Burns and Allen

Burns and Allen are one of the most beloved couple in old time radio. They got started, like many of the greats of old time radio, in vaudeville, which is really just the touring popular entertainment in America prior to movies. Gracie was the sparkplug of the act, always the center of attention. George played the foil, the guy vainly trying to make sense of the ditzy world of Gracie. By the early 30s, Gracie was probably the best known woman on radio. Gracie often sang in a voice that showed she was also an excellent comedienne songstress.

By the early 40s, Burns decided that their act needed a change. He decided that the audience knew Gracies and his reactions well enough that it would be possible to play off them, and create situations something like screwball comedy, but with the Burns and Allen touch. Jack Benny and Burns and Allen worked much the same way with their comedy. Vaudevilles snappy patter and give and take jokes, good even if the audience didnt know you, could be developed into running gags and put-downs based on character. Burns was always astute when it came to comedy - he lead the brainstorming sessions that wrote the shows, and carefully edited his writers with the final word on what was cut and what stayed. Elvia Allman played Gracies griend Tootsie Sagwell and Gale Gordon and Hans Conried made frequent appearances.

So in 1942, George and Gracie became, in their characters, the perfectly normal husband and wife that is, if Gracie's non sequiturs and impulsive behavior could be considered perfectly normal. For Gracie, of course, it was perfectly normal, and the American public continued their love affair with her.

The shows had names after the sponsors, such as Maxwell House Coffee Time, or The Ammident Show - it was the Burns and Allen show to the public. Other fine radio actors were a part of the fun. Mel Blanc did the happy postman, and was also famous for his zany characters on The Jack Benny Show, and his own Mel Blanc Show. Elliott Lewis, a veteran of many radio dramas, played many of the bit parts on the Burns and Allen shows of the 40s.

Burns & Allen were touring England in 1929 when they made their first radio appearance on the BBC. Gracie Allen died on August 27, 1964. George Burns died on March 9, 1996. First Broadcast date february 15th 1932. Last Broadcast date may 17th 1950.



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 All Promises are fictitious - 04/17/1940

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 Alan Ladd - 01/15/1945

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 Aunt Clara Kangaroo - 05/08/1940

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 Beating High Cost of Living - 09/25/1947

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 Ben Gage - 05/30/1946

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 Beverly Hills Uplift Club - 01/17/1946

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 Biggest in the World - 04/24/1940

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 Bob Burns - 02/23/1943

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 Brian Donlevy - 01/19/1943

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 Charles Boyer, part 1 - 05/02/1946

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 Charles Boyer, part 2 - 05/02/1946

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 Charles Laughton - 02/09/1943

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 Easter Program - 03/25/1948

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 Eddie Cantor - 10/03/1946

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 Eddie Cantor - 12/26/1946

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 Elsie Trellafas - 08/26/1940

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 Expecting a Baby - 11/10/1942

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 Dewey Robinson - 09/12/1946

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 Dinah Shore - 06/13/1944

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 Frances Langford and Carmen - 05/29/1947

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 George and Jack as Gypsie - 01/08/1948

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 George Disguises - 10/07/1940

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 George is finally getting A New Car - 04/29/1948

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 George is Kidnapped - 09/30/1940

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 George is on Trial - 09/02/1940

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 George Lands Movie part as Wolf - 11/08/1945

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 George Needs A Guest - 09/16/1940

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 George Owes Money - 09/09/1940

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 George Sees Green Eyed Monster - 04/15/1948

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 George the Butler - 11/01/1945

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 George tries to Get out of doing. . . - 11/01/1945

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 Georges Malady - 05/22/1940

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 Georges Writes A Newspaper - 09/23/1940

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 Getting Frank Sinatra - 11/07/1946

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 Government Jobs - 02/28/1940

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 Gracie and current events - 10/17/1946

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 Gracie Buys A Live Turkey - 11/17/1942

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 Gracie didn't Pay the Bills - 02/27/1947

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 Gracie Joins Literary Club - 04/11/1946

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 Gracie sends Sam Spade to Jail - 02/10/1949

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 Gracie treats George - 05/15/1947

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 Gracies uplift Society - 01/10/1946

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 Gracie wants George in the Movies - 10/24/1946

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 Gracie wins Wisconsin - 04/10/1940

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 Gracies Christmas - 12/23/1937

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 Gracies Mother - 05/20/1948

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 Gracies triumphant return - 03/13/1940

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 Harpo Marx - 05/09/1946

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 Hats off to Gracie - 03/03/1940

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 Hit by a Club - 11/24/1942

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 Income Tax Time - 01/15/1948

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 Jack and George at College - 11/29/1945

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 James Mason - 09/03/1948

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 John Garfield - 12/28/1943

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 Jose Itubi Deems Taylor - 03/09/1943

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 Kay Kyser guest - 01/24/1946

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 Gracies Mother - 05/20/1948

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 Kansas City - 06/06/1944

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 Last Minute Christmas Shop - 12/18/1947

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 Louella Parsons - 11/16/1946

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 Madeleine Carroll - 03/02/1943

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 Man from MGM - 11/03/1942

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 Marriage Contest - 02/07/1946

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 Professor Thorndyke - 10/21/1940

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 Louella Parsons - 11/16/1946

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 Rita Hayworth - 03/21/1944

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 Royal Wedding - 11/20/1947

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 Sponsor Drop - 12/02/1940

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 Surprise Party Platform - 03/27/1940

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 Sweeping into Office - 05/29/1940

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 Sydney Strotz - 04/25/1946

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 Taking in a Veteran - 01/03/1946

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 Thanksgiving Program - 11/25/1948

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 Thanksgiving Show - 11/18/1940

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 Til the Cows come Home - 04/03/1940

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 Uplift Society Returns - 05/22/1947

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 Veronica Lake - 02/16/1943

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 Walter O'Keefe - 01/22/1948

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 Whats Wrong with Gracie - 10/14/1940

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 With Jack Benny - 01/08/1948

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 Wrecked Car - 10/15/1943


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