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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


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