Neil - Ghostly St. Bernard seen (and
not seen) on the sitcom TOPPER/CBS/ABC/NBC/1953-56.
After an avalanche killed happily married couple George Kerby (Robert
Sterling) and Marion Kerby (Anne Jeffreys) during their fifth
anniversary vacation in Switzerland, their ghosts
returned to haunt their home which had since been sold to a
stuffy banker named Cosmo Topper (Leo G. Carroll). Accompanying the Kerby's was an inebriated mountain rescue dog named Neil who also
died on the slopes during the avalanche.
When the Kerby's first met Neil, Marian commented, "First time I saw a St. Bernard who couldn't carry its own
liquor." Neil preferred drinking martinis (olive's up) and brandy.
Neil's real name is Buck. Buck was raised by Beatrice Knight of the Sanctuary Kennels in
The series is based on the movie Topper (1937) which was
inspired by the novel "The Jovial Ghosts" written by Thorne Smith.
In the novel, the dog is called Oscar. TOPPER was television's first
In the film Topper (1937) starring Cary Grant, the Kerby's owned
a wire terrier named Mr. Atlas (played by Skippy) who later played "Asta"
in the TV series THE THIN MAN.
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