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McGee Vs. Gildersleeve
The battles of the last
century, between 2 of the funniest men in radio!
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. By
1940, it was a national sensation. It became the top-rated program in America.
The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble,
Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Beulah, Myrt, the Old Timer,and
Gildersleeve. Hal Peary played a number of different characters in the late
1930's, like a butcher or a dentist. Eventually, the writers created the
character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve for Peary to portray.
Gildersleeve became so popular that in August 1941, "The Great Gildersleeve"
became the first major program to spin off another program. This collection is
a celebration of the birth of Gildersleeve and some of the best battles with
his buddy, Fibber McGee on "The Johnson Wax Program with Fibber McGee and
VOLUME ONE - 12 Complete Shows on 6 CDS
October 11, 1937. A visit to the Wistful Vista auto show. The known appearance
of a pre-Gildersleeve - Harold Peary's as an car salesman. Perry Como also
appears as a singer.
March 14, 1939. Molly has been absent for over a year
while the program is briefly called "Fibber McGee & Company". The
Gildersleeve name is heard for the first time, but as the name of a memory
course Fibber is taking. Hal Peary plays the instructor with a different name.
25, 1939. Fibber sees the newspaper type blur and goes to see an eye doctor
named Gildersleeve played by Harold Peary for the first time.
1939. Molly has been absent for over a year while the program is briefly called
"Fibber McGee & Company". The Gildersleeve name is heard for the first
time, but as the name of a memory course Fibber is taking. Hal Peary plays the
instructor with a different name.
October 3, 1939. The full name Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve is heard for the
first time. He's an autograph collector who offers $500 to Fibber and Molly try
to get Killer Canova's autograph.
October 24, 1939. Fibber decides to play
a practical joke at his next door neighbor's Halloween Party. His next
door neighbor is Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. Mrs. Gildersleeve is mentioned
but is too busy cooking to
make an appearance.
November 14, 1939. Fibber gets a ticket and temporary Judge Gildersleeve
December 5, 1939. Gildersleeve hires Fibber to handle the
complaint department at the Bon-Ton store.
December 26, 1939. When Molly's wealthy ex-beau comes to town, the McGees
invite him to dinner .
Gildersleeve pretends to be their butler.
January 2, 1940. Gildersleeve helps Fibber build a doghouse with his new
January 23, 1940. Fibber helps Gildy by doing a radio show for "Gildersleeve's
February 6, 1940. Gildersleeve is unusually cheerful and
Fibber is so desperate for a cross word from
somebody, Fibber starts
breaking his windows.
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05, 1940. The battle begins when Fibber drenches Gildersleeve with a garden
October 22, 1940. Fibber has gotten a hold of Gildersleeve's
October 29, 1940. Gildersleeve and the the gang pile into the McGee’s car
for a trip to the Notre Dame-West Point football game.
November 26, 1940.
Gildersleeve gives Fibber’s house key to Uncle Dennis, and he wrecks the
December 3, 1940. Fibber and Gildersleeve shovel five tons of coal that were
left on Gildersleeve's lawn.
April 22, 1941. Gildersleeve and Fibber are
determined to get up a poker game at the Elk's Club .
27, 1941. Fibber pushes Gildersleeve off a ladder.
June 10, 1941.
Gildersleeve runs into the McGee’s at a photo store, a criticizes his
photography. The entire
cast of the show is saluted at the end of the
September 30, 1941. Gildersleeve announces he's moving to Summerfield, it's his
on the show as a regular. It’s a great sendoff!
December 23, 1941. In the classic Christmas program “The Gift Of The Door
Chimes” Gildersleeve drops by
for a holiday visit.
January 10, 1943. The McGee’s visit Gildy on “The Great
March 28, 1944. Hal Peary and Walter Tetley
visit “The Johnson Wax Program with Fibber McGee And Molly”
Gildersleeve and his nephew Leroy. But the McGee’s are not home! (They
were filling in for Jim and Marion
Jordan who do not appear, Jim Jordan
had pneumonia.) Peary and Tetlley seem to have great fun in this