Season 1 Episode 1

Topper Meets The Ghosts

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 09, 1953 on CBS
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Topper Meets The Ghosts
George and Marion Kerby were enjoying their fifth wedding anniversary when they became victims of a skiing accidents. Their only potential rescuer, Neil a Saint Bernard dog, was also killed in the tragic avalache. The three of them became ghost and returned to their country home in New York to discover that the home was being purchased by a stuffy bank executive and his wife, Cosmo and Henrietta Topper. They make themselves visible and audible to Mr. Topper and encourage him to buy their home.moreless

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    Lyle Talbot

    Lyle Talbot

    Mr. Moulton

    Guest Star

    Lee Patrick

    Lee Patrick

    Henrietta Topper

    Recurring Role




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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • 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.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • 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.

    • NOTES (3)

      • 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.

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