+ Harold (Hal) Peary (July 25, 1908 – March 30, 1985) was an American actor, comedian and singer in radio, film, television and animation remembered best as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, a supporting character on radio's Fibber McGee & Molly that moved to its own radio hit, The Great Gildersleeve, the first known spinoff hit in American broadcasting history. Born as José Pereira de Faria in San Leandro, California to Portuguese parents, 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. 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.-WikiPedia
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 38 old time radio episodes:
|09.17.1950||harold loses his job at the radio station|
|09.24.1950||plan to rename boomer park||
+ If you lived in Melrose Springs and you turned on your radio at 10 o’clock in the morning you’...
|10.04.1950||advertising shark repellant powder on the radio show|
|10.11.1950||harold falls for a chanteuse|
|10.18.1950||the runaway boy||
+ This popular series started life in 1931 as a 15 minute comedy drama written by Goodman Ace and pr...
|10.25.1950||harolds campaign speech|
|11.01.1950||harold decides he wants to lose the election|
|11.08.1950||cousin raymond visits||
+ There’s a lot of hustle and bustle in the honest Harold household this morning for today is the ...
|11.15.1950||getting a job for raymond|
+ Honest Harold is directing and starring in, "The Story Of Miles Standish, A Story Of Thanksgivin...
|12.06.1950||harold meets the hummer|
|12.13.1950||harold helps raymond and gloria go to the dance||
+ Cousin Raymond is in love with Gloria O'Day.
|12.20.1950||santa at the childrens christmas party||
+ A heartwarming Christmas show as Honest Hal trusts an old bank robber with the job of playing Sa...
|12.27.1950||new years barn dance||
+ Harold is planning to ask Theodora to go to the barn dance. Harold sings, "Auld Lang Syne."
|01.03.1951||mrs odays warbleware party||
+ Cousin Raymond is still out of work. There's going to be a Warbleware party. "When your Warblewa...
|01.10.1951||harold loses his sponsor and tries a new show||
+ Sponsored by: Plymouth. "Honest Harold, The Homemaker" is going to be in charge of the radio stat...
|01.17.1951||harold thinks of going to new york||
+ "Honest Harold" thinks about leaving the Melrose Springs radio station and try his luck in New Y...
|01.24.1951||harold gets engaged twice||
+ Harold gets engaged...twice, as a matter of fact!
|01.31.1951||civic achievement award||
+ Harold is annoyed by a slow-moving tractor. Will he win the "Oswald Award" for civic improvement...
|02.07.1951||harolds mother has a suitor||
+ Is Harold's mother in love? "The Sunny Side Of Seventy Club's" leading man certainly seems inter...
+ Harold sings, "Love's Old Story." There's been a mixup in Valentines, Florabelle is quite upset....
+ Sponsored by: Army/Air Force recruiting. Theodora is gone, Florabella Let’s see what’s going ...
|02.28.1951||willis cant pass the physical||
+ Sponsored by: Army/Air Force recruiting. Waiting for Willis...with a bodyguard. Once upon a time...
|03.07.1951||red cross drive||
+ Harold has sworn off women...especially Florabelle. He is in charge of the Red Cross fund drive ...