Thorne Smith created the modern American ghost   A ghost with style and wit A ghost that haunts us still The New York TimesThorne Smith is a master of urbane wit and sophisticated repartee Topper his best known work is the hilarious ribald comedy on which the hit television show and movie starring Cary Grant were basedIt all begins when Cosmo Topper a law abiding mild mannered bank manager decides to buy a secondhand car only to find it haunted by the ghosts of its previous owners the reckless feckless frivolous couple who met their untimely demise when the car careened into an oak tree The ghosts George and Marion Kerby make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab summer of suburban Sundays that is his life and they commence a series of madcap adventures that leave Topper and anyone else who crosses their path in a whirlwind of discomfiture and delight As enchanting today as it was when first published in 1926 Topper has set the standard in American pop culture for such mischievous apparitions as those seen in The Ghost and Mrs Muir Heaven Can Wait Beetlejuice and Bewitched


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    This is a product of its day written in 1926 and the Roaring Twenties was in full bloom nothing seemed serious since the carnage of the Great War everything is fun and games until the delugeCosmo Topper a staid and dull banker with an nagging wife who has perpetual indigestion she needs Pepto Bismol he an aspirin A drastic change happens in his boring life good or bad you decide after buying an old repaired sports car the auto was previously owned by a very irresponsible glamorous rich young couple that Cosmo Topper secretly admired not surprisingly they died in it While driving in the country he the banker begins to think deep thoughts starts seeing things which can't possibly be there and maybe going a little insaneYes George and Marion Kerby the young dead pair have come back as ghosts to haunt the distraught Mr Topper and the fun begins at first not so much for the distinguished president of a powerful bank The always seeker of amusement the beautiful Marion wants to drive and bystanders give a strange look at the apparently driverless vehicle traveling speedily down the road everyone else be advised They visit an inn and get into a drunken brawl with fellow dinners a no holds barred fight which the invisible couple cherish image getting struck by something that isn't there only the air visible this is living well almost Cosmo with the help of George and Marion are tigers during the ferocious struggle the townspeople cannot comprehend this have never seen anything like it Spooks unbelievable the result put in jail the gentleman Cosmo's picture in the local newspaper which will be seen in New York City he a respectable man has some explaining to do Imagine what his high society wife and friends think of Topper and intoxicated too the scandal will cause irreparable harm So naturally Topper takes a vacation after getting out of confinement further madcap adventures for the trio of course occurs Cosmos enjoys the excitement the thrills he's having the time of his life not so dull a person after allFor those of us that like silliness and are in the mood this is an lighthearted read and what's wrong with that the world is constantly in upheavals and the public needs to escape a pleasant trip in the land of the unashamedly nonsensical is just the ticket I second the motion