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The Great Gildersleeve.

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: The Great Gildersleeve. Reply with quote

I was looking at a site ..Botar's Old Time Radio ..that has old American radio plays/programmes and I saw the above name and thought it must be who our very own Gildy named himself after ...????

The Great Gildersleeve began airing on NBC August 31, 1941. It was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, a character who had been a staple on the classic radio comedy Fibber Mcgee and Molly, 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 a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. The show ended in 1957 after several programing and schedule changes, including the loss of Harold Peary to CBS in one of their legendary talent raids of NBC.

http://www.botar.us/archives.html


There are lots (and I mean lots) of his programmes on this site

The programmes have adverts inbetween ..one of the sponsors being Lux (where we get the name for soaps on TV) They are quite quaint to listen to. Smile

The Lux Radio Theatre debuted in 1934 on NBC's Blue radio network, dramatizing Broadway plays from New York. In an effort to improve ratings, the show switched networks to CBS and moved West in June 1936 to capitalize on Hollywood talent and popular movie fare. Lux's extravagant productions were a huge success. Renowned director Cecil B. DeMille was brought in to host the show. Stars were routinely paid up to $5,000 to appear and over 50 actors, musicians and technicians were on hand every week for productions which ranged from "The Thin Man" to "The Jazz Singer" to "The African Queen." Before the show left the air in 1955, DeMille, and subsequent hosts William Keighley and Irving Cummings welcomed nearly every major movie and radio star to the Lux microphone, including Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Bing Crosby, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Roy Rogers and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. First Broadcast October 13, 1934. Last Broadcast June 7, 1955



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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Becky. Sounds interesting. I always enjoy recordings of old US radio programmes when they turn up unexpectedly.

Does Gildy post on here or was he a regular on the BBC Radio 2 MB?
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought you might be amongst those on the forum who might be interesed in that site,Eileen...

I listened to James Cagney and Ed O'Brien in Angels With Dirty Faces the other day ..recorded in 1939....very enoyable!

I see Hedy Lemarr and Alan Ladd replace Humphey and Ingrid in the production of Casablanca ....might be worth a listen just to hear Alan Ladd ask Sam to play it again... Cool

The Great Gildersleeve is a member of the forum but he hasn't (I don't think) posted in a while.
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