Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: October 14, 1953
Last Telecast: October 14, 1956
Marion Kerby..... Anne Jeffreys
George Kerby..... Robert Sterling
Cosmo Topper..... Leo G. Carroll
Henrietta Topper..... Lee Patrick
Katie, the Maid (1953-1954)..... Kathleen Freeman
Mr. Schuyler..... Thurston Hall
Maggie, the Cook (1954-1955)..... Edna Skinner
George and Marion Kerby were on a ski vacation in Europe when they were trapped in an avalanche along with their would-be rescuer, a St. Bernard named Neil. All three of them ultimately died - only to return as ghosts to haunt their former house which was now occupied by banker Cosmo Topper!
Marion and George developed a fond attraction for the very proper Mr. Topper, but felt he needed to be a little less stuffy. They did everything in their powers to help Cosmo loosen up. Between their antics and the wanderings of Neil, who had a taste for oversized, brim-filled brandy snifters, life in the Topper house was very chaotic!
Topper was based on characters created by novelist Thorne Smith. These characters also appeared in a series of movies. The one TV cast member that had not appeared in Mr. Smith's novels or the movies was Neil the St. Bernard. In the original story, the Kerby's died in an automobile accident, not whilst skiing and their was no dog with them at that time.
After two seasons on CBS, the show was cancelled only to show up in reruns for a full season on ABC and a summer on NBC.
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