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Great Gildersleeve, Volume 15 - 6 hours [Download] #RA809D
The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 15
 
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The Great Gildersleeve
Volume 15
 
 
According to an article in 1949, Hal Peary credited noted actor John Barrymore with being responsible for The Great Gildersleeve. Six months after Fibber McGee and Molly moved to California, Peary was back in Chicago, where he met Barrymore while the latter was in a play. When asked by Barrymore why he’d left Hollywood, Peary stated he was so versatile, he couldn’t find enough to occupy him. Barrymore told him that seeking versatility was a mistake, that the character he played on the radio show that would become Gildy was the funniest thing Barrymore had heard on the air. Peary took this to heart, returned to Hollywood, and negotiated for that character to appear weekly on the show. Thus, Gildersleeve was born.
 
The development of Gildersleeve into a fully realized figure on the radio is, in many ways, extraordinary. Born from basically a laugh and Perry’s resonant voice, Gildy came to represent the typical, sometimes bumbling, always lovable father figure of situation comedy, a role still being played over and over again today.
 
One unexpected aspect of The Great Gildersleeve’s popularity turned out to be the reaction of the real Gildersleeve family. Through the years, the show received mail addressed to various Gildersleeves, such as bills, or from someone with the surname Gildersleeve, either complaining or praising the show. An article in 1943 about the show stated that the actual Gildersleeve family was made up of academics, attorneys, and clergymen, and had strong roots in American history. One family member even threatened to sue the show for defamation. Others, such as Clifford Gildersleeve, Cleveland, Ohio’s Chamber of Commerce President, enjoyed the show and bit of fame it brought to the family.
 
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 of The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 15 as they originally aired, complete with Kraft Foods commercials and restored to sparkling digital quality.
 
#195 Gildy and Leila Feel Their Age
Sunday, January 27, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#196 Feud With the Bullards
Sunday, February 3, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#197 Needs a New Car
Sunday, February 10, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#198 Leroy Has a Cold
Sunday, February 17, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#199 Ship in a Bottle
Sunday, February 24, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#200 State Water Inspector
Sunday, March 3, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#201 Marjorie's Dance Date With Uncle Mort
Sunday, March 10, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#202 Leroy and Craig Arrested
Sunday, March 17, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#203 Gildy Traces Genealogy
Sunday, March 24, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#204 Picnic Before Doomsday
Sunday, March 31, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#205 Annual Dinner With Judge Hooker
Sunday, April 7, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
 
#206 Bank Robber Loose
Sunday, April 14, 1946 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft

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3 of 5 July 30, 2018
Reviewer: Robert Blume from Seattle, WA United States  
This set was a bit disappointing IMO. I bought it because my old copies of these programs (about half of them) came from scratchy discs. I hoped that RA's source was different and maybe better than mine. Alas these shows apparently come from the very same scratchy discs. But it's Gildersleeve of course, and the shows are great fun as always. Just beware of the surface noise on some of these.

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5 of 5 Grt Gildersleeve Downloads July 30, 2018
Reviewer: Martin J. Dzik from Schererville, IN United States  
Wonderful clarity and sound at a great price and an easy medium (download).  Keem 'em coming! Thanks!

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