Fibber McGee and Molly

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Fibber McGee and Molly was a popular radio show during the era of classic, old-time radio. It was one of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States. The series premiered on NBC in 1935 and remained popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture.

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Husband and wife in real life

The stars of the program were real-life husband James "Jim" Jordan (16 November 1896–1 April 1988)[1][2] and his wife Marian Driscoll (15 April 1898–7 April 1961),[1][3] who were natives of Peoria, Illinois.

Jordan was the seventh of eight children born to James Edward Jordan and Mary (nee Tighe) Jordan while Driscoll was the seventh and last child born to Daniel P. and Anna (nee Carroll) Driscoll. Both attended the same Catholic Church, where they met, and married in 1918. They had two children, Kathryn Therese Jordan (1920-2007) and James Carroll Jordan (1923-1998), both born in Peoria.

From vaudeville to Smackout

The genesis of Fibber McGee and Molly occurred when the small-time husband-and-wife vaudevillians began their third year as Chicago-area radio performers. Two of the shows they did for station WENR beginning in 1927, both written by Harry Lawrence, bore traces of what was to come and rank as one of the earliest forms of situation comedy. In their Luke and Mirandy farm-report program, Jim played a farmer who was given to tall tales and face-saving lies for comic effect. In a weekly comedy, The Smith Family, Marian's character was an Irish wife of an American police officer. These characterizations, plus the Jordans' change from being singers/musicians to comic actors, pointed toward their future.

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