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This makes Gildersleeve has been named "one of the ten best dressed men in Summ Gildersleeve and his family have new neighbors, and they are very ob Gildersleeve helps Marjorie write to soldiers; complications ensue when a pr Leroy tries to sell seeds door-to-door, but winds up planting a Victo Leroy comes racing in to Gildersleeve's old college chum comes to visit and starts selling sha Gildersleeve is determined to throw a testimonial for Judge Hooker.

Gildersleeve's allergic sneezing leads to a strange residence in Leroy Gildersleeve and his friends are in summer stock! A funny show in whi Sam Hearn appears as "Schlepperman," the furniture dealer. The last show of the season. Gildersleeve is determined to romance Am The doctor advises Gildersleeve to take a vacation. Gildy takes th Musician Bill Farris comes to town. He's a difficult Gildersleeve decides to plant a tree, a giant Ponder It's snowing in October, and Gildersleeve is unhappy with Summerf Gildersleeve is named water commissioner, his job for the rest of the Gildersleeve's first day as water commissioner.

This morni Gildersleeve is determined to spend the entire weekend wit Gildersleeve wants to spend a quiet evening at home, so he The son of Gildersleeve's old college "pal" comes to vi Thanksgiving program. Gildersleeve tries to get a "B" r A visit to the Summerfield Opera House for a performanc Gildersleeve's got a toothache, but has no plans to vis Christmas program. As Leila leaves for the South, Gildersleeve buys a Gildersleeve gets a letter "S. He was about to propose A visit from Fibber McGee and Molly. Now on to Summerfi Gildersleeve prepares for his big speech before the Su There's sabotage in Summerfield After a ha Gildersleeve's on the committee to buy a new fire engin Leila Ransom's sister and her little boy have come for Gildersleeve does his income tax Spring has come to Summerfield and romance is definitely i Gildersleeve's car isn't running well, and Marjorie Gildersleeve and Judge Hooker have a traffic accide Gildersleeve takes Leroy, Piggy, and Leila's nephew Leroy's going to make big money raising rabbits.

Kay Francis make Leila gets angry when Gildersleeve decides to play poker with the bo Leila has gotten the nesting instinct and thinks the Bu Leroy gets a job at Peavey's drug store, leaving Gilders After the Memorial Day parade, Gildersleeve decides to A surprise shower for Leila. Leroy gets fired from Pea Who will be Gildersleeve's best man?

Will Gildy get Lei Gildersleeve gets pre-nupt The first show of the new season. Gildersleeve's on vac Summerfield is going all out to sell U. War Bonds. Leila Ransom is coming back to Summerfield. Leila's back in town! The last commercial and the system cue have bee While Leroy gets into some Halloween mischief, Gildersl Gildersleeve snags the last pot roast in town Gildersleeve turns down Leila for Eve Goodwin Gildersleeve plans to stay in bed a little longer, an A doghouse for "Stinky" or Leila's income tax. Not mu Leroy's awful report card prompts a visit from Eve Goodwin, which pro Marjorie's "gone theatrical" and a war hero visiting Summerfield isn' Gildersleeve and his friends go for a sleigh ride.

Gildersleeve decides to run for mayor. Judge Hooker t Gildersleeve's campaign for mayor leads to a meeting with Mr. Gildersleeve's engaged once again, this time to Eve Goodwi Gildersleeve's campaign for mayor takes to the airwaves, and the r Gildersleeve confesses to his fiance Eve Goodwin that he's kissed At the city employees picnic, Eve Goodwin is still cold to Gildersleeve, Gildersleeve's campaign for the office of mayor cont Eve's mother comes for a visit, and Gildersleeve meets his Eve's mother has come for a visit, a very trying situ Network, sponsored version of cat.

Throckmorton is running for Gildersleeve wins the election and becomes mayor of Summerfield There's a water shortage in Summerfield and Gildersle Gildersleeve and Fibber McGee who does not appear on the show decide Gildy gets Marjorie to cultivate a romance with Evere Gildersleeve is tricked into selling his house and fi When Leroy and his friends get into trouble, Gildersleeve organizes a Gildersleeve's loses faith in Fibber's mousetrap and Gildersleeve has problems with his telephone while waiting for an imp Gildersleeve lines up a job with International Bolt and Screw Election day has finally come to Summerfield, and everyone Sponsored by: Kraft.

Gildersleeve and Judge Hooker throw a reception in honor o Leroy has gotten "A" in several places on his report card, Judge Hooker is planning to propose to Miss del Rey, the Latin dance instruct Gildy locks horns with Judge Hooker over the beautiful Mis Gildersleeve is trying to duck the process server he's bee An old-fashioned Christmas at the water commissioner's. Harold Peary Gildy has just paid his income tax, and is still being threatened by a breac Gildersleeve is trying to get out of a breach of prom Marjorie has a date tonight with Keith, a high school Aunt Hattie is visiting Gildersleeve and running the Gildersleeve tries to promote a romance between Aunt Hattie and Judge The start of the program is delayed by a war bulletin f Gildersleeve becomes temporary chairman of the Red Cross fund raising She's at "The Laughing Coyote" dude ran Gildersleeve gets a letter from and a visi Gildy buys a baby pig to solve the bacon shortage.

A funny show with some goo Gildersleeve is forced to get rid of Leroy's pet pig.

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Gildersleeve wears his tuxedo to Leila's party, sings "Chl Rumson Bullard moves to Summerfield and nearly destroys "T Gildersleeve decides Marjorie should be married, and he has just the Gildersleeve is scheduled to debate Judge Hooker on the su Gildy finally fires Bessie, and is very sorry he's done so Gildersleeve hires Leila to be his secretary, not the The night Gildersleeve almost read a book!

The Jolly Gildersleeve sings, "Goodnight Sweethear It's the Labor Day weekend, and Gildersleeve finds himself Leroy is doing so well in school that Gildersleeve b Leroy has been suspended from school and is being sh Leila Ransom's back in town, and is being serenaded Marjorie has started to take ballet lessons. These a After a session of leaf raking, Leroy gets un-invited to C Leroy has broken a vase and has to work every Saturday to Fate moves in mysterious ways, here Rumor has it that Peavy's wife is sick. The Jolly Boys sin Gildy is shamed into trying to improve himself. Gildersleeve tries to get Marjorie interested in house-kee Gildy boycotts the Jolly Boys club after he fails to invit The opera is coming to Summerfield, and Gildy is a sp Gildersleeve becomes head of the opera committee, but After the opera, Gildy runs through a little aria, "E An old-fashioned Christmas at home.

Ben is back from the Navy, but Marjorie isn't interes Gildersleeve tries to get Ben set up as an insurance Gildersleeve and his friends are determined to run a Are Gildersleeve and Leila getting too old for romanc Gildersleeve and Bullard try to settle their differen Syndicated re-issue. Gildersleeve and Bullard try to s Gildersleeve is tempted to buy a "new" car Leroy's sick in bed A banging shutter prompts Gildersleeve to start daydr The state water commissioner is coming to inspect, Gildersleeve takes Marjorie to the dance, when she Leroy has been arrested A costume ball in Summerfield gets Gildersleeve to Gildersleeve and his friends go on an idyllic picnic Gildersleeve tries to cut short a formal dinner wit There's a bank robber and killer on the loose in Su A streetcar has been moved onto a vacant lot.

Bullard and Gilde Leroy wants a horse, very much! When Judge Hooker ca This is a network, sponsored, quality upgrade versi Gildersleeve conquers a rival for the hand of fair Gildersleeve arranges a birthday party for Ethel Hammersch Lying in his hammock, Gildersleeve remembers the day he fi Gildersleeve recalls the time he almost starred in the Sum Gildersleeve decides to turn off the water of th Gildersleeve gets out of singing for the P. Leila announces her marriage Leila's leaving Summerfield to get married, a difficult pa Gildersleeve is starting to consider an annuity for his re Things are tough financially Gildersleeve dabbles in the real estate business by trying to A pajama party leads to a possible engagement for Marjorie The path to a beautiful mystery woman leads through Gildy's Gildersleeve tackles Plato's "Republic" in an effort to imp Birdie takes a vacation, and the Gildersleeve family meals The Jolly Boys adopt an eight-month-old baby girl.

A good Leroy is being victimized by Craig Bullard, the town bully Leroy would like a motorscooter for Christmas, but Gilders A well-done Christmas show. Gildersleeve feels that little Craig Bullard nex Gildersleeve resolves to be a bad boy! Dressed as a pira The program originates from the new Kraft Distribution C The program originates from Chicago. The Jolly Boys canc Will Leroy have to go to dancing school? Will Marjorie have to return Marjorie's new boyfriend Jerry Walsh is a lot more excit An old high school chum of Gildersleeve's stops by to visit wh Prudence Kilpatrick becomes Gildersleeve's secretary Gildersleeve is determined to fire Bessie, his secret Marjorie is very much taken with Larry Lake, a romant A touc Gildersleeve gets to the bank too late to ma Gildersleeve is about to end Leroy Gildersleeve goes for Miss Piper, Leroy's piano teacher, in a big way Gildersleeve has tea with Miss Piper, Leroy's new piano teacher.

Judge Hooker tells Gilde Gildersleeve spends the evening with Joanne Piper, Gildersleeve and Miss Piper decide to have a pla Craig Bullard hasn't invited Leroy to hi Peavy has disappeared after a meeting of Leroy doesn't seem to be learning anything in school. After a physical exam, Gildersleeve give When Gilder Gildersleeve becomes once again interest A Saturday at the office to clean up some back paperwork e Gildersleeve's secretary Bessie is having a problem with h Beautiful Ann Tuttle is staying at the Bullard's and Gildersleeve is Marjorie is spending Friday evening baby sitting.

Will she Gildersleeve want to improve his career and himself. A Halloween party at Mrs. Gildersleeve goes from no date for th However, Judge Hay liked the Fruit Jar Drinkers and asked them to appear last on each show because he wanted to always close each segment with "red hot fiddle playing. In , Uncle Dave Macon, a Tennessee banjo player who had recorded several songs and toured the vaudeville circuit, became its first real star. The name Grand Ole Opry came about in December, Their final piece that night featured a musical interpretation of an onrushing railroad locomotive.

In response to this Judge Hay quipped, "Friends, the program which just came to a close was devoted to the classics. Doctor Damrosch told us that there is no place in the classics for realism.

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However, from here on out for the next three hours, we will present nothing but realism. It will be down to earth for the 'earthy'. After Bailey's performance Hay commented, "For the past hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera. From now on we will present the 'Grand Ole Opry. The Great Gildersleeve was arguably the first spin-off program, as well as one of the first true situation comedies as opposed to sketch programs in broadcast history.

Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio sit-com, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the s. 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. But he also became a popular enough windbag that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P.

Gildersleeve the character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode of that show revealed his middle name as Philharmonic as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family.

Tuning in The great Gildersleeve : the episodes and cast of radio's first spinoff show, 1941-1957

In a striking forerunner to such later television hits as Bachelor Father and Family Affair, both of which are centered on well-to-do uncles taking in their deceased siblings' children, Gildersleeve was a bachelor raising two children while, at first, administering a girdle manufacturing company "If you want a better corset, of course it's a Gildersleeve" and then for the bulk of the show's run, serving as Summerfield's water commissioner, between time with the ladies and nights with the boys. Indeed, The Great Gildersleeve may have been the first broadcast show to be centered on a single parent balancing child-rearing, work, and a social life, done with taste and genuine wit, often at the expense of Gildersleeve's now slightly understated pomposity.

The key to the show was Peary, one of the most gifted voice actors of his generation and several others , whose booming voice and facility with moans, groans, laughs, shudders, and inflection was as close to body language and facial suggestion as a voice got. Peary was so effective, and Gildersleeve became so familiar a character, that he was referenced and satirised periodically in other comedies and in a few cartoons. No small irony there: Peary in later life included cartoon voicings in his work after his radio stardom. The radio show used Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" as its theme song, blended with a hornet buzz created on a theremin.

The series detailed the adventures of Britt Reid, debonair newspaper publisher by day, crime-fighting masked hero at night, along with his sidekick, Kato, a Filipino of Japanese descent. A widespread urban legend has been the claim that the show's writers switched from one nationality to the other immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the first disappeared well before direct U. When the characters were used in the first of a pair of movie serials, the politically perceptive producers of had Kato's nationality given as Korean.

Britt Reid is a blood relative of The Lone Ranger. Originally, the show was to be called "The Hornet", but the name was changed to "The Green Hornet" so that it could be copyrighted. The color was chosen because green hornets were reputed to be the angriest. Jim Jewell directed the series until She was the only actress to play Lenore Case, Britt Reid's secretary, during the entire run of the series. Similarly, another well known confidante, Police Commissioner Higgins, did not come into existence until near the end of the series. In the original introduction of the radio show, the announcer famed newsman Mike Wallace held the position at some point during the run proclaimed that the Green Hornet went after criminals that "even the G-Men cannot reach," referring to FBI agents.

The show's producers were called by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover who prompted them to remove the line implying that some crime fighting was beyond the abilities of the FBI. Green Valley Line - From ? A Story of a small railroad line at the turn of the Century. Complete 26 episode storyline. Not Much is known about the origin of this show.. The Guiding Light series was created by Irna Phillips, who based it on personal experiences. After giving birth to a still-born baby at age 19, she found spiritual comfort listening to the on-air sermons of Preston Bradley, a very famous Chicago preacher and founder of the Peoples Church, a church which promoted the brotherhood of man.

It was these sermons that formed the nucleus of the creation of The Guiding Light, which began as a radio show. From to , the show was broadcast from Chicago. From to , the show was broadcast from Hollywood, but in the fall of the show moved to New York City where it has remained. The radio show's original storyline centered on a preacher named Rev.

John Ruthledge and all the people of a fictional suburb in Chicago called Five Points.


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The townspeople's lives had revolved around him. The show's title refers to a lamp in his study that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed. Gunsmoke was a long-running old-time radio and television Western drama program set in Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the American West.

Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program.

Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. Miss Kitty's occupation as a prostitute was made far more obvious on the radio version than on television.

Many episodes ended on a down-note, and villains often got away with their crimes. This drama anthology of minute shows was sponsored by, of course, Hallmark Greeting Cards. On Feb. The new format was used until the end of the season. The exception to the new format was the broadcast each Christmas season of "A Christmas Carol". Like other dramatic series of this time, this one made use of major screen actors in the productions. Chips" plus others, served as host and Narrator.

Dee Engelbach produced and directed the shows. Jean Holloway was the writer. Musical conductor was Lyn Murray. The show's theme was "Dream of Olwne" by Charles Williams. The Colmans had shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program in the late s, and they landed the title roles in the new show. The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees.

From it also became a television comedy series. The distinctive tuba-based theme tune was composed by Wally Stott. Most radio episodes were recorded between one day and three weeks in advance, except in the case of Series 6 which was mostly recorded over a three-week period in June, to avoid clashing with the pre-recording of Series 5 of the television show. All of the regular cast members played "themselves", except Kenneth Williams who played a series of unnamed characters referred to in the scripts -- but not on air -- as "Snide" ; Alan Simpson who played an unnamed man who would listen patiently to Hancock's long-winded stories ; and Hattie Jacques who played Hancock's secretary Griselda Pugh.

And none of the remaining programs give credit to the cast, writers, producers, directors or anyone connected with the show.

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It began with the ominouss "No. Stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment. For this is a time of mystery, a time when imagination is free and moves swiftly forward This is The Haunting Hour". It was the 4 show in the Nielsen ratings in its first year, and 3 for the next three years. The radio series debuted on November 23, The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman-turned-gunfighter played by John Dehner on radio, who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled.

Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in semi-formal wear, ate gourmet food, and attended opera. In fact, many who initially met him mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling cards and wore a holster which carried characteristic chess knight emblems, and carried a derringer under his belt.

The knight symbol is of course in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire. The theme song of the series refers to him as "a knight without armor. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it's always unexpected. He was a polyglot, capable of speaking any foreign tongue required by the plot. He also had a thorough knowledge of ancient history and classical literature, and he exhibited a strong passion for legal principles and the rule of law.

Barney Phillips played the sidekick role, Sombre Jones. Barton Yarborough also played the sidekick to Elliott Lewis' role of Hawk Larabee in a different version of this program.

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Barton Yarborough October 2, — December 19, in Texas, was an American actor born in Texas, and died in Pasadena of a heart attack. He worked extensively in radio drama, and was probably best known for his roles as Doc Long on Carlton E. In the s, appeared in "Hawk Larabee" radio show with another future "Dragnet" co-star, Barney Phillips. Yarborough ended his career playing Sgt. Ben Romero in the first season of television's Dragnet. These shows were recorded in October of Hank Williams struck a deal with the makers of Hadacol to sponsor his first syndicated radio series, although no mention of the product is made on the shows.

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Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview When Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve bade farewell to Fibber McGee and Molly and left Wistful Vista on a train in , no one could have predicted that he would be riding the airwaves with his own new show until This book is a guide to more than episodes of The Great Gildersleeve that are in circulation and also to the scripts of 46 episodes for which no recordings exist.


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Background on the development of the program is included, and the appendices include a list of episodes as well as information about cast members, notable occurrences on the program, ratings, and the films and TV series.