Today on TCM: The Gildersleeve Comedies
This afternoon on Turner Classic Movies, the Gildersleeve comedies.
Radio comedian Harold “Hal” Peary (1908-1985) created his popular radio character Throckmorton Gildersleeve on the Fibber McGee and Molly Show in 1939. The big blowhard was so popular he got his own spin-off radio show from 1941 to 1957 and starred as Gildersleeve in several movies. You know Peary’s work whether you know his name or not — after the various incarnations of Gildersleeve went off the air he was a constant presence as a character actor on tv sit coms and a voice over actor for cartoons for decades.
Here’s today’s line up (show times are Eastern Standard):
3:00pm: The Great Gildersleeve (1942)
4:15pm: Gildersleeve’s Bad Day (1943)
5:30pm: Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943)
6:45pm: Gildersleeve’s Ghost (1944)
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