|Topper (Leo G. Carroll) sees dead people.|
Author Thorne Smith (1892-1934) created fun-loving spooks George and Marion for a novel published in 1926; he followed that with a sequel, Topper Takes a Trip, in 1932. After being adapted for the movies and even radio (ghosts on radio?!), Topper enjoyed a two-year run on CBS, another full season of reruns on ABC, and a long afterlife (so to speak) in syndication. If you've never seen the show, head to YouTube for a sample episode, complete with vintage commercials for the sponsor's cigarettes. You can learn more about author Thorne Smith here, or check out the chapter on Anne Jeffreys in my book The Women Who Made Television Funny.
So pour yourself a drink in honor of a TV classic's anniversary -- and don't forget to save some for Neil.
*Or is that "sportive" spirit, or "sporty" spirit? Sources differ. Sounds like "sporting" to me.