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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Complete credited cast:
Harold Peary ...
Charles Arnt ...
Freddie Mercer ...
Thurston Hall ...
Lillian Randolph ...
Mary Field ...
Amelia Hooker
George M. Carleton ...
Frank Powers (as George Carleton)


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 <>

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Release Date:

2 January 1943 (USA)  »

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Então, Casa ou Não Casa?  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Spoofed in Hare Conditioned (1945) See more »


My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)
(1881) (uncredited)
Written by H.J. Fuller
Sung by Harold Peary, Nancy Gates, Freddie Mercer and Thurston Hall,
with Gates on piano
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an absolute delight
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be an old-time radio buff to enjoy films like this. If you're simply an admirer of good comedy, that's enough.

All the GILDERSLEEVE films made by RKO in the 1940s were thoroughly enjoyable, and this first one of the series was one of the very, very best. Of course it all hangs on Harold Peary's performance as the blustering Throckmorton Gildersleeve and he doesn't disappoint for a single moment. His performance is fresh, original and warm and he brings to the part a believability that rises above the occasional well-handled slapstick interludes. Peary was one of a kind and, as they say, we shall not look upon his like again.

Jane Darwell, fresh from her Oscar-winning performance in John Ford's THE GRAPES OF WRATH, added solid support as Aunt Emma, while the rest of the cast (which included some of the original radio stars) added much to the fun.

This pre-babyboomer piece of Americana is highly recommended for its wit, its charm and its evocation of the better USA that once was. Let's hope Warner Brothers (who now own the RKO films) will get these onto blu-ray or DVD real soon.

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