About the Log

This log was compiled from a variety of sources.  I have attempted to make it as accurate as possible but there can be no assurance that the information presented here is 100% correct.  I'll go out on a limb and say that it most certainly is not 100% correct but we keep trying. 

As a starting point, I used the log found on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs webpage.  I noticed very early on that Jerry's titles did not jibe completely with the log I had received with a set of reels of the series which I obtained from a long-time collector, Gary Mercer.  Consequently, since I was trying to name mp3 files, I usually chose the name that best fit the constraints of the file naming format.  Sometimes I even made up a new title of my own.  I know there are folks having a mild coronary at that thought but before you go ballistic, take a look at this:

Script Cover Page

As you can see, a third and very important source for the information contained in this log is the script collection held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  These scripts were donated by... Well, you can see for yourself:

Script Donation Page

But, back to that first page.  Notice that the scripts do not have any official titles.  I confess, I did not look at every single script but none of the scripts that I did look at had an official title - only a number.  The numbers appeared to be serial in nature but there were a few scripts which had numbers on them that seemed to bear no relationship to their chronological order.  Consequently, I am at least slightly suspicious of script numbers for any scripts which haven't been verified.  There is still work to be done.  However, all of the scripts that I looked at did have air-dates on them.  In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I have accepted those air-dates as correct for purposes of this log. 

Examination of the scripts has allowed me to fill in unofficial names for many of the shows where earlier logs  indicated that the title is unknown.  There have also been a few instances where a "best guess" was apparently made in determining where a show should be placed, chronologically.  Examination of the scripts allows the correction of a few resulting errors. 

One of the biggest controversies regarding chronological placement of a Gildersleeve program has been regarding a program unofficially entitled "Laughing Coyote Ranch" which has previously been identified as episode 161 with an air-date of March 18, 1945.  The scripts tell a different story.  Episode 161 (so identified on it's cover page) involves the events that ensue when Leila thinks she hears a burglar in the night and it is apparently a "missing" episode.  The version of "Laughing Coyote Ranch" that is in circulation has Willard Waterman in the lead role which almost certainly dates it post 1949.  My "best guess" is that it is from the post Kraft sponsorship years and, consequently, not included in this log..

A fourth source was the log on the website of one of the pre-eminent collectors in the hobby, J. David Goldin.  His log is a source of some frustration as he indicates that he has six (well, five and a half, anyway) shows which I have not been able to find anywhere else.  His descriptions of the shows jibe with the scripts so there is little doubt that he has them..  But he doesn't sell OTR anymore  and an inquiry from me about any possible trade was politely declined.  His collection is reportedly now owned by Radio Spirits but my inquiries to them have gone unanswered entirely.

So, our best guess tells us, depending on how you count them, that there are approximately forty-two missing Great Gildersleeve episodes from the years that Kraft sponsored the program.  Five and a half of those shows are held by David Goldin leaving thirty-six and a half unaccounted for as of this writing.  SPERDVAC reportedly has a few WW2 era Gildersleeve disks that are so badly damaged they cannot be transferred to other media.  Many of the rest were originally recorded on glass based transcription disks and are, therefore, likely lost through breakage.  American Radio Theater has embarked on a project to re-create many of those "lost" shows.  Missing programs are indicated on the log in red type.  An asterisk appended to the MISSING* notation indicates that the program has been re-created by ART and will ultimately be offered as part of their podcast.  And we're working on more every day.

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