This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
 Marion Kerby (78 episodes, 1953-1955)
 George Kerby (78 episodes, 1953-1955)
 Cosmo Topper (78 episodes, 1953-1955)
Buck ...
 Neil (78 episodes, 1953-1955)
 Henrietta Topper (66 episodes, 1953-1955)
 Mr. Schuyler / ... (38 episodes, 1953-1955)


This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to loosen up and enjoy life, but more often they would complicate it. Written by Mathias Banner <>

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Fantasy | Comedy





Release Date:

9 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


(78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ghostly couple Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys were also married in real life. See more »


Referenced in My Favorite Martian: Man or Amoeba (1963) See more »

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My favorite TV show of all time
13 January 2000 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Well, it might have been that I was so young, but I enjoyed this TV show enormously. My guess is that it was because it was so different from typical TV fare of then and even now.

It relied on word play and clever dialog instead of idiotic situations and slapstick for its kick which is, I suppose, why I enjoyed it as a child. I've grown up to be a writer. For a shock, check out the writing credits for these shows and you'll see a *very* familiar name. I once, a few years ago, caught a re-run as a New Year's Day festival on a local TV channel and can report that it, unlike almost all shows from any era, holds up very well. Highly enjoyable if you can find it.

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