A hilarious collection of episodes from the beloved radio show
"The Great Gildersleeve"
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character, appearing
each week on the "Fibber McGee & Molly" radio show. On August
31, 1941, Gildersleeve landed his own situation comedy show, "The
Great Gildersleeve," which was radio s first spin-off. Gildersleeve
moved from the town of Wistful Vista to Summerfield, where he
oversaw his late brother-in-law s estate and took on the rearing of
his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie (originally played by
Lurene Tuttle and followed by Louise Erickson and Mary Lee Robb)
and Leroy Forester (Walter Tetley). The household also included a
cook named Birdie.
"The Great Gildersleeve" was the first show to be centered on a
single parent balancing raising children, work, and a social life,
accomplished with taste and genuine wit, often at the expense of
Gildersleeve s slightly understated pomposity. Radio veteran Hal
Peary originated the role of Gildersleeve but left the series at
the height of its popularity in 1950, giving way to well-known
character actor Willard Waterman. Waterman continued in the radio
role until 1957 and also played Gildersleeve in a television
version syndicated in 1955.
Episodes include: Leroy s Old Car, Friendly to Bullard, Meets
Paula Winthrop, Marjorie as Secretary, Jolly Boys Speak Candidly,
Leroy Stays with Hooker, Anniversary of First Date, Babs Frustrates
Romance, Lost Boy on Halloween, Couple Buying a Lot, Oak Tree
Problem, and Inviting Guests for Thanksgiving.
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