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June 14, 1950: Willard Waterman replaces Harold Peary on old time radio sit-com, 'The Great Gildersleeve'

June 14, 1950: Harold Peary, final appearance  as ‘The Great Gildersleeve’.  Peary was was replaced by Williard Waterman in the new fall season.

Hal' Peary was a radio personality on 'Fibber McGee and Molly', which in turn created the first spin-off show, ' The Great Gildersleeve'. Waterman took over for Peary after he moved his talents to rival radio network, CBS.

Enjoy Harold Peary's final appearance:


  1. Even though Waterman sounded exactly like Peary, the show just wasn't the same after the transition..."

  2. Oooooo ! Oooooo! Want want want! Fortunately going to place an order quite soon!

  3. I agree with Richard. As good an actor as Waterman was, the scripts weren't as sharp and the Gildersleeve character lost much of his bite.

  4. I still like them both.

  5. It had run its' course by that time.

  6. yeah, but somehow Gildersleeve lasted about 7 more years on radio after Waterman took over

  7. I like them both but it took waterman about 50 episodes to get going you can even hear it in the crowd with the lackluster clapping when waterman first to go over but after a while they were back into it but I do like both of them

  8. Wow it's only been 11 years since the last comment I know not many people even have heard the name the great gildersleeve but they not know what they're are missing if that even sounds right I absolutely love it


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