THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE
The Great Gildersleeve radio program was one of the
first spin-offs in broadcast history. The character,
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, was a reoccurring
character on the famous radio program,
Fibber McGee
and Molly
.

On May 16, 1941,
The Great Gildersleeve radio program
auditioned for American audiences. The audition show
was sponsored by Johnson's Wax (
Fibber McGee and
Molly
's sponsor). The first episode of The Great
Gildersleeve
show was broadcast on August 31, 1941.

Harold Peary played the lead role, just as he had done
on the
Fibber McGee and Molly radio program. The
Great Gildersleeve
radio program was sponsored by
Kraft. The program aired on the National Broadcasting
Company (NBC).

In 1950, Harold Peary wanted to move
The Great
Gildersleeve
radio program to the Columbia
Broadcasting Company (CBS). However, the show's
sponsor, Kraft, refused to support the move. As a
result, Willard Waterman replaced Mr. Peary in the lead
role.

In 1954,
The Great Gildersleeve became just a 15 min.
program. The last version of
The Great Gildersleeve
radio program aired on March 21, 1957.
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Hiccups
  • Broadcast: 9/28/1941
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Toothache
  • Broadcast: 12/6/1942
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Sabotage
  • Broadcast: 1/24/1943
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Shadowing
  • Broadcast: 12/17/1944
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Hayride
  • Broadcast: 11/5/1947
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Fish Fry
  • Broadcast: 5/5/1948
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • The Circus
  • Broadcast: 4/13/1949
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Songwriter
  • Broadcast: 9/21/1949
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Sailing
  • Broadcast: 4/4/1951
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • New Job
  • Broadcast: 1/2/1952
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Moving Day
  • Broadcast: 5/21/1952
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Hobby Show
  • Broadcast: 3/24/1954
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Puppy Love
  • Broadcast: 2/3/1954