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The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 

Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
George Burns ...  George Burns 292 episodes, 1950-1958
Gracie Allen ...  Gracie Allen 292 episodes, 1950-1958
Bea Benaderet ...  Blanche Morton / ... 292 episodes, 1950-1958
Harry von Zell ...  Announcer / ... 268 episodes, 1951-1958
Larry Keating ...  Harry Morton 199 episodes, 1953-1958
Ronnie Burns ...  Ronnie Burns / ... 125 episodes, 1951-1958
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Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.

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A sure-fire fun-treat for the entire family! See more »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burns and Allen Show See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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CBS,McCadden Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The bulk of the filmed episodes were shot over the course of a day with two cameras. Episodes were then edited and screened for a preview audience, and audio of the crowd's reaction was recorded to give an organic reaction to each joke rather than "canned laughter". At the end of each preview screening, George and Gracie would come out and film their "Say goodnight, Gracie" closing tag scene live in front of the audience. See more »

Quotes

George Burns: Say "Good night," Gracie.
Gracie Allen: Good night.
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Alternate Versions

When the show transitioned from live broadcasts to film in the third season, found himself footing the bill and decided to drop the "Love Nest" theme which had been utilized in both the original radio series and the first two seasons of the show to avoid paying royalties. During the third season a stock music "theme" from the Mutel music library was utilized; for the fourth season 's "Two-a-Day" was used. "Love Nest" returned in the fifth season and replaced the other two themes for syndicated reruns. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Amazing Stories: Fine Tuning (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Nest
(uncredited)
Written by Louis A. Hirsch and Otto A. Harbach
Used as show's signature melody
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Iconic, true piece of history
7 September 2013 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Back in the days before supermarket tabloids, there was a story that most Hollywood insiders already knew. George Burns and Gracie Allen, two stage performers who had made their names in the post-vaudeville era, loved each other. For real. Keeping in mind that this wonderful show is often contrasted to I LOVE LUCY -- where the stars ended up in one of the most public divorces Hollywood has ever seen -- that fact is worth remembering. Also worth remembering is that Burns basically played himself. And in his case, playing himself meant playing of the most charming, talented, and gifted storytellers in the world. George Burns practically invented comic timing. And he was a well-liked individual. (So well liked that years later when they were casting the role of GOD, giving him the part was a no-brainer!). Also interesting is the use of the hidden camera to watch the other characters. Not only a "show inside a show," but anticipating a trend that was decades away. Marshall McLuhan was a young man when this show aired, but somehow you know he watched it. Bottom line, not merely a show, a piece of history. With commercials.


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