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A Los Angeles Times article just prior to the film's production noted that the film's proposed budget was $500,000. Scenes set at the entrance to the Seabreeze Hotel were shot at the exterior entrance to the Bullocks Wilshire department store on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that actress Claire Windsor was to appear in the film, her first in more than three years, but her appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. A production still for the film included actress Natalie Moorhead in the film, but she was not in the viewed print and her role May have been cut from the released film. Roland Young received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the picture. The film was also nominated for an Oscar in the sound recording category.
According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on May 15, 1985, Topper, originally shot in black and white, was the first film to be fully "colorized." The colorized version, made for television and video release, was produced by Hal Roach Studios Film Classics and Colorization, Inc. Two sequels were made to Topper: Topper Takes a Trip in 1939, also directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Constance Bennett, Roland Young and Billie Burke, and Topper Returns in 1941, directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Young, Burke and Joan Blondell. A television series based on the Thorne Smith characters was shown on the CBS network from 1953 through 1956. The series starred Anne Jeffries and Robert Sterling as "George" and "Marion," Leo G. Carroll as "Topper" and Lee Patrick as "Mrs. Topper." A Topper television movie, made in 1979, was shown on the ABC network, starring Kate Jackson and Andrew Stevens.