The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, sometimes called The Burns and Allen Show, is a half-hour television series broadcast October 12, 1950 – September 15, 1958, on CBS. It stars George Burns and Gracie Allen, one of the most enduring acts in entertainment history. Burns and Allen were headliners in vaudeville in the 1920s, and radio stars in the 1930s and 1940s. Their situation comedy TV series was an immediate success and received Emmy Award nominations throughout its eight year run.
A half-hour TV series broadcast October 12, 1950 – September 22, 1958, on CBS,The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show was initially staged live and broadcast every other Thursday at 8 p.m ET. In fall 1952 it became a weekly series filmed on the West Coast. From March 1953 through September 1958 The Burns and Allen Show aired Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.:280–281
The show was an immediate success. Six episodes were produced live from the Mansfield Theatre in New York, with the stage set as the Burns's living room. The show relocated to the CBS Columbia Square facilities in Hollywood beginning with the seventh episode. :20–21 Ever the businessman, Burns realized it would be more efficient to do the series on film; the half-hour episodes could then be syndicated. From that point on, the show was filmed at General Service Studios without a live audience present, however, each installment would be screened before an audience to provide live responses prior to the episodes being broadcast. With 291 episodes, the show had a long network run through 1958 and continued in syndicated reruns for years.The sets were designed to look like the couple's real-life residence. An establishing shot of the actual house on Maple Drive in Beverly Hills, California, was often used. Although extensively remodelled, that house still exists today—including the study over the garage where George would "escape" from Gracie's illogical logic. Burns lived in the house until his death in 1996, at the age of 100.
Tonight's Episode: The Kleebob Card Game
A door-to-door book salesman finds Gracie to be a tough customer; George and Harry try to get out of going to the movies by teaching their wives a confusing card game they invented for that purpose called "Kleebob."
George Burns...George Burns
Gracie Allen...Gracie Allen
Bill Goodwin...Bill Goodwin / Announcer
Bea Benaderet...Blanche Morton
Hal March...Harry Morton
Henry Jones...Charles Jones, Book Salesman
Directed by Ralph Levy
Written by Paul Henning, Sid Dorfman, Harvey HElm, Willy Burns