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Election Day (Aired November 1, 1950)
The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40). He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family. THIS EPISIODE: November 1, 1950. "Election Day" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Kraft Mustards. When Bullard and Terwilliger square off in a mayoral election, Gildersleeve picks the right candidate to back...but he loses the race! Andy White (writer), Arthur Q. Bryan, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Earle Ross, Gale Gordon, John Elliotte (writer), Lillian Randolph, Marylee Robb, Paul West (writer), Richard LeGrand, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Stanley Farrar, Walter Tetley, Willard Waterman. 32:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.