Besides Topper and its two sequels — 1938’s Topper Takes A Trip and 1941’s Topper Returns costarring Joan Blondell and Roland Young, pictured above — how much did you know about the broad range of movies Hal Roach produced?
Some of his independent films were huge box office hits. One is said to have been the most profitable Hollywood title to come out the year it was released. (Hint: take a look below.)
Our second Hal Roach Quiz this week asks you to identify each of his feature productions pictured in yesterday’s blog. On to today’s answers.
Question 1) This 1939 outing with Constance Bennett and Cary Grant is described as a supernatural fantasy/comedy that converts a stuffy middle-aged man into something of a swinger. The title is…..
Answer: Of course, 1937’s Topper.
Question 2) That’s a young Victor Mature (below) with Constance Bennett’s younger sister Joan in a crime comedy, with an occasional poisoning, that also involves Adolphe Menjou. The title is…..
Answer: 1939’s The Housekeeper’s Daughter.
Question 3) Yup, that’s Victor Mature again (below) in this 1940 tale of prehistoric tribal rivalries that also envelope Carole Landis and Lon Chaney Jr. This one was big box office when it first came out. The title is….
Answer: 1940’s One Million B.C.
Question 4) With this one, Roach stepped up his game by adapting one of a famous American author’s most famous novellas. The stars were Lon Chaney Jr. (left below) and Burgess Meredith. The title is……
Answer: 1939’s Of Mice and Men, based on the John Steinbeck novella.
Question 5) Roach wasn’t above an action movie or two and this one costars Brian Aherne and another Victor, Victor MacLaglen. The title is…
Answer: 1939’s Captain Fury.