The third of three Topper films (Topper – 1937 and Topper Takes A Trip – 1939), Roland Young stars again as the unflappable Cosmo Topper battling yet another ghost. The ghostly events start when Topper picks up two pretty hitchhikers and offers to have his chauffeur (Eddie “Rochester” Anderson of Jack Benny fame) take them to the creepy Carrington mansion. One of the ladies, Ann Carrington (Carole Landis) is the ailing Mr. Carrington’s daughter who is to inherit the entire estate the next day, if she is still alive! When Ann gallantly offers to let her friend Gail Richards (Blondell) spend the night in the beautiful bedroom her “father” has decorated specifically for her, it is obvious what is going to happen. Gail is stabbed by a mysterious phantom intruder and her ghost immediately leaves her body to float over to Topper’s house, where she finally cajoles him into helping her find her murderer and solve the mystery of who is trying to kill her friend. The real laughs are provided by Rochester, who after becoming so perturbed at the ghostly shenanigans, threatens to quit Topper’s employ and go back to work for Jack Benny! (1941)
Academy Award Nominations 1941 – Elmer Raguse for Best Sound, Elmer Raguse and Roy W. Seawright for Best Visual Effects.