Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character appearing regularly on The Fibber McGee & Molly Show. On August 31, 1941, the character landed his own situation comedy show, The Great Gildersleeve, becoming radio's first spin-off. Gildy moved from the town of Wistful Vista to Summerfield, where he raised his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie (originally played by Lurene Tuttle and followed by Louise Erickson and Mary Lee Robb) and Leroy (Walter Tetley). The household also included a cook named Birdie (Lillian Randolph). 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 Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve but left the series at the height of its popularity in 1950, giving way to Peary-sound-a-like and well-known character actor Willard Waterman. Waterman continued in the radio role until 1957 and also played Gildersleeve in a TV version syndicated in 1955. Now, enjoy sixteen half-hour comedy episodes of The Great Gildersleeve starring Harold Peary.05/06/45 - Boy Problems 05/13/45 - Neighborhood Boy Visits05/20/45 - What to do with a Windfall06/17/45 - Neighbor's Party09/02/45 - Preparing for Grass Lake09/09/45 - New Teacher09/16/45 - Leroy is Expelled09/30/45 - Talent in the Family10/07/45 - Uninvited Status10/14/45 - Adept to Pay or Leroy's Debit10/21/45 - Leila's Friend10/28/45 - Peavey's Wife is Ill11/04/45 - Leroy is Becoming a Problem11/11/45 - Homemaking Class11/18/45 - Falling out with the Jolly Boys11/25/45 - The Football
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by Black Eye Entertainment
by Charles Yu
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