Archive for the ‘Random Facts’ Category

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Graduation from Radio to TV

February 6, 2011

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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.

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Ad-Lib

January 31, 2011

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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.”

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They DID Know Jack

January 5, 2011

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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.

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The Other Rat Pack

December 30, 2010

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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]

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A Family Portrait

December 6, 2010

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While Gracie was never able to have children of her own, the Burns’ decided to adopt. Rather than choosing healthy and happy children, Gracie decided to choose children who needed the most care and love. A true testimony of the heart of gold that she had as a wife and mother.

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Happy Anniversary

November 21, 2010

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Here we have George and Gracie with Harry Von Zell, the announcer on their show.  I believe that this is behind the scene of the first set they used on television.  In the background can be seen the inside of both the front door and window of the Burns’ TV house.

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George at Work

November 19, 2010

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While it was Gracie that got all the laughs, George along with a team of writers were the ones who fed her the funny lines.