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The Great Gildersleeve (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  2 January 1943 (USA)
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Gildersleeve, a small town bachelor, has slapstick troubles with a husband-hunting woman and two helpful kids.

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Small-town eccentric Throckmorton Gildersleeve (of radio fame) has a few problems: Judge Hooker continually questions his guardianship of niece Margie and nephew Leroy; the judge's predatory sister Amelia has matrimony in mind. When a misunderstanding gives Amelia the idea she's all but engaged, the kids form a wild scheme to get Gildersleeve out of trouble; slapstick results. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"GILDY'S" A SCREEN STAR NOW! One Of Radio's Biggest Laugh Shows On the Screen For The FIRST TIME! See more »

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2 January 1943 (USA)  »

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Então, Casa ou Não Casa?  »

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Trivia

This was the first of four feature films based on Harold Peary's popular radio character "The Great Gildersleeve". The next two features would be released later the same year, and the fourth released the following year (1944). See more »

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Referenced in The Brothers O'Toole (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Lyonel's aria (M'appari, tutt'amor)
(1847) (uncredited)
from "Martha"
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese
English translation (None so rare, none so fair) unknown
Played on piano by Mary Field and sung by Freddie Mercer in English
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This Guy Is Pure Id
20 November 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Harold Peary's title character is a delight. The guy is id personified: Everything that comes into his mind, he comments on. He says what he thinks. Or he makes sounds that seem to him appropriate. Kind of like a suave caveman.

His family is very appealing. Freddie Mercer, as his nephew LeRoy, is a likable child actor. In addition, he has a beautiful boy soprano voice. O for the days when children were given voice and music lessons in their homes! (Rich or extraordinarily gifted children still are but this is a precursor to Mayberry, RFD.) Gildersleeve is pursued here by a truly man-crazy woman. We are distracted from this initially because she is the homely, bespectacled spinster daughter of the town judge. But she really likes men.

It's a charming bit of nostalgia.


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