34-12-20 Uncle Fletcher's Christmas Gifts

STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY, BERNARDINE FLYNN AND BILL IDELSON
The Gooks get a box of unusual Christmas presents from Uncle Fletcher.

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What else could you expect from Uncle Fletcher?

Trivia:

+ I'm sure that in 1934 writer Paul Rhymer hardly expected to have to use Uncle Fletcher as a real character one day. However, six years later, Uncle Fletcher became alive. Episodes such as this one set up the regular-listening audience for his arrival.

In this episode, he is described as not only hard-of-hearing but with very poor eyesight. The unusual presents show what kind of thinking pattern he has.

A former teacher, he's intelligent; the Christmas presents prove he is thoughtful. All of these elements would be molded down the road into what we know as Uncle Fletcher.

+ The gifts the family received:

Sade: hair-ribbon, doily, and waiting glasses

Rush: pants garters, lump, and handkerchief

Vic: Handkerchief, knee-brush, and sinking socks.

Each family member got one present they don't quite understand (Vic got two!)  Again, this is just like Rhymer to not include us in on the gag; though there are several attempts at explaining what the odd gifts are, we all are still left in the dark.

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