The Great Gildersleeve (1942)


The Great Gildersleeve (1942)

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.
IMDb  6.2 /10
Director Gordon Douglas
Writer Jack Townley
Writer Julien Josephson
Release Date1943-01-02
Runtime1h 2mins
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
CompanyRKO Radio Pictures
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve
Aunt Emma Forrester
Marjorie Forrester
Judge Horace Hooker
Freddie Mercer
Freddie Mercer
LeRoy Forrester
Governor John Stafford
Birdie Lee Calkins
Amelia Hooker
George M. Carleton
George M. Carleton
Frank Powers (as George Carleton)

The Great Gildersleeve (film)

The Great Gildersleeve is a 1942 American comedy film directed by Gordon Douglas. Based on the popular NBC radio series The Great Gildersleeve created by Leonard L. Levinson, which ran from 1941 to 1950, this was the first of four films in the Gildersleeve's series produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jack Townley and Julien Josephson, and the film stars Harold Peary and Jane Darwell. Other films in the series were Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943), Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943), Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944).

Plot summary

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  • Harold Peary as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve
  • Jane Darwell as Aunt Emma Forrester
  • Nancy Gates as Marjorie Forrester
  • Charles Arnt as Judge Horace Hooker
  • Freddie Mercer as Leroy Forrester
  • Thurston Hall as Governor John Stafford
  • Lillian Randolph as Birdie Lee Calkins
  • Mary Field as Amelia Hooker
  • George Carleton as Frank Powers
  • George Chandler as Messenger Boy