Fibber McGee & Molly
Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004
Long running radio show on NBC starring Jim Jordan as Fibber McGee, a small-town blowhard, and Marian Jordan playing the part of his long-suffering wife Molly. (The two were married in real life.) Arthur Q. Bryan, the voice of Elmer Fudd, was a supporting player on this show, which also spawned a spinoff based on the Great Gildersleeve character played by Hal Peary. One of the show’s most memoralbe sound gags was a closet which, when opened, spilt forth mountains of junk.
A number of characters and catch-phrases from this show found their way into Warner Brothers cartoons, including “’taint Funny McGee”, “I Betcha”, Myrt the telephone operator, Gildersleeve, the Old Timer and his line “’tain’t the way I heerd it, Johnny!”, among others.