TOPPER RETURNS was released March 21, 1941. Victor Fox's comic book SAMSON #6, dated September 1941, featured a character named "The Topper" in a story that had some similarities to the movie. Was the comic book story inspired by the movie? We'll take a look at the movie and then at the comic.
|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Written by||Jonathan Latimer|
Thorne Smith (novel)
|Music by||Werner R. Heymann|
|Editing by||James Newcom|
|Studio||Hal Roach Studios|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||88 minutes|
- Joan Blondell as Gail Richards
- Roland Young as Cosmo Topper
- Carole Landis as Ann Carrington
- Billie Burke as Clara Topper
- Dennis O'Keefe as Bob
- Patsy Kelly as Emily
- H. B. Warner as Henry Carrington
- Eddie Anderson as Eddie
- George Zucco as Dr. Jeris
- Donald McBride as Police Sergeant Roberts
- Rafaela Ottiano as Lillian
- Trevor Bardette as Rama
- "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/legacy/ceremony/14th-winners.html. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
- Topper (1953 TV series) at IMDB
- Topper Returns (1973 pilot for proposed TV series) at IMDB
- Topper (1979 TV Movie) at IMDB
- Pierce (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. DOI:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. OCLC 15122313. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25165419. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- Topper Returns at the Internet Movie Database
- Topper Returns is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Topper Returns at the TCM Movie Database
- Topper Returns at AllRovi
Carole Landis and Joan Blondell en route to where they are going in the story.
Roland Young with Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, and Billie Burke.
But he is finally dealt with and Carole Landis lives happily ever after, in this story at least.
This comic book story also has two blondes, although they're only shown separately. And again one of them gets killed early in the story.
We'll let someone who actually knew Victor Fox have the last word:
Jack Kirby: "Victor Fox was a character. He'd look up at the ceiling with a big cigar, this little fellow, very broad, going back and forth with his hands behind his back saying, 'I'm the King of Comics! I'm the King of Comics!' and we would watch him and, of course, smile a little because he was a genuine type".
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