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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Apr 4, 2011

The Great Gildersleeve was a spinoff of Fibber McGee and Molly.  Hal Peary was introduced as the character in 1939, and in 1941 Gildy got his own show. 

His exasperating pre-teen nephew Leroy, was played by Walter Tetley, who was actually 26 when the show began.  His niece Marjorie was  played by several different actresses, starting with Lurene Tuttle, who was replaced by Louise Erickson and then Mary Lee Robb.

Gildersleeve was blustery but lovable, the water commissioner of Summerville.  He was constantly in and out of romances, and several regular characters, including Druggist Richard Q. Peavey and Judge Horace Hooker, added to the fun.

This episode is an audition show that never made the air.  Three months later, it was rewritten and used as the first episode of the new series.