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George and Marian Kerby - Ghosts of a happily married couple who died in an avalanche during their fifth anniversary vacation on the occult sitcom TOPPER/CBS/1953-55.



The Kerbys materialize in Topper's Kitchen George, Marian, Cosmo, Henrietta and Neil the dog

After George and Marian (Robert Sterling & Anne Jeffreys) realize they are ghosts, they return to their home at 101 Maple Drive in New York City only to find it had been purchased by banker Cosmo Topper (Leo G. Carroll).

Topper Title Credit

Taking a liking to stuffy Cosmo, George Kerby ("The most sporting ghost), his wife, Marian ("The ghostess with the mostess") and their ghostly Martini-drinking St. Bernard named Neil (who died on the slopes with the Kerbys) settled into a shared living arrangement (with Cosmo Topper being the only one who could see them).

The rest of household consisted of Cosmo's wife, Henrietta (Lee Patrick) and the Topper's maids Maggie and Katy (Edna Skinner/Kathleen Freeman).

The series is based on the novel "Topper" by Thorne Smith, and the film Topper (1937) starring Cary Grant. TOPPER was television's first fantasy series.

Topper movie poster

1937 Topper Movie Posters

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