|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
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
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
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.