Season 1 Episode 1

Topper Meets The Ghosts

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 09, 1953 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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