Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 16th 1935, “Fibber McGee and Molly,” premiered.
Who were Fibber McGee and Molly?
Fibber McGee and Molly was an American radio comedy series that maintained its popularity over decades. It premiered on NBC on April 16th 1935 and continued until 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture.
The show was based on a real husband and wife; the stars of the program were real-life husband and wife team James “Jim” Jordan and Marian Driscoll.
Five days after the wedding, Jim received his draft notice. He was sent to France and became part of a military touring group that entertained the armed forces after World War I.
When Jim came home from France, he and Marian decided to try their luck with a vaudeville act.
While staying with Jim’s brother in Chicago in 1924, the family was listening to the radio; Jim said that he and Marian could do better than the musical act currently on the air. Jim’s brother bet him $10 that they could not.
To win the bet, Jim and Marian went to WIBO, where they were immediately put on the air. At the end of the performance, the station offered the couple a contract for a weekly show, which paid $10 per week. The sponsor of the show was brought you by the “Oh Henry candy bar.”
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (cdbpdxc) gives you a little intro of the Fibber McGee and Molly show.
Fibber McGee and Molly was the finest husband and wife comedy team. It ran on the radio from 1935 to 1959 then switched to television in 1959. Its running gags and characters inspired many imitators.
Fibber and Molly McGee lived at 79 Wistful Vista in a town also named Wistful Vista. Fibber had no actual job, and spent much of his time on get-rich-quick schemes which never panned out. And yet somehow the McGee’s never seemed to actually run out of money and lived quite comfortably, even being able to afford a housekeeper for a while.
Sort like Ralph Camden from the Honeymooners…he also had a lot scheming ideas to tell his wife.
Each week Fibber would try out a new Zany Scheme or try to do some simple task, interrupted by people dropping in at the house or stopping him and Molly on the street. And to break up the gags, there would be one or more musical interludes.
As we celebrate on how on April 16th 1935, “Fibber McGee and Molly,” premiered.
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