George and Marian Kerby are two happy-go-lucky ghosts featured on the CBS fantasy comedy TOPPER (1953-55).
Geore and Marian (Robert Sterling & Anne Jeffreys) are married and to celebrate their fifth anniversary they travel to Europe on vacation. But their vacation is cut short when they are killed in an avalanche along with a St. Bernard dog named Neil.
It takes them a while to realize they were dead, but when they do, the ghosts of George, Marian and Neil return to the Kerby home at 101 Maple Drive in New York City. But much to their surprise, their house has been purchased by banker Cosmo Topper (Leo G. Carroll).
Taking a liking to stuffy old Cosmo, George Kerby (“The most sporting ghost), his wife, Marian (“The ghostess with the mostess”) and, of course, Neil the ghostly martini-drinking canine settled into a shared living arrangements – 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).
NOTE: TOPPER was television’s first fantasy series. The series is based on the novel “Topper” by Thorne Smith, and the film “Topper” (1937) starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as the Kerbys and Roland Young as Mr. Topper. In the 1937 film “Topper,” the Kerbys are killed in a car accident.
Actors Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys who played the Kerbys on the TV series were married in real life.
George and Marian Kerby
c/o Cosmo & Henrietta Topper
101 Maple Drive
New York City, NY