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Great Gildersleeve, Volume 12 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA801
The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 12
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The Great Gildersleeve
Volume 12

Although best remembered as The Great Gildersleeve, Harold Peary was as much a singer by trade as an actor initially. One of his earliest radio roles was on an NBC station in San Francisco. Using both his ability to mimic accents and his singing voice, Peary appeared on air as The Spanish Serenader.
Playing off of Peary’s singing ability, The Great Gildersleeve introduced a group that often regaled the audience with barbershop quartet type songs. Gildy and his friends, Barber Floyd Munson, Pharmacist Peavey, Judge Hooker, and Police Chief Gates, came together on one episode to provide a club that would be a place for Summerfield’s boys to gather and stay out of trouble. What it became, however, was a hall above Munson’s barbershop, where Gildy and the others sang around an old piano and drank Coca Cola. Supposed to be a one off gag, the audience loved The Jolly Boys and they became a part of the show.
One example of entertainment affecting real life happened around The Jolly Boys from The Great Gildersleeve. According to an article written in 1945, The Jolly Boys, originally just an idea for a single episode, not only caught on enough for the show to give the group a recurring role, but also translated into real groups in cities across the country. Although it’s hard to pinpoint where such groups did form, it seems largely a Southern phenomenon. In the article, it is mentioned that Hal Peary discovered a Jolly Boys group in Memphis. There’s also a Jolly Boys group apparently still active in Granada, Mississippi that began in 1945.
Laughter in the midst of small town life makes The Great Gildersleeve one of the best shows of classic radio. Experience it for yourself in twelve original broadcasts in this collection, presented exactly as broadcast, complete with commercials for Kraft Foods. The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 12, restored to sparkling digital quality.
#149 Twas the Night Before Christmas
Sunday, December 24, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#150 Big New Year's Eve Party
Sunday, December 31, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#152 Engagement for the Defense
Sunday, January 14, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#158 Hattie and Hooker
Sunday, February 25, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
The start of the program is delayed 7 minutes by a war bulletin
#160 Chairman of Women's Committee
Sunday, March 11, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#162 Old Flame Named Violet
Sunday, March 25, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#164 Leroy's Pet Pig Tiger
Sunday, April 8, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#165 Leila's Party
Sunday, April 22, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#167 Gildy Picks a Husband for Marjorie
Sunday, May 6, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#168 Meet Craig Bullard
Sunday, May 13, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#169 Unclaimed Savings Account - Buy Stock
Sunday, May 20, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#170 Bessie Quits
Sunday, May 27, 1945 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft

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