Archive for the ‘Television’ 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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Television-Era Portrait

January 16, 2011

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Following Instructions

January 13, 2011

Gracie: You can’t eat these peaches, it’s twelve o’clock!

Harry Morton: What has that got to do with it?

Gracie: It says right here: should serve from two to four.

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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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TV Guide Has Me on the Cover

November 5, 2010

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Behind the Scenes

October 29, 2010

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Pictured here is director Fred DeCordova who would later go on to become the producer of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.