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The George Burns Show (1960)

Musical-comedy special featuring George Burns and an assortment of guest-stars.

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Betty Grable
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Polly Bergen
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In this color special, George more or less shares hosting duties with Jack. The running gag throughout is that George wants to sing a number with either of his younger guest stars, just as Jack wants to accompany them with his screechy violin playing, yet they all get out of it, and George finally sings a few solos mixed with some old Vaudeville stories at the end. Written by WesternOne

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7 June 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Nine years after this special aired, Burns released the song "Doin' the Grizzly Bear" on his album "George Burns Sings." See more »

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Jack Benny: George is my oldest friend. I've got hundreds of friends... but George is the oldest.
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References To Tell the Truth (1956) See more »

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Love In Bloom
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Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
Performed by Jack Benny
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Not memorable.
3 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This special came out when George Burns was trying to establish himself as a single act, after Gracie retired in 1958. He's using Jack Benny as his new partner, with George coming off like an overwhelmed follower, and Jack seems unusually aggressive. Their material is really weak, too. Talking about Jack's poor violin playing seems really tired; all he has to do is mention it and not play, and they're trying to build up a similar trope about George's unbearable singing. Their whole script is practically hung on these hooks.

Polly's performance is quite usual,.... she was never better than a mediocre thrush at best, and this performance is typical of her flat style. As for Miss Grable and Mr. Darren, their time in the spotlight seems bored and just going through the motions, especially Darren's. He's pretending a big voice, bring-down-the-house belt out of "Bill Bailey", but there's no heart in it.

It's an uninspired, cut-by-the-yard generic entertainment product.


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