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The Great Gildersleeve

The Great Gildersleeve(1942)

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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, RKO borrowed director Gordon Douglas from Hal Roach for this film, which led to his term contract at the studio. This was the first film in RKO's "Great Gildersleeve" series. The series, which ran from 1942-44, consisted of four films, all featuring the adventures of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, who was portrayed by Harold Peary. All four were produced by Herman Schlom, directed by Gordon Douglas and featured Freddie Mercer as Gildersleeve's nephew "LeRoy" and Lillian Randolph as the maid "Birdie." Nancy Gates appeared as Gildersleeve's niece "Margie" in the first two films, but was replaced first by Margaret Landry, then by Margie Stewart. The film series was based on The Great Gildersleeve radio series, which was broadcast on the NBC radio network from August 31, 1941 -50. Lillian Randolph also played "Birdie" on the radio, and Richard LeGrand played "Peavy, the druggist," a character he reprised for the last three Gildersleeve films. The radio series was a spin-off of the Fibber McGee and Molly show. In 1955, the NBC television network syndicated the series for television. The television series featured Willard Waterman and Roland Keith. Lillian Randolph reprised her role as "Birdie" for the television production. For additional titles in the series, consult the Series Index.