Topper (1953-1955)

USA, 9 October -15 July 1955
2 series, 78 episodes, average 24m
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

An American comedy fantasy television series based on the film (1937) and the novels by Thorne Smith. It was first broadcast on CBS.

Plot Summary

Cosmo Topper, the vice president of City Bank, lives in an old house with his wife Henrietta and the of its previous owner George and Marion Kerby and the St Bernard dog, Neil, who tried to save them from the avalanche that killed them.

Credits

Crew
Producers: John W. Loveton, Bernard L. Schubert
Based on the Novels by: Thorne Smith

Cast
Anne Jeffreys (Marion Kerby)
Robert Sterling (George Kerby)
Leo G. Carroll (Topper)
Lee Patrick (Mrs Topper)
Buck (Neil)

Episodes

Season One (1953–54)

Topper Meets the Ghosts (9 October 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer and Philip Rapp
Guest Cast: Lyle Talbot (Mr Moulton)

The Movers (16 October 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Stephen Sondheim

Hiring the Maid (23 October 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer and Stephen Sondheim
Guest Cast: Barbara Knudsen (Lola); Kathleen Freeman (Katie)

The Hypnotist (20 October 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Maude Prickett (Amelia)

Reducing (6 November 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Steve Reeves (Joe Manurki)

The Spinster (13 November 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Mary Field (Thelma Gibney); Hugh Beaumont (Ed Merrill); Lewis Martin (Dr Lang)

Bank Securities (20 November 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Clancy Cooper (Upperson)

The Kid (27 November 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); Ann Doran (Mrs Welch); Billy Chapin (Timmy Welch)

Burglar (4 December 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer); Stephen Sondheim, Hendrik Vollaerts
Story by Robert Thomsen
Guest Cast: Ed Dearing (Chief McGraw); Jess Kirkpatrick (the burglar)

Uncle Jonathan (11 December 1953)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer

The Car Story (18 December 1953)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Philip Rapp, Stephen Sondheim

Christmas Carol (25 December 1953)
Directed by: Paul Landres
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); Mary Field (Thelma Gibney); Frank Ferguson (Dr Lang)

Masquerade (1 January 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Robert Thomsen

Second Honeymoon (8 January 1954)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Story by Donn Mullally
Guest Cast: Mary Field (Thelma Gibney); Guy Wilkerson (Luke); Juney Ellis (Miss Loomis)

The Socialite (15 January 1954)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Stephen Sondheim
Guest Cast: Natalie Schafer (Mrs Vance); John Eldredge (Mr Vance)

The Surprise Party (22 January 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer

Decorating (29 January 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Stephen Sondheim
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); Mary Field (Thelma Gibney); Paul Bryar (Mr Charles)

Astrology (5 February 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Stephen Sondheim

Trip to Lisbon (12 February 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Stephen Sondheim and George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Hugh Sanders (Mr Devon); Angela Greene (Mrs Devon); Lillian Bronson (Miss Erskine); William Walker (the porter)

The Proposal (19 February 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); James Parnell (the policeman)

Katie's Nephew (26 February 1954)
Written by: George Oppenheimer

College Reunion (5 March 1954
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Norman Paul

Economy (12 March 1954)

The Diamond Ring (19 March 1954)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper Runs for Mayor (26 March 1954)
Directed by: Paul Landres
Written by: Philip Rapp

The Painting (2 April 1954)
Directed by: Paul Landres
Written by: George Oppenheimer
Guest Cast: Raymond Greenleaf (Dr Remington); Tom Browne Henry (Mr Simeon); Steve Darrell (guard); Robert Pike (curator)

Henrietta Sells the House (9 April 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Don Beddoe (Mr Newby); Katherine Warren (Mrs Newby); Anthony Sydes (Orville); Isa Ashdown (Arabelle)

Legacy (16 April 1954)
Directed by: Paul Landres
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); Arthur Space (Mr Jackson); Douglas Wood (judge); James Parnell (delivery man)

Topper Goes to Las Vegas (23 April 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Stanley Davis and Elon Packard
Guest Cast: Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Paul Bryar (Lafferty); Lee Roberts (Martin); G. Pat Collins (Olaf Larsen); Arthur Lovejoy (clerk)

Topper Goes West (20 April 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp
Guest Cast: Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Harry Shannon (Foreman); Frank Sully (Charley); William Cottrell (Van Horn); John Dierkes (cowboy)

Sweepstakes (7 May 1954)
Directed by: Paul Landres
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher
Guest Cast: Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Charles Lane (Mr Kittler); Nana Bryant (Woman); Charles Williams (Harlon)

The Package (14 May 1954)
Directed by: Paul Landres
Written by: Joel Rapp

Neil Disappears (21 May 1954)
Written by: Philip Rapp

The Picnic (28 May 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer

The Wedding (4 June 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Preparations for Europe (11 June 1954)
Directed by: James V. Kern
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Stephen Sondheim

The Boat (18 June 1954)
Directed by: Richard L. Bare
Written by: George Oppenheimer

Theatricals (25 June 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Stephen Sondheim

George's Old Flame (2 July 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: George Oppenheimer and Stephen Sondheim
Guest Cast: Kathleen Freeman (Katie); Mira McKinney (Mrs Baskerville); Thurston Hall (Mr Schuyler); Frances Rafferty (Ellen Bates); James Seay (Larry Hartford)

Season Two (1954–1955)

Topper Tells All (8 October 1954)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: George Oppenheimer, Philip Rapp

Topper's Ransom (15 October 1954)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

County Fair (22 October 1954)
Directed by: Philip Rapp
Written by: Philip Rapp

The Seance (29 October 1954)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Thomsen

Topper Strikes Gold (5 November 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp

The Chess Player (12 November 1954)
Written by: Sig Herzig

Topper Goes to Washington (19 November 1954)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Philip Rapp

Jury Duty (26 November 1954)
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper Lives Again (3 December 1954)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

The Army Game (10 December 1954)
Written by: Donn Mullally

Topper's Accident (17 December 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Quiet Christmas (24 December 1954)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Happy New Year (31 December 1954)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher, Philip Rapp

Topper's Deception (7 January 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Guest (14 January 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Stanley Davis, Elon Packard

Topper's Rejuvenation (21 January 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Stanley Davis, Elon Packard

Topper in Mexico (28 January 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper Hits the Road (4 February 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Stanley Davis, Elon Packard

Topper at the Races (11 February 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Norman Paul

Topper's Racket (18 February 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper's Amnesia (25 February 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Arabian Night (4 March 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

The House Wreckers (11 March 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper Makes a Movie (18 March 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp

King Cosmo the First (23 March 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper's Double Life (30 March 1955)
Directed by: TBA
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper Fights a Duel (8 April 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper's Egyptian Deal (15 April 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Uranium Pile (22 April 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Donn Mullally

Topper's Spring Cleaning (29 April 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper Goes to School (6 May 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Philip Rapp

The Blood Brother (13 May 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Stanley Davis, Elon Packard

Topper's Highland Fling (20 May 1955)
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Desert Island (27 May 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

The Neighbors (3 June 1955)
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Written by: George Oppenheimer

Topper's Counterfeiters (10 June 1955)
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

Topper's Insurance Scandal (17 June 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Sig Herzig

Topper's Other Job (24 June 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Philip Rapp

Topper's Vacation (15 July 1955)
Directed by: Lew Landers
Written by: Robert Riley Crutcher

See also
Topper (1937)
Topper (1953)
Topper (1979)
Topper Returns (1941)
Topper Returns (1973)
Topper Takes a Trip (1938)