Category Archives: Great Gildersleeve

Walter Tetley: Old Time Radio’s Beloved Actor had a Lonely Story

Walter Tetley is one of Radio’s most beloved character actors also had one of the era’s saddest, and loneliest stories. Walter Tetley practically cornered the market as the “fresh-mouthed kid” character on radio. The precocious kid, who always managed to … Continue reading






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Fibber and Molly Go To Gildersleeve’s Halloween Party

The holiday at the end of October was actually the lead into All Saints Day, November 1, and All Souls Day, Nov 2. The religious feast is a time to remember those Saints who don’t already have a feast day … Continue reading






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Bumbling Humor and The Great Gildersleeve

The Great Gildersleeve premiered on August 31, 1941 on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) radio network. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, the show was actually a spin-off of another popular series, Fibber McGee and Molly. Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, or Gildy as … Continue reading






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Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 4

Skipping down Christmas Nostaliga Lane we return to our favorite old time radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly: On Christmas Eve 1946 becomes special; it is one of the few times the show is broadcast on Christmas Eve.  Teeny, the young girl … Continue reading






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Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 3

In our continuing journey down Christmas Nostaliga Lane from last year with our favorite old time radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly: In Christmas Radio Show episode from 1941, Fibber is determined not to spend money on a Christmas tree, so on Dec … Continue reading






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Great Gildersleeve Christmas: Part 2

The Great Gildersleeve was one of the first households in broadcasting to feature a nontraditional family- two children being raised by an uncle with no father of mother. This doesn’t make Christmas any less special. Christmas Day, 1946 would fall … Continue reading






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Fibber McGee and Molly’s Beulah: A Female African American Role on Radio played by a White Man

Beulah first appears at 79 Wistful Vista on Jan 25, 1944. At her first utterances there are peals of laughter from the studio audience, almost before she has said anything funny. Fibber McGee and Molly hire Beulah for one day … Continue reading






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