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George Burns and Gracie Allen Show


George Burns & Gracie Allen Show

Series Description

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show was a comedy series that aired on CBS. It's uniqueness makes it a hard one to describe. Basically, Gracie would goof up and try to hide her mistake from her husband. Her way of hiding it would be so easy to "see through" but she'd be sure that he wouldn't find out. Also, she would misunderstand things others told her and then assume it was they who didn't understand. Then she'd proceed to explain things to them. For example, someone might say that their doctor had to close his practice due to a lack of patients. Gracie would say that they should learn to control their anger (lack of patience). Then the person might say, "No, I mean they don't have enough people coming to see them for medical attention". Gracie would then say, "Well, of course, if you always get mad at them, they'll go to another doctor". And it would go "on and on" like that until the person would give up and Gracie would be satisfied that she had explained it to them adequately.

Burns and Allen Show Cast

George Burns ...... Himself
Gracie Allen ...... Herself
Bea Benaderet ..... Blanche Morton
Hal March ......... Harry Morton (1950-1951)
John Brown ........ Harry Morton (1951)
Fred Clark ........ Harry Morton (1951-1953)
Larry Keating ..... Harry Morton (1953-1958)
Harry von Zell .... Himself
Rolfe Sedan ....... Mr. Beasley
Ronnie Burns ...... Himself
Bill Goodwin ...... Himself
Judi Meredith ..... Bonnie Sue McAfee
Frank Wilcox ...... Mr. Grainger

Trivia

    

Before the George Burns and Gracie Allen TV show, there was a Burns & Allen radio show that aired from February 15, 1932 through May 17, 1950 for more than 675 episodes! And as soon as the radio show left the air, the TV show started the very next season in October of 1950! When you're hot, you're hot!

The series was broadcast live for the first two years!

The program's sponsor was "Carnation Evaporated Milk" and their commercial theme stated that their product comes from "Contented Cows"! Well, apparently advertising agencies were not quite as "savy" in those days. By the way, the commercials were worked right into this show. For instance, Gracie would tell Blanche that she just made some delicious homemade pie with Carnation Evaporated Milk. Then Blanche would taste it and they'd talk about why Carnation Milk makes everything taste so much better. Then they'd go on with the show.

This TV show was nominated for 6 Emmys but didn't win any.

Both George Burns and Gracie Allen began performing in Vaudeville as children. Neither one of them "stood out" particularly from the hundreds of other performers until they started performing together in 1922. Gracie's roomate told her that she knew of an act called "George Burns and Billy Lorraine" that was splitting up and that she should try to team up with one of them. Initially, George told most of the jokes but it soon became apparent that there was a better way. They noticed that whenever Gracie would act "scatter-brained" in response to George's straight lines, they got their biggest laughs. And that's how "Burns and Allen" developed into the act we've all come to know and love!

Bea Benaderet began her career on several radio programs including: Fibber McGee and Molly, My Favorite Husband, the Jack Benny Show, Campbell Playhouse and the George Burns and Gracie Allen (radio) Show. Her role as "Blanche" on "Burns and Allen" cost her the role of "Ethel Mertz" on the "I Love Lucy Show (1951)". She was Lucy's first choice for the part. Bea also starred on other TV shows including, "Petticoat Junction (1963)" and "Green Acres (1965)". She also did many cartoon voices, including her best-known voice as "Betty Rubble" on "The Flintstones (1960)".

While they starred in several movies together, Gracie appeared in three movies without George. They were: "The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)", "Mr. and Mrs. North (1941)" and "Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)".

Larry Keating is best known for his role as Roger Addison on the 1961 TV show, "Mister Ed (1961)" about a talking horse.

During one performance, Flo Ziegfeld (Follies) was in the audience to check out George and Gracie's act. George blew smoke in Gracie's face that night and it really upset Ziegfeld. He later sent George a cable stating, "I'll pay $200 for the dame, $100 for the act!"

Ronnie Burns who plays George and Gracie's son on the show, is their real life adopted son.

Frank Wilcox is best known in his role as oil company president John Brewster on, "The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)". Although never known well by name, he appeared in a tremendous number of movies over a three-decade career!

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

  1. Show #1 (10/12/1950)
  2. Show #2 (10/26/1950)
  3. Show #3 (11/9/1950)
  4. Show #4 (11/23/1950)
  5. Show #5 (12/7/1950)
  6. Show #6 (12/21/1950)
  7. Show #7 (12/28/1950)
  8. Show #8 (1/4/1951)
  9. Show #9 (1/18/1951)
  10. Show #10 (2/1/1951)
  11. Show #11 (2/15/1951)
  12. Show #12 (3/1/1951)
  13. Show #13 (3/15/1951)
  14. Show #14 (3/29/1951)
  15. Show #15 (4/12/1951)
  16. Show #16 (4/26/1951)
  17. Show #17 (5/10/1951)
  18. Show #18 (5/24/1951)
  19. Show #19 (6/7/1951)
  20. Show #20 (6/21/1951)
  21. Show #21 (7/5/1951)
  22. Show #22 (7/19/1951)
  23. Show #23 (8/2/1951)
  24. Show #24 (8/16/1951)
  25. Show #25 (8/30/1951)
  26. Show #26 (9/13/1951)

Season 2

  1. Show #27 (9/27/1951)
  2. Show #28 (10/11/1951)
  3. Show #29 (10/25/1951)
  4. Show #30 (11/8/1951)
  5. Show #31 (11/22/1951)
  6. Show #32 (12/6/1951)
  7. Show #33 (12/20/1951)
  8. Show #34 (1/3/1952)
  9. Show #35 (1/17/1952)
  10. Show #36 (1/31/1952)
  11. Show #37 (2/14/1952)
  12. Show #38 (2/28/1952)
  13. Show #39 (3/13/1952)
  14. Show #40 (3/27/1952)
  15. Show #41 (4/10/1952)
  16. Show #42 (4/24/1952)
  17. Show #43 (5/8/1952)
  18. Show #44 (5/22/1952)
  19. Show #45 (6/5/1952)
  20. Show #46 (6/19/1952)
  21. Show #47 (7/3/1952)
  22. Show #48 (7/17/1952)
  23. Show #49 (7/31/1952)
  24. Show #50 (8/14/1952)
  25. Show #51 (8/28/1952)
  26. Show #52 (9/25/1952)

Season 3

  1. Show #53 (10/9/1952)
  2. Show #54 (10/16/1952)
  3. Show #55 (10/23/1952)
  4. Show #56 (10/30/1952)
  5. Show #57 (11/6/1952)
  6. Show #58 (11/13/1952)
  7. Show #59 (11/20/1952)
  8. Show #60 (11/27/1952)
  9. Show #61 (12/4/1952)
  10. Show #62 (12/11/1952)
  11. Show #63 (12/18/1952)
  12. Show #64 (12/25/1952)
  13. Show #65 (1/1/1953)
  14. Show #66 (1/8/1953)
  15. Show #67 (1/15/1953)
  16. Show #68 (1/22/1953)
  17. Show #69 (1/29/1953)
  18. Show #70 (2/5/1953)
  19. Show #71 (2/12/1953)
  20. Show #72 (2/19/1953)
  21. Show #73 (2/26/1953)
  22. Show #74 (3/5/1953)
  23. Show #75 (3/12/1953)
  24. Show #76 (3/19/1953)
  25. Show #77 (3/26/1953)
  26. Show #78 (3/30/1953)
  27. Show #79 (4/6/1953)
  28. Show #80 (4/13/1953)
  29. Show #81 (4/20/1953)
  30. Show #82 (4/27/1953)
  31. Show #83 (5/4/1953)
  32. Show #84 (5/11/1953)
  33. Show #85 (5/18/1953)
  34. Show #86 (7/6/1953)
  35. Show #87 (7/13/1953)
  36. Show #88 (7/20/1953)
  37. Show #89 (7/27/1953)
  38. Show #90 (8/3/1953)
  39. Show #91 (8/10/1953)
  40. Show #92 (8/17/1953)

Season 4

  1. Show #93 (10/5/1953)
  2. Show #94 (10/12/1953)
  3. Show #95 (10/19/1953)
  4. Show #96 (10/26/1953)
  5. Show #97 (11/2/1953)
  6. Show #98 (11/9/1953)
  7. Show #99 (11/16/1953)
  8. Show #100 (11/23/1953)
  9. Show #101 (11/30/1953)
  10. Show #102 (12/7/1953)
  11. Show #103 (12/14/1953)
  12. Show #104 (12/21/1953)
  13. Show #105 (12/28/1953)
  14. Show #106 (1/4/1954)
  15. Show #107 (1/11/1954)
  16. Show #108 (1/18/1954)
  17. Show #109 (1/25/1954)
  18. Show #110 (2/1/1954)
  19. Show #111 (2/8/1954)
  20. Show #112 (2/15/1954)
  21. Show #113 (2/22/1954)
  22. Show #114 (3/1/1954)
  23. Show #115 (3/8/1954)
  24. Show #116 (3/15/1954)
  25. Show #117 (3/22/1954)
  26. Show #118 (3/29/1954)
  27. Show #119 (4/5/1954)
  28. Show #120 (4/12/1954)
  29. Show #121 (4/19/1954)
  30. Show #122 (4/26/1954)
  31. Show #123 (5/3/1954)
  32. Show #124 (5/10/1954)
  33. Show #125 (7/5/1954)
  34. Show #126 (7/12/1954)
  35. Show #127 (7/19/1954)
  36. Show #128 (7/26/1954)
  37. Show #129 (8/2/1954)
  38. Show #130 (8/9/1954)
  39. Show #131 (8/23/1954)
  40. Show #132 (8/16/1954)

Season 5

  1. Show #133 (10/4/1954)
  2. Show #134 (10/11/1954)
  3. Show #135 (10/18/1954)
  4. Show #136 (10/25/1954)
  5. Show #137 (11/1/1954)
  6. Show #138 (11/8/1954)
  7. Show #139 (11/15/1954)
  8. Show #140 (11/22/1954)
  9. Show #141 (11/29/1954)
  10. Show #142 (12/6/1954)
  11. Show #143 (12/13/1954)
  12. Show #144 (12/20/1954)
  13. Show #145 (12/27/1954)
  14. Show #146 (1/3/1955)
  15. Show #147 (1/10/1955)
  16. Show #148 (1/17/1955)
  17. Show #149 (1/24/1954)
  18. Show #150 (1/31/1954)
  19. Show #151 (2/7/1955)
  20. Show #152 (2/14/1955)
  21. Show #153 (2/21/1955)
  22. Show #154 (2/28/1955)
  23. Show #155 (3/7/1955)
  24. Show #156 (3/14/1955)
  25. Show #157 (3/21/1955)
  26. Show #158 (3/28/1955)
  27. Show #159 (4/4/1955)
  28. Show #160 (4/11/1955)
  29. Show #161 (4/18/1955)
  30. Show #162 (4/25/1955)
  31. Show #163 (5/2/1955)
  32. Show #164 (5/9/1955)
  33. Show #165 (5/16/1955)
  34. Show #166 (5/23/1955)
  35. Show #167 (5/30/1955)
  36. Show #168 (6/6/1955)
  37. Show #169 (6/13/1955)
  38. Show #170 (6/20/1955)
  39. Show #171 (6/27/1955)
  40. Show #172 (7/4/1955)

Season 6

  1. The Burnses And Mortons Go To New York (10/3/1955)
  2. Ronnie Arrives (10/10/1955)
  3. Ronnie Meets Sabrina (10/17/1955)
  4. Changing Names (10/24/1955)
  5. Harry Morton's Cocktail Party (10/31/1955)
  6. The Musical Version (11/7/1955)
  7. Ronnie Moves To The Village (11/14/1955)
  8. Gracie Helps Lola (11/21/1955)
  9. Anniversary Party (11/28/1955)
  10. George Becomes a Dictator (12/5/1955)
  11. Ronnie's Engagement (12/12/1955)
  12. Company For Christmas (12/19/1955)
  13. Gracie Pawns Her Ring (12/26/1955)
  14. Appearances Are Deceiving (1/2/1956)
  15. Let's Dance (1/9/1956)
  16. George Goes Skiing (1/16/1956)
  17. Ronnie Gets An Agent (1/23/1956)
  18. Politeness Never Pays (1/30/1956)
  19. Alice Gets Married (2/6/1956)
  20. George Needs Glasses (2/13/1956)
  21. The Indian Potentate (2/20/1956)
  22. The Ladies Club (2/27/1956)
  23. Cyrano De Bergerac (3/5/1956)
  24. The Stolen Plants (3/12/1956)
  25. The English Playwright (3/19/1956)
  26. A Weekend On Long Island (3/26/1956)
  27. The Newlyweds (4/2/1956)
  28. Night of Vaudeville (4/9/1956)
  29. Burlesk (4/16/1956)
  30. The Right People (4/23/1956)
  31. The Magic Act (4/30/1956)
  32. The Paris Creation (5/7/1956)
  33. Back From Paris (5/14/1956)
  34. The Twenty-Four Dresses (5/21/1956)
  35. Ronnie Is Lovesick (5/28/1956)
  36. The Night Out (6/4/1956)
  37. Questions And Answers (6/11/1956)
  38. The Triple Surprise Party (6/18/1956)
  39. Mrs. Sohmers Needs a Psychiatrist (9/17/1956)
  40. The Switchboard Operators (9/24/1956)

Season 7

  1. Return To California (10/1/1956)
  2. The Shakespearean Paper (10/8/1956)
  3. The Woman In The Car (10/15/1956)
  4. The Interview (10/22/1956)
  5. The Initiation (10/29/1956)
  6. Ronnie's Bashful (11/5/1956)
  7. The Big Stamp Robbery (11/12/1956)
  8. George's Gray Suit (11/19/1956)
  9. Von Zell's Raises (11/26/1956)
  10. The Refrigerator Salesman (12/3/1956)
  11. The Girl Behind The Perfume Counter (12/10/1956)
  12. Ronnie Quits College Because His Father Goes Broke (12/17/1956)
  13. Christmas In Jail (12/24/1956)
  14. The Costume Party (12/31/1956)
  15. Gracie And The Bullfighter (1/7/1956)
  16. The Ugly Duckling (1/14/1956)
  17. The Aptitude Test (1/21/1957)
  18. Going To Palm Springs (1/28/1957)
  19. The Matrimonial Bureau (2/4/1957)
  20. The Fortune Teller (2/11/1957)
  21. Fighting For Happiness (2/18/1957)
  22. The Termites (2/25/1957)
  23. The $15,000 Error (3/4/1957)
  24. The Ring (3/11/1957)
  25. The Plumber's Friend (3/18/1957)
  26. Going To Houston (3/25/1957)
  27. The Stray Dog (4/1/1957)
  28. Ronnie Gets a Movie Role (4/8/1957)
  29. The Plumber's Union (4/15/1957)
  30. Harry's Homecoming (4/22/1957)
  31. The Publicity Romance (4/29/1957)
  32. The Texan Lady Macbeth (5/6/1957)
  33. Ronnie's Boat (5/13/1957)
  34. A Trip To Tahiti (5/20/1957)
  35. The Home Graduation (5/27/1957)
  36. Blanche's Mother Arrives (6/3/1957)
  37. The Wading Pool At Acapulco (6/10/1957)
  38. The Marital Mix-Up (6/17/1957)
  39. A Pain In The Back (6/24/1957)
  40. Ronnie's Twenty-One (7/1/1957)

Season 8

  1. The General (9/30/1957)
  2. Too Much Pot Roast (10/7/1957)
  3. The Texan Italian (10/14/1957)
  4. An English Tea (10/21/1957)
  5. September And May (10/28/1957)
  6. The Star Maker (11/4/1957)
  7. The African Hunter (11/11/1957)
  8. One Little Fight (11/18/1957)
  9. With Or Without Glasses (11/25/1957)
  10. A Box Of Cigars (12/2/1957)
  11. Misery Loves Company (12/9/1957)
  12. A Hole In The Carpet (12/16/1957)
  13. How To Wrap A Mink (12/23/1957)
  14. Invitation To The Party (12/30/1957)
  15. The Stolen Car (1/6/1958)
  16. Ronnie Finds a Friend An Apartment (1/13/1958)
  17. McAfee And The Manicurist (1/20/1958)
  18. Too Many Fathers (1/27/1958)
  19. The Accident (2/10/1958)
  20. The Japanese Texan (2/17/1958)
  21. Hypnotizing Gracie (2/24/1958)
  22. Gracie Is Brilliant (3/3/1958)
  23. Ronnie's Fan Club (3/10/1958)
  24. Frozen Passion (3/17/1958)
  25. High Blood Pressure (3/24/1958)
  26. Softening The Professor (4/7/1958)
  27. The Publicity Marriage (4/14/1958)
  28. Blanche Gets a Jury Notice (4/21/1958)
  29. Gracie And The Jury (4/28/1958)
  30. Ronnie Makes A Record (5/5/1958)
  31. Ronnie's Royalty Check (5/12/1958)
  32. A Visit From Charles Vidor (5/19/1958)
  33. Ronnie Goes Into The Army (5/26/1958)
  34. Locked Out (6/2/1958)
  35. The Week In New York (6/9/1958)
  36. The June Wedding (6/16/1958)
  37. Summer School (6/23/1958)
  38. The Grammar School Dance (9/8/1958)
  39. The Exchange Student (9/15/1958)

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