The Great Gildersleeve (1942)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Release Date - Dec 17, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This was the first of five profitable RKO Radio quickies based on the popular radio series The Great Gildersleeve. Harold Peary, a normally slender actor who went through an arduous fattening-up process before shooting started, repeats his radio role as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, pompous water commissioner of the town of Springfield. While trying to wend his way through the complicated political system in his tiny metropolis, "Gildy" endeavors to escape the various matrimonial traps set by wealthy spinster Mary Field. He also must find a way to maintain custody of his niece Margie (Nancy Gates) and nephew LeRoy (Freddie Mercer). Other characters carried over from the radio version of The Great Gildersleeve include Gildy's friendly enemy Judge Hooker (Charles Arnt) and cheerful houskeeper Birdie (Lillian Randolph)-but where's Peavy the druggist?

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affection, desire, juggling, justice, love, marriage, nephew, niece, politician, problems, pursuit, sister, spinster, radio