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by Cobra
Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Product placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

Not to flog a dead glass/bottle of soda/pop/tonic/coke, but in the Feb. 3, 1954, episode, Gildy finally orders a Coke after weeks of ordering coffee. Only this time he asks for a cherry Coke -- heavy on the cherry flavoring. This causes Peavey to comment that he only allows one very cherry Coke to a...
by Cobra
Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:21 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Product placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

I meant that the broadcast originated from California. The setting was probably supposed to be the Midwest, but I doubt the term Coke was used generically. If it were, when Gildersleeve ordered a Coke, Mr. Peavey would have said, "Very well. What flavor?"
by Cobra
Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Product placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

I really don't think that a California-based show that was broadcast across the nation and into Canada would use Coke as a Midwestern generic term for soda, pop, or, as some of us in the Boston area still call it, tonic.
by Cobra
Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:45 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Product placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

Product placement?

I suppose we'll never know at this late date, but I find myself wondering whether the frequent mention of Coke in "The Great Gildersleeve" was product placement. That is, was the show being paid by Coca-Cola for the mentions? Gildy was forever ordering a Coke at Mr. Peavey's and the Jolly Boys alway...
by Cobra
Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:59 am
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: The return of Bessie
Replies: 2
Views: 2414

The return of Bessie

I found it strange that in late 1953, Bessie was suddenly Gildy's secretary again! As you may recall, when Willard Waterman took over the Gildersleeve role, he hired a new secretary, who was never heard from again. In keeping with the show's many delightful inconsistencies, there was no explanation ...
by Cobra
Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: A dog with no name
Replies: 0
Views: 2099

A dog with no name

In a 1953 show, Gildy receives a huge dog from a cousin in Canada. During the next few episodes, there are occasional mentions that the canine has yet to be named. My speculation, and it is only that, is that Kraft had planned a Name That Dog contest but apparently changed its mind, and the dog fade...
by Cobra
Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Suddenly, new characters
Replies: 4
Views: 2929

I suppose so (sigh). It has dawned on me that it has been many episodes since I've heard Floyd the barber chat with the "comish." Nor have I heard the basso profundo of Chief Gates lately. Here's hoping they will be back sometime during the year and a half or so of available continuous episodes that...
by Cobra
Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:42 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Suddenly, new characters
Replies: 4
Views: 2929

Suddenly, new characters

I've been listening to the Gildy shows chronologically and am up to late 1952. I notice that suddenly there are new characters -- Cooley the eggman and Mrs. Potter the medicine fan -- and am wondering why. Was the show losing listeners? Were the writers getting bored? At least so far in my listening...
by Cobra
Tue May 02, 2006 2:03 am
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Summerfield today?
Replies: 2
Views: 2217

Summerfield today?

A few years back, a Web site (Wayback.net?) had some wonderful essays by readers about what Summerfield would be like in modern times, with Gildy and others gone to their reward and still others grown old while their progeny carry on. Now that I have become a major Gildersleeve fan, I would love to ...
by Cobra
Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Seven Days' Leave
Replies: 0
Views: 1766

Seven Days' Leave

Being a Gildersleeve completist, I recently purchased the movie "Seven Days' Leave," with Lucille Ball, Victor Mature, and Harold Peary as an estate lawyer named "Mr. Gildersleeve." The film was a true 1940s wartime experience, with singing, dancing, and broad comedy. I thought this was one of the m...
by Cobra
Wed Apr 05, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Judge Hooker's Annual Dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 3336

The meal would no doubt be topped off by the judge's nightly snack of oxtail soup and RyKrisp!
by Cobra
Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: WWII Public Service Announcements
Replies: 2
Views: 2515

I cannot imagine that the show would be paid for incorporating WWII themes into their plots. It was just the tenor of the times -- World War II was an all-out effort where everyone, including radio shows, did their part. The country was united in a way it may never be united again. I, too, found it ...
by Cobra
Mon Mar 27, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: What might have been
Replies: 0
Views: 1914

What might have been

The other night I was listening to a 1952 Stars Over Hollywood show starring Harold Peary in "Cupid Is a Hobo." The show wasn't so great, but in a brief interview before it started, Hal joked about his short-lived "Honest Harold" series, saying that in that particular case, honesty appeared not to b...