Topper

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 39

    Topper's Vacation

    Aired 7/15/55

  • S 2 : Ep 38

    Topper's Other Job

    Aired 6/24/55

  • S 2 : Ep 37

    Topper's Insurance Scandal

    Aired 6/17/55

  • S 2 : Ep 36

    Topper's Counterfeiters

    Aired 6/10/55

  • S 2 : Ep 35

    The Neighbors

    Aired 6/3/55

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anne Jeffreys

    Marion Kerby

  • Robert Sterling

    George Kerby

  • Leo G. Carroll

    Cosmo Topper

  • Lee Patrick

    Henrietta Topper

  • Thurston Hall

    Mr. Schuyler

  • show Description
  • Topper is the tale of a bank executive, Cosmo Topper, who moves into a new home only recently vacated by its charming tenants, who have died in a skiing accident. They are now ghosts, and reveal themselves to Topper now and again to make and mar his fortunes. The cast includes Lee Patrick as Mrs. Topper in a fine invention (she was, of course, Sam Spade's secretary in The Maltese Falcon). A witty and sophisticated comedy, adapted for television from the film series. Episode History 78 x 30 minute B&W episodes 1st Series = 39 Episodes 2nd Series = 39 Episodesmoreless

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  • Quotes (9)

    • Cosmo: You know, Henrietta was afraid this house was haunted. George : She's not psychic is she? Cosmo: I never thought so before. Marion: We don't like psychic people, they're so pushy! Always trying to meet us when we don't want to meet them. George: Hey, Honey, remember the Medium who tried to make us materialize while we were both taking showers? Marion: (Laughing)Would have served him right if we had!

    • Henrietta: Cosmo! Cosmo, where are you? (Enters the room) Henrietta: Cosmo, Why didn't you answer me? Cosmo, what's wrong? You look like you've just seen a ghost. Marion: Told you she was psychic. Cosmo: (To Marion) Shhhhhhhh! Henrietta: What's that? Cosmo: Oh, uh, I was just breathing, dear.

    • Marion: Topper, he'd feel much better if you told him that we're still around. Topper: You expect him to believe that? George: Well, maybe we can do some tricks to convince him. Topper: That's a good idea. Scare him to death - then you three can really get together!

    • Beginning quote from the narrator for this show was: "Anne Jeffreys as Marion Kerby, the ghostess with the mostess. Robert Sterling, as George Kerby, that most sporting of spirits and Leo G. Carroll, host to said ghosts as TOPPER."

    • Mr. Schuyler has just told Topper that Topper needs to go to Las Vegas to present Harvey Middle's bid on a hotel. Topper asked why me and Mr. Schuyler tells Topper that the job must be done by a man of his dignity and demeanor. Marion and George are so exicted about the trip that they push Topper into his chair and start swinging him around. Mr. Schuyler walks back into the room and sees Topper spinning in his chair. Schuyler: Topper! What on earth has happened to you. Topper: Nothing, I was just reminding myself to buy a round trip ticket.

    • Henrietta: I'm writing to Thelma. Cosmo: That's nice. Henrietta: Thelma and I have been corresponding for years. Whenever I go any place I write to her and she writes to me whenever she leaves town. Cosmo: But Thelma has never been out of town since we've known her. Henrietta: You know your right. I wondered why I never get any mail from her.

    • Lefferty watches as Topper is talking to his ghost friends Marion and George. The ghost hand Topper some dice. Lefferty see the dice float in the air and goes up to Topper. Lefferty: How did you do that? Topper: What? Lefferty: Those dice they stayed up in the air by themselves. Topper: Oh, yes. I got them in a floating crap game.

    • The show's sponsor likes to tell you the following. Narrator: Camel, America's first choice among cigarettes presents Topper starring as Marianne Kerby, the liveliest ghost in town, Anne Jeffreys; as George Kerby, the liveliest ghost in town, Robert Sterling; and Leo G. Carroll as Topper. Oh yes, and the deadliest ghost, Neil. And there are only three people in the world who can see them. You and I and Cosmo Topper.

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    Notes (6)

    • This is the beginning quote from the narrator for Topper. It is how each show began. Narrator: This is Cosmo Topper. Bank Vice-President, loving husband, and, no he's not a magician. George and Marion Kerby are doing that. Ghosts. Yes, a handsome couple who were swallowed by an avalanche and came back to spread a little joy into a sedate business man's life. And that's their ghost-dog Neil. The St. Bernard who couldn't save them. That's what you get for drinking on the job old boy. Aren't they a wonderful bunch? And just think, Topper is the only person in the whole world who can see or hear them. Except for you and I of course. Well, it's off to the bank for Topper. What a way to start the day!

    • Footage of Neil walking is run in slow motion, to give the impression he's drunk and staggering.

    • This episode is presented as a flashback, with Cosmo Topper telling an unbelieving doctor about his situation with the Kerbys.

    • In the show each week at the beginning and end of the show, you will see Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling and Leo Carroll smoking. They play themselves in these commercials and endorse Camels.

    • Actors were not paid as much in the 1950s as they are today. Like in radio, the stars of the 1950s were expected to endorce their shows sponsors in at least two commercials per show. If the sponsor was a cigarette company, even if you did not smoke, you were expected to smoke for the commercial to endorse the product. Every show you can see Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling and Leo Carroll, smoking and endorsing Camels.

    • In the 1950s television shows were generally sponsored by one product. All the commercials would be about the item. Topper was sponsored by Camels.

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    Trivia (8)

    • The address for the house that Topper and the Kerby's lived in is: 101 Maple Drive, New York City.

    • Topper is the first television show that used trick photography to show the interplay between humans in alternative dimensions.

    • There have been two failed attempts to revive this show. One was in March 19, 1973 called Topper Returns. It was a half-hour pilot that starred John Fink , Stepfanie Powers and Roddy McDowall. The second attemp was just titled Topper and aired November 9, 1979. It was a two hour TV special and starred Andrew Stevens, Kate Jackson and Jack Warden.

    • There were in fact three movies about Topper. One in 1937 called "Topper". One in 1939 called "Topper Takes a Trip". In 1941 the final movie was out and it was called "Topper Returns."

    • In both the movies that Topper was the spin off TV show for Roland Young played Cosmo Topper. He did such a wonderful portrayal that he was nominated for an Academy Award.

    • Topper is a spin off from a movie made in 1937 starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett. The movie was so popular that it had a sequel called Topper returns in 1941.

    • Ed Fleming a newscaster is promoting Camel cigarettes in this episode. He states that Harry M. Wokey, the leading tobacco analysis, in 1954 published figures showing the Camels out sells the second leading cigarette by 50 and 8/10%. This makes cigarette history. And it simple means: Camels are what most people want for pure smoking pleasure.

    • Topper is brought to you by Camels which at the time out sold all other brands. In the commercials, the actors all smoke and refer to each other by their real names.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Cosmo: It is my contention that there is not room in this world for women and pants and in some cases there is no room in the pants for women. This is a reference to the changing times. Women had been in the home in dresses and their role was changing. Topper an old fashion man does not like the change. His wife is becoming more modern and is wearing a pair of pants.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • just see proposal for high broadcast quality study material

    By uttam5572, Jan 16, 2012

  • The government has decided it needs a new highway. The Topper proper is right in direction of the intended project. Cosmo and Harrietta may be able to move but George and Marion can not. The highway will go in over their dead bodies!

    By surferpl, Feb 21, 2011

  • If you love comedy that doesn't need over kill one liners, or slapstick. And you like to be pleasantly surprised by laughing at the situations characters get into every week and can't wait to see the next episode. You will be addicted on a good thing!!

    By Gypsywolflady, Sep 14, 2008

  • This show is as wonderful today as it was in its day. Though there are limited special effects, the acting and writing make up for it all.

    By awerlwas, Nov 07, 2005

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