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Weekend OTR: Great Gildersleeve — Gildy is on School Board

By: 1 October 2011 2 Comments

It’s the weekend and we all know what that means — another quality installment in the Weekend OTR series here at First Arkansas News.

We’re in the middle of a hotly-contested school board runoff here in scenic Benton, so this weekend’s episode is quite relevant. Wait. A hotly-contested school board runoff? Those who live here in Benton understand what all the hubbub is (hint — people are still fighting over a proposal to build a new football stadium for our beloved Panthers and that issue is on the mind for some area voters).

At any rate, this weekend’s old time radio episode of the Great Gildersleeve features the titular lead getting on the (you guessed it) local school board. The episode — as usual — was provided by our friends at

Click the below link and enjoy the show.

Great Gildersleeve — Gildy on School Board (9/30/1953)

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Editor Nobles may not be aware that Lum and Abner once met the Great Gildersleeve in a radio script! Of course, it didn’t happen until 1993, at a National Lum and Abner Society Convention, but it is fact that the actor, Willard Waterman (who plays Gildy in the episode available above rather than the actor pictured in the accompanying photo who is the first Gildersleeve, Harold Peary), was a supporting actor on the half-hour “Lum and Abner” radio show.

    More Gildy/L&A trivia? Well, Gildy’s niece in the 1950s was played by actress Mary Lee Robb. She got her union card by working her very first radio job. That job? She played Abner’s daughter, “Little Pearl,” in 1947, when Pearl got married! She too was a guest of the NLAS, at their 1997 convention, 50 years after she acted on “Lum and Abner” – now ain’t that sumthin’?

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