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San Antonio area spot ad for Well, I Swan premiere from October 7th 1941
San Antonio area spot ad for Well, I Swan premiere from October 7th 1941


Newspaper spot ad for Well I Swan from October 1941
Newspaper spot ad for Well I Swan from October 1941

Swan's caricatures of the swan and Burns and Allen could be found in all the print media of the era.
Swan's caricatures of the swan and Burns and Allen could be found in all the print media of the era.

November 1941 spot ad for Well I Swan
November 1941 spot ad for Well I Swan


Lever Bros' Swan Soap sponsored Burns and Allen for three years
Lever Bros' Swan Soap sponsored Burns and Allen for three years


1944 Swan Soap ad, 'How to be a good wife, though married'
1944 Swan Soap ad, 'How to be a good wife, though married'

Lever Bros. also plugged its Spry shortening during over the CBS runs of Burns and Allen
Lever Bros. also plugged its Spry shortening during over the CBS runs of Burns and Allen

West Coast listeners also heard Vimms commercial spots over The Burns and Allen Show
West Coast listeners also heard Vimms commercial spots over The Burns and Allen Show

Paul Whiteman, Gracie Allen and Jimmy Cash at the NBC mike for Well I Swan
Paul Whiteman, Gracie Allen and Jimmy Cash at the NBC mike for Well I Swan

The popular harmonizing group The Sportsmen Quartet became 'The Swantet' for the Swan Soap runs of the Burns and Allen Program
The popular harmonizing group The Sportsmen Quartet became 'The Swantet' for the Swan Soap runs of the Burns and Allen Program

Early Radio's 'Queen of Mirth', Elvia Allman, was heard as as Gracie's 'horse-faced' pal, Tootsie Sagwell. Ms. Allman went on to appear on the Television rendition of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Program as Jane Adams
Early Radio's 'Queen of Mirth', Elvia Allman, was heard as as Gracie's 'horse-faced' pal, Tootsie Sagwell. Ms. Allman went on to appear on the Television rendition of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Program as Jane Adams

Long time announcer for Burns and Allen programs, Bill Goodwin served as the Swan Soap commercial spokesman for Well I Swan
Long time announcer for Burns and Allen programs, Bill Goodwin served as the Swan Soap commercial spokesman for Well I Swan


Radio, Film, Televison and Animation's legendary 'man of a thousand voices' Mel Blanc appeared as 'Mr. Postman' and other wacky characters during the Burns and Allen Swan Soap run
Radio, Film, Television and Animation's legendary 'man of a thousand voices' Mel Blanc appeared as 'Mr. Postman' and other wacky characters during the Burns and Allen Swan Soap run

Clarence Nash, the original voice of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, voiced Herman the Duck during the first two seasons of Burns and Allen for Swan Soap
Clarence Nash, the original voice of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, voiced Herman the Duck during the first two seasons of Burns and Allen for Swan Soap

Bea Benadaret was featured in one capacity or another throughout the Swan-sponsored Burns and Allen programs
Bea Benadaret was featured in one capacity or another throughout the Swan-sponsored Burns and Allen programs

Hans Conried appeared frequently in a variety of roles such as Conrad J. Conried and Nigel Bollingbroke
Hans Conried appeared frequently in a variety of roles such as Conrad J. Conried and Nigel Bollingbroke

Long time collaborator Harry Von Zell served as Burns and Allen's foil and Swan Soap's commercial spokesman
Long time collaborator Harry Von Zell served as Burns and Allen's foil and Swan Soap's commercial spokesman

During 1942 Swan was offering a promotion of ten Gladiolus bulbs, one of which was named after Gracie Allen herself.
During 1942 Swan was offering a promotion of ten Gladiolus bulbs, one of which was named after Gracie Allen herself.

The 1943 Gladiolus bulb promotion consisted of eight Gladiolus bulbs, unaccountably dropping the Gracie Allen variety but including a new 'Swan-White' variety.
The 1943 Gladiolus bulb promotion consisted of eight Gladiolus bulbs, unaccountably dropping the Gracie Allen variety but including a new 'Swan-White' variety.

Background

George Burns and Gracie Allen's five seasons over CBS launched a Burns & Allen franchise over Radio, in Film and on Television spanning twenty-six years. Burns & Allen's Radio programs spanned eighteen of those years:

Needless to say, as George Burns and Gracie Allen's fame and popularity continued to rise there were no end of sponsors willing to promote their products with Burns and Allen as their headliners.

Lever Brothers sponsors Burns and Allen's tenth Radio program

The Lever Brothers Company was one of the Golden Age of Radio's largest and most prolific sponsors from the era's inception. Throughout the era Lever Bros. promoted its soap and detergent lines of Rinso, Lifebuoy, Lux, Swan, and Dove, its Pepsodent tooth powder and toothpaste, its Spry shortening, its Lipton Tea, and its Trim Hair Tonic over virtually every significant Radio genre of the era:

  • 1930 Rinso Talkie Time
  • 1931-1934 The Goldbergs
  • 1934 Bring 'em Back Alive
  • 1934 Eddy Duchin
  • 1934-1937 Amos 'n' Andy
  • 1934-1955 Lux Radio Theatre
  • 1935 Al Pearce and His Gang
  • 1936 Laugh with Ken [Murray]
  • 1936-1939 The Rinso Program
  • 1936-1946 Big Sister
  • 1937-1952 Big Town
  • 1938 Candid Woman
  • 1938 Mickey Mouse Theater
  • 1938 The Get Together Program
  • 1938-1948 The Pepsodent Program
  • 1939 Mr. District Attorney
  • 1939 The Lifebuoy Program
  • 1939-1949 Man About Hollywood
  • 1940 Meet Mr. Meek
  • 1940-1942 Grand Central Station
  • 1941 A Date with Judy
  • 1941 Bringing Up Father
  • 1941 Hollywood Premiere
  • 1941 Saturday Morning Vaudeville Theater
  • 1941 Well, I Swan
  • 1942 Bright Horizon
  • 1942 Mayor of the Town
  • 1942 The Bob Burns Show
  • 1942 Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou
  • 1943 Broadway Bandbox
  • 1943 Life with Fred Brady
  • 1943 The Fred Brady Show
  • 1943 The Johnny Mercer Music Shop
  • 1943-1950 Amos 'n' Andy
  • 1944 Boston Blackie
  • 1944 Charlie Chan
  • 1944 The Charlotte GreenWood Show
  • 1944-1946 The Man Called X
  • 1945 A Woman's Life
  • 1945 Dunninger the Mentalist
  • 1945 Philo Vance
  • 1945 The Joan Davis Show
  • 1946 Kiss and Make Up
  • 1946 The Jack Kirkwood Show
  • 1947 Hop Harrigan
  • 1947-1949 Call the Police
  • 1947-1949 My Friend Irma
  • 1948 Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories
  • 1948 Junior Miss
  • 1948 Meet Corliss Archer
  • 1948 The Whistler
  • 1949 Breakfast with Burrows
  • 1949-1954 Broadway Is My Beat
  • 1950 Granby's Green Acres
  • 1950 Hit the Jackpot
  • 1950 Too Many Crooks
  • 1951 Joyce Jordan, M.D.
  • 1951 Lone Journey
  • 1951 Meet Millie
  • 1952 House Party
  • 1952 Romance
  • 1953 The Crime Files of Flamond

Englishman William H. Lever and his brother James entered the soap manufacturing business in 1885 with their acquisition of a sizeable soap works located in Warrington, a borough of Cheshire, England located on the banks of the Mersey River. By 1888 the Lever brothers and chemist William Watson were shipping 450 tons per week of their free-lathering 'Sunlight Soap' line.

Mindful of the Homefront economy Swan provided soap bars pre-scored to more easily break them in two--one for the bath and one for the kitchen.
Mindful of the Homefront economy Swan provided soap bars pre-scored to more easily break them in two--one for the bath and one for the kitchen.

Lever Brothers expanded into the United States and Canada by 1900, marketing their Vim, Lifebuoy and Lux lines of bar soap and soap flakes. One of the first genuinely multinational corporations, the international parent company became Unilever in 1930 in a merger with the Dutch company Margarine Unie. The American arm of the international conglomerate remained Lever Brothers Company.

Burns and Allen head back to CBS for Lever Bros.

Lever Bros. and Swan pulled out all the stops for its four-year association with George Burns and Gracie Allen. Branding the new series 'Well, I Swan,' from the premiere forward Lever Bros. flooded the Print media of the era with thousands of Swan ads promoting the new Burns and Allen programs for Swan. Prominently featured in all of Swan's promotion of the series were caricatures of both Burns and Allen and Paul Whiteman. While The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show for Hormel and Spam provided a transition from comedy-variety to situation comedy-variety, it was Well I Swan that brought Burns and Allen firmly into the situation comedy arena from that time, forward.

RadiOddities featured Gracie Allen in its October 5th 1941 syndicated feature
RadiOddities featured Gracie Allen in its October 5th 1941
syndicated feature.

The second season of The Burns and Allen Show for Swan featured the singing group Six Hits and a Miss. Use the controls above to play a clip of the group fronted by Lorraine Page and her all-girl orchestra. iPad, iPhone and iPod users can view it here.

A rare cast photo collection from the December 28th 1941 edition of the Racine Journal-Times captures, from the top, George Burns, Senor Lee, and Jimmy Cash with Bill Goodwin, Paul Whiteman and Gracie Allen below.
A rare cast photo collection from the December 28th 1941 edition of the Racine Journal-Times captures, from the top, George Burns, Senor Lee, and Jimmy Cash with Bill Goodwin, Paul Whiteman and Gracie Allen below. [Note: The photo of Senor Lee appears to be that of Clarence Nash]

From the September 7th 1941 Capital Times:

 Gracie Allen,
Geo. Burns on
WIBA, Oct. 7

New Tuesday Show Will
Be On The AirAt 8 P.M.
 

     "GRACIE ALLEN will be heard, gentlemen, and make no mistake about that," stated harassed one-time comedian George Burns today in an exclusive interview, reluctantly admitting that the "nitwits of the Networks" would come out of summer retirement Tuesday, Oct. 7, for weekly arguments over WIBA and the nationwide NBC-Red network in the interests of the makers of Swan Soap.
     Prodded by persistent prodding, Burns added a few meager details to his charge.  The new show, he stated would be of the comedy-musical type.  Yes, he supposed it would be a half-hour long.  And he had heard rumor that it would begin promptly at 8 o'clock.
              
Brother Still Lost
     Oh, sure, sure.  Gracie had spent the summer inquest of her long lost brother, last reported as one of Uncle Sam's draftees.  No, they had not succeeded in locating him, but there had been an exchange of hieroglyphics.
     "Gracie calls them letters--ha, ha," said Burns merrily adding (a bit plaintively), "What's the matter?  Haven't you got any sense of humor?"
     Gently reminded that there were a few undisclosed details about the new NBC-Red network series, Burns said he was being forced, against his better judgment, to share the microphone with an orchestra leader.  There would have to be a vocal soloist, he supposed, and a few other stooges besides himself.  All would be announced in due time, if Gracie could settle her mind down to it, which appeared extremely unlikely at the moment.

The Beverly Hills Uplift Society

Gracie Allen was always an ardent supporter of one volunteer movement or another throughout her Radio and Television careers:

  • During 1940 Gracie threw one of her hundreds of hats into the ring for President of the United States.
  • After the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor Gracie was engaged in all manner of salvage drives; clothes, fat and scrap metal among them.
  • Both Gracie and George Burns were regular volunteers for the various War Bond and War Loan drives throughout the World War II years.

By the time the War in the European Theatre appeared all but ended, Gracie Allen managed to organize a few other civic minded ladies of Beverly Hills into Gracie's relatively low-profile Beverly Hills Uplift Society (BHUS). The society's official pledge might sum up the somewhat open-ended principles of the organization:

"ON MY HONOR AS A WOMAN . . .

I promise not to flirt with men or wear too much lipstick.

I promise to share my pre-War girdle with the other members.

Lastly, I promise to do anything that a majority of members decides I that should do."

The B.H.U.S. also had it's own proprietary cheer:

"We always smile and laugh.
We never, never frown.
For The Uplift! The Uplift!
Will never let us down!"

The B.H.U.S was a commendably tolerant group as well, regularly relaxing their rules to admit males--with of course the proviso that they freely recite the 'Beverly Hills Uplift Society Pledge.'

Not to be outdone, George and some of his friends formed the 'Beverly Hills Downtrodden Society' (BHDS)--ostensibly to show Gracie how silly her own Beverly Hills Uplift Society was. The BHDS membership initially consisted of George Burns, Eddie Cantor, Paul Whiteman and Bill Goodwin. Their impromptu pledge follows:

"Oh Downtrodden Society of Beverly Hills,
We are thy sons, Eddie, Paul, George and Bill,
When business is good, or when business is rotten,
We'll always be faithful and truly downtrodden".

Series Derivatives:

Well I Swan; The New Burns and Allen Show; The New Burns and Allen Program
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedy-Variety
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Well I Swan [The New Burns and Allen Show]
41-10-07 01 Gracie Finds A New Singer

The Burns and Allen Show with Paul Whiteman
42-10-06 01 Married, But Single
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Well I Swan [The New Burns and Allen Show]
41-10-07 to 41-03-24; CBS; Thirty-nine, 30-minute programs, Tuesday evenings

The Burns and Allen Show with Paul Whiteman
42-10-06 to 45-06-25; CBS; One Hundred Twenty-Five, 30-minute programs,
Syndication:
Sponsors: Lever Brothers Company [Swan Soap, Spry, Vimms]
Director(s): Ned Tollinger [Producer]
Principal Performers: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Edna May Oliver, Mary Jane Croft, Bea Benadaret, Melvin Douglas, Basil Rathbone, Lionel Barrymore, Eddie Cantor, Herbert Marshall, Akim Tamiroff, Rita Hayworth, Brian Donlevy, Charles Laughton, Veronica Lake, Bob Burns, Deems Taylor, Jose Iturbi, Clarence "Herman" Nash, Mel Blanc, Elvia Allman, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conreid, Ray Milland, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, Hedy Lamarr, Jack Benny, Walter Pidgeon, Loretta Young, Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, Kay Kyser, Elsa Lanchester, John Garfield, Paulette Goddard, William Bendix, Paul Henried, William Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Verree Teasdale, Fred Astaire, Cecil B. DeMille, Dorothy Lamour, Alan Ladd, Paul Lukas, Brian Aherne, Lucille Ball, Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Morgan, Lana Turner, Lawrence Tibbett, George Jessel, Betty Grable, Van Johnson, Louella Parsons, James Melton, Franchot Tone, Jose Iturbi, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple, Alan Ladd, Sara Allgood, Turhan Bey, Jim Backus, Will Wright, Claudette Colbert, Wally Maher, Frank Sinatra, Ray Sinatra,
Recurring Character(s): Olaf Sven [Dick Ryan]; Hilda, the maid [ Edith Evanson ]; Tootsie Sagwell [Elvia Allman]; Mr. Postman [Mel Blanc]; Blanche Morton [Bea Benadaret]; The Beverly Hills Uplift Society [Bea Benadaret, Elvia Allman, Mary Jane Croft, others]; Harry Von Zell's mother [Bea Benadaret]; Mrs. Regan, the Burns' housekeeper; Senor Lee; Herman, the duck [Clarence Nash]; Mrs. Fowler [Mary Jane Croft]; Nigel 'Cue Ball' Bolingbroke [Hans Conried]; Mrs. Bundy, the Burns' cleaning lady [Verna Felton]; Mr. Stanley, the owner of the Cigar Store [Will Wright]; Mrs Regan, the cook [Sara Allgood];
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Willie Burns, George Burns, Paul Henning, Frank Gaylen
Music Direction: The Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Jimmy Cash; The Six Hits and a Miss
Felix Mills and orchestra
The Swantet (The Sportsmen Quartet under contract to Lever Bros.)
Musical Theme(s): "Just A Love Nest" adapted from the song, "The Love Nest," with lyrics by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel and music by Louis A. Hirsch from Act I of George M. Cohan's 1920 musical comedy, "Mary"
Announcer(s): Bill Goodwin, Harry Von Zell
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
164
Episodes in Circulation: 80
Total Episodes in Collection: 77 [includes 7 AFRS exemplars]
Provenances:

It was during the Swan-sponsored Burns and Allen programs that the comedy team's signature theme song, 'Just A Love Nest' was introduced.
It was during the Swan-sponsored Burns and Allen programs that the comedy team's signature theme song, 'Just A Love Nest' was introduced.



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Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the RadioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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The Burns and Allen Radio Programs Log | Part Seven

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
41-09-30
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41-09-30 New York Times
9:00-WEAF--Battle of the Sexes--Quiz





41-10-07
1
Gracie Finds A New Singer
Y
[Premiere; KFI, Los Angeles aircheck]

41-10-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
plus Paul Whiteman's orchestra and Jimmy Cash, new singer.
41-10-14
2
Breakfast With the Burns'
N
41-10-14 Wisconsin State Journal
Gracie Allen and George Burns will stage a breakfast during their broadcast over WIBA at 8, with Paul Whiteman and the rest of the cast as guests.

41-10-14 Charleston Gazzette
Breakfast at the home at Mr. and Mrs. George Burns proves a dizzy affair after Gracie invites Paul Whiteman. Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Cash, and Senor Lee in to talk over plans for the Burns and Allen rehearsal which she does during the "Burns and Allen" broadcast at 9 p. m. over NBC-WGKV.
With all the cast talking and eating faster than he can. speechless George goes brcakfastless. Gracie in addition to arranging the program, finds time to foster a romance between Olaf Sven and Hilda, the maid.
41-10-21
3
George's Fails His Life Insurance Exam
Y
41-10-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
George's blood pressure, upped by Gracie's antics, cancels an insurance policy.

41-10-21 Capital Times
First there is George Burns and Gracie Allen at 8 p. m.. George is in a rage over Gracie's efforts to make Jimmy Cash. a grocery clerk, the featured vocalist on the program. The resulting high blood pressure causes George to flunk his life insurance examination, which causes Gracie no end of anxiety and George no end of trouble.
41-10-28
4
Gracie Allen, Housewife
N
41-10-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
"Gracie Allen, Housewife," that's the title of Gladys Hall's interview.
41-11-04
5
Gracie Trades Paul's Locket for a Music Box
Y
41-11-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie misunderstands a birthday gift.
41-11-11
6
Gracie Goes Duck Hunting
N
41-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie goes duck hunting.
41-11-18
7
Gracie's School Sweetheart Visits
Y
[Open cut]

41-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
George is prepared for Gracie's boy friend.

41-11-21 San Antonio Express
Aroused by an impending visit from a brawny athlete who was Gracie's schooldays sweeetheart, George goes into intensive training on the Burns and Allen show, tonight at 6:15 over WOAI. With The aid of a professional trainer, George attempts to become a stunt artist. He learns to hop over tables, tear telephone books and perform various other feats of strength and skill. Gracie applauds, and Paul Whiteman and Bill Goodwin assist in the buildup campaign, while heckler Senor Lee is busy tearing George down.
41-11-25
8
Guest Melvyn Douglas
N
41-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
and Melvin Douglas.
41-12-02
9
The New Cook
N
41-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
the new cook isn't the interior decorator Gracie finds out.
41-12-09
10
Gracie Goes Shopping
N
41-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie goes shopping.
41-12-16
11
Mailing A Christmas Package
Y
[Christmas Program; close cut]

41-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie raises the post-office.

Features Bea Benadaret, Joe Kearns, and Mel Blanc in multiple roles
41-12-23
12
Gracie's 'Flying Carpet Christmas' Dream
Y
[Christmas Program]

41-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
with Edna May Oliver.

Features Mel Blanc as Herman and Santa Claus and Edna May Oliver as The Wicked Witch
41-12-30
13
Gracie's New Year's Eve Sociable
N
[New Year's Eve program]

41-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 NBC Burns and Allen

41-12-30 Charleston Gazette
An afternoon "sociable," which Gracie Allen holds in celebration of New Year's, drives George Burns to distraction when it runs until the early hours of the morning on the "Burns and Allen" broadcast at 9 p. m. over NBC-WGKV. Added to the New Year outlook ot the pro gram will be Paul Whiteman's orchestra playing their salon arrangement of "Auld Lang Syne," and Jimmy Cash singing a holiday song.
42-01-06
14
The Ducknapping
N
42-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
Herman, the feathered friend of Gracie Allen, disappeared so Gracie has hired Basil Rathbone to aid her in solving the "ducknapping." The only clue to Herman's disappearance leads to WIBA at 8 tonight.
42-01-13
15
George Gets the Horrors
N
42-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
horrors grip George.
42-01-20
16
Wedding Pictures
N
42-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
posing for wedding pictures.
42-01-27
17
Gracie's Raffle
N
42-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie raffles tires which she doesn't have.
42-02-03
18
The Duck Doctor
N
42-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie calls in a doctor, Lionel Barrymore, to treat Herman, the duck.
42-02-10
19
Gracie Schools Herman In American History
N
42-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie gives Herman the Duck a lesson in American history.
42-02-17
20
Gracie Loses Her Key Ring
N
42-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
vacation-bound Gracie loses her key ring.
42-02-24
21
Gracie Arranges A Stag Party
N
42-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie arranges for a stag party.
42-03-03
22
Gracie On the Witness Stand
N
42-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie on the witness stand.
42-03-10
23
Gracie the Marriage Counselor
N
42-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie tries to make peace between a feuding couple.
42-03-17
24
Gracie Tries Gardening
N
42-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie takes her hoe in hand.
42-03-24
25
Gracie Hires A Masseur For George
N
42-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie hires a masseur for George.
42-03-31
26
Comedy At Camp Haan

The Music Maids circa 1942
The Music Maids circa 1942

N
42-03-28 The Billboard
A new vocal quintet, just added to the Burns and Allen show, is a combination of the Three Cheers, a male trio which started in Radio as a unit of the original Al Pearce Gang, and two members of the Music Maids, a feminine vocal group heard with Bing Crosby.

42-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Three variety shows, with accent on comedy, will be broadcast tonight from army camps. Burns and Allen will be on the air at 8 over WIBA from Camp Haan, Calif. Bob Hope, with Joel McCrea, Frances Langford, and Jerry Colonna, will broadcast from an unannounced California training post at 9. This will be on WIBA, too. Another 9 o'clock show, Fall Out for Fun, will come through WBBM from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
42-04-07
27
Gracie the Barber
N
42-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie tries barbering.
42-04-14
28
Gracie's Piano Recital
N
42-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie gives a piano recital.
42-04-21
29
Gracie Takes Piano Lessons
N
42-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie takes piano lessons from Prof. Richard Haydn.
42-04-28
30
Gracie Returns To San Francisco
N
42-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie returns to her native town, San Francisco.
42-05-05
31
Gracie Has Delusions Of Grandeur
N
42-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen show at 8,
Gracie Allen will display delusions of grandeur as the result of her piano lessons.
42-05-12
32
George Gives In
N
42-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
George relents in regard to Gracie's piano lessons.
42-05-19
33
Gracie's Concert Plans Hit A Snag
N
42-05-16 The Billboard
CLARENCE NASH, whose voice is that of Herman the Duck on the Burns and Allen Show, was the 10,000th blood donor in the Los Angeles area.

42-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA): Gracie's concert plans hit a snag.
42-05-26
34
Gracie Makes Her Debut
N
42-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie makes her debut as concert pianist.
42-06-02
35
Gracie Finds A Baby
N
42-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie finds a gurgly little bundle.
42-06-09
36
At San Diego Naval Training Station
N
42-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
at San Diego naval training station.
42-06-16
37
Father's Day Troubles
N
[Father's Day program]

42-06-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA): father's day troubles.
42-06-23
38
New Blood For the Beverly Hills Uplift Society
N
42-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
new blood for the Beverly Hills Uplift club.





42-06-28
4
Well I Swan - Burns and Allen
N
42-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Victory Parade (WIBA):
Burns and Allen, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Cash, Paul Whiteman's orchestra.

42-06-28 Capital Times
VICTORY PARADE
George Burns and Gracie Allen will join the "Victory Parade" marchers tonight at 6 over Station WIBA.
"Falling in" with George and Gracie in behalf of the Office of Facts and Figures—NBC inspired war effort broadcast—will be their regular cast members, Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Cash, Paul Whiteman, Senor Lee, Clarence (Herman the Duck) Nash and the Swantette Singers.
Lionel Barrymore, grand old man of the Screen, will continue to be heard on the weekly series at "The Voice of the Government."





42-06-30
39
Gracie Breaks Her Vacation News
N
[Last Swan show for NBC; replaced by Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou for the Summer]

42-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
Gracie breaks the news about a vacation trip.





42-07-07
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42-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00--WIBA--Music of the Day





42-09-29
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42-07-42 The Billboard
CLARENCE NASH, creator of Herman the Duck on Burns and Allen show, recently received an engraved plaque and gold cigarette case from the city of Toronto in recognition of his aid in the Canadian Victory Loan program.

42-09-19 The Billboard
CLARENCE NASH, who protrays Herman the Duck on the Burns and Allen show, is studying dentistry in his spare time. Show returns to the air October 6.

42-10-06
1
Married, But Courting
Y
[Burns and Allen return as The Burns and Allen Show over CBS]

42-10-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
That incurable romanticist, Gracie Allen, gets such a jolt from Cupid's arrows that she forgets she's been married to George Burns for years and frames a special date with him on the opening of "Burns and Allen" broadcast of the season on KGLO-CBS Tuesday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The nitwit of the networks thought up this romantic adventure all by herself to startle Paul Whiteman, Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Cash and, particularly, her audacious Duck, Herman. It appears that George hasn't been any too attentive lately, and, to heal her broken heart, Gracie conceives a plan to relive the days of their courtship. Paul Whiteman, just returned to Hollywood from a long and successful tour of the country, has augmented his orchestra for the instrumental novelties he presents on the "Burns and Allen" programs. Jimmy Cash sings the hit tunes.
42-10-13
2
Gracie's 'How to Keep Husbands Happy' Course
Y
42-10-13 Mason City Globe-Gazette
George Burns will be subjected to a baffling succession of Gracie Allens as Gracie attempts to apply some recently acquired "success" course knowledge of how to charm a husband in the second broadcast of the new "Burns and Allen" series Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. With Tootsie Sagwell hidden behind a door as consultant on the "success" theory that "a woman should be many women to her husband," Gracie will attempt to charm George as the mystery type, the motherly person, the pal, and finally, the one determinedly interested in her husband's business. The new Gracie finally leads George, who has never had a "success" course, to call in his own consultant--a doctor to find out what's making Gracie tick. Bill Goodwin will be on hand to console Mr. Burns if Gracie doesn't get the announcer to fall in with her plan to experiment with George's reactions.
42-10-20
3
The Uplift Society's Pooling Program
Y
42-10-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen, as leader of the Beverly Hills "Uplift Society," will entertain a motion to put George Burns up to his neck in pools, when the first season's meeting of gabby women provides the nucleus of the Burns and Allen show, Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. When George hears the members discussing such inconsequential matters as "universal bird baths," he will tell them it is high time they did something constructive. Result--a motion will be passed that George share his car, clothing, bath and bed with their respective husbands. Bill Goodwin will reluctantly be sent out to shop for presents for Gracie's brother, Willie, who is taking his physical examination for the army, and Bill is commissioned to buy something suitable for wear in Iceland, Egypt or Japan. It is Herman the Duck who gets in the worst "stew" when warned that the impending meat rationing program does not affect him. But Gracie assures him that his name will be marked off her list of edibles.
42-10-27
4
George Burns Limited
Y
42-10-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A new and useless firm, "George, Ltd.," will be established by Gracie Allen so she can make her husband kiss her "goodbye" and "hello" when he leaves for and returns from an office, during the Burns and Allen broadcast, Tuesday over KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. George's reminder that he kisses his giddy wife frequently when he is home isn't satisfactory to Gracie, so she will send him downtown to find an elaborate suite of offices where he can spend the days writing letters to himself. Interviewing secretarial prospects will be the next order of business, and Gracie will decide she'd better take over that job herself because all of the applicants are too dumb--or too pretty. From then on, there will be never a dull moment, what with an endless succession of visitors seeking dental treatment, legal advice and other professional services which "George, Ltd." will not be geared to handle.
42-11-03
5
Gracie Entertains the Man from M-G-M
Y
42-11-03 Mason City Globe-Gazette
George Burns will pull a "fastie" on Gracie and sit in the driver's seat during most of Tuesday's "Burns and Allen" show released over KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30. George will encounter an old friend of his employed by the well-known picture firm of MGM and invite him to dinner. Gracie, picking ideas out of the air instead of her head, paves her road of good intentions with the blasted hopes of her movie-mad friends and the plaintive squawk of "Herman the Duck," when George's old friend reverts to type. Jimmy Cash finally sings "Dearly Beloved" and Paul Whiteman features his version of "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition."
42-11-10
6
George the Babysits on the Swingshift
Y
[Broadcast from Camp Elliott, CA in honor of the 167th birthday of The Marines]

42-11-10 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A tiny baby from the Beverly Hills "Uplift Society" will turn the Burns household into a dizzier domicile than most during the Burns and Allen airshow, Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Hearing only the first part of the announcement of a new arrival at his home, George will spread the astounding news about the countryside to all unconcerned while Gracie dimwittingly comes right out with the wrong answers. The Burns and Allen broadcast will originate from the marine barracks at Camp Elliott near San Diego and will give the leathernecks one more reason to celebrate their 167th anniversary.

Features Mel Blanc as Doctor Lewis
42-11-17
7
Gracie Buys A Live 3lb Turkey for Thanksgiving
Y
[Thanksgiving Program]

42-11-17 Mason City Globe-Gazette
In a burst of patriotism and parsimony, Gracie will buy a lean and hungry turkey to fatten up for Thanksgiving on the Burns and Allen show Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The scrawny bird will flourish under the loving care and healthy diet provided by the nit-witty mistress of the Burns household, while the master of the premises loses pound after pound through a succssion of mal-adventures brought on by the presence of the greedy gobbler. Two "persons"--in addition to George--who do not share Gracie's enthusiasm for the toddling turk are Bill Goodwin and Herman, the latter resenting the presence of another fowl.

Features Joe Kearns doubling as Mr. Myers the grocery store owner, and the Country Tax Assessor
42-11-24
8
The Beverly Hills Downtrodden Society
Y
[First appearance of Burns and Allen's signature theme song, 'Just A Love Nest']

42-11-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen subjects Eddie Cantor to a cock-eyed cross-examination before the members of the Beverly Hills "Uplift Society" when that worthy body submits Ida's name for membership on the Burns and Allen show, Tuesday over KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. It is generally agreed that the mother of the five famous daughters has the proper qualifications for the nonsensical society, but there is some doubt as to the pop-eyed comedian's ability to pay the dues and lend weight to the featherbrained projects the conceive at their sessions. Strictly in self-defense, George founds a men's society and makes Cantor, Bill Goodwin and Paul Whiteman its charter members. They hold a meeting for the purposes of demonstrating to Gracie the inanities of her cackling club, and that gullible little person thinks the motions passed by the men are wonderful--just wonderful.
42-12-01
9
Gracie and Tootsie 'Fix' George's Car
Y
42-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
and gas rationing.

Features Mel Blanc as Llewelyn Ross, the mechanic
42-12-08
10
The Burns' Entertain the Neighbors
Y
[Burns and Allen recycle the name "Tralafass"]

42-12-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie's "give and take" policy to establish friendly relations with her new neighbors will force George into a "touch and go" position on Burns and Allen broadcast Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. After she has taken mental stock of each item which has been tagged from a moving van into the house next door, Gracie will dispatch her husband to their door-step, bearing tokens of good-will in the form of an egg, a cup of sugar and a few grains of coffee. When cries of "hoarder" greet George's flaming ears, he takes the opposite tack, and borrows some garden tools which cost him a pretty penny for repairs. Bill Goodwin helps matters not a whit with his lecture on "How to Win Friends," and "Herman the Duck" widens the breach between the neighbors with an attack on their pets.
42-12-15
11
Tootsie Finds Love in the Tea Leaves
Y
[Cracked master]

42-12-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Herbert Marshall will lend his suede voice to a romantic plot of Gracie Allen concoction when the screen idol makes a blind date with Gracie's frustrated friend, Tootsie Sagwell, on the Burns and Allen show Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Tootsie, affectionately and descriptively known as "horse-face," will be an all-too-willing partner in Gracie's scheme to impress George, Bill Goodwin and Paul Whiteman that she can hold the interest of a man 30 seconds after her first ecstatic whinny. Marshall, playing his part to the hilt, will flounder Tootsie with a flow of fancy phrases in his best voice and make George look like a heartless oaf in Gracie's eyes. "George, why don't you 'bon soir' me?" wails Gracie.
42-12-22
12
Gracie's 'Santa and Wicked the Pirates' Dream
Y
[Christmas Program]

42-12-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Zanier than ever is Gracie Allen, Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. For the madcap maid is presenting a Christmas fantasy on the regular Burns and Allen show on KGLO and CBS. Akim Tamiroff, the movie actor, visits the broadcast to play the bad man. We hear also that Jimmy Cash, the regular tenor, will surprise nobody by offering as his solo, "White Christmas."
42-12-29
13
Gracie Is Matchmaker for Rita Hayworth
Y
42-12-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Making a Cinderella girl out of glamorous Rita Hayworth is the amazing feat attempted by the unpredictable Gracie Allen on the "Burns and Allen" program Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Gracie deduces that anybody with the 16-cylinder attraction of a Hayworth must be neglected by the boys because they think Rita is dated up at least six months in advance. To correct this sad state, Gracie appeals to the chivalrous Bill Goodwin, who has the mistaken idea that Gracie is still trying to pair him off with Tootsie (Horse-Face) Sagwell. The pay-off comes at George's suggestion when Rita is inducted into the "Beverly Hills Uplift Society" on the assumption that her social standing will be improved if she csts her lot with this gabby organization.
43-01-05
14
The Uplift Society does 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'
Y
43-01-05 Mason City Globe-Gazette
EEEEEK! It's the hideous Mr. Hyde! No, it's Dr. Jekyll! No again--it's Gracie! All the foregoing to-do is over versatile Gracie Allen's latest, a strictly screwy characterization of Jekyll-and-Hyde. Gracie splits her personality on the Burns and Allen show on KGLO-CBS at 8 o'clock Tuesday night. This infringement of dramatic domain takes place because the well-known Beverly Hills Uplift society needs the equally well-known moola. Gracie, the group's leading looney, suggests a play. Hence, Dr. J. & Mr. H. As George Burns might say, it couldn't have happened to a nicer kid than Gracie. If you're hankering to hear "Moonlight Becomes You," Jimmy Cash will warble same. This has no connection with Jekyll and Hyde, we gather.
43-01-12
15
Gracie Buys A Knowledge Book
N
43-01-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
There's no rationing of fun and laughter, thank goodness. We can continue to enjoy the nitwittiness of George Burns and Gracie Allen, Tuesday night at 8 o'clock on KGLO and Columbia. This famous duo still reigns as the top man-and-woman team on the air. This time,
it seems that Gracie falls for a book peddler's sales lingo. She buys one of those knowledge books and thereby incurs George's ire. The pay-off comes when George goes and--but that's telling too much. Better listen--just for fun.
43-01-19
16
Making George Jealous with Brian Donlevy
Y
[Time and pitch corrected 7%]

43-01-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Veronica Lake had to answer an urgent call, undergoing an emergency appendectomy, and so Brian Donlevy has stepped in as the special Tuesday night guest of George Burns and Gracie Allen. They say that Brian can wear his hair over one eye, too. This will be gone into further on the KGLO-CBS program at 8 o'clock. On hand to welcome Donlevy, besides Gracie and George, will be Jimmy Cash, Bill Goodwin and Paul Whiteman. Tenor Cash is down to sing "There Are Such Things," accompanied by Whiteman's orchestra. Tootsie "Horseface" sagwell is another of the regulars on teh show. (Watch out, Donlevy. She'll stalk you!).
43-01-26
17
Gracie Crowns George
Y
43-01-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Amid much pomp and very little circumstance, Gracie Allen stages the coronation of George Burns, descendant of the 97th king of Scotland, during the "Burns and Allen" half-hour Tuesday night at 8 on KGLO-CBS. Although it's just another of the harum-scarum ideas that beset Gracie at frequent intervals, it isn't so bad for George because he gets service fit for a king. The Burns half of the team will probably be addressed as "Your Grace," while his zany partner may be called "Her Gracie." Anyway, it all makes for fun that's 30 minutes in duration, and Jimmie Cash's singing and Paul Whiteman's music enhance the enjoyment.
43-02-02
18
The B.H.U.S. 'Give Each Other A Boost In A Crisis' Plan
Y
43-02-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
With servants at a premium these days, Gracie Allen will work out a system of home-labor exchange between members of the Beverly Hills "Uplift Society" which will give George dyspepsia, during the Burns and Allen broadcast Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Tootsie Sagwell, the first member to volunteer for maid duty, will rout out the Burns household in the early hours of the morning to give them the kind of service that will end all service. George will rebel when Tootsie makes hash out of everything, and Bill Goodwin will lunveil a maid-of-all-work who apparently has all the necessary qualifications except the ability to cook dishes which won't send George on a mad run for the bicarbonate of soda.
43-02-09
19
Charles Laughton Addresses the BHUS
Y
43-02-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette
On the pretext that George needs some acting lessons, Gracie Allen will trap Charles Laughton into a meeting of her Beverly Hills Uplift Society during the Burns and Allen broadcast, Tuesday, on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Laughton, nothing loathe to knock some stage-struck ideas out of George's head, will pay a visit to the burns home--little knowing that Gracie is planning to use him as bait for her re-election as president of the silly society. Priming George and Bill Goodwin to play the part of "hams," and the club members to act veddy, veddy British, Gracie will trout out her prize guest, Laughton, an avowed hater of women's clubs, will give them a verbal lashing in well-know "Capt. Bligh" manner, which the flighty femmes will accept as a bit of masterful histronics--and Gracie will be re-elected by unanimous vote.
43-02-16
20
Bill Goodwin Proposes to Tootsie by Proxy
Y
[Time and pitch corrected by 6%]

43-02-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
With Veronica Lake as her model, Gracie Allen will attempt to transform her homely chum, Tootsie Sagwell, into a raving beauty during the Burns and Allen show Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Veronica will assist Gracie in the application of a mud pack to Tootsie's equine features in the hope that the latter will prove irresistible to Bill Goodwin, but the treatment will leave the predatory gal with no beauty--just raving. One look at Tootsie after she has baked under the pack, and Bill will be convinced that she looks better under a thick coating of mud. Subscribing to this theory, George will suggest an endless course of beauty treatments which will keep Gracie busy with Tootsie while Bill romances with the screen lovely.
43-02-23
21
Gracie is Matchmaker to Bob Burns and Zelda Swinely

The Best Tunes of All Move to Carnegie Hall

43-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
'THE BEST TUNES OF ALL . . . Don't worry about that oft-repeated couplet which marred "Information Please" Friday night: "The best tunes of all move to Carnegie hall." It means that the present sponsor's new show at 7:30 p. m. Fridays will be a "hit parade" of familiar songs, emanating from Carnegie hall.

Y
43-02-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Mountain justice is to be invoked in Gracie Allen's own peculiar way when she tries to bludgeon Bob "Bazooka" Burns into marriage with a shoeless gal from his native Van Buren--Arkansas--during the Burns and Allen broadcast, Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. At the outset Gracie will be mighty mad at George, because she gets the mistaken idea that a love letter addressed "Mr. Burns, the radio actor" is sure proof that her spouse has been corresponding the an "oomph" gal from the Ozarks. Before the gal can carry out her threat to throw a matrimonial noose around his own well-tied neck, George summons Bob in the hopes of settling things in teh so-called "peaceful" style of the new west. With George collared, Gracie is determined that Bob shall take the vows with the frustrated femme.
43-03-02
22
Gracie Gets Madeleine Carroll to Make Love to George

Y
[Show moves to New York]

43-03-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
The musical world and Madeleine Carroll are shaken when Gracie Allen attacks a piano keyboard during the "Burns and Allen" broadcast Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. It's all in preparation for Gracie's impending concert debut in Carnegie hall, March 16. On this, the first of three "Burns and Allen" programs to originate from New York City, Gracie gives the scale a beating while Miss Carroll suffers in an adjoining hotel room. Gracie's murderous attack on the Steinway is relieved by Jimmy Cash's singing of the ballad "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and Paul Whiteman's orchestra plays "Moonlight Mood."

Features Jonathan Hole as the hotel clerk.
43-03-09
23
Discouraging Gracie from Playing at the Concert
Y
43-03-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette
All the persuasive powers of Deems Taylor and Jose Iturbi cannot shake Gracie Allen's determination to assault the keyboard in Carnegie hall when the music commentator-composer and the famed pianist pay a visit to the "Burns and Allen" show Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. George Burns invites Taylor to their New York apartment in the hope that the noted critic can cajole or frighten Gracie out of her plan to invade the temple of music on March 16. Iturbi is on hand for a few skillful cadenzas which, George hopes, will shame Gracie away from the piano.
43-03-16
24
'Concerto for Index Finger' in Three Movements
Y
[KNX aircheck]

43-03-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen, disturbed over the influx of jazz, comedy and other bourgeois amusements to Carnegie hall, will attempt to restore the classical tradition of the famous concert theater by staging her own concert debut there in company with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra Tuesday. The event will be broadcast over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. In addition to Gracie's debut as a pianist and the broadcast itself, Whiteman and his world famous orchestra will present an extensive concert for the theater audience. The hall will be reserved almost entirely for servicemen. The nitwit has convinced Whiteman, "The King of Jazz" who made music history by presenting a jazz concert in the same house two decades ago, to join her in the production. "What have I got to lose, except perhaps about two hundred pounds?" Paul asked. Gracie, believe it or not, will be accompanied by her little duck, "Herman," who is no nightingale.
43-03-23
25
The Uplift Society is Ruining George's Health
Y
[Show returns to Hollywood]

43-03-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Another zany session with Gracie Allen and George Burns will broadcast on KGLO-CBS Tuesday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Besides Gracie and George, Herman the Duck is in the spotlight along with "Tootsie," Gracie's girl friend, and Bill Goodwin, the stooge-announcer.

43-03-25 Cedar Falls Tribune

Burns and Allen to New York
for Broadcasts, Camp Shows

George Burns and Gracie Allen are off to New York from Hollywood with their troupe of assistant fun makers for three broadcasts from Gotham. March 2, 9, and 16, and a number of personal appearances at service training camps on the East Coast. They will be heard on WMT Tuesdays, 8 to 8:30.
Members of the radio gang making the junket with George and Gracie are Bill Goodwin, announcer, Paul Whiteman, Tenor Jimmy Cash, Lawrence Nash, who plays the role of Herman the Duck, and Elvia Ailman, lanky portrayer of Tooisie (Horse-Face) Sagwell).
Madeleine Carrol!, blonde screen star, who has her own CBS program, "Madeleine Carroll Reads" is guest on the first of the three Eastern broadcasts by George nnd Gracie, March 2.
Burns and Allen were in New York to entertain service men last summer, but the Eastern trip is the first in several years for the balance of the cast. Jimmy Cash, a native of Arkansas hasn't seen a New York skyscraper smce 1936 when he was there for a brief visit as a winner of a mid-west radio contest.

43-03-30
26
Gracie Plants A Victory Garden
Y
43-03-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Having spent two whole days on her "grandfodder's" farm, Gracie Allen will qualify for a whole-hog farming project which she will start in her Beverly Hill, Cal., garden during the Burns and Allen broadcast, Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Gracie will turn the few feet of tillable soil bordering their citified residence to raise a crop of corn, wheat, rye, oats, barley and--of course--alfalfa, to feed the cow which moos plaintively in the garage. Once the project is under way, Gracie completes the rustic picture with a taciturn hired hand who eats like a horse and adopts Tootsie "Horse Face" Sagwell, so there'll be a farmer's daughter when Bill Goodwin, the traveling salesman, arrives on the scene. After that, Herman the duck is taught to crow like a rooster.

Features Will Wright as William 'Zeke' Wright
43-04-06
27
Gracie and the Lonely Hearts Club
Y
[OTR-butchered recording; padded out with dead space to 32:00 exactly; only 20 minutes of actual--heavily edited--original content]

43-04-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
When Gracie Allen joins the "Lonely Hearts Club" in an attempt to help her frustrated friend, Tootsie Sagwell, locate a boy friend, she will find herself the light in the eyes of a lone cowhand on the Tuesday broadcast of the Burns and Allen show over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Gracie will encounter complications when she substitutes her own wide-eyed photo for that of the "horse-faced" Tootsie. On the strength of her picture, the zany Miss Allen will get a batch of ardent correspondence from Big Jake, who'd trade his prize steer for a wedding ring any day. The story goes on from there.
43-04-13
28
Gracie Launches George's Career as a Lawyer
Y
[Guest Claudette Colbert, promoting the 2nd War Loan Drive; KNX aircheck]

43-04-13 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen opens the lid of an old trunk and finds a school prophecy naming George Burns as a future lawyer and immediately turns her talents to making that prediction come true, on KGLO-CBS' "Burns and Allen" show Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Features
Wally Maher as a beleagured neighbor
43-04-20
29
Gracie Maneuvers George Into an Easter Outfit
Broke Uncle Herbert
Broke Uncle Hubert
Y
[Easter program; heavily edited recording]

43-04-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Another laugh filled half-hour will be hear on KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m.,
when George and Gracie Allen move into the featured spot. Their entire cast will be there, including Tootsie Sagwell, Bill Goodwin and, of course, the inimitable postman.
43-04-27
30
The March Field Caper
N
43-04-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen will offer 10-day passes to any or all U.S. army flyers who will date her homely friend, Tootsie Sagwell, when the Burns and Allen show originates from March Field, Riverside, Cal., Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Gracie will stow her lanky pal in the trunk of her car and will manage to get past the sentry at the air abase, when the guard mistakes Tootsie for George's ventriloquist dummy. Once inside the gates, Gracie and Tootsie will go on a still hunt for a "tall flyer named Jim" who, in an absent-minded moment, had given Miss Sagwell a glimmer of encouragement. Unable to locate Tootsie's prospect, Gracie will make her blanket offer of leaves to the entire camp, but will get no "takers." Other funsters in the March Field lineup will be Bill Goodwin, Clarence "Herman" Nash, and Mel Blanc, the happy postman. Jimmy Cash's vocal selection, "Let's Get Lost," will be sung to the accompaniment of Paul Whiteman's orchestra.
43-05-04
31
Gracie Is Bitten By the Acting Bug
N
43-05-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen, who recently took a fling at piano virtuosity, will go into a nose dive over acting when the daffy Burns and Allen stanza hits the airwaves Tuesday at KGLO-CBS at 9 p.m. Gracie, mesmerized by the smooth approach of a broken-down actor named Conrad J. Conreid, consents to becoming a one-student school of the drama for which "incidental" expenses will be the only charge. Strangely, the expenses equal the amount the phoney drama instructor owes George for a pre-ration rubber check. The proceedings get merrily under way when Gracie confides in Bill Goodwin and her pet duck, Herman, that she has been awarded a free scholorship at "Professor" Conreid's school as he deems her the best dramatic actress in Beverly Hills. George Burns, assisted by Elvia Allman as Tootsie Sagwell, and Mel Blanc, as the "Happy Postman," will attempt to ward off this threat to the American theater when Gracie gets bitten by the acting bug.

Features Hans Conreid as Conrad J. Conreid
43-05-11
32
Zesto, Breakfast Table Brightener
N
43-05-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen makes the amazingly intelligent discovery that it's impossible to polish silverware with a breakfast cereal, despite the fact that it is advertised as a product "to brighten your breakfast table," in the Burns and Allen chapter on Tuesday, over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Disappointed in the efficicacy of "Zesto, the product to brighten your breakfast table," as a cleansing agent, Gracie sends husband George back to the grocer for a seven-cent refund, which the makers "will refund cheerfully," according to the box-top. The grocer, however, explains carefully to George that Zesto is intended for upper plates and not silver plate, and that the proper way to use it is to add sugar and cream. Unbelieving, George and Gracie take their case to the president of Zesto, only to discover that he is a tycoon with whom they wanted to do business.
43-05-18
33
George, the 'Sunshine Man'
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43-05-18 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen, in the role of a radio commentator spreading sunshine, will envelop George Burns in a cloud of woe when the Burns and Allen show is aired, Tuesday, on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. When the syrupy voice of "Hubbell Robinson, the Sunshine Man," comes through the kitchen radio, all sanity goes out the front door, for Gracie decides to help the program by inventing fantastic fan-mail to keep the show on the air. Meanwhile, George Burns decides to assist an old friend and substitute on a radio program, only to find himself the "Sunshine Man" working out his greatest domestic problem--Gracie. Bill Goodwin puts in his good word to help confuse the issue with misspent advice.
43-05-25
34
Gracie Promotes George for a School Board Post
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[OTR-butchered, heavily edited recording; close cut]

43-05-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette
In a malaprop move to get her husband on the local school board, Gracie Allen will engage Betty Lou's oafish boy friend, Wilbur, to pose as George's son on the Burns and Allen show Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Wilbur, droolingly happy over an excuse to stay away from home, will move his menagerie to the Burns' house, throw Gracie's pet duck, Herman, into a fit of jealousy and will generally wreck George's chances of winning the election. This will all be a sad blow to Gracie, who fancied the school board post as a stepping stone to the presidency of the United States for her devoted spouse, despite the skeptical attitude of Bill Goodwin.
43-06-01
35
George is Summoned to Traffic Court
Y
[OTR-butchered, heavily edited recording; close cut; dating for this episode remains in doubt]

43-06-01 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen will scatter her wits in all directions when she attempts to free George from the results of high nerve pressure caused by his receipt of a routine form from the income tax people on the Burns and Allen radio show, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on KGLO-CBS. As usual, Gracie almost sells George "down the river" over nothing when by mistake she enlists the help of a broken-down actor to intercede for her spouse. Bill Goodwin will sell a couple of his strange ideas and have George seeing bars before his eyes until the government comes to his rescue with the proper answer for the document in qustion and a refund of 57 cents for 1941.

Features Hans Conried as Nigel Bollingbroke and Joe Kearns as the Judge
43-06-08
36
Gracie is Job-Frozen as a Maid to a Millionaire
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[AFRS only; speed and pitch corrected by 7%]

43-06-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen gets job-frozen as a maid for a millionaire playboy and George Burns tries frantically to have her "defrosted" during the "Burns and Allen"

Features Frank Nelson as millionaire Freddie Langdon and Hans Conried as Nigel Bollingbroke
43-06-15
37
Gracie's Kitchen Karavan Fat Salvage Drive
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43-06-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen will cover Beverly Hills with an inch of kitchen grease when she enlists George as the sound effects of a "Kitchen Karavan" during her house-to-house campaign to help the fat salvage drive on the Burns and Allen radio program Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Gracie will put "Tootsie Sagwell" into a one-piece bathing suit to prove the need for added pounds for bullets and George will have "Herman the Duck" running for cover when the final quota lacks but two pounds for completion. Bill Goodwin, as usual, in his dual capacity as announcer and actor will come forth with his consistently unhelpful hints. Jimmy Cash will be on hand to bring one of the more popular ballads to the air, and Paul Whiteman will be responsible for all instrumental music on the program.
43-06-22
38
Gracie Tests Bollingbroke's Ancient Love Potion
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43-06-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Gracie Allen will be duped into buying an ancient love potion which is guaranteed to oput any handsome man in a romantic mood toward her horse-faced pal, "Tootsie Sagwell," when the Burns and Allen show comes over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. With superlative salesmanship, Nigel Bolingbroke, a penniless "ham" actor, will foist the mighty potion--actually bicarbonate of soda--on Gracie who, in turn, will make preliminary tests on the happy postman, George Burns and Bill Goodwin. All three will fail to react romantically and George will decide to give Bolingbroke a taste of his own medicine, with the result that the ranting thespian will opine he'd rather go to jail for fraud than whisper sweet nothings to Tootsie.
43-06-29
39
Gracie and George's Memory Lapses
Y
[Last episode of the season; replaced by Colonel Snoopnagle for the summer]

43-06-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A series of mental lapses on the part of George and Gracie will mark the Burns and Allen stanza which lapses (if you'll forgive the pun) for its summer hiatus with the final broadcast of the current season on Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Gracie will conveniently allow her memory to lapse after she smashes the family automobile while searching for a new hat, despite George's strict orders to keep the chariot in the garage as the insurance has lapsed. A psychiatrist, summoned to pull Gracie outof her mental dim-out, will try to bring the lady back to normal dizziness by asking her to recall familiar faces. But Gracie will only draw a blank when George, Bill Goodwin and Herman the Duck parade in front of her. When a new hat is mentioned, however, Gracie's memory will snap back like a rubber band and will set the situation for George to pull a memory lapse, himself.

Features Joe Kearns as the Psychiatrist
43-07-06
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43-07-06 New York Times
Premiere: Colonel Stoopnagle, Comedy, With Eddie Green, Jeri Sullavan, Orchestra; Chorus, Others-WABC, 9-9:30.





43-08-24
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43-08-24 New York Times
Col. Stoopnagie Show: Jeri Sullavan, Songs; OthersWABC, 9-9:30.
43-08-31
40
Gracie Proposes A Sinatra-Burns Singing Contest
Y
[The 3rd Season for Swan; Felix Mills replaces Paul Whiteman as Music Director; The Swantet joins the ensemble; Herman the Duck doesn't return]

43-08-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette:

Frank Sinatra to Open
With George And Gracie

     Gracie Allen will brazenly try to prove to a Frank Sinatra-conscious nation that her mate, George Burns, has a far greater appeal to the bobby socks continent of America when Sinatra appears as guest star on the opening Burns and Allen broadcast of the season Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p. m.
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     When George and Gracie return to Hollywood after a tour of western service camps they will find the cinema capital ablaze over the popular baritone and Gracie will promptly arrange a vocal contest between Frank and her spouse.
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     It will bother Gracie not a whit that she has never heard Frank sing and she will inveigle him into the contest because he has never had the doubtful pleasure of hearing George's singing voice.  The winner—guess who—will be selected by the studio audience.
     Instrumental embellishment will be supplied by an orchestra
under the baton of Felix Mills, who will make his debut as music director of the comedy series.  Bill Goodwin will announce and be number 1 foil, and other fun makers in he line up will be Elvia Allman as Tootsie Sagwell, "The Happy Postman" as played by Mel Blanc and Clarence Nash as "Herman the Duck."

43-08-31 Mason City Globe-Gazette
With complete indifference to public opinion and the dangers involved, Gracie Allen stages a contest to prove that George Burns is a better singer than Frank Sinatra--when the popular American baritone is guest on the opening Burns and Allen Show of the season, Tuesday, on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Returning to Hollywood after a tour of western service camps, George and Gracie found the cinema capital in an hysterical state over Sinatra, and Gracie decided that this adulation should be showered on her spouse. The contest resulted from Gracie's typically hapless approach to world events. Mulling the accounts of Sinatra's wild receptions at the terminals, Gracie, confusing Frank with his cousin Ray, the bandleader, turned to her maid and ordered: "Why, George can out-sing that Sinatra anytime. Make arrangemetns for a contest at once." There is every prospect that Gracie will be disillusioned when the audience picks the winner.

43-09-07
41
Gracie Frets About Three Women for Every Man
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43-09-07 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN, baffled by a census report that there are 3 women for every man in the country, will attempt the selection of her own 2 rivals for George Burns' affections when the second Burns and Allen show of the season is broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Daffy though she be in assuming it is mandatory for all men to have 3 women, Gracie will not be so dumb when she parades a contingent of homely women before her embarrassed spouse. Tootsie "Horseface" Sagwell will lead the battery of the frumpiest femmes Gracie can round up. Bill Goodwin will try to be of assistance by advising Gracie not to worry, because nobody will fall for George, and "Herman the Duck" will enter the scene to demand his extra quota of feminine attention.
43-09-14
42
Gracie Auditions 'The Sin of Madeline Fudnick'
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43-09-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette
BRIAN DONLEVY of the screen gets mangled between George Burns and Gracie Allen in a tale of 2 shirts on "The Burns and Allen Show," Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Gracie volunteers to launder Donlevy's shirt in the comedy sequence of the program. There is a method, as usual, in Gracie's scheming madness. She wants to play the lead opposite Donlevy in a little theater play produced by the poolroom hamlet, Nigel Bolingbroke. When Donlevy discovers that Gracie is doing Georgie's shirt, too, he denounces George as a cad for letting Gracie become a laundress and forces him to wash his own shirt. It all comes out right in the wash, however. Others on hand to see Burns humiliated are Bill Goodwin, Elvia (Tootsie Sagwell) Allman, and Hans (Bolingbroke) Conreid. Tenor Jimmy Cash sings "How Sweet You Are."
43-09-21
43
Third War Bond Rally Special
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43-09-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette
WHEN George Burns and Gracie Allen assist Ray Milland in the sale of the third war bond issue on the Burns and Allen radio show over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m., Ray doesn't realize he is being "married" to Tootsie Sagwell as the special event on a war bond rally. Gracie's advice to Tootsie to "shoot for the top" when selecting a husband will be taken literally by both girls when Ray Milland appears on the broadcast in the interests of the third war loan to find he is the target for a predatory cupid. Bill Goodwin, amiable announcer, will be on hand to help with the bond rally, as will Jimmy Cash with his vocal rendition of "The Things That Mean So Much to Me." Felix Mills has a special orchestral number of his own and will be in charge of the musical portion of the broadcast.
43-09-28
44
Gracie De-Oomphs the Oomph Girl
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43-09-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MORE ideas than good ones will flash from the "expendable" brain of Gracie Allen to bring the male population of the Burns household back to normal when Ann Sheridan guests on the Burns and Allen radio show over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. With Bill Goodwin staggering around in a slap-happy daze from the full effect of Ann's fatal "charm" and even the "Unhappy Postman" floundering for a good cry, Gracie enlists the help of George Burns in "De-Oomphing" Miss Sheridan only to find her trouble increased by one more mental cast--namely George Burns. A soothing note thrown into this domestically insane broadcast will be the weekly ballad of Jimmy Cash. Jimmy sings "In the Blue of Evening," with background music by Felix Mills who, in turn, presents a special orchestration of a current hit tune.
43-10-05
45
Gracie Is Jealous of George's Female Dentist
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43-10-05 Mason City Globe-Gazette
PRIDE in her spouse will reach a new high when Gracie Allen sees George Burns march off to his dentist with a smile on his face and a song in his heart during the Burns and Allen broadcast, Tuedsay, on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. But the pride will run into the proverbial fall when Gracie chances upon the information that the bicuspid barber whom George is visiting is a member of the fair sex. With the help of Bill Goodwin, the "Happy Postman" and other stooges, George finally convinces Gracie that his dentist is a maiden of some 60 summers, who in no wise arouses his romantic instincts.
43-10-12
46
The Cantor Who Came to Dinner
Y
43-10-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN will find the cupboard bare and a bone to pick with her husband when George brings Eddie Cantor home to dinner unannounced on the Burns and Allen broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. What with no food, Gracie's mind tosses around dozens of impossible ideas to get Cantor out of the house and Eddie just sits and gets hungrier by the minute. George figures "Tootsie Sagwell" would scare anybody out of any place and even Bill Goodwin contributes his badly chosen thoughts on the subject.
43-10-19
47
Gracie's Reminisces with School Chum Pat O'Brien
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43-10-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette
WHEN Gracie Allen and Pat O'Brien get together about the fun they had in the good old school days, George Burns finds himself on the outside looking in, on KGLO-CBS' "George Burns and Gracie Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. With O'Brien reliving the football games he has won, and Gracie following him across each goal line, George is forced to use his head to get into the conversational scoring. He loses ground, however, when Bill Goodwin runs interference for him, and even the "Unhappy Postman" is brought in from the bench. Jimmy Cash sings "Heavenly Music," between halves, and Felix Mills directs the orchestra in a special arrangement of a current favorite.
43-10-26
48
Hedy Lamarr and Tootsie Vie for Queen of the Fleet
Y
[Navy Day program]

43-10-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
HEDY LAMARR will lead the Navy day parade on the George Burns and Gracie Allen broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie will sponsor her friend "Tootsie" Sagwell way past the 12 mile limit as candidate for "Queen of the Fleet" against the lucious charm of Miss Lamarr. With the vote standing at several million for Hedy and 2 for "Tootsie" Sagwell, Gracie will use the old "do-or-die" Allen touch and bring George Burns into the picture as "Old Captain Sagwell," more salty than most salts, and an unknowing decoy to persuade Miss Lamarr to drop out of the race. Bill Goodwin has several ideas to contribute during the broadcast, most of which confuse the navy "Queen" issue, and Jimmy Cash sings one of the popular ballads of the season.
43-11-02
49
Gracie Blackmails Jack Benny
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43-11-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN will put the "heat" on Jack Benny to further the crooning ambitions of George Burns when the "Waukegan Jester" appears as guest star on the Burns and Allen radio show, Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Caught behind a mud pack in a beauty parlor by Gracie, Benny will learn in no uncertain terms he must either put George on the Jack Benny show as a featured singer or the story of his gooey facial will make headlines in every newspaper in the country. George Burns, knowing nothing, as usual, of Gracie's plans, goes about in a flattered daze practicing high and low notes, while Bill Goodwin wanders in and out of the confusion with his usual bland lack of assistance.
43-11-09
50
Gracie's Waste Paper Drive to Get George on the Air
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43-11-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN will attempt to solve the paper shortage problem n her own individual way on the broadcast of the Burns and Allen show over KGLO-CGS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Given a 5 minute spot on a 1-watt radio station controlled by one Nigel Bollingbroke, Gracil will appeal to her public for old paper in one breath, and attempt to foist the singing voice of George Burns on her unsuspecting listeners in the next. Meanwhile, George, who is still disgruntled because of his failure to sing on the Jack Benny program, putters around the neighborhood gathering up old magazines. He discovers many copies of his favorite "Cowboy Love Tales" for which he has paid 50 cents a copy to a dealer in 2nd hand magazines.
43-11-16
51
Walter Pidgeon Moves Next Door
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43-11-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
LITTLE does Walter Pidgeon know about the complications of living next door to radio comedians until he runs into Gracie on the "George Burns and Gracie Allen" program over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. When Walter finds he is the No. 1 hit on Gracie's parade of possible husbands for "Tootsie Sagwell," he has difficulty in averting the role of a dead pigeon. Bill Goodwin, leaving a trail of troublel, wanders in and out of the show, Jimmy Cash sings a ballad favorite of the moment, and Felix Mills' orchestra contributes a feature number.
43-11-23
52
Gracie Pens 'The Secret Love of Loretta Young'
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43-11-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette
LORETTA YOUNG, recognizing Gracie's talent as a writer, visits KGLO-CBS' "George Burns and Gracie Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie, seeking to swell the family purse, has been writing articles for her favorite magazine, "Gossip." All goes well until she pens one entitled "The Love Life of Loretta Young." That is the occasion for Miss Young's visit--with a summons to a libel suit. Going to Gracie's aid, each with a separate solution, are Nigel Bollingbroke, Bill Goodwin and George Burns.

Features Joe Kearns as Loretta Young's lawyer
43-11-30
53
Gracie Casts Charles Boyer as Oklahoma Tex
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43-11-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN naively poses as the long-lost daughter of a man who once befriended Charles Boyer, when the French screen star visits the KGLO-CBS "George Burns and Gracie Allen" program, Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie's French accent, George angling for the lead in a corny drama, add to Boyer's confusion. Tenor Jimmy Cash sings "Why Do I Love You," Felix Mills conducts the orchestra.
43-12-07
54
Ida Lupino Models a Role On Gracie
Y
[From Terminal Island]

43-12-07 Mason City Globe-Gazette
IDA LUPINO, screen actress, pays a visit to the George Burns and Gracie Allen program on KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Present to welcome her, in addition to George and Gracie, are Jimmy Cash, with one of the more popular tunes of the day, Bill Goodwin and Felix Mills and his orchestra.
43-12-14
55
Gracie Sets Up 'Lulubelle' Sagwell with Kay Kyser
Y
[Christmas Program]

43-12-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KAY KYSER learns the perils of bachelorhood when he visits KGLO-CBS' "Geroge Burns and Gracie Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie is still scheming to find a man for Tootsie Sagwell, and when near-sighted Kay leaves his glasses behind, Gracie almost succeeds. During an interlude in the matrimonial plot, Jimmy Cash sings "Paper Doll." Felix Mills conducts the orchestra and Bill Goodwin announces.
43-12-21
56
Finding A Santa Clause
Y
[Christmas Program]

43-12-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette
CHARLES LAUGHTON and his wife, Elsa Lanchester, get enmeshed in a Santa Claus scheme when they visit KGLO-CBS' "George Burns and Gracie Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie plots to make a jovial Santa of Laughton, who prefers to be known as the slave-driving Captain Blight. George says "no." Elsa says "yes," and when Hans Conreid as Nigel Bolinbroke pokes in his nose, the old custom of fireworks for Christmas is revived--but good!
43-12-28
57
John Garfield 'Toughs It Up' for Gracie
Y
[New Year's program]

43-12-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A BOUNCING check and the bounding brain of Gracie Allen will bring melodrama and John Garfield to the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show for Tuesday at 8 p.m. as heard over KGLO-CBS. A slight misunderstanding in bank accounts sets Gracie into high gear, which not only involves Bill Goodwin and her husband, George Burns, but results in "Big Louie," the town mobster, running around trying to "rub out" a completely innocent bystander, John Garfield.
44-01-04
58
George and Paulette Goddard
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43-01-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette
PAULETTE GODDARD gives Gracie some pointers on how to radiate charm and thus make George more attentive, during the KGLO-CBS' "George Burns and Gracie Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. At Gracie's behest, Paulette turns on her own glamour to show George how he should react to his wife's. George reacts--and how!--but for Paulette only! Bill Goodwin, disclosed as the culprit back of the plot, is nominated to unravel it and bring George back to Gracie.
44-01-11
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44-01-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT will address the nation Tuesday night on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The president's talk will necessitate cancelling of the Burns and Allen program for this week only.
44-01-18
59
Gracie Enlists William Bendix in her Culture School
Y
44-01-18 Mason City Globe-Gazette
WILLIAM BENDIX, Hollywood's fast rising screen celebrity, will appear on the George Burns and Gracie Allen program Tuesday on KGLO-CBS from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Gracie will no doubt attempt to enmesh Bendix in a net of romantic intrigue with Tootsie Sagwell and he, no doubt, will emerge unscathed. Bendix added laurels to his already famous brow with outstanding acting in the new movie "Guadalcanal Diary."
44-01-25
60
Gracie's School of Culture
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44-01-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette - GRACIE ALLEN recruits Paul Henried, Viennese film star, to pull her new "Cultural School" out of the red, on the KGLO-CBS "George Burns and Gracie Allen" broadcast Tuesday at 8 p.m. Believing that only European culture can make her school a paying concern, Gracie circulates handbills bearing Henried's name throughout Beverly Hills. When Henried discovers this, he arrives at the Burns and Allen home in a very uncultural mood. George, aided by his ill-advised friend Bill Goodwin, does as much as he can to restore his home to normalcy. Jimmy Cash sings a popular tune, and Felix Mills conducts the orchestra.
44-02-01
61
William Powell Tries to Sleep Over
Y
44-02-01 Mason City Globe-Gazette - WILLIAM POWELL, in an unguarded and lonesome moment, accepts an invitation to visit "George Burns and Gracie Allen" on KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m., from Hollywood. Bill's regrets for the hasty move are evident in the way he gets messed up with an overdose of hospitality--as only George, Gracie and Bill Goodwin can dish it up. Powell listens to tenor Jimmy Cash sing "I'll Get By" and is moved to wonder just how--in that household.
44-02-08
62
That Gossipy Mrs Bundy
Y
[Burns and Allen receive a plaque from 'Tune-In' magazine]

44-02-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette
ONE married couple visits another when Adolphe Menjou and his wife, Verree Teasdale, call on George Burns and Gracie Allen, on the "Burns and Allen" broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Also on hand to make Menjou and his lady welcome, are Tenor Jimmy Cash, with one of the hit tunes of the day, Announcer Bill Goodwin, wandering as usual in and out of the B&A household, and the Felix Mills orchestra.
44-02-15
63
Tootsie Auditions as Fred Astaire's New Partner
Y
[OTR-butchered, heavily edited recording]

44-02-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FRED ASTAIRE will dance himself gracefully in to the Burns' house, but not so gracefully out on Tuesday, over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. when the master of tap is guest of the George Burns and Gracie Allen broadcast. Fred needs a room where he can practice his dance routines. That this room happens to be directly above Geroge Burns' office brings Gracie into the picture with ideas for the future of her friend "Tootsie Sagwell" as Astaire's dancing partner. After Gracie offers Fred the use of an upstairs room in her house, George is convinced that the tapping noises are coming from his own head.
44-02-22
64
Cook and Butler to Cecil B. DeMille
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44-02-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
CONVINCED that her spouse is a potential singing star, Gracie Allen hires herself out as cook for C.B. DeMille to sell her husband's vocal abilities to the famous screen director during the George Burns and Gracie Allen show Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m., EWT. Once she has gained an audience with the celebrated director of cinema colossals, Gracie will attempt to convince DeMille that "Sugar Throat" Burns is a much greater buy as a bathtub singer than Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra. Musical attractions for the show will be contributed by Jimmy Cash, tenor, and Felix Mills orchestra.
44-02-29
65
Gracie's Numerology Doesn't Add Up to Dorothy Lamour
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44-02-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN dons Dorothy Lamour's sarong to see if George Burns is susceptible to it when Dotty visits the KGLO-CBS "Burns and Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. from Hollywood. This precaution is taken before Gracie suggests that George be leading man in Lamour's next picture, "The Road to Bingo Bingo." George proves neither susceptible nor acceptable, so Bill Goodwin moves in with all his charm, and sells himself to Dottie as the man who should get lost with her on a coral isle.
44-03-07
66
Alan Ladd Helps George Bring Gracie into Line
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44-03-07 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN tries to make a softie of Alan Ladd when the film tough guy visits the KGLO-CBS "Burns and Allen" program Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie uses Ladd as an excuse to get her girl friend, Tootsie Sagwell, some much needed publicity to further her plans as a career woman. Gracie gets results, but not as planned, for her campaign starts with a crushed automobile fender and winds up in an explosive scene in night court. Announcer Bill Goodwin wanders in and out of the proceedings. Tenor Jimmy Cash sings to the accompaniment of Felix Mills' orchestra.

Features Will Wright as Mr. Stanley, the owner of the Cigar Store and Wally Maher as the Patroleman.
44-03-14
67
Paul Lukas Nominated for Nigel Bolingbroke Award
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44-03-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette
PAUL LUKAS, winner of the academy award for his performance in "Watch on the Rhine," visits George Burns and Gracie Allen on their broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Venturing timidly into the Burns and Allen household, Lukas is bludgeoned by Gracie into joining her foundering little theater group. Mindful that the screen actor is a "hot" prospect for her theatricals, Gracie tries to bait him with a "Nigel Bolingbroke Award," which Bolingbroke, a poolroom Hamlet, has just dreamed up. Announcer Bill Goodwin is in on the plot.
44-03-21
68
Gracie Schools Rita Hayworth on Pleasing A Genius
Y
44-03-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette
RITA HAYWORTH, beautiful red-headed film star, visits George Burns and Gracie Allen on KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m., and finds herself involved with Gracie in a discussion on husbands and geniuses. In private life, Rita is Mrs. Orson Welles--so you can imagine what Gracie is up to. Fancing herself an authority on geniuses, Gracie attempts to give the movie star some solid advice on how to stay happily married to a celebrity. Gracie is convinced that her husband, George, is as much a genius as Rita's, but is willing to admit that George doesn't display his artistry in quite the spectacular manner used by Welles.
44-03-28
69
Brian Aherne Loses His Shorts to the Uplift Society
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44-03-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
SCREEN STAR BRIAN AHERNE is the guest of George Burns and Gracie Allen on their broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. And in so appearing, Aherne loses his shirt in an auction sale conducted by Gracie in behalf of the Beverly Hills "Uplift Society." Aherne's misery is compounded when Gracie volunteers to explain to Aherne's wife why her hubby is without a shirt.
44-04-04
70
Guest Lucille Ball
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44-04-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette
LUCILLE BALL, scintillating screen star, is the guest of George Burns and Gracie Allen on their KGLO-CBS broadcast Tuesday at 8 p.m. from Hollywood. On hand to make the red-headed actress welcome are Jimmy Cash, singing one of the favorite ballads of the day, announcer Bill Goodwin, wandering in and out of the plot; and the Felix Mills orchestra.
44-04-11
71
Herbert Marshall Interviews Tootsie
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44-04-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette
HERBERT MARSHALL, suave and staid British screen star, finds complications aplenty when he interviews Gracie's friend, Tootsie Sagwell, during his guest appearance on the George Burns and Gracie Allen program over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Confusion abounds when Tootsie and Gracie exchange names and Marshall informs George Burns of desperate advances his "wife" has made to him. George, unaware of the conniving of Tootsie and Gracie, is thoroughly dazed.
44-04-18
72
Gracie's Spring Housecleaning Problems
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44-04-18 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN'S spring housecleaning problems will bring Barbara Stanwyck to the Burns' house and will lput George in the middle of a "share-the-husband" basis for the Tuesday broadcast of the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. With her cleaning woman, Mrs. Bundy, away on her sabbatical, Gracie will find spring cleaning overpowering until Barbara Stanwyck arrives and does the intimate business of picking up after George and darning his socks to remind her of the good old days when she used to complain about Robert Taylor leaving clothes all over the house.
44-04-25
73
Guest Frank Morgan
N
44-04-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FRANK MORGAN, film and radio comedian, normally a cheerful chuckler, is likely to find himself laughing out of the side of his mouth when he visits George Burns and Gracie Allen on their KGLO-CBS program Tuesday at 8 p.m., from Hollywood. Helping to put Morgan at ease in the Burns-Allen menage, will be tenor Jimmy Cash, giving out with one of the more popular tunes of the day, and the Felixl MIlls orchestra. Bill Goodwin announces.
44-05-02
74
George Runs for 2nd Asst. Subst. City Councilman for 3rd District
N
44-05-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
WITH Georgie's political campaign falling over its own feet, Gracie Allen will enlist Lana Turner to help swap the feminine votes during he broadcast of the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show Tuesday at 8 p.m. over KGLO-CBS. To gain the votes of her "Uplift Society" for her own husband, Gracie will prove George is very attractive to women by having Lana make a vague play in his direction. The plot boils over when George begins having a few ideas of his own, abetted by some badly chosen suggestions tossed in by Bill Goodwin in the dual role of announcer and friend.
44-05-09
75
The George Burns for Councilman Radio Program
Y
[AFRS Only]

44-05-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette
RAY MILLAND, screen star, is enlisted by Gracie Allen to help George Burns win his campaign to be elected second assistant to the assistant, on the Burns and Allen program over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Deciding that kissing babies and handing out cigars is old stuff, George gives a 15-minute broadcast over a local radio station. The populace is softened by the songs of tenor Jimmy Cash, accompanied by the Felix Mills orchestra. Bill Goodwin announces and stooges.
44-05-16
76
Singing for Votes at Larry Tibbet's Hollywood Bowl Concert
Y
44-05-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
LAWRENCE TIBBETT, Metropolitan opera baritone, is enlisted by Gracie Allen to help George Burns win his election campaign on the "Burns and Allen Program" Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 8 p.m. Figuring that singing campaigns are smart politics, Gracie suddenly decides a couple of good tonsils are going to waste in George's throat, and gets Tibbett to include George in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Bill Goodwin provides his usual bland good-humor, and the Felix Mills orchestra accompanies Tibbett in one of his solos.

Joseph Kearns as Mr. Grafton Brookhouse Perkins and radio announcer.
44-05-23
77
Gracie Wants George To Be A Movie Producer
N
44-05-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette
DISCOVERING that movie producers make more dough than most people, Gracie Allen will try to figure some way for husband George to get George Jessel's producing job during the broadcast of the George Burns and Gracie Allen show heard over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie will paint a picture showing the lure of the footlights, grease paint, and public acclaim, and even agree to be Jessel's partner in a new vaudeville act if only George Burns can get to produce movies. Bill Good helps not a bit to untangle the plot threads as friend of the family and announcer for the broadcast.
44-05-30
78
Guest Betty Grable
N
44-05-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GRACIE ALLEN'S ideas on post-war plannign for Tootsie Sagwell's marital happiness will involve none other than Betty Grablel, who makes her guest appearance on the George Burns and Gracie Allen show Tuesday at 8 p.m., over KGLO-CBS. Gracie will figure that 2 years in the south sea jungle will make even Tootsie look good to a man used to shooting Japs out of palm trees, and decides to use Betty Grable's picture for pin-up purposes and have them signed "Tootsie Sagwell." Betty has her own ideas on the subject as does George Burns and the ever-helpful Bill Goodwin.
44-06-06
79
George Thinks He's Kansas City's Favorite Singer
Y
[D-Day program]

44-06-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A TELEGRAM reading "You have been voted Kansas City's favorite singer, intended for Dinah Shore but misdirected to George Burns, precipitates no end of confusion and excitement on the "Burns and Allen" program over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gracie, naturally, is stricken with the notion that hubby's singing should become a matter of national pride. Tootsie Sagwell also yearns to visit K.C., so Gracie casts her as a "C ration" for express purposes only. Announcer-foil Bill Goodman turns a caustic eye on the entire business. Jimmy Cash sings "Amor." Felix Mills conducts the orchestra.

44-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
telegram for Dinah Shore is misdirected to George, so Gracie starts a campaign to launch him on singing career.
44-06-13
80
Fifth War Loan Drive Show
Y
[Special 5th War Loan Drive program from Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium, MO]

44-06-13 Clearfield Press
CBS--9 Burns and Allen finale,
War Bond Show.

44-06-13 New York Times
Burns and Allen, Comedy; Dinah Shore, Guest--WABC, 9-9:30.
44-06-20
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44-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00--WIBA--Music of the Day





44-08-08
--
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44-08-08 New York Times
9:00-WABC--Jack Pepper Show
44-08-15
81
Title Unknown

Burns and Allen Premiere announcement of August 15th 1944

N
44-08-15 Wisconsn State Journal
BURNS AND ALLEN George Burns and Gracie Allen, their eight-week vacation over, return to the air tonight with their regular supporters, Bill Goodwin, Tootsie Sagwell, Mel Blanc, Jimmy Cash, and Felix Mills orchestra. WBBM at 8.

44-08-15 New York Times
Burns and Allen, Comedy; Jimmy Cash, Tenor--WABC, 9-9:30.
44-08-22
82
Guest Van Johnson
N
44-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
guest, Van Johnson.
44-08-29
83
Gracie Goes to the Antique Auction
N
[AFRS Only]

44-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie goes antique hunting.
44-09-05
84
Title Unknown
N
44-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Burns & Allen--WBBM WCCO
44-09-12
85
Guest Louella Parsons
N
44-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
entertain Louella O. Parsons, Hollywood columnist.
44-09-19
86
Gracie's Unlucky Dinner Party
N
44-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie shuffles and re-shuffles her friends to avoid 13 guests at dinner.
44-09-26
87
George The Handyman
N
[AFRS Only]

44-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie decides George should be handy around the house.
44-10-03
88
Gracie Wants Bill Goodwin To Get Married
N
44-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie's ideas for Bill Goodwin point to matrimony.
44-10-10
89
George Wants To Buy Bagley's Lot
N
[Heavily edited to disguise its AFRS origin]

44-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
visit of a 6-year-old 'darling' adds confusion and hilarity to Burns household.
44-10-17
90
Gracie and George Smash the Same Fender
Gracie's New Fall Hat
N
[AFRS Only]

44-10-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie sells George a new fall hat--for herself.
44-10-24
91
Gracie and the Great American Novel
N
44-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie decides to write the "Great American Novel."
44-10-31
92
Gracie Romances Van Johnson
N
44-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie plans to teach George a thing or two by make-believe romance with Van Johnson.
44-11-07
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Pre-Empted
--
44-11-07 New York Times
Practically all stations have canceled regularly scheduled commercial programs and will devote the evening hours to presentation of election news.
44-11-14
93
George Sings At Boston Pops during Bond Tour
N
[Heavily edited to disguise its AFRS origin]

44-11-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
broadcast from Boston in behalf of Community War Fund, with James Melton, Metropolitan Opera tenor as guest.
44-11-21
94
Gracie Dreams that George Is Franchot Tone
N
[AFRS Only]

44-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
have Franchot Tone as guest.
44-11-28
95
Guest Jose Iturbi
N
44-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
with Jose Iturbe, pianist, as guest.
44-12-05
96
George's Lost Golf Clubs
N
44-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
return to Hollywood and George has trouble finding his golf clubs.
44-12-12
97
Sixth War Loan Drive Show
Y
[Special 6th War Loan Drive program from Warner Bros. Theatre in Hollywood; KNX aircheck]

44-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
with Frank Sinatra as guest.
44-12-19
98
Gracie's 'No-Gift Plan'
Y
[Christmas Program]

44-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
get tangled up with "no gift" plan.
44-12-26
99
Title Unknown
N
44-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Burns and Allen--WBBM WCCO





45-01-01
100
Guest Charles Boyer
N
[Harry Von Zell takes over as announcer and commercial spokesman]

45-01-01 New York Times
8:30-WABC--Burns and Allen Show:
Charles Boyer, Guest (Premiere)
45-01-08
101
Guest Shirley Temple
N
45-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
with Shirley Temple.
45-01-15
102
Gracie Gets George Jealous with Alan Ladd
Y
45-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
with Alan Ladd.

45-01-18 Daily Globe
For a radio personality, Bill Goodwin is doing all right as a movie actor. You'll see him in three new movies—as the wolfish house detective who makes passes at Ingrid Bergman in "Spellbound," as Betty Button's suave press agent husband in "Incendiary Blonde" and as a trombone-playing Irish copy with Gloria Jean in "Fairy Tale Murders." Bill has quit radio announcing for good, he says, but he hasn't given up the air entirely.
He recently broke his announcing contract with Burns and Allen to become the comedian on the Frank
Sinatra show, is about to sell his own program, co-starred with Phil Silvers.
Looking back at 15 years in radio, Bill says the funniest thing that ever happened to him left an entire network blushing. Bill and a hot swing band were making records in a radio studio one day during the Philadelphia Symphony orchestra program. An engineer pushed the wrong button. As the Philadelphia Symphony started to play Beethoven's Fifth, Bill was heard saying, "And here's a hot one for the Jive fans."
45-01-22
103
Sagwell, Incorporated
Y
[Heavily edited recording]

45-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Tootsie Sagwell returns from finishing school.
45-01-29
104
Gracie Wants A Vacation From George
N
45-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
with Sara Allgood as "Mrs. Regan," the cook.
45-02-05
105
Gracie's Uncle John Visits
N
45-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie's Uncle John proves to be a troublesome visitor.
45-02-12
106
George the Boy Scout
N
45-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
George passes his Boy Scout tests.
45-02-19
107
Gracie Loses A House
N
45-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie loses a house.
45-02-26
108
Gracie vs. the Zoning Laws
N
45-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie learns about zoning laws.
45-03-05
109
An Objectionable Neighbor
N
45-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie takes steps to remove objectionable neighbor.
45-03-12
110
Gracie Gives George A Sleeping Pill
N
45-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie gives George a sleeping pill.
45-03-19
111
Gracie Throws A Party
N
45-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie gives a party and George tries to sing.
45-03-26
112
Gracie's Eternal Triangle
N
45-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie adds a fourth side to the eternal triangle.
45-04-02
113
Gracie Solves the Meat Shortage
N
45-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie solves the meat shortage.
45-04-09
114
The Clothing Salvage Drive
N
45-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Clothing salvage drive forces George into seclusion.
45-04-16
115
Title Unknown
N
45-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Burns and Allen--WBBM WCCO
45-04-23
116
The Real Estate Market
N
45-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
take a flier in the real estate market.
45-04-30
117
Gracie the Reporter
N
45-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie's ambition to report San Francisco conference creates repercussions.
45-05-07
118
Gracie Impresses Turhan Bey
N
45-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie tries to impress Turkish movie star Turhan Bey by dispensing with tables and chairs and clouding the room with incense.
45-05-14
119
Gracie's Geography
N
45-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie makes a few changes in geography.
45-05-21
120
Spring Cleaning
N
45-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
spring cleaning sends George back to bachelorhood.
45-05-28
121
Modern Style Courting
N
45-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
George learns about courting in modern style.
45-06-04
122
Gracie's Victory Garden
N
45-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie tries to save her victory garden and George learns about wildlife.
45-06-11
123
The B.H.U.S. Fundraiser
N
45-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
annual fund-raising party of Beverly Hills Uplift society causes George to evacuate his home.
45-06-18
124
George Gets A Zoot Suit and Conga Lessons
Y
[Fathers Day program; heavily edited recording]

45-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie learns about the elusive male.

Features Jonathon Hole and Lou Krugman as the Men's Store clerks
45-06-25
125
George and Gracie Plan for Camp Tours
Y
45-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WBBM):
Gracie writes historical novel.

45-06-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette
GEORGE and Gracie are about to embark on their summer vacation,
on the next Burns and Allen broadcast, Monday at 7:30 p.m. over KGLO-CBS.
They are going on a tour of army hospitals—that is, if Gracie can get packed before the summers, over. That's where George comes in.
All he has to do is to repeal the natural law that 2 objects cannot occupy the same space in a trunk or anything else) at the same time.
George has something to take his rnind off the packing, though. Gracie meets a handsome young army doctor whom she seems to find very interesting. There's one thing, though, that George and Gracie don't have to worry about when they go on a trip. That's transportation. Because they're off in a cloud of confusion, as usual.

Features Bea Benadaret as Harry Von Zell's Mother
45-07-02
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45-07-02 New York Times
9:00-WEAF--Battle of the Sexes--Quiz





AFRS 'The Burns and Allen Radio Show'

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
44-08-29 Gracie Goes to the Antique Auction
Y
44-09-26 George The Handyman
Y
44-10-10 George Wants To Buy Bagley's Lot
Y
44-10-17 Gracie and George Smash the Same Fender
Y
44-11-14 George Sings At Boston Pops during Bond Tour
Y
44-11-21 Gracie Dreams that George Is Franchot Tone
Y
44-12-19 Gracie's 'No-Gift Plan
Y






The Burns and Allen Radio Programs Biographies




Nathan Birnbaum [George Burns]
Vaudeville Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1896-1996)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1932 The Robert Burns Panatela Program
1933 The White Owl Program
1934 The Adventures Of Gracie
1936 The Campbell's Tomato Juice Program
1936 The Campbell's Soup Program
1937 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 The Jell-O Program
1938 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1938 Chesterfield Time
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program
1940 The Rudy Vallee Sealtest Show
1941 Well, I Swan
1942 United China Relief
1942 Command Performance
1942 Treasury Star Parade
1943 Command Performance
1943 The Bob Burns Show
1943 The Jack Benny Program
1943 It's Time To Smile
1943 Paul Whiteman Presents
1943 Cavalcade For Victory
1943 Mail Call
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1944 The Bakers Of America Show For the Armed Forces
1944 Your All-Time Hit Parade
1944 Birds Eye Open House
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1945 The Eddie Cantor Show
1945 Robert Benchley, Radio Critic
1945 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1945 The Danny Kaye Show
1946 Request Performance
1948 Philco Radio Time
1948 The Eddie Cantor Pabst Blue Ribbon Show
1948 Guest Star
1948 Kraft Music Hall
1949 Gisele Of Canada
1949 The Aldrich Family
1949 The Ammident Show
1951 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
1951 The Bing Crosby Show
1952 The Lucky Strike Program
1952 The Doris Day Show
1964 The Arthur Godfrey Show
Here's To Veterans
George Burns circa 1935
George Burns circa 1935
From the March 10th 1996 edition of the Winnipeg Sunday Free Press:
 
He's gone to meet God--and Gracie
 
By Myrna Oliver
Los Angeles Times
 
     LOS ANGELES — George Burns — the indefatigable entertainer whose staying power became the last, most
endearing gag in a graceful, laughfilled career — died yesterday morning at his home in Beverly Hills.  He was 100 years and 49 days old.
     The comedian, actor, singer and author apparently died of heart failure a few hours after his nurse found him shaking and breathing shallowly in his bed.  His son Ronnie was with him at the end.
     There were no last-second oneliners or pithy sign-offs, said Burns' longtime manager and friend, Irving Fein. But for years, Burns had insisted in gravelly monotone: "I don't believe in dying... It's been done."
     Condolences poured into the Burns home from around the United States, recalling the comedian's many incarnations — as the vaudevillian, the hit radio and television act with his beloved wife Gracie Allen, and as the irascible elder statesman of comedy.
     In a statement, President Clinton called Burns "one of the great entertainers of all time."
     His friend of nearly eight decades, comedian Milton Berle said:  "He's up there in heaven with Gracie, doing their act.  And if I know George, he'll be throwing one-liners at St. Peter."
     Burns had been in ill health since July 1994, when he slipped and fell in the shower at his home in Las Vegas. His frailty caused him to cancel performances celebrating his centenary at the London Palladium and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.  He was also too ill with the flu to attend his own 100th birthday bash in January.
     Burns will be buried alongside Allen at a private funeral service Tuesday at Forest Lawn cemetery here, Fein said.  A public memorial may be scheduled later.
     "It's been hard to imagine show business before George Burns," said Bob Hope, who now, at 92, becomes comedy's elder statesman.  "Now, it's difficult to imagine show business without him."

Goodnight, Georgie

Show business career began in 1903

The Canadian Press

     George Burns died quietly at age 100 yesterday morning. A sketch:
    
Beginnings: Born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City on Jan. 20, 1896.
    
Early Years: Entered show business in 1903 as member of Peewee Quartet, then began vaudeville in 1905. Formed comedy act with Gracie Allen in 1923.
    
Later Years: Performed for some 90 years.  Career spanned vaudeville, radio (The Burns and Allen Show), movies, television (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), nightclubs, best-selling books, recordings and video. Made first feature film with Allen in 1932, The Big Broadcast.
    
Married: Had two children, son and daughter, with Allen, whom he wed in Cleveland in 1926.
    
Awards: Won Grammy in 1991 for best spoken-word recording for excerpts from Gracie:  A Love Story.  Won Oscar for the aging vaudevillian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys.
    
Quotes: On retirement:"I can't afford to die when I'm booked."
     On why he was considered sexy:  "I've been longer at it than anyone else."
     On age: "I've reached the point where I get a standing ovation for just standing."


Burns exits enduring,
endearing career

By Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times

     LOS ANGELES - George Burns, who died yesterday at the still-extraordinary age of 100, made it seem for a while as if he had no intention of leaving at all.
     With his cigars and martinis and his fondness for the company of pretty young women, he made old age out to be not a grey back bedroom but an extension of the prime of life.  The great achievement of his career may well have been to convince millions, who may have been doubtful, that life begins or begins again, not at 40 but at 79, as his did when he made The Sunshine Boys after a hiatus from the cameras of 36 years.
              
Extraordinary
     His long climb from the lowest rungs of vaudeville to the top and then into radio and television as half of Burns and Allen prepared him, if not later audiences, for his extraordinary and endearing success as a single.
     He remembered that when he and Grade were in vaudeville, he learned to go onstage with a cigar before the audience arrived, to test the prevailing drafts, so he could stand downwind from Gracie.  He had learned that audiences resented him when the cigar smoke went in Gracie's face.
     He used to claim he had the easiest act in vaudeville, since all he had to do was say "You what?" or "Your brother what?" to trigger Gracie's glorious inanities ("You could have knocked me over with a fender"). The truth was, of course, that George was the ultimate old pro, who quickly saw the appeal of Gracie's chirpy malaprop innocence.
     "Say, good night, Gracie," Burns would say.
     "Good night, Gracie," she would reply.
     Chatting in his Hollywood office a few years ago before going off to do a show in Lafayette, La., he suddenly
called to an assistant, "Phone Lafayette and find the name of the oldest theatre in town.  I'll tell 'em I played there 50 years ago."  After the hard years in tank-town vaudeville, he knew how to win an audience.
              
A trouper
     Burns was a trouper in the old "the-show-must-go-on" tradition.  Only a few years ago, he fell and stripped the skin off one shin, raising a ghastly bruised welt and reducing his gait to a hobble.  He examined it in his Las Vegas dressing room one night after a performance.  I'd have said it was a miracle he could stand, but he'd done an hour with the audience none the wiser about the injury or the pain.
     He was one of the great show business raconteurs, onstage (where his tales were central to his charm) and offstage (where they flowed from an apparently bottomless memory).  As with Alfred Hitchcock, another superb raconteur, it was not always clear where memory left off and imagination began, but it hardly mattered.
     There was always a discernible ring of truth, as in his story about an early partner who could sing but not talk without a heavy stammer.  One night at their boarding house in Altoona (or some such place) the partner ran to George gasping unintelligibly.  "Sing it!" George said he cried.  The partner sang, "We been robbed, we been robbed, we been robbed," to a tune George, for once, could not remember.
     Many of George's stories, public and private, involved his long, dear friendship with Jack Benny.  The game between them was that George could send Jack into hysterics with the lift of an eyebrow, but Jack could not raise a laugh from George, hard as he tried.
     My favorite among the stories was of a long-ago breakfast.  Jack said, "What're you having?"  George said, "Steak and eggs; I'm hungry. What about you?"  "I'm having Cream of Wheat," Jack said.  "Why" George asked, incredulous.  "Because Mary Livingston says it's good for me," Jack explained.  "But steak and eggs are good for you."  "That's right," Jack said defiantly.  When the waiter came, they both had steak and eggs.  When the bill arrived, George said, "You pay it, Jack."  Jack said, "Why should I pay all of it?" "Because if you don't," George
said, "I'll tell Mary you didn't have Cream of Wheat."
     Amazingly, George Burns linked a day before radio, let alone television, with a world of CD-ROMs and cyberspace.  And no small part of the fondness audiences of all ages had for him was that he bespoke times when things seemed simpler, more innocent, less frazzled and cynical, when a few bars of soft-shoe and lines of a foolish
song from an ancient vaudeville act carried a strong and particular magic.
     After Gracie died, George made monthly visits to her grave to bring her up to date on his doings.  Now,
whatever one's theological leanings, it is nice to think of the act reunited.



Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen
Vaudeville Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1895-1964)

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1932 The Robert Burns Panatela Program
1933 The White Owl Program
1934 The Adventures Of Gracie
1936 The Campbell's Tomato Juice Program
1936 The Campbell's Soup Program
1937 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 The Jell-O Program
1938 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1938 Chesterfield Time
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1939 Information Please
1940 The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program
1940 Good News of 1940
1940 The Rudy Vallee Sealtest Show
1940 Fibber McGee and Molly
1941 The New Burns and Allen Show
1942 United China Relief
1942 Command Performance
1942 It's Time To Smile
1942 Treasury Star Parade
1942 Well, I Swan
1943 This Is My Story
1943 The Bob Burns Show
1943 The Jack Benny Program
1943 Paul Whiteman Presents
1943 Cavalcade For Victory
1943 Mail Call
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1944 The Bakers Of America Show For the Armed Forces
1944 Your All-Time Hit Parade
1945 The Eddie Cantor Show
1945 Robert Benchley, Radio Critic
1945 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1945 The Danny Kaye Show
1945 Birds Eye Open House
1946 Request Performance
1947 The Jack Carson Show
1947 Songs By Sinatra
1947 Guest Star
1947 Front and Center
1948 Philco Radio Time
1948 The Eddie Cantor Pabst Blue Ribbon Show
1948 Kraft Music Hall
1949 Gisele Of Canada
1949 The Aldrich Family
1949 The AmmiDent Show
1949 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1949 Life With Luigi
1949 The Bing Crosby Show
1949 Suspense
1951 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
1952 The Bob Hope Show
1952 The Doris Day Show
Gracie Allen circa 1937
Gracie Allen circa 1937
From the August 28th 1964 edition of the Oakland Tribune:
 
Heart Attack Kills
Gracie Allen at 58
 
     HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Gracie Allen, whose scatterbrained comedy helped make Burns and Allen a top act in show business for 34 years, died last night after a heart attack.  She was 58.
     Spokesmen for the family said Miss Allen died at 11:15 p.m. and that her husband, comedy actor George Burns, was at her side at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.
     Contacted at the Burns home in Beverly Hills, William Burns, George's brother, said the popular comedienne had been in seemingly good health before being stricken.
MILD ATTACK
     He said she had experienced mild heart attacks in the past.  They didn't, however, seem to slow her down much.  Ten days ago she and her husband were among the guests at the gala wedding reception for Edie Adams and her new husband Marty Mills.
     She appeared effervescent and cheerful, as she has been since her retirement in 1958.
     Until then, the strain of sustaining her nitwit role sometimes made her tense and withdrawn.
REAL ACTRESS
     At the time of her retirement, Burns explained why she quit:  "She's never missed acting for a minute.  She never was a ham, anyway.  Most actors are aware of playing to an audience.  Not Gracie.  The side of the stage toward the audience was a wall to her.  She concentrated only on what she had to say and never gave a thought to cameras or lights or makeup or anything.
     "She deserved a rest.  She had been working all her life, and her lines were the toughest in the world to do. They didn't make sense, so she had to memorize every word.  It took a real actress.
     "Every spare moment — in bed, under the hair dryer — had to be spent in learning lines.  Do you wonder that she's happy to be rid of it?"
     Miss Allen was born in 1906, the year of the great earthquake in San Francisco.  Named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen, she was one of four daughters of Edward Allen, a song and dance man then booked in San Francisco.
     At 3 1/3, she had made her stage debut but she continued in Catholic schools until she was 14, when she began a dancing act with her three older sisters.
     Later, she joined an Irish song and dance act and at one time went to secretarial school in Hoboken, N.J.  It was in New Jersey that she met George.
     Born Nathan Birnbaum in 1896 Burns had been through the vaudeville mill and claims to have weathered 50 partners before encountering Gracie.
     She saw him on a bill at Union Hill, N.J., where he was booked as Burns and Lorraine.  They met after the show and George revealed he was seeking a new partner.  He suggested that Gracie join him.
REWROTE THE ACT
     Gracie recalled later "Of course George had written this act for himself, with himself as the comedian and I as the straight man but the funny thing -- my straight lines got the laughs.  People laughed twice as hard at my not being funny as they laughed at George's being funny.  When we came of after the first show, he said, 'We're switching parts, Gracie.'  He rewrote the act then and there."
     Burns and Allen played vaudeville for three years hefore he was able to convince her they should get married. They were wed in Cleveland on Jan. 7, 1926.
INTO BIG TIME
     After their marriage they were propelled into the big time.
     They became headliners in vaudeville and starred on the bill that ended Vaudeville at New York's Palace Theater.  After guest-starring on Rudy Vallee and Guy Lombardo radio programs, they began their own show on Feb 15. 1932.
     Their career continued in radio and television until Gracie's retirement.
     They also appeared in such movies as "Big Broadcast of 1932," "International House," "Love in Bloom," "Damsel in Distress," "College Swing," "Honolulu" and ' The Gracie Allen Murder Case."
     George once analyzed his wife's humor "Gracie is not really crazy, if she were, we couldn't get a day's work."




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