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The Great Gildersleeve 

Throckmorton Gildersleeve is a blustery "ladies" man who often finds himself in unusual predicaments. Raising his too smart nephew Leroy, he leans on his secretary Bessie and tries to ignore the advice of housekeeper Birdie.
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Series cast summary:
Willard Waterman ...  Throckmorton P. 'Gildy' Gildersleeve / ... 40 episodes, 1954-1956
Ronald Keith Ronald Keith ...  Leroy Forrester 18 episodes, 1955-1956
Lillian Randolph ...  Birdie Lee Coggins / ... 17 episodes, 1954-1956
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Throckmorton Gildersleeve is a blustery "ladies" man who often finds himself in unusual predicaments. Raising his too smart nephew Leroy, he leans on his secretary Bessie and tries to ignore the advice of housekeeper Birdie.

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20 September 1955 (USA) See more »

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(39 episodes)

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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An unaired pilot starred Willard Waterman, Lillian Randolph, and Tim Considine as Leroy. Also in the cast: Jesse White, Maidie Norman, Mary Costa. 1954. See more »

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Charmless adaptation of a radio & movie classic
22 June 2002 | by tacosaladSee all my reviews

The Great Gildersleeve was a pleasant, charming radio show. The television version utterly lacks the charm and cuteness of its radio counterpart.

The show's principal actor, Willard Waterman, seems charismatic and talented, yet the Gildersleeve character he plays is an unpleasant woman chaser. The writing (at least of the episodes I've seen) is excruciatingly tedious; each episode centers upon a singularly feeble premise and then "does it to death."

For instance, in one typical episode Gildersleeve's lust gets him committed to a long course of dance lessons and must get himself out. It's a tired, worn-out premise, yet it's repeated three times in the same episode. This thin plot is padded with feeble gags so tedious that a kindergartener wouldn't have the patience to write them. There are no sub-plots.

Other observers are apparently not so complementary as I've been. Sam Frank ("Buyer's Guide to Fifty Years of TV on Video") described the TV version of the Great Gildersleeve as "insulting and offensive." I haven't seen the episode he was describing, but apparently the show's values were consistently bad. He cited star Willard Waterman as later proclaiming, "The young man who produced the series, Matt Rapf, was an idiot who had never heard the radio show..."

These are harsh words from the show's star, but regard them fair warning before you waste half an hour on an episode. It was offered on video for a while, but apparently did not sell because the tapes were eventually given away as freebies. Hmmm.


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