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The Great Gildersleeve Picture The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity.

On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40).

He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods - looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread - sponsored a new series with Peary's Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family.

Show Title - (38 mp3 Downloads) Broadcast Date - Description Filesize
Wooing Amelia Hooker Jun 28, 1942 6.82 MB
Fathers Day Chair Jun 21, 1942 6.82 MB
Summer Theater Jun 14, 1942 6.83 MB
The Sneezes Jun 07, 1942 6.82 MB
Testimonial Dinner for Judge May 31, 1942 6.82 MB
The Manganese Mine May 17, 1942 6.82 MB
Mystery Singer May 10, 1942 6.82 MB
Liberty Ship Christening May 03, 1942 6.80 MB
Gildys Goat Horace Apr 26, 1942 6.81 MB
Leroy Sells Seeds Apr 19, 1942 6.82 MB
Letters to Servicemen Mar 29, 1942 6.78 MB
New Neighbors Mar 22, 1942 5.87 MB
Ten Best Dressed Mar 15, 1942 6.82 MB
The Fortune Teller Mar 01, 1942 6.82 MB
Selling the Drug Store Feb 22, 1942 6.82 MB
Auto Mechanics Feb 08, 1942 6.81 MB
Leroy Runs Away Feb 01, 1942 6.82 MB
The Matchmaker Jan 25, 1942 6.81 MB
A New Bed for Marjorie Jan 18, 1942 6.82 MB
Arrested As a Car Thief Jan 11, 1942 6.82 MB
Gildys Diet Jan 04, 1942 6.27 MB
Christmas Gift for Mcgee Dec 21, 1941 6.82 MB
Iron Reindeer Dec 14, 1941 6.68 MB
Cousin Octavia Visits Dec 07, 1941 6.43 MB
Canary Wont Sing Nov 30, 1941 6.82 MB
Leroy Smokes a Cigar Nov 23, 1941 6.82 MB
Serviceman for Thanksgiving Nov 16, 1941 6.82 MB
Birdie Quits Nov 09, 1941 6.79 MB
Minding the Baby Nov 02, 1941 6.82 MB
A Visit from Oliver Oct 26, 1941 6.82 MB
School Pranks Oct 19, 1941 6.82 MB
Investigating the City Jail Oct 05, 1941 6.61 MB
Hiccups Sep 28, 1941 6.82 MB
Marjories Girlfriend Visits Sep 21, 1941 6.78 MB
Leroys Paper Route Sep 14, 1941 6.82 MB
Marjories Cake Sep 07, 1941 6.82 MB
Arrives In Summerfield Aug 31, 1941 6.82 MB
Audition Program May 16, 1941 7.74 MB




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