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Honest Harold - the Homemaker
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Honest Harold the Homemaker

Honest Harold was a situation comedy broadcast from 1950 to 1951 on CBS. Harold Peary created and played the role Harold Hemp. Kathryn Card starred as his mother Emily. Gloria, Harold's girlfriend, was played by Gloria Holiday. Parley Baer portrayed the marshal, Harold's friend. Joseph Kearns was the old Doc "Yak Yak" Yancy. After Harold Peary departed from The Great Gildersleeve, he helped produce a new show Honest Harold. The show never reached the recognition and popularity Peary expected even though its production was as good as The Great Gildersleeve. The writing was witty and funny while the characters and the supporting cast were very well developed. In fact, Honest Harold was directed by one of most celebrated radio men, Norman Macdonnell who later directed Gunsmoke.

Honest Harold features an older, unmarried man living with his widowed mother and nephew. Harold works on a homemaker's show on a local radio station in a Midwestern town. Known as the popular radio entertainer of Melrose Springs, Harold is much of a local celebrity and golden bachelor. In fact, Harold is a goofball often heard with his signature half-leering, half-sheepish laugh.

There are 37 shows in our collection! Date Aired
Audition August 23, 1950
New Years Dance December 27, 1950
Childrens Christmas Party December 20, 1950
Raymond and Gloria December 13, 1950
The Hummer December 6, 1950
Thanksgiving Play November 22, 1950
Getting a Job November 15, 1950
Cousin Raymond Visits November 8, 1950
Election Plans November 1, 1950
Harold Loses His Job September 17, 1950
Renaming Boomer Park September 24, 1950
Shark Repellent October 4, 1950
The Chanteuse October 11, 1950
The Runaway Boy October 18, 1950
Campaign Speech October 25, 1950
Red Cross Drive March 7, 1951
Willis Cant Pass The Physical February 28, 1951
Florabelle Returns February 21, 1951
Mistaken Valentines February 14, 1951
Mothers Suitor February 7, 1951
Civic Achievement Award January 31, 1951
Engaged-Twice January 24, 1951
Going to New York January 17, 1951
Lost Sponsor January 10, 1951
Peabodys Sister Takes Over The Radio Station June 6, 1951

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