70 Years ago today, The Great Gildersleeve Audition Episode was recorded…

The Great Gildersleeve old time radio show was centered on Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. Gildersleeve (the Great Man himself) came from the Wistful Vista of Fibber McGee and Molly. The Great Gildersleeve receives a lot of notice for being the first successful “Spin-off” program, where a character from one show leaves and a new program is built around them.  When he got his own show it enjoyed almost as much success as its parent program, although it was really a much different type of program.

Here is the debut The Great Gildersleeve episode which was recorded 70 years ago today, starring Harold Peary in his own series:

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