History Radio / FibberMcGeeAndMolly

17th Jun '16 4:23:56 PM Doug86
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The show was massively popular in its time, starting its peak years in 1940, but running through TheGreatDepression, WorldWarII, TheForties, and TheFifties. Its running gags and characters inspired many imitators. There were two spin-offs: ''Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve'', featuring blowhard neighbor Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, and ''Beulah'', which starred the [=McGees=]' housekeeper. There were four movies featuring the characters [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes (none of which are legally available on DVD as of 2009)]] and a short-lived television series with [[TheOtherDarrin younger actors]] in the lead roles.

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The show was massively popular in its time, starting its peak years in 1940, but running through TheGreatDepression, WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, TheForties, and TheFifties. Its running gags and characters inspired many imitators. There were two spin-offs: ''Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve'', featuring blowhard neighbor Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, and ''Beulah'', which starred the [=McGees=]' housekeeper. There were four movies featuring the characters [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes (none of which are legally available on DVD as of 2009)]] and a short-lived television series with [[TheOtherDarrin younger actors]] in the lead roles.



* DuringTheWar: Episodes during WorldWarTwo often dealt with the effects of the war on the civilian population. (In a positive, "we can get through this" manner.)

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* DuringTheWar: Episodes during WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII often dealt with the effects of the war on the civilian population. (In a positive, "we can get through this" manner.)
16th Jan '16 2:29:56 AM Mdumas43073
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* EnforcedPlug: In the person of Harlow Wilcox, local salesman for Johnson Wax (the show's primary sponsor.) Fibber and Molly often tease him about his obsession with the product and this is also frequently lampshaded, subverted, inverted, and generally played with.

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* EnforcedPlug: In the person of Harlow Wilcox, local salesman for Johnson Wax (the show's primary sponsor.) sponsor). Fibber and Molly often tease him about his obsession with the product and this is also frequently lampshaded, subverted, inverted, and generally played with.
16th Jan '16 2:12:52 AM Mdumas43073
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** "Oh, is that you, Myrt? How's every little thing, Myrt?"
27th Jan '15 7:07:38 PM Mdumas43073
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* DontExplainTheJoke: Fibber often does this with his more obscure puns, invariably leading Molly to say, "T'ain't funny, [=McGee=]."

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* DontExplainTheJoke: Fibber often does this with his more obscure puns, invariably leading Molly to say, "T'ain't "'Tain't funny, [=McGee=]."
14th Oct '14 9:56:45 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ThrowItIn: Jim Jordan was a master at humorously ad-libbing past an occasional flubbed line, to the delight of the StudioAudience.
8th Jul '14 11:41:41 AM Mdumas43073
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* ActingForTwo: Marian Jordan voiced Molly as well as the little girl, Teeny; Gale Gordon voiced Mayor [=LaTrivia=] as well as neighbor/weatherman Foggy Williams; and Bill Thompson voiced several characters including Mr. Old-Timer, Wallace Wimple, Horatio K. Boomer, and Nick Depopoulous.
8th Jul '14 11:38:32 AM Mdumas43073
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* CrossDressingVoices: Beulah, a black woman, was played by Marlin Hurt, a Caucasian male actor. "Her" entrances often got a huge reaction from studio audiences, who were generally unaware of this before they saw it in person.
8th Jul '14 11:37:45 AM Mdumas43073
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Bill Thompson would use a variation of his Wallace Wimple voice for Creator/TexAvery's Droopy cartoons, as well as the White Rabbit in Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
** Doc Gamble was voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan, otherwise known as [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]].
** [=McGee=] himself, Jim Jordan, was Orville in ''TheRescuers''.
1st Apr '14 3:34:38 AM Mdumas43073
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* SigningOffCatchPhrase:
-->'''Fibber:''' Goodnight.
-->'''Molly:''' Goodnight, all!
24th Feb '14 7:18:18 AM m8e
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Bill Thompson would use a variation of his Wallace Wimple voice for TexAvery's Droopy cartoons, as well as the White Rabbit in Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Bill Thompson would use a variation of his Wallace Wimple voice for TexAvery's Creator/TexAvery's Droopy cartoons, as well as the White Rabbit in Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.



* NoFourthWall: Not in a TexAvery way, but most episodes, especially in the formative years, have at least one or two lines acknowledging that the action is taking place as part of a radio show. The wall was slowly constructed as the show continued, but that didn't stop the occasional LeaningOnTheFourthWall.

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* NoFourthWall: Not in a TexAvery Creator/TexAvery way, but most episodes, especially in the formative years, have at least one or two lines acknowledging that the action is taking place as part of a radio show. The wall was slowly constructed as the show continued, but that didn't stop the occasional LeaningOnTheFourthWall.
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