17
Filming dates:
Rating: -/10



George & Marion Kerby (Cary Grant and Constance Bennett) are driving home along a country lane when they stop off at The Rainbow Club. They overstay their welcome after getting into a song routine with the piano player before being chucked out. A passing policeman protests them sleeping in their car outside a bank but he storms off when Mrs. Kerby insults him. The next morning and Mr. Topper (Roland Young) is having a shower when his butler abruptly turns off the water and insists he get dressed for breakfast. Over the breakfast table his wife (Billie Burke) gives Topper a hard time because he made too much effort in order to catch a train, before he has to leave for work.
Topper arrives at the bank, where he chairs an annual meeting of stockholders. The largest holder is George Kerby, who despite sleeping outside the bank in his car all night manages to arrive late for the meeting where he behaves with cocky arrogance. Afterwards, Mrs. Kerby flirts with Topper in his office before leaving with her husband.


Favourite bit

Copyrighted July 14, 1937.
Re-released January 1948.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor and Best Sound Recording.
Two sequels followed: Topper Takes A Trip (1939) and Topper Returns (1941).
The story begins at 10 o'clock.
The nightclub is the Rainbow Club.
Mr. Topper is 44 seconds late for breakfast.
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Constance Bennett
Marion Kerby
Cary Grant
George Kerby
Roland Young
Mr. Topper
Billie Burke
Mrs. Sarah Topper
Alan Mowbray
Eugene Pallette
Arthur Lake
Elevator boy
Hedda Hopper
Mrs. Stuyvesant
Virginia Sale
Miss Johnson
Theodore von Eltz
Hotel manager
J. Farrell MacDonald
Jack Hill
Man in crowd
Elaine Shepard
Doodles Weaver
Si Jenks
Ernie Alexander
Irving Bacon
Hotel clerk
Lionel Belmore
Bank guard
Clem Bevans
Board member
Betty Blythe
Mrs. Goodrich
Ward Bond
Eddie - cab driver slugged by Topper
Ralph Brooks
Nightclub patron
James Carlisle
Nightclub patron
Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy, piano player
Eddy Chandler
Dorothy Christy
Davison Clark
Police sergeant
Donna Dax
Hat-check girl
Vince Degen
Member of 'Three Hats And A Miss'
Lester Dorr
Bank teller
Claire Du Brey
Sales clerk
Eddie Fetherston
Courtroom reporter
Sam Flint
Board member
Bess Flowers
Nightclub patron
Anita Garvin
Seabreeze hotel guest
Pat Gleason
Taxivab driver
Kenneth Harlan
Hotel manager
Grace Hayle
Outraged heavy woman
Tom Herbert
Hen-pecked motorist
Max Hoffman Jr.
Taxicab driver
Shep Houghton
George Humbert
Tony, nightclub owner
William Irving
Sheldon Jett
Eddie Kane
Maitre d'
Crauford Kent
Board member
Carl M. Leviness
Nightclub patron
Harold Miller
Nightclub patron
Jack Mulhall
Irate nightclub patron
Frank O'Connor
Sea Breeze hotel doorman
Jack Perry
Onlooker at street brawl
Jack Raymond
Taxicab driver
Cyril Ring
Nightclub patron
Syd Saylor
Car salesman
Bill Seckler
Member of 'Three Hits And A Miss'
Martha Tilton
Member of 'Three Hits And A Miss'
Lana Turner
Nightclub patron
Russell Wade
Nightclub patron
Walter Walker
Ruth Warren
Hen-pecked motorist's wife
Billy Wayne
Taxicab driver
Harry Wilson
Onlooker at street brawl
Eric Wilton
Onlooker at hotel
Claire Windsor
Mrs. Simpkins
Three Hits And A Miss
(Marvin Bailey,
Vince Degen,
Bill Seckler,
Martha Tilton)

The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR
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Chris Bungo (help)
Richard Finegan (identification of Jack Hill)

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