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The Great Gildersleeve

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Unmarried uncle and sudden guardian of his orphaned niece and nephew, such is the lot for Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve who leaves the Gildersleeve Girdle Works and moves to Summerfield where he tries to settle into an unfamiliar family lifestyle. Marjorie is a mature teenager, but Leroy’s boyish antics are often at the center of episodes, from finding a cat to making nitroglycerine with his Christmas chemistry set. Uncle Mort’s inexperience as a parent, his status as Summerfield’s most eligible bachelor and his frequent social missteps make The Great Gildersleeve a wonderful comedy for all ages.

In 1941, The Great Gildersleeve made history as radio’s first spinoff program. Gildersleeve had been next door neighbor to Fibber McGee and Molly, one of radio’s best-loved programs. He was such a popular figure that a new show was created for the pompous, portly, good-hearted character. It was a good decision. Gildersleeve entertained audiences for 16 years, some never knowing that two friends who were sound-alike actors, Harold Peary and Willard Waterman, had played the role.

The program’s final goodnight on March 27, 1957, was not the end, however. Today, listeners still delight at the timeless humor and are offered a glimpse of life during World War II, when Americans were challenged to do their parts by rationing, recycling, growing their own food and buying war bonds.

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Great Gildersleeve: Gildy Arrives In Summerfield

Gildy Arrives in SummerfieldBirdy Arrives: The CakeLeroy's Paper Route
Marjorie's GirlfriendHiccupsInvestigate City Jail
Pranks at SchoolVisit from OliverBaby Sitting
Birdy QuitsServiceman for ThanksgivingCanary Won't Sing
Christmas Gifts for Fibber McGeeLeroy's New DogGildy Goes on a Diet
Gildy Arrested as Car ThiefNew Bed for MarjorieThe Matchmaker
Leroy Runs AwayAuto MechanicsSelling the Drugstore
Fortune TellerTen Best DressedGildy's New Neighbors
Gildy Writes to ServicemenGildy's Goat HoraceShip Christening
Mystery VoiceCollege Chum VisitsDinner for Judge Hooker
The SneezesGildy Produces a PlayFather's Day Chair
Gildy in Love with Amelia HookerFishing Trip to Lake HackmatackGolf Tournament
Planting a TreeFirst Cold SnapAppointed Water Commissioner
Gildy's' First Day on the JobA Pal to LeroyA Quiet Evening at Home
College Chum's Son VisitsThanksgiving DinnerDate with a Star
ToothacheChristmas ProgramLeroy's Chemistry Set
Wanting to Marry LeilaFibber McGee and Molly VisitWomen's Club Speaker
SabotageFire Engine CommitteeLeila's Sister
Springtime in SummerfieldGildy Repairs His CarAuto Accident with Judge Hooker
Spring HikeRabbitsWedding List
Haunted HouseLeroy Gets a JobWedding Shower for Leila
Gildy Plans HoneymoonThe Wedding DayEnd of Vacation at Grass Lake
War Bond DriveLeila ReturningLeila Arrives Home
Low Water PressureHalloween PartyThe Pot Roast
Gildy in HospitalIncome Tax ReturnsEve and Gildy Get Together
Marjorie the ActressSleigh RideGildy Wants to Run for Mayor
Campaign Officially StartsEngagedCampaign Gets Hot
Gildy Engaged to Eve, Kisses LeilaCity Employees PicnicCampaign Headquarters
Eve's Mother VisitDinner for Eve's MotherEve's Mother Stays On
Election DayNeed for Human CompanionshipWater Commissioner is Fired
McGee's InventionGildy Sells His HouseBoys Club