Topper Returns (1941) is the third and final entry in the initial series of films inspired by the novels of Thorne Smith. It followed Topper (1937) and Topper Takes a Trip (1938). As in the prior movies, Roland Young and Billie Burke play the Toppers, while Joan Blondell portrays a murder victim and ghost who tries to save her friend, played by Carole Landis, and unmask her killer with the help of a reluctant Cosmo Topper.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Special Effects (Roy Seawright and Elmer Raguse) and Best Sound, Recording (Elmer Raguse).
A TV series of Topper premiered in 1953 and ran for two seasons. A pilot called Topper Returns (1973) was later made for a proposed TV series. There was also a made-for-TV remake of the original film, Topper in (1979).
In 1969, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Jonathan Latimer, Thorne Smith
Starring Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography Norbert Brodine
Edited by James Newcom
Production company Hal Roach Studios
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates March 21, 1941
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States