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By 1937, producer Hal Roach was hoping to wean himself away from the Laurel & Hardy-Our Gang slapstick on which he had built his studio's reputation by delving into the "screwball comedy" genre. Roach selected the racy Thorne Smith fantasy novel Topper for adaptation, and the result was one of the most endearingly funny films of the decade. Constance Bennett and Cary Grant play Marion and George Kerby, a wealthy, freewheeling young married couple whose uninhibited lifestyle is the talk of the town. After a particularly bibulous evening on the town, the Kerbys race homeward in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Signalizes [Roach's] entry into full-length sophistication."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are Thorne Smith's continental ghosts, haranguing tired businessman Roland Young in arch screwball style."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Sophisticated, but a touch too mild, saved by an ebullient cast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A frightfully funny mix of special effects and languid humour which inspired two excellent sequels..."
‑ , Film4
"Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, as the reincarnated Kerbys, do their assignments with great skill."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Boasting strong performances from Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, this sophisticated screwball comedy was so popular that it led to two sequels (without Grant)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[C]harming and witty darlings... get to spend eternity wandering around in their evening clothes..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Too gentle and leisurely to survive as a solid classic, though there's pleasure to be found in the cast's graceful way with comedy and their smooth ensemble playing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film is noted for making Cary Grant a major star."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stylish, whimsical comedy-fantasy with great cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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