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)

To learn out more about show business history consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.


And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from etc etc etc


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