Walter Tetley, Harold Peary, and Richard LeGrand
Walter Tetley, Harold Peary, and Richard LeGrand

Actually, quite a few of the funniest things that Leroy did, had to do with women, in his uncle's life. On another show, when Gildy was trying to have a private moment, with a lady, in the front yard, Leroy kept coming out of the house, again and again, pesting his uncle about various odds and ends (including that he could not sleep!). Even after his uncle bribed him, with $2.00 in 1945 money (to not come back!) he still tormented him! After Gildersleeve sang a very beautiful solo, in his tender, baritone voice, to his lady love, his nephew's own voice, came screeching from his bedroom window, on the second floor, as he tried to add something to his uncle's song (Leroy was a sly one, though; he knew exactly what he was doing........he was just trying to sabotage his uncle's intimate moment!).

Still another episode had Leroy as the featured character. He received an invitation to a party, from a girl at school, and he absolutely refused to go (he was still in that "hatred phase" of girls!). Uncle Mort decided to get involved. Not only did he insist that Leroy go to that party; he arranged for Leroy to have a tête à tête, with the girl, at their house. As is so often the case for Gildersleeve, whenever he tries to help Leroy out, he sorely regretted that he ever got involved (though his mission was successful; he did turn Leroy on to girls)! In this episode, Walter very comically shows Leroy's more flirtatious side, and his school-boy giggle (with which we can almost see him blushing, right through the radio----or through the computer, in my case).

At any rate, one cannot really do Walter Tetley justice, unless one touches on some of the other characters, from this show. Though much of the rest, of what I am going to say, has nothing to do with Leroy it still cuts to the heart, of what made The Great Gildersleeve, a truly quality show. Two of my other favorite characters, especially in their relationship to each other, are Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve and Judge Horace Hooker. Gildersleeve and the Judge seem to always have a type of "Love/Hate" relationship with each other.

The Judge, with his crusty, raspy, often cranky voice, was one of the funniest characters in the cast. He was played by Earle Ross and he was one of those devoted performers who, like Walter Tetley, stayed for the entire run of the show, from 1941-1954 (some accounts state that the show ran from 1941-1958). Many of the other performers did not stay for the entire run (even Harold Peary, who held the title role, did not. He left in 1950. From then on, Gildersleeve was voiced by Willard Waterman).

Horace Hooker wore many hats, in his relationship with Gildersleeve. He was the judge who gave Gildersleeve legal custody, of Leroy and his sister, Margerie. He also served as Gildy's attorney. In addition, they were neighbors, and became friends (though they were often simultaneously at each other's throat!). Hooker also enjoyed engaging Gildy as a checkers partner (he also enjoyed cackling, when he took many of Gildy's checkers, and then saying: "Now crown me!!"). And who could ever forget about how the Judge was also Gildersleeve's campaign manager, when Gildy ran for mayor of Summerfield?

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