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'Topper Takes A Trip' [Blu-ray]
(Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Verree Teasdale, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1938) 2018 / VCI Entertainment - MVD Visual)

Overview: To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed.

Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, 'Topper Takes A Trip' is a charming, airy, lyrical fantasy comedy. No one ever made a fantasy comedy like this.

The playing of all actors and the set design mix screwball comedy with fantasy elements, making an appealing, sexy, subtly witty comedy that was the best sophisticated comedy feature ever to come out of the Hal Roach Studios.

The cast is a dream. Although all three actors' characters do not appear to each other, the chemistry between Roland Young, Constance Bennett, and Billie Burke is a joy to watch.

The musical score by Marvin Hatley not only complements the film beautifully, it features pieces that sound more from the 1960's than 1939. A remarkable score that deserves major recognition by film scholars, students, and buffs.

Roland Young and Billie Burke made several films together for different studios however it was in this film and in Selznick's 'The Young In Heart' that showed them at their absolute best as a team. They also deserve greater critical recognition for their work.

The camerawork and set design evoke a polish and sheen common to '30s romantic comedies. A handsome look that stimulates suspending disbelief for a fantasy film. 'Topper Takes A Trip' is, undeniably, the best of the three Topper films produced by Hal Roach. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.37:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.