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Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 October 1943 (USA)
On a mission to New York, two women pursue Gildersleeve...then his fiancée shows up.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (story), Robert E. Kent (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Peary ... Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Laura Chandler
Claire Carleton ... Francine Gray
Richard LeGrand ... Mr. Peavey
Freddie Mercer Freddie Mercer ... Leroy Forrester
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Homer
Margaret Landry Margaret Landry ... Marjorie Forrester
Leonid Kinskey ... Window Washer
Ann Doran ... Matilda Brown
Lillian Randolph ... Birdie
Mike Road ... Jimmy Clark (as Michael Road)
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Storyline

A drug supply company plans to go out of business, which could force Peavey the druggist to close up shop. Throckmorton Gildersleeve heads to New York City to help, and gets a warm reception from the company's president, a lonely widow. Based on "The Great Gildersleeve" radio series. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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I've got what it takes...and they take it! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventura en Broadway See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The uncredited bellhop is played by Walter Tetley, who played Leroy in the radio version of The Great Gildersleeve. See more »

Goofs

In the shot after it leaves the station, Gildersleeve's train has only freight cars in it, and no passenger cars. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mr. Peavey: Now, I couldn't say that.
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Connections

Follows Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) See more »

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Minor Gem
11 February 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Surprisingly good entry in the Gildersleeve series. The laughs are non-stop, thanks to Peary, a fine script and cast, plus razor sharp direction. Seems Gildy is out to save the drugstores in his town, that is, if he can get past his fiancée, two girlfriends, and a wise-cracking LeRoy. It's a constant shuffle of characters in and out that suggests madcap, but is too smooth to be frenetic. Listen closely for a number of gag lines that are occasionally inspired. Peary's in fine blustery form, while pairing him with the squeaky Billie Burke is like hearing a tuba next to Tweety-Bird. Actually the title is somewhat misleading since only New York City and not Broadway Avenue is the setting.

I love it when droopy-face Peavy (Le Grande) impersonates Gildy's wife—it may make you re- think the whole institution of marriage. Then there's ditzy Burke's lunatic brother who thinks he's William Tell, while Gildy's his favorite apple-head target. Anyway, it's non-stop amusement beautifully orchestrated by director Douglas. In fact the series as a whole benefited greatly from his expert hand, as a list of his superior credits shows. Too bad, these small town characters are now largely a thing of the past. As the series shows, there's a lot of gentle humor to be mined among the non-glamorous.


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