Old Time Radio's first bona fide spin-off, Throckmorton
P. Gildersleeve was one of the most popular of the oddball
characters that lived in Wistful Vista, the home of Fibber
McGee and Molly. He moved to Summerfield, where
he and takes on an instant family in the form of Leroy
and Margerie Forrester.
Peary had made Gildersleeve into a multi-faceted character.He
was shrewd,but in ways that rarely worked out like he
planned. He was a ladies man, but mainly in his own mind.
He was a public-minded neighbor, but always seemed to
be getting into arguments and entanglements with them.
The boys down at Floyd Munson's barbershop knew he was
a singer, but often he seemed more an opinionated blowhard.
And he was a loving uncle to his niece and nephew.
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Walter Tetley played Leroy as a classic young wise guy nephew
whose "ah, Unk" line was famous. Margerie (first
played by Lurene Tuttle, Louise Erickson in the mid-`40s
and then Mary Lee Robb) was the all-American girl-next-door
type, and had the level head in the family. Birdie was
their family cook and maid, played by Lillian Randolph.
She ran the house with wit and warmth, while letting the
men think they were in charge.
Catching Gildersleeve in his latest scheme
were the druggist Peavey with his "I wouldn't say
that, Gildersleeve" Rumson Bullard was Rumson Bullard,
the pompous, rich neighbor across the street. Gale Gordon played both Mayor LaTrivia and Fogg Williams. Earle
Ross was Judge Hooker. Arthur Q. Bryan was Floyd, the
Gildersleeve wasn't married, but had
several ladies he was interested in, namely the
Widow Ransom. She was a southern belle type, but
she also had a cousin, Adeline Fairchild, who got
interested in the successful, if somewhat pompous
For more Harold Peary recordings, see also Honest Harold.