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Oddly enough, the versitility of their acts allowed Burns and Allen to mold to any medium. Moving from the stage to the radio did not phase them one bit.
In their debut episode on television, George explained their roles for those who may not have seen them before. He explained that he is the “straight man” whose job is to ask the question to which the commedianne hilariously responds. Then it is his job to pause…George’s true gift.
In this picture, George demonstrates on of his “ad-libs.”
George was great friends with Jack Benny, a fellow performer. Jack was often a guest on the Burns and Allen show, as was George on the Jack Benny Program. And not only there in person, but their special relationship would often prompt each to make jokes on their shows at the other’s expense.
Before Sinatra and his crew were heating up the stage and the screen, George had his own pack. The Pee-Wee Quartet was not something that made it big, and I think that many fans of Burns’ comedy can attest to his complete lack of singing ability. So what can we say about the other three?
[Top to bottom: George Jessel, Eddie Cantor (left), Jack Benny, and George Burns]
As the years go by it is often hard to remember how different star power was back in those days. Burns and Allen made a great name for themselves, and was able to do it along with some other famous faces. Among them is romantic leading man, Carry Grant.