The Red Cross Fund Drive (Aired March 7, 1951)
The Harold Peary show made its CBS debut on September 9, 1950. An audition show was done on August 23, 1950. Harold Peary was the creator and main performer for the show. Previously starring on The Great Gildersleeve, Peary took many of Gildy's characteristics along with him to his new Honest Harold character... the "dirty" laugh, singing songs, and closing dialogue over credits were all there with Harold. And that voice. Who could forget that voice? In simple terms, Peary couldn't or wouldn't sound and act differently enough to make listeners forget Gildy, and that made it very tough for the new show to fly. Perhaps the plot was a little creaky for the beginning of the Rock 'n' Roll era, as well. The show was about an older, unmarried guy, Honest Harold Hemp, who lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
March 7, 1951. CBS network. Sustaining. Harold has sworn off women...especially Florabelle. He is in charge of "The Red Cross Fund Drive"
in Melrose Springs. Harold Peary, Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jane Morgan, Gloria Holiday, Parley Baer, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Olan Soule, Joseph Kearns, Dick Powell (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer). 31:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.