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Great Gildersleeve, Volume 9 - 6 hours [Download] #RA386D
The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 9

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The Great Gildersleeve
Volume 9

The Great Gildersleeve’s writer in its first year was Leonard L. Levinson. Although he would only be with the show for a year, Levinson set the standard by which the show would develop with his writing style. Moving away from the blowhard braggart that Gildy had been on Fibber McGee and Molly, Levinson worked empathy and compassion into the windbag’s personality. Even though the arguments continued with the likes of Judge Hooker, Levinson expanded Gildersleeve in a way that made him care about those around him, something that would contribute more than anything else to the best episodes.
After Leonard L. Levinson entered the army in 1942,  Sam Moore and John Whedon took over as the lead writers. Using the improvements that Levinson had made in the character, took both Gildy and Summerfield in even better directions. Though most of the stories took place within an eight block radius in Summerfield, Whedon and Moore made the locale authentic simply by recreating a 1940s era small town on the air, replete with patriotism and antics. Both writers also added new characters, like neighbor Bullard, and expanded on existing characters around Gildy, adding to the feel that the people in the show were real and lived just down the street.
Writers John Whedon and Sam Moore in 1942 introduced a technique that had been used in earlier shows, like Amos ’n’ Andy. Focusing first on Gildy’s romance with the Widow Ransom, Moore and Whedon turned the show from a one and done program to an episodic serial. This was repeated many times over the years, both continuing to chronicle Gildy’s love life and leading to characters aging, like Marjorie getting married and having twins. What had been a show originally centered around a character that might have been a one trick pony grew into a fully realized episodic character comedy.
Listen in as Gildy, Judge Hooker, Birdie and everyone else in Summerfield make laughter and life happen in the 12 original broadcasts from September 1943 to March 1944 of The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 9, restored to sparkling digital quality and presented as they were originally aired.
#92 Leila Returning
Sunday, September 19, 1943 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#93 Leila Arrives Home
Sunday, September 26, 1943 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#97 Low Water Pressure
Sunday, October 24, 1943 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#98 Halloween Party
Sunday, October 31, 1943 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#99 The Pot Roast
Sunday, November 7, 1943 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#100 Gildy Rejected by Eve Goodwin
Sunday, November 14, 1943 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#108 Gildy in Hospital
Sunday, January 9, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#109 Income Tax Returns
Sunday, January 16, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#110 Eve and Gildy Get Together
Sunday, January 23, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#111 Marjorie the Actress
Sunday, January 30, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#112 Sleigh Ride
Sunday, February 6, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft
#118 Gildy Wants to Run for Mayor
Sunday, March 19, 1944 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Kraft

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