The Great Gildersleeve
The Great Gildersleeve is a radio situation comedy broadcast from 1941 to 1957. Initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, it was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, a character who had been a staple on the radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, first introduced on October 3, 1939, episode 216. 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 four 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 catchphrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic at the end of the episode "Gildersleeve's Diary" on October 22, 1940.
He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods—in order to promote its Parkay margarine—sponsored a new series with Peary's Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened and befuddled focus of a new family.
|Episode Number||Episode Title||Aired Date|
|17||Christmas Gift fo Fibber McGee||Saturday, December 20, 1941|
|228||Leroy Wants a Motor Scooter||Tuesday, December 17, 1946|
|233||Dancing School||Wednesday, January 22, 1947|
|234||Marjorie's Hotrod Boyfriend||Wednesday, January 29, 1947|
|235||Magazine Salesman||Wednesday, February 5, 1947|
|236||Old School Friend Visits Gildy||Wednesday, February 12, 1947|
|237||Bessie's Cousin Substitutes for Her||Wednesday, February 19, 1947|
|238||Getting Rid of Bessie||Wednesday, February 26, 1947|