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Topper - Thorne Smith

well, it’s fairly amusing, at times, I guess...if you overlook the casual comments (reflecting casual attitudes of 1926, I must suppose) about wife-beating, that I assume were meant to get a chuckle, and the fact that any African-American character is likely to be a “Negro bellhop” whose dialogue won’t go much beyond ‘yes, boss’. ah, Thorne Smith novels. ah, 1926. don’t you just want to travel back in time, sometimes, and smack a few people in the face...or, even, get the 1920s to be more like the 1960s. bring things in ahead of schedule, let’s say.


anyway, Topper, and especially the ghosts, are kind of fun.