This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Anne Jeffreys ...  Marion Kerby 78 episodes, 1953-1955
Robert Sterling ...  George Kerby 78 episodes, 1953-1955
Leo G. Carroll ...  Cosmo Topper 78 episodes, 1953-1955
Buck Buck ...  Neil 78 episodes, 1953-1955
Lee Patrick ...  Henrietta Topper 66 episodes, 1953-1955
Thurston Hall ...  Mr. Schuyler / ... 40 episodes, 1953-1955
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This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to loosen up and enjoy life, but more often they would complicate it. Written by Mathias Banner <mathias@datawise.net>

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9 October 1953 (USA) See more »

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(78 episodes)

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Leo G. Carrol played a ghost himself in 1938s Christmas Carol. Played the part of Marley. See more »

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Racy
29 July 2000 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Thorne Smith wrote a lot of racily humorous books, most of them justly forgotten, but now and then he hit on a worthwhile theme. The Topper books were about how after a short and frivolously wasted life, a young couple returns from the dead to implore a Thurberesque little man to live life to the fullest. Because it's a terribly serious situation that applies to us all, it's a wonderful basis for humor. Oh, and because the young female is safely dead, she can indulge in racier behavior than was often seen on 1950s television.

The TV remake with Jack Warden was less successful, largely because its Topper was at the pinnacle of the business world and thus less obviously in need of any ectoplasmic helpers.


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