Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

Cosmo Topper is still haunted by his ghostly experiences from Topper (1937). And since his marriage is breaking down as a consequence of those previous events, Marion Kerby’s ghost reappears in order to put things right again. But of course, as happened with her well-meaning “help” in the first film, she mostly creates more chaos. This film is shorter as the first film, and seems better paced and better written. So, in spite of Cary Grant’s absence, this sequel is more enjoyable than the previous film. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Topper (1937)

The well-regulated life of mild-mannered bank manager Cosmo Topper is turned upside down when couple of yuppie ghosts decide to bully him into living a little. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Animal Kingdom (1932)

A romantic drama with very few comedic elements, The Animal Kingdom features a male protagonist who needs to figure out what he wants to do with his life. There is a nice role for a third-billed Myrna Loy in this film. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

This is a black comedy about an undertaker creating his own demand. It is an entertaining film, which first and foremost benefits from a great cast including horror icons Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Naked Truth (1957)

This British comedy contains some very dark humour. There is no holding back when it comes to showing the havoc caused by the film’s central blackmailer. In spite of its darkness, however, the film becomes more farcical as the plot unfolds, in part thanks to the talents of Peter Sellers and the rest of the cast. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Mr & Mrs Smith (1941)

When I discovered Mr & Mrs Smith, I was surprised that is was not better known, given that it starred Carole Lombard and was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After seeing the film, I am far less surprised, as this film – which has its fair share of funny lines and moments – largely fails as a comedy. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

After the Thin Man (1936)

This sequel to The Thin Man sees William Powell and Myrna Loy return as Nick and Nora. The film is slightly less entertaining than the first one, but as a sequel it is definitely successful. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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