A door-to-door book salesman finds Gracie to be a tough customer; George and Harry try to get out of going to the movies by teaching their wives a confusing card game they invented for that purpose called "Kleebob."




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Episode cast overview:
Bill Goodwin / Announcer
Hal March ...
Charles Jones - Book Salesman
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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 J. Spurlin

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12 October 1950 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


George Burns: 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.
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Save Your Sorrow (For Tomorrow
Written by Al Sherman and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by The Skylarks
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Noisy Lady
24 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These earlier episodes are unique. Taped in front of a live studio audience, these earlier episodes actually gives us glimpses of the set. George Burns stands on a stage to get us interested in the plot of the show. He smokes his famous cigars.

Interestingly, I only saw George Burns in one movie as a child - "Oh God, Ye Devil," I believe is the name of the movie. I remember we snuck around to see this forbidden movie one New Years Eve. I never got to see the ending since the adults came home too early. After that, I never had much interest in him.

Then last week, I met him in a short-lived episode series he did in the early 60's (right after his wife died). It was very good. I've watched one episode of this so far and really enjoyed it.

The line in my summary actually refers to a woman in the audience who reminded me of the laugh of Molly Brown in the Movie "Titanic." She really annoyed me and took away from my enjoyment of the episode. Interestingly, I noticed later in the episode that she must have been moved because I could still hear her laugh but it was far away...The loud male voice persisted throughout the entire episode but wasn't nearly as distracting.

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