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Harold Peary Old Time Radio Program

hour comedy episodes

Born as José Pereira de Faria in San Leandro, California to Portuguese parents,[1] Peary (pronounced Perry) began working in local radio as early as 1923, according to his own memory, and had his own show as a singer, The Spanish Serenader, in San Francisco, but moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1937.

In Chicago his radio work came to a peak when he became a regular on Fibber McGee and Molly, where he originated the Gildersleeve character as a McGee neighbor and nemesis in 1938. ("You're a haaa-aa-aard man, McGee" was a famous catch-phrase.) The character actually went through several first names and occupations before settling on Throckmorton Philaharmonic Gildersleeve and his stewardship of a lingerie factory. He also worked on the horror series Lights Out and other radio programs, but his success and popularity as Gildersleeve set the stage for the character's own program.

The Great Gildersleeve premiered August 31, 1941 and became a steady hit for the rest of the decade, Peary's sonorous voice and flustered catchphrases ("You're a brii-iii-iight boy, Leroy!" was a modification of his famous McGee catchphrase) among radio's most familiar sounds. Lurene Tuttle played Marjorie; Walter Tetley, a veteran of Fred Allen's Town Hall Tonight cast and other shows, played Leroy; and, Lillian Randolph played Gildersleeve's ego-puncturing maid and housekeeper, Birdie.

By 1950, however, Peary's run as Gildersleeve was over. With CBS in the middle of a talent raid that had already lured Jack Benny and other NBC stars, Peary was offered a CBS deal of his own, after he chafed over NBC's and Kraft's reluctance to let him use his singing voice more often on Gildersleeve and to give him more part in the show's ownership than he already had.

The problem was that Kraft wasn't willing to make the move with him. And they had a successor ready---Willard Waterman, whose voice resembled Peary's and who had known Peary since their early Chicago days. Waterman refused to appropriate the famous Gildersleeve laugh, believing Peary alone should have title to that trademark, but otherwise slipped easily into the role. Without Peary, however, Gildersleeve struggled on a few more radio years and bombed on television.

At CBS, Peary began a new situation comedy, The Harold Peary Show, sometimes known as Honest Harold, a title that was actually the name of the fictitious radio show the new character hosted. Radio veteran Joseph Kearns (later familiar as Mr. Wilson on television's Dennis the Menace) played veterinarian Dr. Yancey, known better as Doc Yak-Yak and resembling former foil Judge Hooker. The new show also borrowed a few Gildersleeve plot devices, such as running for mayor and engagements to two women. In what was possibly a desperate attempt to recreate the Gildersleeve magic, it even brought in actress Shirley Mitchell, virtually recreating her Gildersleeve role of Leila Ransom, under the name of Florabelle Breckenridge. Additionally, Honest Harold's secretary at the radio station, Glory, bears a more than passing resemblance to Gildersleeve's Water Department secretary, Bessie: both are stereotypical giggly blondes. Despite these efforts to recreate the power and ratings of "The Great Gildersleeve", The Harold Peary Show lasted only one season of 38 episodes.


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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

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Harold Peary - 38 episodes
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500823 Audition Show.mp3
500917 Harold Loses His Job.mp3
500924 Plan to Rename Boome.mp3
501004 Advertising Shark Re.mp3
501011 Harold Falls for a C.mp3
501018 The Runaway Boy.mp3
501025 Harold's Campaign Sp.mp3
501101 Harold Decides He Wa.mp3
501108 Cousin Raymond Visti.mp3
501115 Getting a Job for Ra.mp3
501122 Thanksgiving Play.mp3
501206 Harold Meets the 'Hu.mp3
501213 Harold Helps Rayond .mp3
501220 Santa at the Childre.mp3
501227 New Years Barn Dance.mp3
510103 Mrs O'Day's Warblewa.mp3
510110 Harold Loses Sponsor.mp3
510117 Harold Thinks of Goi.mp3
510124 Harold Gets Engaged .mp3
510131 Civic Achievement Aw.mp3
510207 Harold's Mother Has .mp3
510214 Mistaken Valentines.mp3
510221 Florabelle Returns.mp3
510228 Willis Can't Pass th.mp3
510307 Red Cross Drive.mp3
510314 Income Tax.mp3
510321 Cousin Marvin Comes .mp3
510328 Cousin Marvin's Firs.mp3
510404 Modernizing Doc's Of.mp3
510418 Harold Decides to Cl.mp3
510425 Circus Day.mp3
510502 Marvin's Gang.mp3
510509 Harold and Mr Walker.mp3
510516 Does Florabelle Have.mp3
510523 Marvin is Invited to.mp3
510530 Harold is Marshall f.mp3
510606 Peabody's Sister Tak.mp3
510613 Marvin Decides to St.mp3


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