George Burns stands in front of the curtain and introduces his new television show to the audience. The curtains pull back and we meet Gracie. She's trimming the hedge in her window box with an electric razor. Then there's the Mortons, the next-door neighbors who - judging from Harry Morton's lack of gentlemanly courtesy toward his wife, Blanche - are long past the newlywed stage. A book salesman shows up at Gracie's door and makes the very foolish mistake of trying to sell her a book. Like nearly everyone who encounters the dizzy Gracie Allen, he comes away half-mad with befuddlement. George does his best to maintain the artificial reality of the show, even reminding his spokesman, Bill Goodwin, to walk through the door rather than the non-existent fourth wall. Later, he and Harry try to sneak away from their wives to see the fights. Part of their scheme is inventing a nonsense card game called "Kleebob." Written by
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In public domain, this episode has been released under various titles including "Pilot," "Meet George and Gracie," "The First Show," "The Very First Show," and "Book Salesman." See more
You see, to be a straight man you have to have a talent, you have to develop this talent, then you gotta marry her like I did.
Save Your Sorrow (For Tomorrow
Written by Al Sherman
and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by The Skylarks See more