Topper Takes a Trip (1938): McLeod’s Oscar-Nominated Sequel to Topper, Without Cary Grant

Topper Takes a Trip, the 1939 sequel to the hugely popular Topper in 1937, does not have Cary Grant, and his charismatic presence is very much missed.

Even so, Grant’s reliable co-stars. Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke and Alan Mobray are all back in the second segment of what would become a trilogy.

New tale centers on the banker Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) who is now being sued for divorce by his wife Clara (Billie Burke), due to his strange behavior while in the company of the mischievous ghosts George and Marion Kirby (Grant and Bennett, respectively).

George Kirby was allowed to ascend to the Choir Invisible, but for some reasons, the spirit of Marion was left behind. Marion thinks that the only way she’ll be allowed entrance is to reunite Mr. and Mrs. Topper.

To accomplish her goal, she follows Clara to Paris and Monte Carlo, joined by Skippy, a pooch that appears and disappears.

Roy Seawright’s special effects are impressive by standards of the time.

The second of producer Hal Roach’s series, Topper Takes a Trip was followed in 1941 by a third chapter, Topper Returns

Oscar Nominations:
Special Effects: Roy Seawright

Oscar Context:
The winner of the Special Effects Oscar was “The Rains Came.”


Running time: 85 Minutes.
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod