The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 39

    The Exchange Student

    Aired 9/15/58

  • S 8 : Ep 38

    The Grammar School Dance

    Aired 9/8/58

  • S 8 : Ep 37

    Summer School

    Aired 6/23/58

  • S 8 : Ep 36

    The June Wedding

    Aired 6/16/58

  • S 8 : Ep 35

    The Week In New York

    Aired 6/9/58

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Burns

    Himself

  • Fred Clark

    Harry Morton (1951-1953)

  • Hal March

    Harry Morton (1950)

  • Rolfe Sedan

    Mr. Beasley

  • Bea Benaderet

    Blanche Morton

  • show Description
  • George Burns and Gracie Allen were among the few successful radio personalities to make the transition to television in the early days of the medium. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show exuded excellence, with a unique format, interesting plots, a great cast, and virtually non-stop comedy featuring the unparalleled zany wit of Gracie.

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  • Quotes (13)

    • George: (during his opening monologue) You know, I've been a straight man so long that, from force of habit, I repeat everything. I went out fishing with a fellow once, and he fell overboard. And he hollored, "Help! Help! Help!". And I said, "Help? Help? Help?". While I waiting for him to get his laugh, he drowned...

    • Gracie: If I misspell a word, I don't use it again. That way I never make the same mistake twice.

    • George: Who's giving me a party? Gracie: Well the man who phoned about it said it was a surprise party, and if I tell you who it was it would spoil the surprise!

    • George: This party's like a wake. Everyone knows what's going on except the guest of honor.

    • Blanche: Hey, Gracie. Today is Harry's birthday and I'm on my way to the beauty shop to get a permanent. Gracie: Oh, why don't you give him something he can use?

    • Doctor: General Peterson asked me to give your husband a physical. Oh, by the way, tell him I'd like to examine him stripped to the waist. Gracie: All right, take your shirt off and I'll go look for him.

    • George: Would you ever think that such a beautiful mink coat would come from such an unattractive little thing that looks like a weasel? Gracie: Oh George, you're fishing - you know I think you're handsome.

    • Mr. Stanton: It is an excellent stove. For instance, you put in a roast, set the oven control, then you go out all day, and when you come home at night, the roast is done. Gracie: Haven't you got one where I don't have to go out?

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    Notes (20)

    • In the early episodes, there was a "variety interlude" (a practice carried over from their radio show), featuring singers and dancers. After production moved from New York to Los Angeles at the end of December 1950, the "interludes" were dropped.

    • This episode is also known as "Book Salesman" on some DVD releases.

    • The show's sponsor was Carnation Milk.

    • The vocal group, The Skylarks, sang two songs; one being "April Showers," which they sang with George.

    • The first two seasons of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show were aired live and are not in syndication.

    • This was the first episode aired live from Hollywood California. This was the last episode that Hal March appeared in as Harry Morton.

    • This was the first episode in which John Brown played Harry Morton.

    • This is the last episode in which John Brown appeared as Harry Morton.

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    Trivia (3)

    • George "threatens" The Skylarks with The Merry Macs, another vocal group; one that was in movies and many tv variety shows of the day. Both groups are inductees in The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum.

    • You can see the shadow of the boom mike when Gracie and Mr. Jones enter the living room, when Gracie gets up to find her two favorite books on the fireplace mantle, and when Gracie shows Mr. Jones out.

    • Musical number in this episode is performed by Ellen Handley.

    Allusions (2)

    • George comments that the booksalesman looks like (a young) Frank Sinatra--a reference to the world-renowned singer.

    • George: You've heard of that play, Death of a Salesman This refers to the 1949 Broadway play by Arthur Miller.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Gracie: You must mean my brother, the one who died. George: Gee. that's too bad! What did he die from? Gracie: Oh, nothing serious!

    By tvking1, Jul 16, 2007

  • I wish the entire series would be on DVD- This show is still fresh, funny, smart, and way ahead of it\'s time- It is a true classic

    By brtcmfn, Jun 18, 2005

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