Fibber McGee and Molly

fibber lg.jpgThe stars of the program were real-life husband James "Jim" Jordan (16 November 1896–1 April 1988) and his wife Marian Driscoll (15 April 1898–7 April 1961),who were natives of Peoria, Illinois.

Jordan was the seventh of eight children born to James Edward Jordan and Mary (née Tighe) Jordan, while Driscoll was the seventh and last child born to Daniel P. and Anna (née Carroll) Driscoll. The son of a farmer, Jim wanted to be a singer; Marian, the daughter of a coal miner, wanted to be a music teacher. Both attended the same Catholic church, where they met at choir practice. Marian's parents had attempted to discourage her professional singing and acting aspirations. When she started seeing young Jim Jordan, the Driscolls were far from approving of Jim and his ideas. Jim's voice teacher gave him a recommendation for work as a professional in Chicago, and he followed it. He was able to have steady work but soon tired of the life on the road. In less than a year, Jim came back to Peoria and went to work for the Post Office. His profession was now acceptable to Marian's parents, and they stopped objecting to the couple's marriage plans. The pair were married in Peoria on August 31, 1918.

Five days after the wedding, Jim received his draft notice. He was sent to France and became part of a military touring group which entertained the armed forces after World War I. When Jim came home from France, he and Marian decided to try their luck with a vaudeville act.They had two children, Kathryn Therese Jordan (1920–2007) and James Carroll Jordan (1923–1998), both born in Peoria. Marian returned home for the birth of Kathryn but went back to performing with Jim, leaving her daughter with Jim's parents. After Jim Jr. was born in 1923, Marian stayed with the children for a time, while Jim performed as a solo act. Marian and the children joined him on the road for a short time, but the couple had to admit defeat when they found themselves in Lincoln, Illinois in 1923 with two small children and no funds. The couple's parents had to wire them money for their return to Peoria. Jim went to work at a local department store but still felt the attraction of being in show business. He and Marian went back into vaudeville.

While staying with Jim's brother in Chicago in 1924, the family was listening to the radio; Jim said that he and Marian could do better than the musical act currently on the air. Jim's brother bet him $10 that they could not. To win the bet, Jim and Marian went to WIBO,where they were immediately put on the air. At the end of the performance, the station offered the couple a contract for a weekly show which paid $10 per week. The sponsor of the show was Oh Henry! candy, and they appeared for six months on The Oh Henry! Twins program, switching to radio station WENR by 1927.

When it appeared to the couple that they were financially successful, they built a home in Chicago which was a replica of their rented home, complete to building it on the lot next door. For their 1939 move to the West Coast, the Jordans selected an inconspicuous home in Encino. Some of Jim Jordan's investments included the bottling company for Hires Root Beer in Kansas City.

Episode Number Episode Title Aired Datesort descending
1 The Motorcycle Cop, the Judge and Fibber Tuesday, April 16, 1935
3 Hot Dogs and a Blowout Tuesday, April 30, 1935
14 A Swim in the Ocean Monday, July 15, 1935
15 The Baseball Instructor Monday, July 22, 1935
20 The McGee's Win 79 Wistful Vista Monday, August 26, 1935
24 Anything to Get Out of Scrubbing Back Porch Monday, September 23, 1935
29 Halloween Party Monday, October 28, 1935
47 Encyclopedia Salesman Monday, March 2, 1936
54 Street Car Motorman Monday, April 20, 1936
62 The Employment Agency Monday, June 22, 1936
113 Molly Loses Her Diamond Ring Monday, June 7, 1937
222 Traffic Ticket Tuesday, November 14, 1939
224 Finance Company Is After Car Tuesday, November 28, 1939
265 Mailing Christmas Packages Tuesday, December 10, 1940
269 Hundred Dollar Bill Tuesday, January 7, 1941
271 Piano Lessons Tuesday, January 21, 1941
679 New Years Day Visiting Tuesday, January 1, 1952
783 Candid Camera Fiend Wednesday, December 2, 1953
784 Fibber Develops His Own Film Thursday, December 3, 1953