McGEE & MOLLY
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled
in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation.
Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America.
Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly,
and few play as well a half century later. The programs lovable
characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington,
Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the
79 Wistful Vista was one of Americas most famous addresses
and Mollys warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door
(and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radios
best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week.
Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near
Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miners daughter,
was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898.
After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time
show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually
performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices
Broadcast to the nation from WMAQ/Chicago, the show entertained
America until March 1956, and continued on NBCs Monitor until
Jim Jordan died on April 1, 1988. Marian Jordan died on April 7, 1961.
Fibber McGee and Molly was inducted into the Radio Hall
of Fame in 1989.
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