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Release Date:
9 October 1953 (USA) See more »
This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear... See more »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Anne Jeffreys ... Marion Kerby / ... (78 episodes, 1953-1955)

Robert Sterling ... George Kerby (78 episodes, 1953-1955)

Leo G. Carroll ... Cosmo Topper (78 episodes, 1953-1955)
Buck ... Neil (77 episodes, 1953-1955)
Lee Patrick ... Henrietta Topper (65 episodes, 1953-1955)
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Schuyler / ... (38 episodes, 1953-1955)

Series Directed by
Lew Landers (15 episodes, 1954-1955)
Philip Rapp (5 episodes, 1953-1954)
Paul Landres (5 episodes, 1954)
Leslie Goodwins (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Leslie H. Martinson (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Writing credits
Thorne Smith (78 episodes, 1953-1955)
George Oppenheimer (25 episodes, 1953-1955)
Philip Rapp (21 episodes, 1953-1955)
Robert Riley Crutcher (17 episodes, 1954-1955)
Stephen Sondheim (10 episodes, 1953-1954)
Stanley Davis (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Donn Mullally (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Elon Packard (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Norman Paul (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Robert Thomsen (2 episodes, 1954)

Series Produced by
John W. Loveton .... producer / co-executive producer (18 episodes, 1953-1955)
Bernard Schubert .... producer (14 episodes, 1954)
Series Cinematography by
Gert Andersen (6 episodes, 1954)
Kenneth Peach (5 episodes, 1953-1954)
Series Film Editing by
Nick DeMaggio (6 episodes, 1954)
Chuck Gladden (2 episodes, 1954)
Series Casting by
Ralph Acton (2 episodes, 1954)
Series Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan (7 episodes, 1954)
Walter Koessler (3 episodes, 1954)
Series Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (7 episodes, 1954)
James Roach (3 episodes, 1954)
Series Production Management
Herbert E. Stewart .... production manager (12 episodes, 1953-1954)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1954)
Willard M. Reineck .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1954)
Series Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound engineer / sound (11 episodes, 1954)
Buddy Myers .... re-recording (3 episodes, 1954)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orbach's .... fashions by (1 episode, 1954)
Series Editorial Department
Tholen Gladden .... supervising editor (10 episodes, 1953-1954)
Series Music Department
Roy Ingraham .... composer: theme music (69 episodes, 1953-1955)
Charles Koff .... composer: theme music (69 episodes, 1953-1955)
Edward Paul .... composer: theme music (69 episodes, 1953-1955)
Series Other crew
Philip Rapp .... supervising story editor / script editor (12 episodes, 1953-1955)
Chuck Gladden .... film coordinator (2 episodes, 1954)
Helen McCaffrey .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1954)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (78 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Ghostly couple Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys were also married in real life.See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Forgotten Jewel From Television's Infancy, 15 January 2007
Author: possumopossum from United States

I came across a DVD of four episodes from this fifties show for $7.95. I had almost forgotten this show and how I enjoyed it as a kid when it was in syndication for a brief time back in the mid to late sixties. Leo G. Carroll in the title roll is a perfect foil for the fun-loving spirits of George and Marion Kirby. And speaking of spirits, I think Neal was the only alcoholic dog in history. He sure did love his booze. I've heard of dogs liking beer, but I've never known them to put away a whole case after drinking half a canteen full of gin. That was a hoot! (Love 'ya, Neal, you big dumb mutt!!!). It was his fondness of the drink that got George and Marion killed in the first place. I guess some dogs just never learn.

This show is a forgotten classic, and well worth its weight in gold. You hardly ever see or hear of it any more, and that's too bad. Wish they would put it on Nick at Night or TVLand. Wouldn't mind a few more DVD's either. Great show.

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